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Date: 4/8/2022
Subject: Updates & Upcoming Events
From: Beth Hendrix, Executive Director, LWVCO



League Updates

RHEA

ERA 2022
ACTION ALERT
 
A new resolution has been introduced in the US House affirming that the Equal Rights Amendment has met all of the requirements needed to be added to the US Constitution. 

The new resolution, H. Res. 891, introduced by Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Carolyn Maloney, will reflect the sentiment of the House that under the terms of Article V, the ERA is already part of the Constitution. It will ensure it is considered effective as of January 27, 2022. 

The inclusion of the Equal Rights Amendment in the US Constitution is long overdue. Please contact your US Representative today and tell them to assert that the ERA should be the law of the land!
 
Find your Rep here.

TY Election Heroes 4.12.22
Tuesday, April 12 is
THANK YOUR ELECTION WORKER DAY!
Election workers nationwide are facing unprecedented harrassment and threats of violence due to mis- and disinformation about our election security and integrity. Show them some appreciation on Monday, April 12!
  • Print a thank-you card and hand-deliver to your county clerk
  • Post a public thank-you message on social media using one of the graphics below
  • Email one of the graphics below to friends and family and ask them to post and share
 

The Woman Who Argued Rucho v. Common Cause Looks Back

March 26th marks the third anniversary of the landmark Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina (also known as Rucho v. Common Cause) Supreme Court oral arguments. This case challenged North Carolina’s 2016 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The Supreme Court's ultimate decision, that federal courts cannot make determinations on partisan gerrymandering, would have major consequences for representation across our democracy.

The decision set the stage for federal courts to take a hands-off approach when it comes to the redistricting process, shifting the responsibility to states. Since then, the League has seen a rise in challenges under state law that continue to target communities of color through gerrymandering and unfair maps. When this happens, communities are not represented equally.

To fully grasp how this impacts voters, we spoke with Allison Riggs, who was front and center on the Rucho v. LWVNC case. In 2019, Mrs. Riggs was chosen to represent the plaintiffs and argued the case before the Supreme Court. Now, Riggs, who is  Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, gives us her first-hand account of what happened in the courts.
 

Resources from Colorado Leagues
Making Democracy Work, a series of 18 podcasts (and counting) on local and general issues by LWV of the Pikes Peak Region
 
KGNU Radio interview with LWV Boulder County members Mark Parsons and Neal McBurnett: The Way Most Places Report Election Results Is Pretty Misleading
 
Don't Ghost the News: How to Win the Battle for Democracya video of a recent presentation from LWV Larimer's News Literacy Team
 
A panel of election officials representing Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties discussed the election process, election integrity, and precinct changes with LWV of the Uncompahgre Valley

Upcoming Events
 
April 9
 
April 10
10:30 a.m. - Voting Methods Team Meeting [LWV Boulder]
 
April 11
 
April 12
2:00 p.m. - Healthcare Committee meeting [LWVCO]
 
April 13
 
April 14
 
April 15
 
April 16
 
April 19
 
April 20
 
April 22
 
April 23
10:00 a.m. - Climate Action Team [LWVCO]
1:00 p.m. - LWVPPR Annual Meeting [LWV Pikes Peak Region]
 
April 24
 
April 25
 
April 26
4:30 p.m. - Housing Taskforce meeting [LWVCO]
 
April 27
 
April 28
 
April 29
10:00 a.m. - Climate Emergency general meeting [LWVCO]
 
April 30
9:00 a.m. - LWV Greeley-Weld Annual Meeting [LWV Greeley-Weld]


NOTE: All times are Mountain. Are any events missing from this list? Please notify info@lwvcolorado.org to be included in our next email. Thank you!


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