A Revolution from the Court?

by Mary G. Wilson, President, League of Women Voters of the United States

(The League filed an amicus brief in the case Citizens United v. FEC in association with the Constitutional Accountability Center)

Here's a great way to gain more visibility in your community, engage members, and find new leaders! Invigorate your Observer Corps or start it anew!

Begin by deciding on one public body you want to observe.

Find an observer.

Give them a large League of Women Voters pin to wear to every meeting.

While not official policy, this guide is intended to provide support for state and local Leagues as they establish an presence online, helping Leagues avoid common pitfalls, and arming leaders with information that will hopefully provide the confidence and freedom needed to begin experimenting with a Website, blogs and other social media.

Lifetime Salutes the League of Women Voters

In June of 2000, Lifetime produced this short film to salute the League of Women Voters.

To use this file to create your own DVD of the film, you will need a DVD-R (or DVD+R or DVD±R) Drive, software capable of burning DVDs and a writeable/burnable DVD-ROM.

League and Partners Release Statement on Impending Ethics Deadline

The League and coalition partners released a statement discussing the report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and the upcoming deadline for important OCE actions.

League and Partners Release Statement on Impending Ethics Deadline

The League and coalition partners released a statement discussing the report released by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and the upcoming deadline for important OCE actions.

LWVUS Announces Extraordinary Charitable Contribution to Secure and Strengthen the League

Fall is the time when many local League members are renewing. In my League about half renew with no reminders. Others, we all know, may need a personal contact. Some may not rejoin for financial reasons...or because they feel they have no time to be involved.

But....

NON-RENEWALS---DON’T GIVE UP

NOTE: Although it is discouraging when members drop from League rosters, your League does not have to be passive. Reach out with tactics listed below to ensure you have done everything possible to keep that person a member.

Here is an idea that was successfully used last year. A Valentine's Day card was sent as a thank you to members and other potential members and friends of League. I can send the publisher files to you privately since this list cannot handle attachments. Here are the contents: mail back "coupon" and card text.

Insert:

Here’s my contribution.

Big Heart__________________$500___

Heartfelt __________________$200___

Sweetheart ________________ $100___

Meeting with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY)

The League of Women Voters organized a Study Tour in Washington DC for the newly formed Clean Community Coalition of Southern Armenia.  The tour for five Armenians took place in September 2009 to illustrate through meetings and site visits how trash collection, landfills, and other waste management issues are handled in the United States.  The participants also used this opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their advocacy skills.

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