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    June 17, 2010 202-263-1331

    LEAGUE SUPPORTS DISCLOSE ACT
    Transparency in Elections Essential

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Women Voters today voiced strong support for the campaign finance legislation that is expected to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

    “It is critically important for this legislation to be passed soon, so that it can take effect before the 2010 elections,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national president of the League of Women Voters.  Negotiators in the House have been working for weeks to craft a bill that can achieve majority support, and the bill announced this week is receiving support from a host of reform groups including the League. MacNamara sent a letter on behalf of the League to Members of the House of Representatives urging their support this week.

    “Disclosure of corporate and union spending in our elections is the key to allowing voters to make their decisions,” according to MacNamara.  “This bill accomplishes that fundamental purpose” she said.

    The Supreme Court recently overturned decades of campaign finance law in the case of Citizens United v. FEC.  The Court gave the green light to unlimited spending by corporations to elect or defeat candidates.  But the Court’s decision made clear that disclosure of this spending could be required by Congress.

    “Secret spending in elections undermines our democracy,” MacNamara said.  “This bill is part of the cure,” she said.  “The League of Women Voters calls on every member of the House of Representatives to vote for this bill,” she concluded.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Martha Patzer
    June 15, 2010 202-263-1332

          
    ON 90TH ANNIVERSARY, LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS ELISABETH MACNAMARA AS NEW NATIONAL PRESIDENT
    Secretary Sebelius, Representative John Lewis Address Delegates

    WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) celebrated its 90th anniversary at its 49th biennial national convention this week in Atlanta, Georgia.  The four-day gathering gave League members from around the country the opportunity to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments over the last 90 years on health care reform, election reform and judicial independence, and to discuss important public policy issues.

    Today, Elisabeth MacNamara of Dekalb County, Georgia was elected unanimously by the more than 600 delegates gathered at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis. MacNamara, elected to serve a two-year term, will be the national organization’s 18th president.

    In her acceptance speech, MacNamara thanked members for entrusting her with the leadership of this 90-year-old organization. “I am excited and delighted to lead the League of Women Voters of the United States to new heights,” MacNamara said. “The League and its 150,000 grassroots members and supporters will continue to raise our voices in the fight for climate change reform, campaign finance reform, voter education and election reform. Let’s go out there and get in the way!”  MacNamara urged.

    Earlier this morning, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addressed convention delegates on the role of women in American politics, outlined key elements of the new health care legislation and reaffirmed the Administration’s strong commitment to expanding voter registration opportunities.  During the opening session, Representative John Lewis congratulated delegates on their 90th anniversary and urged them to continue their hard work in communities nationwide strengthening civil rights and democratic principles.

    A League member since 1983, MacNamara ascended to the presidency of the Georgia League in 2001 and served in this capacity until 2006. MacNamara was elected to a two-year term on the LWVUS national Board as a director in 2006 and was also the organization’s first vice president until 2010.

    “This Convention proved that the League remains a vibrant, grassroots organization as it has for the last 90 years,” stated MacNamara.  “We debated many of the critical issues facing citizens across the nation, including election reform, climate change, the need for redistricting reform, and health care reform,” MacNamara said.

     Delegates set the LWVUS program agenda for the next two years, voting to study the federal role in public education and privatization of government functions.

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  • LWVUS Past Presidents gather for a panel discussion at the League's 2010 National Convention in Atlanta, GA.
  • United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addresses the LWVUS 2010 Convention in Atlanta, GA.
  • LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara addresses the 2010 League Convention in Atlanta, GA.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    June 14, 2010 202-263-1331


    LEAGUE OPPOSES STATE LAWS SURPRESSING CIVIL RIGHTS
    League of Women Voters Announces Opposition to Arizona Immigration Law

    Washington, DC – Today, Flag Day, the League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters of Arizona (LWVAZ) announced strong opposition to the immigration measure recently passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by the governor that could cause law enforcement officials to target racial and ethnic minorities unfairly.

    “The struggle for fairness and equality has been long and hard; it is very disappointing when a state legislature and governor turn their backs on fundamental civil rights,” said national League president Mary Wilson.  “The inevitable result of this law is that ‘equal justice under law’ will be undermined,” she said. 

    Whenever an officer stops, detains or arrests an individual in Arizona, the new law requires the officer to check a person’s legal status if the officer has a “reasonable suspicion” that the detained person is illegal.  However, the law is vague about what constitutes what “reasonable suspicion,” raising the concern about fair and equal enforcement.

    Bonnie Saunders, president of LWVAZ said:  “On the surface, many of the elements of this law might seem reasonable, but taken as a whole, the law undermines the basic values that we stand for in Arizona.”

    “Today, as we celebrate Flag Day, the League of Women Voters celebrates the American dream – the dream that every person will receive equal justice under law,” the two presidents said.  “Arizona needs to change its law to make it conform to fundamental American values,” they concluded.

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  • Civil Rights Activist and U.S. Representative John Lewis addresses the LWVUS 2010 Convention in Atlanta, GA.
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    LWV Member Walter Shur honors the memory and legacy of his late wife Ruth S. Shur at the League's 2010 National Convention in Atlanta, GA.

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