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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

May 30, 2013

In This Issue:


  • League Contributes Post to Immigration Blog Carnival (NEW)
  • President Fails to Mention Climate Change in New Jersey Visit (NEW)
  • League asks U.S. Senators to Maintain Funding for the EPA (NEW)


  • Wisconsin State Appeals Court Rules Voter Photo ID Law is Constitutional (NEW)


  • Stories of League Impact: LWV of Moscow Addresses Poverty Issues in Moscow, Idaho (NEW)
  • Visibility Opportunity:  Letter to the Editor Template (Reminder)


  • Free Video Commemorates Landmark Trial Upholding the Sixth Amendment (NEW)
  • Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)

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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.  Our inaugural tip is in response to several inquiries we've had at LWVUS from newly elected presidents/leadership teams.

Are there Job Descriptions for League Leaders?

This is a common question as Leagues’ new boards are forming.  There are job descriptions for Leadership roles under many of the categories in the “Leadership Roles and Development” area of the Members section of www.lwv.org, such as secretary, membership chair, or voter service chair.  Looking for others?  Enter the term “Management Tips” in the search box. 

Dear Friend,

This week, we all celebrate the start of summer, but League leaders are still hard at work fighting for voting rights, wrapping up a busy Annual Meeting and State Convention season, and awaiting key decisions from the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

Our Florida League has continued to earn impressive media coverage for its crucial work to support newly enacted positive voter reforms.  And in North Carolina, League leaders and their co-plaintiffs are gearing up for their day in court: Next week, a Raleigh court will hear evidence detailing how the state’s flawed 2011 redistricting plan has already harmed hundreds of voters, especially those living in minority communities. Read our blog for more details about the North Carolina League’s important work, and take pride in and spread the word of your own League’s efforts to engage and support voters at every opportunity.  

In League,
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League Contributes Post to Immigration Blog Carnival (NEW)
The League contributed a blog post to the YWCA USA’s What Women Want blog carnival about immigration reform. Read our blog post and follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #women4CIR.

President Obama Fails to Mention Climate Change in New Jersey Visit (NEW)
The League expressed disappointment and concern that President Obama failed to mention climate change as one of the causes of extreme weather. The President went to hurricane-ravaged New Jersey on Tuesday to see the rebuilding and economic recovery still taking place after Superstorm Sandy struck last November.

League asks U.S. Senators to Maintain Funding for the EPA (NEW)
The League joined other environmental organizations on a letter sent to U.S. Senators encouraging them to support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) funding at levels needed for the agency to carry out its core missions.

Education Fund


Wisconsin State Appeals Court Rules Voter Photo ID Law is Constitutional (NEW)
A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled that the state’s photo voter ID law was constitutional today thus overturning a lower court ruling that had found the law to be unconstitutional. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed the lawsuit challenging the law based on the state’s constitution shortly after the law was passed. LWV WI is considering their next move in the case:  Read their press statement.  You can also read some media coverage.


Membership & leadership

Stories of League Impact: LWV of Moscow Addresses Poverty Issues in Moscow, Idaho (NEW)
Leagues across the country are making their communities healthy, vibrant and strong as they use the best practices of the Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) program to enhance their outstanding programmatic work. During National Volunteer Week in April, LWVUS asked local Leagues to share stories about how they are making a difference in their communities and the response has been truly inspiring. The first story of impact we’d like to share is from the League of Women Voters of Moscow, Idaho.  

Visibility Opportunity:  Letter to the Editor Template (Reminder)
It’s graduation time.  Use this letter to the editor template to call attention to the best gift you can give grads - helping them to register to vote.  Promote this piece that is core to our mission and get some good visibility for your League.

Honor an Outgoing Leader with a Gift for the League’s Future & a Limited Edition Pin! (Reminder)
Show your appreciation for an outgoing League leader with a limited edition League lapel pin and a donation to the future of the League of Women Voters in their name. You may purchase a limited-edition League lapel pin with a $50 donation to the Fund for Local League Growth and join the hundreds of League members investing in our future


Free Video Commemorates Landmark Trial Upholding the Sixth Amendment (NEW)
The Constitution Project’s (CP) video “Defending Gideon” to commemorate the  50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright is available on the Constitution Project website. Declaring that the Constitution required the government to appoint a lawyer for those who could not otherwise afford one, Gideon laid the groundwork for fairer criminal trials. The film is narrated by Martin Sheen and stars Henry Fonda as Gideon.

The Constitutional Project is making the video available free of charge. You can stream it from their website or order a DVD by contacting Brian Yourish at byourish@constitutionproject.org. Lesson plans and toolkits are also available.

Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)
The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of voter engagement and public policy issue education, which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. We invite you to learn about planning your charitable gifts to the League in a way that will maximize your investment in democracy while providing opportunities for you to share the benefit. For information on how to include the League in your will—or to obtain a charitable gift annuity, participate in our pooled income fund, or find other ways that will provide income to you and your loved one while helping to ensure the League’s future—contact the national League Development office at 202-263-1355 or development@lwv.org.


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