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League of Women Voters Leaders' Update

August 29, 2013

In This Issue:


  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Fix the Voting Rights Act (NEW)
  • Thank you for making the March on Washington a Success! (NEW)
  • Update from the Agriculture Update Committee (Reminder)


  • Voter Registration Day Goal Met! Don’t Forget to Register Your NVRD Event (NEW)
  • New Webinar Recording: Voter Registration Tips and Training (NEW)


  • LWVUS Board Needs You! (NEW)
  • Constitution Day is September 17:  Template Available (NEW)
  • Update Your Officers (Reminder)


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

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Dear Friend,

Although the term “American Dream” was coined in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, the concept that America is the land of opportunity offering every man the chance to go as far as his ability will take him is as old as the republic itself. Our nation's history tells the story of expanding the dream beyond white northern European men to women and men of all races, ethnicities and national origins. The struggle to achieve the vote, which we celebrated this week on Women’s Equality Day, was a central principle in the ongoing effort of women to realize the American Dream. Continuing efforts to welcome in waves of immigrants from all over the world expands the Dream. The March on Washington, which we commemorated over the past week, represented the resolute determination of African Americans to claim their rightful share of that Dream. Dr. King’s dream was for an America where every person is not only created equal, but also has an equal chance to succeed.

The commemorations this week demonstrated how far we have come over the course of our history and at the same time served as a reminder that we still have work to do. Fifty years ago, those who marched were genuinely afraid for their safety. Gathering on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, they demanded an end to economic discrimination and an end to Jim Crow. This week, those who gathered were confident in their ability to shape a future that offers equality to all persons regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Central to the calls to action by the various speakers, was protection of what Carrie Chapman Catt called “the emblem of [our] equality,” the vote. The Reverend Al Sharpton declared yesterday that the era of Jim Crow was over. Now we face “James Crow, Jr., Esq.”

This has been an amazing week, and the League has been a part of the events. League members gathered to march on Saturday, and the League was accorded VIP status at an event celebrating the contribution of women to the march as well as a reception on Friday evening and VIP seating for the March and the closing ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial. We earned that status. The importance of the work the League has done and continues to do protecting the right to vote cannot be overstated. We must go forward, we cannot go back. As John Lewis continues to exhort us, we must keep “getting in the way.”

In League,

Description: Elisabeth


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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Fix the Voting Rights Act (NEW)
We have had a tremendous response from Leaguers telling their members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Please continue to take action on this important issue and encourage your friends to do the same. We have also had many local Leagues submit letters to the editor about the importance of fixing the VRA. We have compiled a list of letters that have been published in papers around the country. If your League has had a letter published, please forward a link to be included on our website to Kelly Ceballos.

Thank you for making the March on Washington a Success! (NEW)
The commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington was a success! Thank you to all of the League members, including LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara, that came from near and far to attend the event and participate in the festivities. The League was able to participate in many events during the week of activities including an Intergenerational Roundtable about the role women have played in the movement and the closing ceremonies with Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter. If you have any photos from the week of events please send them to Stephanie Drahan so that we can share them on the League’s Facebook page.

Update from the Agriculture Update Committee (Reminder)
The Agriculture Update Committee regrets to inform the membership that it is behind schedule; we ask for your patience since we have several highly technical and dynamic issues to address. The committee is planning a phased release of study materials beginning in September. We realize that some Leagues have scheduled consensus meetings for November, but that will likely be too soon, as the materials will require some time to read and absorb, especially for those who are not familiar with the topics. The Committee suggests that Leagues schedule consensus meetings beginning in January. Consensus reports are currently not due until April 4. Please watch the Leaders' Update and the Agriculture Update group in the LWV Forums for further notices and discussions. Please contact Update Chair, Norman Turrill, at lwvturrill@mac.com, with any questions.

Education Fund


Voter Registration Day Goal Met! Don’t Forget to Register Your NVRD Event (NEW)
Thank you and congratulations to the more than 250 Leagues who signed up to participate in National Voter Registration Day (9/24) before the 8/26 deadline! We’ve topped our participation from last year. Now it’s time to finalize plans. In order for voters to find you on the day of your drive, please register your event at the NVRD main website by clicking on the link recently sent to your email and following the instructions to register your event. You can also download the handy toolkit and template communications materials online. Contact Maggie Duncan (mduncan@lwv.org) for help.

New Webinar Recording: Voter Registration Tips and Training (NEW)
Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s voter registration training webinar! Anyone looking for fresh ideas and tips for voter registration drives can watch a recording of the webinar. LWVUS also has a wide variety of voters’ service tools and templates available on our website under the member resources voters service area.


Membership & leadership

LWVUS Board Needs You! (NEW)
Your skills are needed! According to LWVUS Board member Karen Nicholson, who serves on the Nominating Committee, “Having worked with others on the National Board for just a bit more than a year, I have some observations to share. Some of us are big picture; some are detail oriented; some of us are issue and advocacy oriented; some want to work with our membership; Voter Service is the passion of others; some write well; some facilitate well. In other words, the national board has a lot of similarities to your local and state boards. Let me repeat--your skills are needed--and those are skills you already possess and already share with the LWV. The LWVUS Board also needs those skills.”

Karen’s point is very simple: LWVUS needs people with a variety of skills. The League can only remain strong if we have strong candidates. Many of you could serve on the LWVUS Board, and the Nominating Committee needs to hear from you to nominate yourself or someone else. The deadline for all nominations is September 30.

Constitution Day is September 17: Template Available (NEW)
Customize this press release template to draw attention to Constitution Day, the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17.

Update Your Officers (Reminder)
Please don’t forget to update any changes in your League’s leadership in the member database. It is critical that all records are up-to-date so that your League receives all messages from LWVUS. If you need assistance, please contact Betty Taira.



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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