The Latest Guidance from LWVUS for Action and Information for League Members
Urge Congress to pass:
For the latest League Guidelines and Information for League management, see the League Management Website. Info on brand standards (below) is there.
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 RECENT SCOTUS LITIGATION, From LEAGUE UPDATE, July 4
Get 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. The upcoming LWVUS policy webinar covering Census 2020 has been moved to July 30 from 3 to 4 PM Eastern. The webinar will cover basic information about the Census, a three-phase campaign for LWV involvement, and an overview of the tools available from LWVUS. Register for the webinar here. The 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 Updated 2020 CENSUS TOOLKIT
#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.
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
UPDATE ON 2020 CENSUS LITIGATION-See July 4th UPDATE, above
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:
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.RSVP here.
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.
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;
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.
Over the past year, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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
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 email@example.com.