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LEAGUE ACTION ALERTS -- Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

What You Can Do - Take Action on the Issues!

The Latest Guidance from LWVUS for Action and Information for League Members

Learn About the League's Important Issues

The League of Women Voters cares about issues and encourages participation in the political process. Click below to learn about the issues and how to get involved --

View the new League Video Creating A More Perfect Democracy

League's Take Action Page

Urge Congress to pass:

  • HR1
  • The DREAM Act
  • Sensible Gun Laws
  • Stop Voter Suppression
  • Automatic Voter Registration
  • Restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA)

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NEW Brand Standards Include NEW LWV Mission, Vision and Value Statements:

  • LEAGUE STATEMENT: The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

  • OUR MISSION: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

  • OUR VISION: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

  • OUR VALUE: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.

SEE BELOW FOR THE LATEST ISSUES, WHAT YOU CAN DO, and INFORMATION ABOUT LEAGUE!

LWVUS Latest News

H.R. 4: Voting Rights Advancement Act Introduced This Week!

LWV is proud to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), which would restore the VRA by updating the coverage formula to determine which states and localities must pre-clear election changes with the Department of Justice. The bill would essentially restore section 4 of the VRA, which was gutted in the Shelby County v. Holder decision. Read our statement on the VRAA

Read our Talking Points about Voting Rights

RSVP for Redistricting Rally at SCOTUS!

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a group of cases challenging redistricting maps in North Carolina (LWVNC v. Rucho) and Maryland (Benisek v. Lamone). LWV will co-host a rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26. You are invited to join us and share this information with your networks so we can ensure LWV is well represented at this rally. Join our Facebook event page to keep abreast of event details and well as opportunities to rally with us and share in this historical moment!

LWVUS Includes Climate Change Position in Impact on Issues

The LWVUS Board approved the following position on climate change: The League believes that climate change is a serious threat facing our nation and planet. The League believes that an interrelated approach to combating climate change--including through energy conservation, air pollution controls, building resilience, and promotion of renewable resources--is necessary to protect public health and defend the overall integrity of the global ecosystem. The League supports climate goals and policies that are consistent with the best available climate science and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. Individuals, communities, and governments must continue to address this issue, while considering the ramifications of their decision, at all levels--local, state, regional, national, and global.

This position will be included in the next version of Impact on Issues when it is published later in Spring 2019.

Take Action: End the Influence of Big Money

New legislation from Congress, HR1, will modernize our election system, reform redistricting, and restore the Voting Rights Act. But we need your help to ensure that a key provision reducing the undue influence of Big Money in our politics is also included. Contact your Representative and ask that a small donor public financing system is included as a priority in HR1

HR1 includes comprehensive reforms, like restoring the Voting Rights Act, improving Automatic Voter Registration, creating a public financing system through small donor matching funds, overturning Citizens United, ending partisan gerrymandering, and more! The League worked behind the scenes to influence the language of this legislation, including a push to include Same Day Registration.

This bill will make our elections fairer, put the power back into the hands of the American people, and it deserves bipartisan support. We're asking all of our members and supporters to call their U.S. House Representative and ask them to vote Yes for HR1.

Webinar Announcement: LWV Policy Briefing on HR1, the For the People Act Join LWVUS for a webinar briefing on HR1, the For the People Act, the first democracy reform agenda bill introduced in the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. LWVUS staff will provide an overview of the legislation, detail what provisions the League is fighting for, and talk about grassroots engagement with Congress as well as opportunities to engage at state and local levels. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 4:00 PM Eastern. RSVP here.

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UPDATE ON 2020 CENSUS LITIGATION The citizenship question in the 2020 census was struck down by a federal judge this week. The League celebrates this victory as we stand opposed to this question's inclusion in the 2020 census.

LWVUS Featured Items - June , July & August, 2018,

From July 19 and August 16 League Updates

NEW Voter Registration Training Webinar and Overview of Available Resources Thanks to all who joined our voter registration training webinar this week! A recording of the webinar is now available, along with a list of our latest and greatest resources for helping you carry out effective voter registration drives this fall.

Urge Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act The VRA was passed 53 years ago. Unfortunately, the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, overturned an essential provision of the VRA which has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans. Join us as we tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.

NEW LWV Brand Standards Over the last six months, the national office has been working to produce a clearer and more streamlined Brand Standards document that will better reflect our nationwide brand in both digital and print. We are excited to share these new LWV Brand Standards and updated logo files for all to use. These will be the only official League of Women Voters logos available moving forward. All LWV materials created moving forward--both digital and printed--Leagues must adhere to this Brand Standards document.

Please reach out to communications@lwv.org with any questions.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) TRAINING

The national office is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The follow up materials from the DEI training are now available on the League Management Site. Additionally, LWVUS has posted the definitions of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy.

For those looking for more resources and tools, LWVUS has also provided continued learning materials here.

Bylaws Update Per the bylaws votes at Convention, the LWVUS bylaws have been updated accordingly.

LWV RELEASES TWO ACTION TOOLKITS

(From League Updates, July 19 & August 2, 2018)

New Materials have been added to the Census and Redistricting Action Kits ! The Redistricting Action Kit now contains a link to a new report from the Campaign Legal Center regarding Designing Independent Redistricting Commissions. The Census Action Kit contains a template for Leagues that would like to submit comments to the Department of Commerce regarding the inclusion of the citizenship question on the U.S. Census.

NEW Census and Redistricting Action Tool Kits are available on the League Management site! Click below.

Visit the updated Census Action Kit and see May and April sections, below;

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Updated Redistricting Action Kit

Use these Kits for tools and resources--including templates, messaging guidance, and background materials--related to the League's work on redistricting and the Census. Additional materials are being added as they become available

LWVUS Featured Items - May 2018 & 2020 CENSUS Update

FEATURED MAY with Updated CENSUS information

Public comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the inclusion of a citizenship question were due by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Read LWVUS comments here

See below for tools to use as an informed individual to write your congressperson or a letter to the editor.

Other info from LWVUS, May, 2018

LEAGUE MANAGEMENT SITE

For the latest League Guidelines and Information for League management GO TO LEAGUE MANAGEMENT WEBSITE

To Watch a short demo video (no audio) about how to navigate the new League Management Site, click here. If you have any questions about the new League Management Site, please direct them to communications@lwv.org.