August 22, 2013
In This Issue:
- March for the Dream on August 24th (Reminder)
- DOJ Announces Lawsuit Against TX Voter Photo ID Law (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND- - Elections
- LAST CHANCE: Sign up for National Voter Registration Day by 8/26 to Receive Free Materials
- NASS Endorses National Voter Registration Day: What’s Happening in Your State? (NEW)
- New Guides Available for Every State: Voter Registration Drive Rules (NEW)
- North Carolina Officials’ Target College Students’ Right to Vote– LWVNC Responds (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- National League Board Nominations are open for the 2014-2016 (NEW)
- Women’s Equality Day is August 26 (Reminder)
- Working in Collaboration with Community Organizations (NEW)
- Update from the Agriculture Update Committee (NEW)
- LWVUS/EF 2013-14 Direct Marketing Schedule (Reminder)
Glad You Asked!
This new section of the Leaders' Update is dedicated to providing the information that you want to know.
Are there organizations that LWVUS partners with and do they have local or state affiliates that we might partner with?
Each year, the national board reviews its list of formal partnerships.
This list, which includes groups that work on a range of issues, is a great resource for Leagues. Working with allied groups in the community can leverage our impact, helps to share the work, and introduces the League to new audiences.
Next week we will celebrate two anniversaries that mark important milestones for equality in America. On August 26, 1920, following over seven decades of tireless advocacy, the 19th amendment became law and women gained the right to vote. Next Wednesday, another significant anniversary occurs – the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
This weekend I will join with members of the League and thousands of other activists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to mark the anniversary of the March on Washington. Many of us expect that a central theme during this weekend’s events will focus on the fight to protect our voting rights. The Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer to erase fundamental protections in the VRA against racial discrimination in voting has opened the floodgates for anti-voter laws in states around the country.
As we celebrate our nation’s progress toward equality, voting rights remain under attack. The League can play a key role on the ground in communities nationwide. Congress has the power to act swiftly to restore the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act. Help build public support for action by submitting this template letter to the editor to your local or state newspaper. (See the growing list of Leagues that have already published the letter in their communities.) Tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the VRA to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible to all citizens by taking action and sharing this action alert with your members and supporters.
Upon passage of the 19th amendment, Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters proclaimed, “Progress is calling to you to make no pause. Act!” These words still ring today as we remain committed to fighting back against the attacks on voting rights.
Thank you for Making Democracy Work.
Happy Women’s Equality Day,
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March for the Dream on August 24th (Reminder)
This Saturday, August 24, is the march to commemorate the 50th anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This celebratory event will run from 8 AM- 2 PM at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. League members who are attending should enter the mall area at the site of the World War II Memorial at 17th St NW between Constitution and Independence Avenues. The event will include speakers, entertainment and prayer. The march will begin after the speaking program ends at 1:00 PM and go down Independence Ave. to the Washington Memorial. If you have last minute questions about this event please contact Jessica Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOJ Announces Lawsuit Against TX Voter Photo ID Law (NEW)
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was suing the state of Texas over their voter photo ID law implemented shortly after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder decision earlier this summer. The LWVUS issued a statement expressing its support for this action.
LAST CHANCE: Sign up for National Voter Registration Day by 8/26 to Receive Free Materials
Time is running out to receive free materials and sign up to host a registration drive on National Voter Registration Day (9/24)! 220 Leagues have already signed up to participate. In order to receive free posters and stickers, your League must sign up by 8/26. Visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org to sign up. If you’ve already signed up, now is a great time to browse the helpful organizer toolkit and sample template media materials. Contact Maggie Duncan (email@example.com) with questions.
NASS Endorses National Voter Registration Day: What’s Happening in Your State? (NEW)
The National Association of Secretaries of States has once again announced its support for National Voter Registration Day. In addition to encouraging all local Leagues to sign up to participate in the day, now is a great time for state League leaders to check in with your Secretary of State or other chief elections official and for local Leagues to check in with local elections officials to see what they have planned for September 24th. Consider offering your League’s help in promoting an effort to engage and empower voters in your area!
New Guides Available for Every State: Voter Registration Drive Rules (NEW)
Preparing your volunteer team for their fall voter registration drives just got easier! Our friends at the Fair Elections Legal Network have updated their handy guides for conducting voter registration drives in every state. Important components include any required trainings for voter registration groups, options for gathering contact information from registrants’ forms, timelines for returning completed registration forms, and much more. Use this list of resources to find your state and look for “Conducting Voter Registration Drives in [state].”
North Carolina Officials’ Target College Students’ Right to Vote— LWVNC Responds (NEW)
In yet another assault on voters, officials in North Carolina have announced plans to shut down early voting sites and challenge student voter residency on historically black colleges. The League of Women Voters of North Carolina urges the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do everything in their power to protect the voters of North Carolina and calls on Congress to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Read the LWVNC press release and additional media coverage of this issue.
Membership & leadership
National League Board Nominations are open for the 2014-2016 (NEW)
Nominations are open for the 2014-2016 LWVUS Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Are you ready for a stimulating growth experience? Consider applying yourself or recommending others you know as potential leaders. The digital 2014-2016 LWVUS Nominee Recommendation Form is now available. Additional information, such as what skills and experience are needed, and a downloadable- recommendation form are available on this FAQ page. If you have questions, contact Nominating Committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Equality Day is August 26 (Reminder)
Customize this press release template to draw attention to the recent action on the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and to one of our milestones as an organization, the anniversary of the 19th amendment on August 26.
Working in Collaboration with Community Organizations (NEW)
As we look especially at our elections, issue and educational work, for many Leagues, creating partnerships with organizations serving diverse constituencies may be an appropriate way to have a broader impact in the community. Being in partnership can increase each organization's clout and visibility: crucial ingredients for boosting membership and developing new civic leaders. Learn more by reading this memo created as part of the Membership & Leadership Development Program.
Update from the Agriculture Update Committee (NEW)
The Agriculture Update Committee regrets to inform the membership that it is behind schedule; we ask for your patience since we have several highly technical and dynamic issues to address. The committee is planning a phased release of study materials beginning in September. We realize that some Leagues have scheduled consensus meetings for November, but that will likely be too soon, as the materials will require some time to read and absorb, especially for those who are not familiar with the topics. The Committee suggests that Leagues schedule consensus meetings beginning in January. Consensus reports are currently not due until April 4. Please watch the Leaders' Update and the Agriculture Update group in the LWV Forums for further notices and discussions. Please contact Update Chair, Norman Turrill, at email@example.com, with any questions.
LWVUS/EF 2013-2014 Direct Marketing Schedule (Reminder)
When planning your own League's fundraising, please consult the LWVUS/EF Direct Marketing Schedule. The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2013-14 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Download the schedule (located under Leadership Development Tools in the Members section of www.lwv.org). Please share this schedule with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. Questions should be directed to Rose Simmons, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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