• FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Martha Patzer
    June 10, 2010 202-263-1332

    SECRETARY SEBELIUS, REP. JOHN LEWIS TO ADDRESS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AT NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTA JUNE 11-15
    Longtime Atlanta Resident Elisabeth MacNamara Nominated to Become Next National League President

    Highlights and speakers include:

    • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Representative John Lewis (D-GA), civil rights leader
    • Hon. Carol W. Hunstein, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Georgia
    • Leslie Sanchez, author, columnist, political analyst, commentator
    • Elisabeth MacNamara, longtime Atlanta resident, nominated to be the League’s next national President
    • Robert Cooney, historian and author of Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement

    WASHINGTON, DC – More than 600 delegates representing the League of Women Voters are gathering in Atlanta this week for the 49th Biennial Convention. “90 Years of Making Democracy Work: A History of Change. A Future of Hope” will take place June 11-15 at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Hundreds of state and local members from across the country will celebrate the League’s 90th anniversary; elect officers and the Board of Directors; and adopt the League’s biennial program and budget. Unless otherwise noted, the following highlights are scheduled to take place in the Atrium Ballroom of the Marquis Atlanta Marriot, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast, Atlanta:

    Speaker: U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)
    Saturday, June 12, 1 pm

    Speaker: Leslie Sanchez, author of You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe
    Saturday, June 12, 4:00 pm

    Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein*
    Workshop: “Is the Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary Important? Is it Attainable?”
    Monday, June 14, 3:30-5:00 pm. * NOTE: This event is taking place in Room A707

    Speaker: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
    Tuesday, June 15, 8:30 am

    Election of new League president, officers and directors
    Longtime Atlanta resident Elisabeth MacNamara has been nominated to be the next national president of the League of Women Voters.
    Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 am

    Reporters interested in covering one or more of these events should contact Communications Director Kelly Ceballos at 202-321-3758 (kceballos@lwv.org) or Communications Manager Martha Patzer at 937-232-3483 (mpatzer@lwv.org) from June 11-15.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    May 19, 2010 202-263-1331

    MURKOWSKI MOVE WOULD BLOCK NEW ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
    Attack on Clean Air Act is Just More “Waffling and Waiting”

    Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters of the United States today announced its strong opposition to S.J. Res. 26, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which would block action by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act to rein in the pollution that is causing climate change and threatening communities here and around the world.  The Senate is expected to consider the Murkowski resolution soon, possibly as early as this week.

    “At this critical time, when our nation needs new energy and environmental policies, Senator Murkowski’s resolution of disapproval is just more waffling and waiting.  It will block action to stop pollution, reinforce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and undermine the move to a new, clean-energy, clean-jobs economy,” said Mary G. Wilson, president of the national League.

    “The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the recent coal-mine tragedy in West Virginia point to our dead end and dangerous energy policies,” Wilson maintained.  

    “The Murkowski resolution does nothing to make things better,” said Wilson. “It is only a negative action – and at a time when positive steps on energy are essential to national security, jobs, the economy and the planet.”

    “The Murkowski resolution puts public health at risk and jeopardizes long-overdue action to cut emissions from the biggest polluters,” according to Wilson.  She said that the League is mobilizing its members and 850 affiliates around the country to urge their Senators to vote against the resolution.

    The Clean Air Act has a 40-year track record of cutting dangerous pollution and protecting human health and the environment.  In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that global warming pollutants are covered by the Clean Air Act, and last May President Obama took action under this ruling by issuing landmark clean vehicle standards that will save consumers money at the gas pump, cut global warming pollution and reduce America's oil dependence.  Now, EPA has begun to regulate the pollutants spewing from major power plants. 

    “The Murkowski resolution would block this progress and overrule sound, scientific decisions by EPA,” Wilson pointed out. “Senators should kill this resolution and keep moving to pass new climate and energy legislation.”

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    April 29, 2010 202-263-1331


    LAWMAKERS MOVE TO BLOCK SECRET, FOREIGN MONEY FOR 2010 ELECTIONS
    “Voters Need to Know” Who is Paying for Elections in Response to Citizens United

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters is pleased with today’s announcement by Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Chris Van Hollen and others that new campaign finance reform legislation (the DISCLOSE Act) is being   introduced in both chambers of Congress.

    “We are very pleased that the congressional leadership will be moving quickly in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision,” said Mary G. Wilson, national President of the League of Women Voters.  “Senator Schumer and Representative Van Hollen have laid out a balanced response that must be enacted immediately to ensure that the 2010 election is not swamped with secret corporate money.”

    “This is a good and strong, and very reasonable approach to the Supreme Court's decision,” Wilson stated.  “The legislation today focuses on several key areas – heightened disclosure requirements; more complete disclaimers; barring election spending by foreign corporations; clear coordination rules; and barring election ads by corporations closely connected to the government.  These steps build on disclosure and disclaimer requirements approved by the Court and will codify that foreign interests should not be allowed to intervene in American elections.” 

    In February, the League of Women Voters testified before the Committee on House Administration in a hearing entitled Defining the Future of Campaign Finance in an Age of Supreme Court Activism. At the hearing, President Wilson told committee members that they must pass legislation governing corporate and union spending quickly, in order for it to take effect for the 2010 elections. “We urgently need enhanced disclosure,” Wilson said.

    “Voters deserve to know who is paying for election advertising,” Wilson said.  “Secret money, especially secret foreign money, has no place in America’s democracy. CEOs and corporate leaders will now have to appear in their ads with a powerful ‘stand by your ad’ provision.”

    “This is a serious effort at balanced legislation,” stated Wilson.  “We deeply hope that our elected representatives in Washington will give it the careful consideration it deserves.  Our election system and our nation need Congress to act quickly, before the 2010 elections,” Wilson concluded.

    The League’s statement on the Citizens United decision can be found here.  The League filed an amicus brief in this case.  Reporters may contact Kelly Ceballos (kceballos@lwv.org or 202-263-1331) to set up media interviews with President Mary Wilson.

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    April 20, 2010 202-263-1331

    LEAGUE MOURNS PASSING OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DOROTHY HEIGHT
    Voting Rights Heroine Impacted Generations

    Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters of the United States today joined Americans across this country in mourning the passing of Dorothy Height, a longtime leader of the nation’s civil rights movement and Chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women.

    “Today our country lost a true heroine with the passing of Dorothy Height,” said Mary G. Wilson, national President of the League of Women Voters. “Ms. Height was an inspiration to many.  Her pioneering work for racial and gender equality spanned six decades and impacted the lives of millions of Americans.”

    “Ms. Height’s contributions to the fight for voting rights in the 1950s and 1960s were pivotal to passage of the Voting Rights Act,” Wilson stated. “Likewise, passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963 would not have been possible were it not for the strength, dedication and leadership of Dorothy Height.  The League has been honored to work with Ms. Height in her role as Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.”

    “Ms. Height was a role model for many Americans, never stopping in her quest for a better life for all in this nation.  Her legacy will live on for generations to come,” concluded Wilson.

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