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The League Update

 

July 30, 2015

Dear Friend,

As early as next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the finalization of the Clean Power Plan which limits carbon pollution from power plants. Power plants are the number one contributor of carbon pollution, which is the largest contributor to climate change. This long awaited regulation will save lives, improve health, spur economic growth and protect our environment.

The League has been a leading advocate for these regulations for years and it's good to see our hard work finally pay off. But this is only just the beginning of our work. After the final rule is announced, it will be up to the states to implement the national plan. This rule will be the most successful when states follow the building blocks laid out by the EPA to bring their own emissions down. Together, League members and supporters across the country have written over 90,000 letters to President Obama and the EPA in support of a strong regulation limiting carbon pollution. The League can continue to be a major player in the implementation of this regulation and I hope that state and local Leagues will get involved in the state implementation plan process.

In League,

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IN THIS ISSUE:

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • The Nominating Process Starts with You! (NEW)
  • Engaging 'Young People' in League (NEW)
  • LWVUS Online Database Build - Progress Report (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

  • National Voter Registration Day: Join 140+ Other Leagues on September 22! (UPDATED)
    New Research on Young Voters: Issues, Common-Sense Voting Options Key Motivators (NEW)
  • VOTE411 Webinar Recording (REMINDER)

EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

  • Money in Politics Review Paper on The Role of the Supreme Court in Interpreting the Constitution is Online (NEW)
  • Study Webinar Available in Webinar Library: Overview of MIP and Constitutional Amendment Studies (NEW)
  • Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)

ADVOCACY

  • Template Letter to the Editor Available for the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th (NEW)

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Draft Social Media and Images for 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (REMINDER)
  • Websites: Why Consider a New Website in 2016? (REMINDER)

OTHER

  • Importance of Local Studies to the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

The Nominating Process Starts with You! (NEW)
Apply to be a part of the LWVUS Board and LWVUS Nominating Committee. Deadline is September 30, 2015. The Nominating process does not start with the Nominating Committee; it starts with you, the members. The Nominating Committee can only work with those who have completed the recommendation form . Bottom line: It all comes down to you. Please help the Nominating Committee build another great LWVUS Board and LWVUS Nominating Committee who will be leaders who courageously are EMBRACING OUR FUTURE: LEADING THE WAY. Read the FAQs for additional information on the website.

Engaging “Young People” in League (NEW)
Do you wish that your League events had a more diverse and/or younger group of participants? Here’s some advice from the LWVUS YP Board Advisors:

  • Build fun and interesting themes into all of your events.
  • Co-sponsor and invite other groups whenever possible.
  • Food and beverages are always a win!
  • Promote using channels that young people engage with.
  • Have at least one young person already at your event to help create a low-stress, social event.
  • Ask them what brought them and what interests them.

For more ideas, you can access the “Building the League of Tomorrow” toolkit here or you can view the most recent webinar by the Advisors here.

LWVUS Online Database Build - Progress Report (REMINDER)
The Leagues selected to preview the new database have provided LWVUS with beneficial feedback. In reviewing the feedback, we are making minor adjustments to the training materials and fine tuning the online database to best fit local and state Leagues' needs. Soon LWVUS will be sending out training materials to begin the roll out process. Thank you for your patience and participation in this exciting transition for the League of Women Voters!

EDUCATION FUND - ELECTIONS

National Voter Registration Day: Join 140+ Other Leagues on September 22! (UPDATED)
Time is running out sign up to host a voter registration drive in your community on September 22nd, National Voter Registration Day! Leagues who sign up as partners soon are guaranteed to receive free posters and stickers if you want them. Join hundreds of Leagues and other groups in celebrating democracy nationwide this year. Additional training opportunities and toolkits will be made available once you sign up. Contact Maggie (Duncan) Bush (mbush@lwv.org) with questions.

New Research on Young Voters: Issues, Common-Sense Voting Options Key Motivators (NEW)
One of our latest blogs highlights new research by our smart friends at CIRCLE (the Center for information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) on data related to young people and political participation. While the news shows continued underrepresentation of young people in the electorate, CIRCLE's report does demonstrate that several of the League's priority voter engagement programs hold the key to increasing young people's political participation in the lead-up to 2016.

VOTE411 Webinar Recording (REMINDER)
Unable to attend the VOTE411 webinars held recently? Still interested in learning more about the VOTE411 program and how you can participate? LWVEF recorded the July 15th webinar and you can view the recording at any time through this link! If you have any questions about the webinar, or about VOTE411 in general, please contact Megan Brown (mbrown@lwv.org).

EDUCATION FUND - KEY STRUCTURES OF DEMOCRACY

Money in Politics Review Paper on The Role of the Supreme Court in Interpreting the Constitution is Online (NEW)
The MIP paper on The Role of the Supreme Court in Interpreting the Constitution is now posted on the Money in Politics page. The paper examines the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the history of judicial supremacy as limited by changing the Court and Constitutional Amendment. To join the discussion on Money in Politics, join the MIP Google Group. If you need assistance accessing the MIP google group please reach out to MIP Chair, Barbara Zia at MIPStudyChair@lwv.org

Study Webinar Available in Webinar Library: Overview of MIP and Constitutional Amendment Studies (NEW)
On Wednesday, July 29, LWVUS Board Members including the Chairs of the LWVUS Money in Politics Review and Constitutional Amendment Study Committees put on a webinar with general background on national studies and an orientation to the two current studies. The Study Webinar audio recording and the PowerPoint presentation are now available in the LWVUS Webinar Library.

Constitutional Amendment Study: Consensus Questions and New Deadline! (REMINDER)
At its post-Council 2015 meeting, the League Board approved the Constitutional Amendment study questions so that Leagues can begin to meet and discuss this all important issue. LWVUS will be asking for the results of your consensus meetings by December 1, 2015. The consensus questions are accompanied by short PRO and CON statements that will help League members consider their responses. Educational materials can be found at the Constitutional Amendment Study page and others will be posted in the coming weeks. This will be an interesting, exciting and important way to kick off fall activities for the League! Questions can be sent to CACommitteeChair@lwv.org.

ADVOCACY

Template Letter to the Editor Available for the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th (NEW)
Thursday, August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). This landmark piece of legislation was crafted to prevent discrimination in voting and signed by President Johnson. LWVUS has crafted a letter-to-the-editor template for use by Leagues around the country to mark this historic date. Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court's decision that overturned a key part of the VRA, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Please continue to raise your voice and tell Congress that now is the time to restore the VRA!

COMMUNICATIONS

Draft Social Media and Images for 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (REMINDER)
On Thursday, August 6, we will be celebrating 50 years since the Voting Rights Act (VRA) became law. Join the celebration by tailoring these draft Facebook and Twitter messages for your Leagues. Additionally, the national coalition has been having Twitter storms every Thursday at 1 pm ET to keep the pressure on Congress to restore the VRA. Help beat the drum by using the hashtag #RestoreTheVRA. These draft social media messages can also be tailored and repurposed for the Twitter storms.

Websites: Why Consider a New Website in 2016? (REMINDER)
In 2014, we asked users of the League Easy Web (LEW) web hosting service how to make it better. Based on League member feedback, the new LEW (coming in 2016) will make a typical League website even better. For example, you will be more likely to have people visit your website from search engines. Your site will meet higher accessibility standards (for vision impairment, for example). Sharing content between Leagues means no more double entry! Reports and alerts to help you improve your site will be included. A media library will liven up your site. Multiple accounts with different access levels will be permitted. Read this comparison flyer to learn more of the differences between the current LEW, the new LEW, and Wordpress (a popular alternative). Training webinars will be announced this fall. Contact jwaggoner@lwvc.org for more information.

OTHER

Importance of Local Studies to the League Clearinghouse (REMINDER)
The League Clearinghouse definitely wants your local studies--they help other Leagues learn how your League handled the scope and focus of a topic, the research methodology, experts consulted, clues about positions and consensus questions, etc. All studies provide valuable information and benefit other Leagues. Note: the Clearinghouse accepts positions without their supporting studies, even as multi-position documents, if they are accompanied by a single submission form. The description section could have "Resulting Position:" and the position statement or a link to the position. Complete studies are preferred, and Leagues may add study documents at a later date. Share your studies! Share our strength!

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