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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

LWVUS Action Alert on Gun Violence, September 2019

Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation requiring universal background checks on every firearm sale and transfer, appropriating funds for gun violence research, and closing loopholes in laws that allow stalkers to obtain guns. And now it's time for us to ensure the U.S. Senate does the same.

Now is the time for us to make it clear to our members of Congress that saving lives from gun violence should be a priority. We cannot wait for the next mass shooting. We must act today.

Contact your Senators about life-saving legislation to end gun violence today!

Learn How to TAKE ACTION on the 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 --

League's Take Action Page

Urge Congress to pass:

  • HR1 (For The People Act)
  • HR4 (Restore the Voting Rights Act-VRA)
  • The DREAM Act
  • Sensible Gun Laws
  • Stop Voter Suppression
  • Automatic Voter Registration

And MORE, for the latest see the Take Action Page

LWV HOME WEBSITE

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

LWVUS Latest News & Updates on the Issues

Save the Date for 2020 LWV Convention

The 2020 Convention will be held in Washington, DC, on June 25+28. The official first call will be published in October, and we anticipate registration and hotel reservations to open in late January of 2020

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NEW GET OUT THE VOTE(GOTV) BEST PRACTICES GUIDE

Direct voter contact is key to increasing voter turnout, especially among young people and first-time voters. LWVEF is happy to provide tools for Leagues working to conduct effective get out the vote! Download the toolkit

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2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY GUIDANCE

LWVUS has issued updated guidance to state and local Leagues recommending legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign. These recommendations allow for a strong unified "voice" at all levels of League across the country that aligns with the priorities of the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign. LWVUS wants to offer support to Leagues lobbying on these issues. Local Leagues should adopt these suggestions as they also make decisions about their priorities within their communities. A survey to assess the priorities of Leagues will also be available in the coming weeks. Questions about this memo can be addressed to Jessica Jones Capparell and Celina Stewart

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ELECTION SEASON SOCIAL MEDIA MATERIALS!

Join us in getting out the vote on social media this election season! Visit the League Management Site for sample posts and graphics to use. We will be adding new content--so bookmark this page and check back often!

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People Powered Fair Maps CampaignTM Tele-Town Hall
All League members are invited to join an online town hall outlining the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign at 6pm ET on September 4. This campaign is a powerful collaboration between national, state, and local Leagues with the goal of positioning LWV as the premiere on-the-ground leading organization fighting for fair redistricting. This campaign will launch in the fall of 2019 and is expected to be a signature national campaign for the League through 2022. A recording of the town hall will be made available for members who are unable to attend at this time. Sign up now for this important event!
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Reminder: Check Out LWVUS's New Census Page and Updated ToolkitGet Prepared for Census with the LWVUS Toolkit!

Census Day, is coming and many states have begun educating communities around the importance of "getting out to count" and participating in the 2020 Census. Last month, LWV launched a new Census page on lwv.org as well as updates to the tools and resources in the Census Action Toolkit. We are in phase 1 of our Census plan (education), so check out these pages for tools to use as you plan activities. Those who attended the Census webinar should be aware that we added guidance in the toolkit around establishing Complete Count Committees! And keep checking these resource pages, as we are updating them regularly.

Updated 2020 CENSUS TOOLKITThe Census Action Toolkit has been given a facelift to ensure we are offering the most helpful resources, including the comic strip we created to educate people on why the Census is important

The League's Census work will occur in three phases: (1) Education; (2) Get Out to Count activities, (3) Watchdog reporting. In the months leading up to Census Day--April 1, 2020--Leagues around the country will be in communities sharing information and resources about how to participate and the importance of the U.S. Census. On Census Day, the League will work in coalition to help get everyone counted, work in Complete Count Committees to share out information about low-reporting areas, and communicate where additional support is needed. Once the Census count wraps up in the Summer/Fall of 2020, the League's will remain in communities and will watchdog any issues from the ground.

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Demand a Hearing in the U.S. Senate on the For the People Act (HR 1). The "For the People Act (HR 1)" is a historic opportunity to expand voting rights, enact ethics reform, and limit the influence of big money in politics. It has passed the U.S. House of Representatives; however in the Senate, it faces an uphill battle. But we know that because of the tremendous work we've already done to mobilize the effort around this bill, that we can move this forward. Contact your Senators right now to demand a hearing on the For the People Act.

Contact your members of Congress and tell them that our democracy needs a fully restored Voting Rights Act (HR 4/ S. 561) today!.

UPDATE ON RECENT SCOTUS LITIGATION, From LEAGUE UPDATE, July 4, 2019

SCOTUS Wrap-Up 2019: A Mixed Bag of Emotions

Last week (June 28th) closed the latest term at the U.S. Supreme Court, and with the last day came three of the most awaited decisions of the term: two redistricting cases out of North Carolina and Maryland, and the Census litigation out of New York.
  • In the redistricting cases, the court ruled that partisan gerrymandering is a political question that is out of the purview of federal courts.
  • In the Census case, the court ruled to suspend the citizenship question's inclusion for 2020. (However, President Trump is threatening an Executive Order to include the citizenship question, as a work-around to the decision.)

LWVUS will be rolling out an updated toolkit (see below) focused on education, Get Out the Count guidance, and watchdog reporting for Leagues to use in preparing their work on the Census. We'll also be updating the redistricting toolkit shortly thereafter. Please be on the lookout for an official toolkit launch in the July 18th League Update!

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#19thAt100 Social Media Day + June 4 Mark your calendars: Tuesday, June 4, is the 100th anniversary of the US Senate approving the 19th Amendment. The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is leading an effort to share stories and images on social media using the hashtag #19thAt100. We will be mindful to explore the full story of 19th Amendment, in all of its complexity--recognizing that it was an incomplete victory and for many women the fight for suffrage continued. Please join LWVUS and sign up your League to participate.

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LWVUS Policy Briefings for June and July 2019! Thanks to all League members who participated in our April and May policy briefings! We are keeping these briefings going with new topics in June (Litigation and Legislative Wrap-up) and July (Census 2020). These sessions will fill up quickly, so we encourage you to register early. Learn about our wins across the country. We welcome participants to share successes in your own state as we celebrate our accomplishments at all levels of League. We look forward to talking with you next month.

May 14 Technology & Communications Webinar Recording is now available here for the Technology & Communications Webinar: Avoiding Online Scams.

UPDATE ON REDISTRICTING LITIGATION, Michigan
LWV of Michigan won their redistricting case April 25, 2019. . The ruling will require Michigan to implement new maps in time for the 2020 election and before the next redistricting cycle in 2021. Covering both state and congressional district maps, this case is the only one of its kind in the country. Read our press release

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UPDATE ON 2020 CENSUS LITIGATION-See July 4th UPDATE, above

Blog: Census Litigation Before SCOTUS This Week

On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Department of Commerce v. New York, a case challenging the current Administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. The addition of this question has been controversial and is expected to have a chilling impact on Census participation, particularly in hard to count communities. The League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS) is a plaintiff on the litigation, and LWVUS joined more than 175 civic organizations in filing an amicus brief in this case. Read more.

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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

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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).

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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 was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
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To view webinars, go here

Latest from the LEAGUE MANAGEMENT SITE

For the latest League Guidelines and Information for League management GO TO LEAGUE MANAGEMENT WEBSITE Info on brand standards (below) is there.

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NEW LWV Brand Standards Completed

We are excited to share these new LWV Brand Standards and updated logo files for all Leagues to use.

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NEW VOTE411 GRAPHIC New Vote411 tag-300 png

INFO ON new VOTE411 GRAPHIC from LWVUS

Vote411 LINK FOR VOTERS

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The newest edition of our policy book, IMPACT ON ISSUES 2018-2020 is now available online

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LWV Social Media Avatar Package We have published a package of social media avatars ("profile photos") for Leagues to use online. This file includes five variations of the LWV logo, created to fit both the square and circle dimensions of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles. It can now be downloaded with our Brand Standards on the League Management Site

PREVIOUSLY Featured Items; 2018

From July 19 and August 16, 2018 League Updates

Voter Registration Training Webinar and Overview of Available Resources Thanks to all who joined our voter registration training webinar! 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.

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.

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.

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

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

LEAGUE BRAND STANDARDS

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.

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 Leagues 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--MUST adhere to this Brand Standards document. Please reach out to communications@lwv.org with any questions.

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.

View the League Video Creating A More Perfect Democracy