The Latest Guidance from LWVUS for Action and Information for League Members
Urge Congress to pass:
NEW Brand Standards Include NEW LWV Mission, Vision and Value Statements:
SEE BELOW FOR THE LATEST ISSUES, WHAT YOU CAN DO, and INFORMATION ABOUT LEAGUE!
UPDATE ON 2020 CENSUS LITIGATION
H.R. 4: Voting Rights Advancement Act Introduced 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 heard a group of cases challenging redistricting maps in North Carolina (LWVNC v. Rucho) and Maryland (Benisek v. Lamone). LWV co-hosted 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 (SEE ABOVE).
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.
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.
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.
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;
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
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.
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