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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

August 1, 2013

In This Issue:

ADVOCACY

  • League Joins Amicus Brief in McCutcheon v. FEC (NEW)
  • 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (NEW)
  • Urge Your Representative to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Reminder)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • Pennsylvania's Voter Photo ID Case Awaits Closing Arguments (NEW)
  • Call Attention to the Voting Rights Act Anniversary on August 6th (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • Meet a Shur Fellow – Sandy Spence, Membership and Leadership Development Coach (NEW)
  • Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (Reminder)

OTHER

  • LWV Clearinghouse: the perfect place to find studies and share your own (NEW)

Glad You Asked!

This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.

We will be responding to questions we receive from League leaders across the county. 

How can we personalize the LWVUS membership brochure for my League? 

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Dear Supporter,

August may represent the dog days of summer, but in August, we also celebrate important milestones for voting rights and equality. As we all know the 19th Amendment became an official part of the Constitution on August 26th; the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 became law on August 6th and fifty years ago, this month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March on Washington which has come to symbolize the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.

The League plans to celebrate all these important events with visible and public outreach that reinforces the importance of voting rights not just to our history, but to our democracy today. Around the country, kids are going back to school, communities are gearing up for elections this fall and voting rights are in need of protection. Action at the federal and state and local level is going to be needed to make sure that our elections remain free, fair and accessible to all. Start by using this press template to call attention to the anniversary of the VRA.

This August let us use these important anniversaries as opportunities to engage our communities in protecting the vote through materials provided in this and other Updates.

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League Leaders:
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Advocacy

League Joins Amicus Brief in McCutcheon v. FEC (NEW)
The League joined a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case during their fall session. The outcome of McCutcheon v. FEC will determine whether the overall caps on the amount of money that individuals can donate to multiple candidates or political parties are a violation of the First Amendment.

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (NEW)
LWVUS has signed on as a partner for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Join the League and others for the rally and march at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday August 24th. The rally begins at 8 A.M. followed by a March to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. If you are interested in being a part of this event please contact Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org. Additional information on the march and other events being planned can be found online at: http://officialmlkdream50.com/ or http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/.

Urge Your Representative to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (REMINDER)
The upcoming August recess provides a unique opportunity for Leagues to attend town hall meetings to address this issue with their Representatives. For information or questions about lobbying on immigration reform, please contact Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

education fund - elections

Pennsylvania's Voter Photo ID Case Awaits Closing Arguments (NEW)
A judge extended the trial over Pennsylvania's voter photo ID law on Wednesday after lawyers called a truce in a behind-the-scenes battle over the number of people who did not receive a photo ID in time for the 2012 elections. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley scheduled closing arguments for Thursday. Read more here.

Please Note:  last week's Leaders' Update incorrectly stated that the PA voter photo ID lawsuit was being heard by the PA State Supreme Court – It is being heard by a PA Commonwealth Court.

Call Attention to the Voting Rights Act Anniversary on August 6th (NEW)
Use this press release template to call attention to the anniversary of this landmark legislation and to stress the League's efforts to restore it after Section 4 was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

Membership & leadership

Meet a Shur Fellow – Sandy Spence, Membership and Leadership Development Coach (NEW)
The amazing network of coaches in place at the national and state levels makes the Membership and Leadership Development program (MLD) successful. National coaches (also known as Shur Fellows) assist state coaching teams as they work with local League leaders on organizational growth issues. This week we spotlight Sandy Spence (DE). Sandy mentors coaching teams in Kentucky and Oklahoma. Learn more about Sandy, the other Shur Fellows and the MLD program.

Leadership Changes: Update the LWVUS Database (REMINDER)
Please don't forget to update any changes in your League's leadership in the member database. It is critical that all records are up to date so that your League receives all messages from LWVUS. If you need assistance, please contact Betty Taira.

OTHER

LWV Clearinghouse:  the perfect place to find studies and share your own (NEW)
The Clearinghouse is organized by LWVUS positions - Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy and provides information, links to and actual documents on the study plus an easy way to contact League for more information. Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org.

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