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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

October 3, 2013

In This Issue:

EDUCATION FUND- - Elections

  • National Voter Registration Day – Please Report Your Numbers (NEW)
  • NC League Applauds DOJ Lawsuit against North Carolina Voter Suppression Law (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • Leagues Takes the Lead on the Affordable Care Act (NEW)
  • EPA Announces new Carbon Pollution Regulations: Template Available (UPDATED)
  • League UN Observer Reports on United Nations General Assembly (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • LWVUS National Coaching Program is Seeking Nominations (NEW)
  • It’s Election Season – Our Most Visible Time (NEW)
  • Thank You for Stepping Up! (NEW)

OTHER

  • LWVUS/EF 2013-14 Direct Marketing Schedule (Reminder)

convention 2014!
Dallas, TX | June 6-10, 2014

Please plan to join national, state and local League leaders from around the country for this lively biennial event. During this five-day gathering, you will hear nationally known speakers, learn more about the issues important to the organization and the nation, participate in training sessions, and join in the discussion and networking that make the League a strong and vital force in our democracy. The Convention 2014 webpage has launched and will be the place you'll want to go for convention information during the next eight months. Look for information on how to register, and a lot more starting in November. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas in June 2014.

Glad You Asked!

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

When and where does the LWVUS Board meet?

The LWVUS Board meets in Washington DC three times each year, including this weekend.  (A calendar of dates is available here.)  They also meet in conjunction with National Convention/Council (at the meeting venue) and often hold an annual retreat during the summer.  Leagues may contact their national board liaison to advance an issue for discussion or learn the outcomes of any board discussions. Once approved, board meeting minutes are posted to www.lwv.org.

Dear Supporter,

The LWVUS board is meeting this weekend in Washington. As board and staff work together making decisions intended to advance the mission of the League, we are keenly aware that our elected officials on Capitol Hill have failed in their duty to work together to create a better America. What we can see around us are shuttered offices, museums and monuments, but besides frustrated tourists, the government shutdown is impacting millions of families, including those civil servants across the country who work every day ensuring that out our government runs smoothly.

The shutdown also demonstrates a breakdown in how our government should function. The League of Women Voters believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government. The inability to fund the government and keep it running fails many of these key tenets.

The League’s  position on the role of Congress outlines what a responsive legislative process should look like. Key to this is the ability for Congress to “make decisions that meet national needs and reconcile conflicting interests and priorities”, as well as “function[ing] in an efficient manner with a minimum of conflict, wasted time and duplication of effort.” The government shutdown has only illuminated the issues that have riddled Congress in recent years – the impact of huge amounts of outside special interest money in elections, including primary elections, gerrymandered districts, and an inability by Members of Congress to put what’s best for the nation ahead of how an issue is perceived in their home districts.

As voters we can demand that our Representatives end this shutdown and get back to work on the issues that matter to the American people. As the members of the League of Women Voters we can redouble our efforts to ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people truly reflects and includes the voices of all the people. We can work to eliminate and overcome barriers to registration and voting; we can use this moment to highlight the need for true reform of our redistricting process; we can work for real election reform that focuses on including as many voices as possible; and we can call for public financing of congressional elections.

Let’s not waste this crisis! The American people deserve better, let’s help them demand it!

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Education Fund

Elections

National Voter Registration Day – Please Report Your Numbers (NEW)
Thank you to the hundreds of League volunteer teams who headed out to register voters as part of National Voter Registration Day! We are thrilled that over half of participating Leagues have already reported in their numbers and have been sharing photos and success stories with us. Please take a moment to report your results by clicking on the link in an email you should have received earlier this week from Maggie Duncan. You are asked to report only two things: how many volunteers you engaged, and how many new voters you registered. Such data is critical to the future funding and support for National Voter Registration Day and events like it.

NC League Applauds DOJ Lawsuit against North Carolina Voter Suppression Law (NEW)
LWV of NC applauded the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement on Monday that they are suing to block implementation of North Carolina’s voter suppression law, one of the strictest in the nation, which voting rights advocates have called the most restrictive voting measures passed since before the civil rights era. The LWV of NC filed suit against the NC law in August.

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Advocacy

Leagues Takes the Lead on the Affordable Care Act (NEW)
State and local Leagues throughout the country have been working to get the word out to the American people on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its pivotal impact on their lives.  Leagues have also been at the forefront of efforts to assure that state governments work with, not against, the ACA in bringing health care coverage to all.  Read our blog to find out what some Leagues across the country have been working on! Let us know what your League is also doing to implement the ACA by emailing stories to Betsy Lawson, blawson@lwv.org.

EPA Announces new Carbon Pollution Regulations: Template Available (UPDATED)
On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the updated regulations on carbon pollution for new power plants. Use this letter to the editor template to bring attention to this life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change. You can also read our statement praising the administration's steps to control carbon pollution. If your letter is published please email a link to Jessica Jones, jjones@lwv.org, so it can be included on the website.

League UN Observer Reports on United Nations General Assembly (NEW)
The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on September 24, 2013.  LWV UN Alternate Observer Margery Cohen filed a report this week on the work of the General Assembly.  In addition, October 1-11, the United Nations will be observing Eleven Days of Action leading up to International Day of the Girl (IDOG) on October 11 including a Speak Out. For more information please visit the Day of the Girl 2013 webpage. For up to date information on activities at the UN, be sure to follow Rosalee Keech, LWV UN Observer on Twitter: @Rokeech

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Membership & leadership

LWVUS National Coaching Program is Seeking Nominations (NEW)
Join this wonderful group of talented League leaders to serve as a Ruth S. Shur Fellow (or national coach) – working with coaching teams in two states to help build organizational capacity as part of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program.  Successful candidates will be trained in March 2013 and will serve a 2-year term.  Applications are due on November 11, 2013.

It’s Election Season – Our Most Visible Time (NEW)
Make sure that you are prepared to take advantage of our heightened visibility this election season – stock up on membership brochures!   Brochures are sold in packs of 50, or they can be downloaded from the LWVUS website.  Leagues can customize the brochures with the tools available at the bottom of this page.

Thank You for Stepping Up! (NEW)
The LWVUS Nominating Committee extends its appreciation to all who applied and who nominated a League leader for consideration for LWVUS leadership.  The committee will be reviewing applications in the coming months, and a slate of nominees will be announced in March 2014. 

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OTHER

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, rsimmons@lwv.org.

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