League of Women Voters of Texas Action News! June 2019!

League of Women Voters of Texas Action News! June 2019!

Thank you letters for voting rights advocacy.

Wow! You are amazing! All of your work advocating for voting rights across Texas was incredibly impactful! Our elected officials listened to what you had to say about voting rights in Texas. Especially when we said it in force!

Our key voting rights wins for the 86th Texas Legislature - SB 9 was defeated and Whitley was not confirmed as Secretary of State - were because of you. The League generated 51,760 emails to Texas legislators this session.Yes, 51, 760 emails! Over 5,000 against Whitley's confirmation in the last week of the session.

I bet you are as thankful as I am that the session is over! I am even more thankful for the actions that you and so many League members and supporters took to tell your elected officials what you think and how you feel about the issues that impact us all.


Grace Chimene President League of Women Voters of Texas

A Huge Thank - You! as the 86th Legislative Session Ends! 

Janet Imhoff, Vice President Advocacy

This Legislative session ended on May 27 and we should all have a huge sense of accomplishment. I want to give big shout-outs to all the people who made our efforts this session so worthwhile.

  • LWVTX Members and Supporters – Thank you for reading our Action Alerts and Capitol Action Reports! We had thousands of responses to our Action Alerts!
  • Our 22 Issue Chairs – Without their constant vigilance and quick responses we could not have been effective. They kept lists of important bills, watched for hearings on the bills, wrote testimonies and Action Alerts at key times and on short notice, registered our favor or opposition to bills with the committees, AND kept up with their blogs so you would know the back stories. They are fantastic!
  • Our 25 Capitol Corps members and Chair, Mary Venn – They are the unsung heroes! These members of the Austin League volunteered to brave all kinds of weather to drive to the Capitol to register on bills being heard, and/or deliver testimony written by the Issue Chairs. Sometimes they had to wait hours in a hearing waiting for their turn to testify. They are incredible!
  • Our LWVTX staff - Aileen McMurrer & Karen Kelley - and our student interns - Sophie Levihn-Coon, Zoe Zoeller, Dylan Cromley, Shelby Mason & Briana Cross. They prepared our weekly Capitol Action Reports and Alerts, and filled in for the Capitol Corps when a regular could not make it to the Capitol.

We now need to wait for the Governor’s vetoes, and then we will issue our final Capitol Action Report with all statistics on June 17. It has been my pleasure to work on this group project.

There is such a sense of accomplishment, and the League is terrific!

Again, thank you all so much!

The League in Action!

LWV Fort Bend County Registers Voters at HS Graduation!

Two League members registering high school voters at graduation


One of our newest Leagues, LWV Fort Bend County partnered with the Fort Bend Independent School District to register new voters before and after graduation ceremonies at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land.


Grace Chimene, president League of Women Voters of TexasIn the Texas Standard series, 100 Years: Voices of Women Voters, Grace Chimene, president of LWVTX, shares how she became involved with the League and talks about LWVTX's upcoming 100th anniversary. It is one of many stories in this series about women who are changing our world today inspired by a fundamental right: the right to have one’s voice heard.

Stephanie Swanson LWVTX Redistricting Issue ChairLWVTX Issue Chair Stephanie Swanson (left), will be the keynote speaker on the Census & Redistricting activities for 2019-2020. More details to follow. Register for a Regional Training near you!


June 28Suffrage Centennial: Texas Women And The Right To Vote at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. This free event will commemorate the centennial of Texas' ratification of the 19th amendment. Celina Stewart, LWVUS Director of Advocacy and Litigation is a featured speaker.

June 28: Watch for the publication of the Texas Woman Suffrage ebook by the Texas State Historical Association. The League of Women Voters of Texas is a sponsor. Click here to see an example.

October 19100 Year Anniversary Luncheon: The Texas League will be commemorating 100 years of "organizing agitating & educating" at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio where the League was founded in 1919! Speakers include: Patricia (Trish) Cunningham Nicholson, the great grandniece of Minnie Fisher Cunningham will speak on the "Power of Women" and Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D.  will address the heroic struggle to achieve full voting rights for all women in Texas.

Save the date! More details to follow!


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