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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

July 18, 2013

In This Issue:


  • League Urges U.S. House to Pass Immigration Reform (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT: Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House (Reminder)


  • National Board Liaisons:  A Source of Support for All League Leaders (NEW)
  • New Mexico Leagues Participate in Leadership Training (NEW)


  • Share your studies, share our strength in the LWV Clearinghouse! (Reminder)
  • Help Plan the League’s Next 93 Years (Reminder)

Glad You Asked!

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. 

As League president, I received an email message from LWVUS that someone is interested in volunteering with our local League. Why did I get this? 

Because individuals who visit www.lwv.org are often interested in how they can get involved locally, there is a form on the site that allows people to share their contact information with us. This information is forwarded to the appropriate state or local League for follow up with the interested parties. Almost 750 people have completed the form, and of them, more than 70 have joined their local League. It can be great way to bring someone new into your League!

Send your question to kmcfarland@lwv.org with “Glad You Asked” in the subject line.

Dear Friend,

Its summer time and the living is anything but easy in Washington. Not only is it hot, but while the pace has slowed a bit, the LWVUS continues to work in coalition with national partners to analyze the recent Supreme Court ruling which gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). Charting a path to restoring the VRA to full effectiveness will involve work at both the federal and state level. We are looking at a variety of solutions with an eye to insuring that any action we take is effective and politically viable. But while we continue to explore specific solutions, there is important work to do now to build support for repairing the VRA and to block anti-voter initiatives in the states.

This week, hearings were held in Congress on the VRA. The League has called on them to move swiftly to restore the VRA. Please consider using this template Letter to the Editor to call on Congress to respond to the Court’s devastating decision and restore the VRA. As you submit the letter to newspapers in your state, consider partnering with another organization in your community or possibly a Member of Congress if that might help get the letter published. Remind the media of the upcoming 48th anniversary of the VRA on August 6, 2013 as an additional news hook.

Before the ink was even dry on the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder decision, several states such as South Carolina and Texas, rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws. We expect that this is only the beginning which is why it is important that the League keeps fighting in the states.

While we recognize that summer is a time when many of us take some much deserved time off, it is critical that we remain vigilant and that we get out the word about what we are seeing in our states as a result of the Court’s decision. For our part, as we have additional information and materials, we will include them in this Update, as well as through action alerts, and other communications from the national office.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of America’s voters.

In League,
Description: Elisabeth



League Leaders:
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League Urges U.S. House to Pass Immigration Reform (NEW)
The League sent a letter  to the U.S. House urging them to pass immigration reform and ensure that a path to citizenship is available to all who remain legally in the United States. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also be talking to targeted offices on this topic. The upcoming August recess provides a unique opportunity for Leagues to attend town hall meetings to address this issue with their Representatives. For information or questions about lobbying on this issue, please contact Jessica Jones at jjones@lwv.org.

ACTION ALERT: Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House (Reminder)
After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants, border security and other contentious issues, the debate over comprehensive immigration reform now moves to the U.S. House. Tell your Representative you support comprehensive immigration reform.

Membership & leadership

National Board Liaisons:  A Source of Support for All League Leaders (NEW)
Every League leader has a source of support in their national board liaison. Each national board member works with a handful of states throughout their tenure providing updates, answering questions and offering guidance. A list of state assignments and contact information for each LWVUS board member is available on www.lwv.org.

New Mexico Leagues Participate in Leadership Training (NEW)
Last week, representatives from across New Mexico gathered in Albuquerque for a two-day LWV leadership training. Facilitated by LWVUS staff member Cheryl Graeve and national coach Nancy Eitreim (WA), participants explored ways to build upon their programmatic work to generate more visibility for their Leagues, attract new members, and develop new leaders.

According to former LWVUS president and current national coach Mary Wilson, “It was an inspirational two days – we are reenergized and ready to not only strengthen our democracy but to strengthen the League, too. I was so proud to see the great ideas from my own local League and wonderful connections between all three levels of the League blooming through this program. ” The training is part of the Membership & Leadership Development Program and is funded by the Fund for Local League Growth.


Share your studies, share our strength in the LWV Clearinghouse! (Reminder)
Has your League wondered if another League has done a study on a certain topic?  Have you produced a study you would like to share with other Leagues?  The LWV Clearinghouse is the perfect place to find studies and share your own. The Clearinghouse is organized by positions and provides information about studies and ways to contact Leagues for more information. Just a click away: http://clearinghouse.lwv.org.

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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