Young People’s Task Force Toolkit and Webinar Available (NEW)
“What a moment to invite people into our trusted organization and engage a new generation in leadership for our democracy.” At Convention in Dallas, the Young People’s Task Force (YPTF) unveiled their newly completed toolkit for recruiting and engaging new, young members. The toolkit includes chapters focused on mentoring new leaders, developing a League presence on college campuses, internships and more. The entire toolkit is now available online. The YP team will also be holding a webinar on July 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET to give an overview of their new toolkit and introduce the new YP Board Advisors for the coming biennium. Sign up for the webinar today!
Organizational Development Resources from Convention 2014 Online (NEW)
All of the resources from the trainings on Membership and Organizational Development are now posted on the website. These are great resources for those who attended Convention 2014 and wanted to reference specific PowerPoints or for those who want to share handouts with those who could not make it to Dallas this year.
Award Winners Announced at Convention in Dallas (NEW)
Congratulations to the four winners of the 2014 Power: Our Voices, Our Votes Awards! The Effective Member Engagement and Recruitment Award was won by the LWV of Miami-Dade County, FL; the Strengthening Democracy Award was won by the LWV of the Kalamazoo Area, MI; the High Impact Visibility Awards was won by the LWV of New Jersey; and the Community Connection Award was won by LWV of Collier County, FL.
Of the 16 finalists, each winner was chosen by you! You can read more about the winning projects and all of our finalists online. Thank you to each of you for your participation in picking this year’s winners.
Welcome the LWV of the Lower Keys (NEW)
LWVUS is pleased welcome the League of Women Voters of the Lower Keys, Florida. This League has shown itself to be dedicated to protecting and strengthening our democracy and we look forward to their future successes. Special thanks are extended to LWV of Florida for mentoring this new group!
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Template Letter to the Editor for July 4th and VOTE411 (NEW)
As we approach our nation’s birthday at the end of next week, use this new template letter to the editor to remind your state and community about the importance of getting registered and ready for the elections this year by visiting VOTE411.org.
Promote your Candidate Debates and Forums on VOTE411! (REMINDER)
Does your League have any candidate debates or forums coming up in 2014? Promoting your events on VOTE411 can help spread the word to voters in your communities. Over 650 League sponsored candidate debates have been published on VOTE411. If you have any upcoming candidate debates or forums and would like us to post the information on VOTE411, please send the following information to Megan Brown: event title, offices covered, date, time, location (venue name and address) and any other information voters might need.
New Toolkit: Conducting Voter Registration at Naturalization Ceremonies (REMINDER)
LWVEF is pleased to unveil a new toolkit intended to help Leagues conduct effective voter registration at naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. The toolkit, available for free download, includes League-tested strategies for working with officials who host naturalization ceremonies, tips for improving voter registration rates at ceremonies, a customizable media advisory template to help spread the word about your great work, and inspiring success stories from Leagues who are already working to engage new citizens. We hope to add to this toolkit in the coming months. Please share your feedback and questions with Elections Program Manager, Maggie Duncan.
League Opposes Bad Policy Riders to 2014 Appropriations Bills (NEW)
The League joined a letter to the Leadership of the U.S. Senate encouraging them to stay strong against attempts to load 2014 appropriations bills with amendments that threaten the nation's clean water, climate and natural resources.
VRAA to move forward in the U.S. Senate (UPDATED)
On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the Senate Judiciary Committee finally held a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA). This hearing in the Senate is the first step to ensuring voting rights are protected but we also need to keep the pressure on the U.S. House. Tell your Representative to move forward on voting rights. There are templates available to use in your own state around the hearing. Use this press release template and template letter to the editor in your own communities to build support for voting rights!
EPA to Hold Public Hearings on New Carbon Regulation (REMINDER)
During the week of July 28, the EPA will hold public hearings in Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and Washington, DC to gather feedback on the recently proposed regulations of carbon pollution from power plants. League members in these cities can sign up to provide testimony on these new regulations on the EPA’s website. League members who cannot attend the hearings should submit a comment to the EPA in support of these regulations.
OXFAM America Report on Working Poor (NEW)
Oxfam America has released a report that describes the challenges facing the working poor in America. The publication provides state by state maps of where the working poor live in America.
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