On February 14, 2022, the League celebrated its 102nd anniversary. In addition to events hosted by Leagues across the country, LWVUS hosted a virtual rally uniting us as One League Together, during which we celebrated over a century of accomplishments with words, song, and purple and gold pom-poms.
The event featured speakers from the League, Black Voters Matter, the Workers Circle, and Declaration For American Democracy, and performers from the Peace Poets. Here are the reflections we're taking with us:
-Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, director of the Board of the League of Women Voters of the US
The League has existed for over a century not only because of the ongoing support of pro-voter Americans, but also because its work continues to be relevant.
Hundreds of anti-voter bills were proposed in 2021, and we know that more are in the works. Redistricting is underway, and we're seeing gerrymandered maps across the US. The people of DC remain disenfranchised, and millions of young, Black, brown, female, disabled, and elderly Americans face disproportionate challenges when casting their ballot.
Democracy depends on us. To defend the freedom to vote in your community, find a League near you.
-Noelle Damico, director of social justice for the Workers Circle
A democracy that is not representative of us all is not a true democracy. Americans have long valued the concept that every person is equally entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This cannot be true in a system that favors or challenges people based on their race, political party, or any other factors.
That's why we're fighting racial and partisan gerrymandering in legislation across the country, and why we've made our voting rights resource, VOTE411, completely available in English and Spanish. It's why we're dedicated to expanding our focus and learning from allied organizations so that we can build a better, more inclusive movement and fight for an America that represents us all.
-Jana Morgan, director of Declaration for American Democracy
It's easy to focus on action and elections at the federal level, but state and local politics can be just as impactful. That's important to remember ahead of the 2022 primaries, when new representatives will be elected across all states, US territories, and DC.
What's at stake in your upcoming elections, and how can you make your voice heard? Find out at VOTE411.
-Wanda Mosley, national field director of Black Voters Matter
Many voting restrictions, such as limited voting hours that interfere with common work shifts, sparse polling locations that force voters to travel, and the restriction of early and mail-in voting, which exacerbates voting wait-times, make it more difficult for working Americans to cast their ballots.
Those who cannot afford to take time off work and/or travel long distances to cast their votes during limited windows of time are essentially shut out of the democratic process.
We fight for federal voting rights legislation that makes the vote accessible to all people regardless of their employment situation, location, or financial status.
Let your representatives know that they need to support pro-voter reforms.
-Ann Toback, CEO of the Workers Circle
The voting rights movement does not stand alone. Rather, we work in partnership with the labor, racial justice, and climate preservation movements, among many others. Any issue that impacts a person's ability to live in a free and just system is relevant to voting rights work.
We know we'll be working with all these movements and more in 2022.
Let's make this our strongest year yet.
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On February 14, the League of Women Voters turns 102, marking over a century of empowering voters and defending democracy. Some may celebrate their birthday with surprise parties — but as the midterms approach, new district maps are released, and voting rights are still on the line -- we're celebrating our birthday through action.
In the autumn of 2021, we're demanding bold action on voting rights by President Biden's Administration.
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