Voting Rights Advocate! Vote on Super Tuesday!

Voting Rights Advocate! Vote on Super Tuesday!

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"Voting is a powerful expression of our citizenship and tool in the hands of the people to transform our communities," commented Sherrilyn Iffill, a law professor and president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) at the UT LBJ School of Public Affairs last week. We have worked with LDF on a number of voting rights lawsuits over the years.
 
Confession time. I have actually not voted yet! I have been so busy with the League’ Voters Guide, Get Out the Vote and Election Protection efforts that I put off voting. Now I get to vote today - Super Tuesday Election Day in Texas! I’m looking forward to standing in line with all my fellow patriotic procrastinators and casting my ballot. 
 
If you too are voting today, print your personal ballot created with the League’s online Voters Guide at VOTE411.org. The Texas primary is when we get to choose the candidates to represent our party in the General Election. Research and vote for the best candidates in all offices national, state and local. Remember the importance of down ballot candidates. Think about how each elected official impacts our lives and community. Go out and vote!
 
I know if you are reading our Action News now, you are also Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy in Texas. Thank YOU so much!
Grace Chimene, President LWV Texas
 
P.S.
We are so grateful for the many organizations, businesses and media outlets which celebrate democracy by sharing the League’s nonpartisan Voters Guide VOTE411.org.  Here are just a few: Texas Educators VoteAustin Tech AllianceATPEMOVE Texas, Las ComadresThunder Cloud SubsAlamo Theater, Texas Tribune, and Texas Public Radio.
 
Grace Chimene with Suffrage photos
 
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Election Protection

The Texas League is a lead partner in the Election Protection Coalition. If you experience or witness any problems at the polls call:
 
  • 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) English
  • 888-Ve-Y-Vota (839-8682) Spanish
  • 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Tagalog
  • 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) Arabic
  • 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683) American Sign Language (video call)
  • 888-796-VOTE Disability Rights Texas  
For More Information: texasvoterprotection.org/
 
 

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Making Democracy Work Benefit Dinner April 18, 7-9pm

Join us and support our mission of empowering voters and defending democracy in Texas at the League's annual Making Democracy Work Benefit. Renowned suffrage historian Jessica Brannon Wranosky will interview Historians about "Political Intellectuals, Texas Women's Voices in the Twentieth Century."
 
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D. is a well-recognized suffrage historian in Texas and in the U.S. She is the Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History in the Department of History at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She will lead a discussion on women’s activism, organizing, intellectual public space and lobbying in Texas history. The panel will include:
 
Dr. Merline PitreProfessor of History and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Science at Texas Southern University. She is the author and editor of numerous books about African American history in Texas, including Black Women in Texas History.
 
Dr. Cynthia OrozcoProfessor of History and Humanities at Eastern New Mexico University. She is considered one of the earliest historians to work on Mexican American women’s history. She is the author of numerous books about Mexican American and Mexican American Women’s history in Texas
 
Cecilia Gutierrez Venablearchivist and curator for the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate and the Historian for the Texas NAACP. She was recognized by the recent Texas State Historical Association meeting for her new book Texas Women and Ranching.
 
The League of Women Voters of Texas will also be recognizing two outstanding advocates in Texas:
 
Raise Your Hand Texas is being recognized for hosting the “For the Future” series of 45 candidate forums and town halls and coordinating with local Leagues across Texas.
 
Stephanie Swanson is being applauded for her leadership on redistricting in Texas. She has crisscrossed the state to engage community partners and local Leagues to prepare citizens to provide input at House and Senate Redistricting Committees Public Input Hearings.
 
For more information about the event and the program, click here.
To purchase individual tickets, a table (or 2) or a sponsorship, click here.
 
Congratulations to Jaden Williams! "My Voice My Vote" by Jaden Williams, CFISD Cypress Ridge High School student, placed 1st in the LWV CyFair 2020 Cy-Fair ISD Student PSA Video contest! #MyVoiceMyVote.
 
This is the second year that LWV CyFair has conducted the Student PSA Video contest in conjunction with Cy-Fair ISD. " We had 34 entries this year," said LWV CyFair president, Marlene Lobberecht. LWV CyFair has a model relationship with CyFair ISD -- working with the students, faculty and administration to create a culture of voting and civic participation in the CyFair community.
 

The 2020 League of Women Voters of Texas Convention to be held April 17,18,19, in Austin, Texas at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

 
Convention Registration is due by April 1.
Full Registration is $140. Includes: Workshops, Saturday Luncheon, and Plenary Sessions. If you cannot attend the full conference, there is separate pricing for workshops & luncheon.
 
Valencia Richardson Luncheon Speaker

Convention

Register now for Convention and make hotel reservations on the LWV Convention webpage. You may also register for the whole convention or purchase seperate tickets for the workshops or the luncheon as well as individual and sponsor tickets for the Making Democracy Work© Benefit Dinner.
 
Hotel Reservations The Crowne Plaza special LWVTX convention rate is $125/night for a 1 King or 2 Double Room. Breakfast is included with this room reservation rate.
 

Bring Your Bling

Bring your unwanted, broken, &/or bad memory gold jewelry, including orphaned earrings, & your inherited/unused silver - the stuff you don't ever want to polish - to the convention... And without spending a dime, the League will convert it to cash, with the proceeds going to support the League of Women Voters of Texas.
 
You will receive a tax-receipt from Jewelry for Good for 100 % of its value.
 
Place your jewelry donation in a plastic ziplock bag and include this formClick, print, complete, and enclose in the ziplock bag with your jewelry donation. Bring to the convention. Leave ziplock bag with staff at convention registration. Click on links for more information about Jewelry for Good and FAQ's.
 
This is how the Suffragettes financed their campaign in 1914!
 

Gather, Create and Donate to League Convention Auction! 

 
We all love to participate in the Silent Auction that is held at the state convention! Please get your creative juices flowing and collaborate with other League members to put together a one-of-a-kind basket or package of goods to donate to the Auction. 
 
Endeavor for your League to have the most memorable basket, one that reflects your local region! We are also delighted to include donations from our members in the Auction.
 
Fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form to let us know what you plan to bring to the convention. Thank you!
 

Calendar

  • March 3: Texas Primary Election (Republican & Democratic Primary - Libertarians & Green Party choose their candidates at conventions)
  • April 17 to 19: LWVTX Convention in Austin
  • May 26 - Primary Run-off Elections
  • June 25-29LWVUS Convention in Washington, DC
  • November 3: Election Day
 
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