Upcoming Meetings for Members
Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10----honoring Shirley Cobert as LWV Goodwill Ambassador
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From LWVUS for Members
The League Update July 6, 2017
MORE THAN 100 LEAGUE LEADERS ATTENDED NATIONAL COUNCIL IN JUNE
Last weekend, League leaders from 42 states plus the District of Columbia met at Council 2017 where we explored this critical time in our democracy, and the amazing opportunities before the League. It is a time for organizational transformation that will support our work and help to make a greater impact on our mission.
League leaders discussed objectives including retaining & expanding engagement of new individuals, ways to increase outreach and impact, as well as sharing data and fundraising opportunities. Collectively, we will work to position ourselves as the best organization we can be because we are stronger when we speak with one voice. I want to thank everyone who came to Council and participated in our thoughtful and productive sessions.
In the coming months, we will have more to say about this work but we are encouraged by the great energy and momentum that will lead us to a stronger, unified, and sustainable League by 2020 and into the next century.
MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK CAMPAIGN
Reminder: Sign up for National Voter Registration Day 2017
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 26 and we have already had 125 Leagues sign up to participate! Sign up your League as a partner in this incredible celebration of democracy. All you need to do is agree to host a registration event in your community on 9/26, or otherwise publicize the importance of voter registration. Join thousands of organizations, elected officials, celebrities, and other partners—including hundreds of participating state and local Leagues—by signing up today! The League has been the single largest on-the-ground partner for NVRD since 2012. Let’s keep up the trend!
The Union Edge Partnership
Since January, the League has had a regular radio segment on The Union Edge: the only nationally-syndicated labor talk radio program in the country. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, League leaders have spread the word about our work on important topics from health care to voter ID laws to redistricting. If you would like to recommend a League leader for an upcoming segment, please contact the Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Attend UN Climate Change Conference
LWVUS has the opportunity to send delegates to the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn Germany. The deadline to register for the conference is Thursday July 6, 2017. LWVUS delegates will have the ability to attend both the official UN meetings as well as the side events. Please contact Robin Tokmakian at email@example.com for registration.
Note: There is no fee to attend the conference. All travel and related expenses are not covered and up to the individual to arrange. Information about the conference can be found here (though few specifics about program is posted at this time).
News of the Week
The League opposed the termination of the Elections Assistance Commission during last week’s mark-up of the House Financial Services Appropriation Bill. On The Union Edge, Andrea Kaminski of Wisconsin discussed the history of gerrymandering.
LWVUS Interns headed to the Hill on June 22 to rally to #restorethevote. Learn more in our blog. On Independence Day, the Northampton League was present registering voters during a 49-person naturalization ceremony.
Leagues continue to challenge the Senate's health care act. Oregon shared their thoughts in a guest column in The Bulletin. And, in Pennsylvania, Lancaster Online published an editorial discussing the state's gerrymandering lawsuit.
League Comments on Kobach Request for Voter Records
Kris Kobach requested all states provide the personal information of every registered voter across the country for use by the Presidential Election “Integrity” Commission. The League issued a statement calling the request a giant fishing expedition meant to distract from the real issue of voter suppression. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC. The Brennan Center for Justice has put together an informative memo outlining the legal risks involved with providing voter information to the Commission.
Continue Opposition of Senate Health Care Plan
The U.S. Senate released their plan to cut health care for 22 million Americans, cut Medicaid and reduce access to health care for women. Senate leadership was unable to garner enough support for the legislation and postponed a vote on the legislation. This is a small victory in the fight to maintain quality affordable care for all Americans. Please continue to call and email your Senators and let them know that America deserves better.
League Joins Letter in Support of Paid Family Leave
The League joined more than 340 organizations representing a range of demographic groups from more than 40 states in sending a letter to Congress urging members to support an inclusive paid family and medical leave policy and to reject alternatives that leave people behind. Specifically, the groups want to make clear that the parental-leave-only plan included in the administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal would do more harm than good and should not be considered a legitimate paid leave plan.
Nominations for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
It’s time to submit nominations for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors and the 2018-2020 Nominating Committee. First, click here to find more information on the criteria for nominees and then fill out the form if there's a person you'd like to nominate!
State Department's Trafficking in Person's Report
Since the adoption of the League's Position on Human Trafficking in 2014, the League has been actively engaged in "opposing all forms of domestic and international human trafficking". On an international basis, our Chief Observer to the United Nations, Rosalee Keech, advocated for inclusion of efforts and best practices to fight the demand for both labour and sex trafficking with the US State Department and other member states at the United Nations. Her influence can be seen in this year's version of the US State Department's Trafficking in Person's Report, which is a report card on the efforts of UN member states in eradicating human trafficking.
We have a long way to go--the International Labour Organization's estimates of $150 Billion in illicit profits and 21 million children and adults exploited means that there is much more work to be done, including in the United States. As consumers, our demand for products and produced by slave labour is fueling the HT industry. Part of the League's position includes "Prosecution and penalization of traffickers and abusers should be established, and existing laws should be strictly enforced. Extensive essential services for victims and should be applied where needed. Education and awareness programs on human trafficking should be established in our communities and in our schools." What is your community doing to stop the demand for human trafficking?
Introducing a New Local League: LWV Skagit County
This month, we welcome a new Local League into the LWV family: the League of Women Voters of Skagit County. This League in Washington was a local League before becoming a MAL unit, and now we welcome them back to League status. During their long tenure in the region, they’ve cemented their presence as advocates of democracy and civic engagement. Check out their website here.