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April Showers Bring May Voters

LWVCO  | Published on 4/29/2021

LWVCO April Highlights

Putting Redistricting on the Map with a People Powered Day of Action

Over 300 Leagues hosted events across the country during our People Powered Day of Action. Each of our events (across 45 states and DC) shed a light on the redistricting process and how everyday Americans can make their voices heard.

We believe redistricting should be fair and transparent. Our People Powered Fair Maps™ (PPFM) program advocates for redistricting processes that eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering nationwide.

To learn more and take action on redistricting, sign up for our online organizing tool, OutreachCircle.

American’s Wellbeing Takes Center Stage at the Civic Health Conference

On April 23-24, we partnered with VOT-ER and others on a virtual Civic Health Conference, which affirmed civic engagement as a social determinant of health. Social workers, policymakers, nurses, students, academics, and more gathered to discuss everything from the importance of local elections to the power of community organizing.

Our very own LWVUS president, Dr. Deborah Turner, JD, served as one of the keynote speakers. Her experience as both a gynecological oncologist and a nationally recognized voting rights advocate made her an ideal speaker on the juncture between healthcare and democracy reform.

 

The House Passes DC Statehood

 

The 700,000 residents of DC were recognized by members of Congress, who voted to pass the Washington, DC Admission Act(HR 51). The League has been a strong advocate of this legislation, which would create a 51st state from the residential and commercial areas in the District.

As LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase has stated, “DC statehood is not a partisan issue but a civil rights issue which cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice. As DC is a jurisdiction with a majority population of Black and Brown people, continued efforts to block full representation is discrimination against the people who live, work, and pay taxes in the District…It is long past time that we dispel these racist and discriminatory excuses and deliver justice to the residents of our nation’s capital.”

This bill now goes before the Senate. Encourage your Senator to support it today.