January 2019 Action News!

January 2019 Action News!

Women Empowering Voters Defending Democracy
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Celebrate 2019, the League’s 100th year anniversary here in Texas, by making a commitment to empowering voters and defending democracy during the 86th TexasLegislature. We need YOU to join us at the Capitol for the LWVTX Lobby Days! We need your help to fight for our mission and to promote our positions at the Texas Capitol. If you can’t attend Lobby Days, follow us on FB, read our emails, take action on our "one click" Action Alerts!

Elected officials respond best to their constituents -- let them know your thoughts. They work for you!

I truly believe in the League’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy and I have hope that this legislative session our elected officials will have the best interests of all the Texans they represent; young and old, poor and rich, rural and urban.

Let's make this happen!

Grace Chimene, President League of Women Voters of Texas

PS: You can also support our work by making a donation or attending the Making Democracy Work Dinner.

League Action

Calendar

Make a New Year's resolution:  "I will take daily action to defend democracy!"

The League makes it easy to keep your pro-democracy resolution! Add the LWV Texas Advocacy Google calendar to your personal calendar. Each day has an action that you can take. Or, you can download and print the January calendar here.

FYI: The League of Women Voters only acts on an issue when we have a local, state, or national position or are acting under League principles. We never support or oppose candidates or parties.

73% of Dallas Youth Registered by LWV Dallas Voted!

The League of Women Voters of Dallas asked Dallas County to track registrations of 18-25 year olds registered by LWV voter registrars this fall and compare those who voted to 18-25 year old voters countywide. The turnout for those 18-25 year olds registered by LWV Dallas was 73%!

Working in partnership with Inspire, LWV Dallas registration students at community colleges. Many of the students at the community colleges in Dallas are high school students. A drawing for Starbucks gift cards enticed most of the youth to sign up for text voting reminders. This proved to be a successful strategy all around! Congratulations, LWV Dallas!

LWV Cosponsors Workshop for Hill Country Commissioners

Hill Country Commissioners from four counties met at the Old Blanco County Courthouse, on Nov. 16 for a workshop cosponsored by LWVTX, the Hill Country Alliance, and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance to discuss the impacts of growth in unincorporated rural areas. Texas A&M Resource Institute presented data regarding growth trends in the Hill Country resulting in land fragmentation and increased demands on water. The presentation is available online here.

Attendees discussed challenges to county governments, including emergency preparedness for flooding, increased traffic, incompatible land uses, and wastewater treatment. They shared ideas regarding possible solutions, but there was no agreement to move forward with any legislative proposals for the upcoming Legislative Session.

Advocacy and Issues

Women with graphic about Lobby DaysLobby Days - February 4-5

NEWS FLASH -- We have added a student discounted rate for Lobby Days! Students can attend for $10.00.

Join us in Austin for “Bigger, Better Lobby Days” on Feb. 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake. On Monday we will have workshops to prepare you with information on the League's priority issues for your visits with your legislators.

Workshop speakers will include:

  • Bob Popinski, Director of Policy at Raise Your Hand Texas is a school finance expert,
  • Cinde Weatherby, Voting Rights and Election Law Issue Chair, and
  • Evelyn Delgado, President of Healthy Futures of Texas and Chair of the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition.

Tuesday morning you will visit with your legislators. Check with your League president to see if they were able to make an appointment with your state senator and representatives. Just dropping by their offices works also!

Lobby Days is one of the best League events! A visit from a constituent to a legislator’s office in the Texas Capitol can have a great influence on how these decision makers think about issues. A visit is an opportunity for you to supply our legislators with valuable information. The willingness to make a visit to a legislative office tells leaders how important League issues are to you and your community.

Register for Lobby Days here.

Students Register here.

For discounted hotel rate of $139/night, click on Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake or call 1-888-615-0509. Code: LWV.

LWVTX Capitol Action Report starts January 14

You will start receiving the League of Women Voters of Texas' Capitol Action Report on January 14th. Last session, the League introduced the weekly Capitol Action Report and the Capitol Action Minute videos. These will be distributed weekly with information on the progress of bills relating to the League's positions. (Check out our Advocacy & Issues webpage to see information on all of the League positions.) The Capitol Action Reportwill include the Action Alerts for the week.

We have once again subscribed to One Click Politics, a service that sends your emails directly to your legislators. Last session the League generated almost 5,000 emails to Texas legislators! We are counting on you to take advantage of our one click Action Alerts and let your legislators know what you think about key issues in Texas.

LWVTX State Conference - February 4 at 4:00 pm

A statewide conference to consider and vote on the addition to the LWVTX's Criminal Justice position will be held during Lobby Days on February 4th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The statewide conference is open to all League members.  Voting per LWVTX By-Laws. See details on position update here.

Women SuffragistsHappy 2019 – the Texas League’s 100th Anniversary!

The Texas League will be 100 years old on October 19, 2019! We will be celebrating all year, but on the big day we will celebrate at a luncheon in San Antonio at the very hotel where the League was formed in 1919!

Save the date – Saturday, October 19, 2019. The event is at the St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Details to follow.

And don’t forget that the 100th Anniversary of the national League is 2020 – so we have two years to celebrate 100 years of League and 100 years of the right to vote for women. 

Women in Row with Making Democracy Work Dinner2019 Making Democracy Work Dinner - February 4

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is the guest speaker for the 2019 Making Democracy Work Dinner. She is a political scientist who teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and engages in political talks with MSNBC, NBCNews.com, and Telemundo.

Her areas of expertise include immigration, Latinos, women and politics, political psychology, and campaigns and elections. Underlying all of her policy interests and research agenda is the intersection between campaigns, elections, and policies—in other words how politics shapes every aspect of our day-to-day lives. 

The Making Democracy Work Dinner will be at the historic Austin Club again. 

Click here to purchase individual tickets. Member price is $100/ticket. Non-member price is $140/ticket.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Calendar

January 8: 86th Texas Legislature Opens - Check out the Texas Legislature Online.

February 4 & 5: LWVTX Lobby Days - For more information click here.

February 4: LWVTX 2019 Making Democracy Work Dinner - Click here for more information.

October 19: 100 Year Anniversary Luncheon at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio.

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