I am full of energy and inspiration after our 54th National Convention this past weekend. League delegates, observers, board members, and staff joined together virtually for the first time in our 100-year history. There’s no arguing that this was a historic Convention.
On Friday, our League delegates elected Dr. Deborah Ann Turner as the 20th board president of the League of Women Voters of the United States for our 2020-2022 biennium. Deborah has an impressive resume, as a doctor, an attorney, and a long-time League member. In her remarks on Saturday, she laid out her vision for the League during the next biennium: making VOTE411 a household name, advancing our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work, and embracing intergenerational relationships. I am so excited to welcome Dr. Deborah Ann Turner as the President of our new board, and I am confident her leadership will carry the League forward strongly into our next century.
I had the honor of kicking off our Convention Thursday evening, moderating a panel of powerhouse voting rights experts – who happen to be all women! Our conversation on Facebook Live included D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Valerie Jarrett of When We All Vote, Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (and newly elected board member of LWVUS!), and Alejandra Castillo of YWCA USA.
We were honored to hear from CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell who delivered an inspirational and celebratory keynote video. She spoke to the intersection of activism and journalism, and the need for more Black and Brown women leading the work. You can watch Norah O’Donnell’s full speech on our YouTube page.
As we celebrated our organization's centennial virtually and conducted our internal business, I addressed the convention about what it means to be nonpartisan in hyper-partisan times.
“When democracy is attacked, we can’t stay neutral. We must stand in our positions and advocate for what is right and just – we must stand in defense of the constitution.”
We know the League's mission of empowering voters and defending democracy has never been more important. With Deborah’s board leadership, I am confident we will tackle this together over the next two years.