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The League and the National Voter Registration Act - “Motor Voter Act” of 1993

Increased accessibility to the electoral process is essential to ensuring a representative electoral process and every citizen’s right to vote. The fight for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was long and arduous, but the League stayed the course.

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Membership and Leadership Development Program

At National Convention we re-launched the Leadership Fund as the Fund for Local League Growth, which solely supports the Membership and Leadership Development Program. As part of this Convention, we also honored the volunteer state and national coaches who help make this program successful!

Address by Political Pollster John Zogby

Eleanor Holmes Norton addresses Convention 2012

LWVUS Executive Director's Report by Nancy Tate

How Do We Unite and Conquer?

Panel moderated by Elisabeth MacNamara, LWVUS President

Panelists: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek Political Reporter and The McLaughlin Group Panelist; Mickey Edwards, Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership and former Congressman (R-OK); Trevor Potter, President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and former Chair of the Federal Election Commission

Address by Kathleen Hall Jamieson at Convention 2012

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is a Professor of Communication at the Annenberg Schooland Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses League on Voting Rights

On Monday, June 11, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the League of Women Voters 50th National Convention in Washington, DC about the challenges to voting rights, protecting all voters and strengthening America's elections systems.

President's Address: The Power of the League's Voice to Power the Vote over Time and Today

LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara's opening address to the gathered attendees of the LWV 2012 Convention.

LWV Advocacy to Defend Democracy

Take Control - Vote

This video PSA was developed for the League by Discovery Communications as part of their Creating Change program.

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Elisabeth MacNamara's Birthday Message 2011

A birthday message from League President, Elisabeth MacNamara.

Strategies for a Secure World: Interviews with Brian Michael Jenkins: part2

Two interviews on terrorism were conducted by Xandra Kayden (member of the LWVUS Board from 2001 to 2008) with Brian Michael Jenkins in Los Angeles in August of 2008.  They are part of the “Strategies for a Secure World” program that encouraged Leagues to educate themselves and their communities about why we are under attack, how terrorism has changed, and to begin thinking about what kinds of policies will be required to defeat terrorism in the long-run.

Strategies for a Secure World: Interviews with Brian Michael Jenkins: part1

Two interviews on terrorism were conducted by Xandra Kayden (member of the LWVUS Board from 2001 to 2008) with Brian Michael Jenkins in Los Angeles in August of 2008.  They are part of the “Strategies for a Secure World” program that encouraged Leagues to educate themselves and their communities about why we are under attack, how terrorism has changed, and to begin thinking about what kinds of policies will be required to defeat terrorism in the long-run.

"Un-Natural State" Video

The documentary "Un-Natural State" looks at the denial of democracy in our nation’s capital and how DC citizens are directly affected by this injustice. The video won the prize for Best Editing in the 2006 International Documentary Challenge, and debuted on Thursday, August 31, 2006, at AFI in Silver Spring, MD. Please feel free to download this video and distribute it to schools, universities or media in your area to help educate your community about DC citizens’ lack of voting rights. (The total running time is 8:52 minutes.)

Climate Change Panel

Climate Change Panel

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About the Climate Change Panel

Moderator: Sarah Diefendorf,
LWVUS 2nd Vice-President

Is Everything Really Red or Blue? (And Should We Care?)

First panel of "An Era of Polarized Politics -- and Does it Matter?" Panelists include Donna Addkison, Senior Associate, Lake Research Partners; Kat Barr, Director of Education, Rock The Vote; Peter Harkness, Editor, Governing Magazine and Nancy Tate, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States.

Other Players in the Game: Who Makes a Difference --- For Better or Worse?

The second panel of "An Era of Polarized Politics -- and Does it Matter?" Introduction by Mary G. Wilson, President of the LWVUS. Panelists include Terence Smith, Former Media Correspondent, The News Hour, PBS and Allison Fine, Author and Senior Associate, DEMOS.

Merit Selection? Elections? Appointments? Understanding the System to Defend the Courts

The League’s commitment to increase citizen understanding of the importance of our nation’s system of separation of powers and checks and balances provided for in the U.S. Constitution was highlighted during its recent 2006 Biennial Convention. A panel of distinguished jurists and academics addressed the full convention on the topic of MERIT SELECTION? ELECTIONS? APPOINTMENTS? UNDERSTANDING THE SYSTEM TO DEFEND THE COURTS.

Nine Sundays - Expanding the Political Discourse

Luncheon address from "An Era of Polarized Politics -- and Does it Matter?" Panelists include Mary Wilson, President, LWV and Marvin Kalb, Senior Fellow, Shorenstein Center, JFK School, Harvard University.

How Divided Have We Been and Where Can We Go from Here?

Third panel of "An Era of Polarized Politics -- and Does it Matter?" Panelists include Nancy Tate, Executive Director, LWV; Dr. Pietro Nivola, Vice President, Brookings Institution, Director of Governance Studies Program, and editor of“Red & Blue Nation”; Dr. William Galston, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media, and author of “The Second Civil War.” Closing comments by Mary Wilson, President, LWV.

Women as Candidates

The first in our three-part series of Educational forums exploring women’s increasing political activism and leadership. The Changing Faces of Power: Women in Politics Series is hosted by the League of Women Voters and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. This forum took place on November 14, 2007 at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC.

Women as Voters

The third part of the Educational Forum Series, The Changing Faces of Power: Women in Politics, was held on March 25, 2008 at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington DC. The series of events was hosted by the League of Women Voters and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

Immigration Policy in the 21st Century - Panel Discussion

Immigration Policy in the 21st Century was the topic of a three-person panel discussion at the LWVUS Council 2007. The panel featured: Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; and Frank Sharry, Executive Director of National Immigration Forum.

Your Chance to Choose

LWVUS President Mary Wilson and other voters speak out about why they vote. They show that when it comes to registering to vote, finding your polling place and getting up-to-date election information there is no better resource than www.VOTE411.org. This video is part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression. Share this video with your friends and family to motivate them to vote on Election Day.

Women in the Americas: Path to Political Power

A small group of distinguished women political leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States met at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for a roundtable discussion on the dramatic advances achieved by women seeking public office in the past ten years—and the challenges currently facing women in electoral politics. The conference, Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power, was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the United States, PROLEAD of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Organization of American States Summits of the Americas Secretariat.

"Local Librarian Speaks Out on DC Voting Rights" TV PSA

Featuring Kathryn Ray, DC Librarian

This video can be downloaded and distributed to media in your area to help educate your community about DC citizens' lack of full voting rights. (:30 running time.)

"Local Teacher Speaks Out on DC Voting Rights" TV PSA

Featuring Lindy Russell-Heymann, Teacher

This video can be downloaded and distributed to media in your area to help educate your community about DC citizens' lack of full voting rights. (:30 running time.)

Tu Voto, Tu Voz 2

La League of Women Voters de los Estados Unidos (LWVUS por sus siglas en inglés) junto con ZGS Communications, la empresa de televisión con el mayor número de canales afiliados a Telemundo, se han unido para lanzar la campaña Tu Voto, Tu Voz, la cual busca promover la inscripción y la participación de la población hispana/latina de los Estados Unidos en los procesos electorales.

Tu Voto, Tu Voz 1

La League of Women Voters de los Estados Unidos (LWVUS por sus siglas en inglés) junto con ZGS Communications, la empresa de televisión con el mayor número de canales afiliados a Telemundo, se han unido para lanzar la campaña Tu Voto, Tu Voz, la cual busca promover la inscripción y la participación de la población hispana/latina de los Estados Unidos en los procesos electorales.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (60 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (30 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

Express Yourself. Register and Vote! PSAs (20 seconds)

One of three PSAs encouraging viewers to Register, Vote and Be Heard.  These PSAs are part of the Freedom of Expression through Film campaign, a public awareness effort dedicated to voter education and self expression.  Featuring Oscar® nominated actress Virginia Madsen, the campaign aims to encourage women to express themselves in life, politics and beauty – specifically by voting for what they believe in and taking care of their health and skin.

"It's Time" Educational PSA

This video was developed for schools, universities and media to help educate your community about DC citizens' lack of full voting rights. (5:07 running time.)

"It's Time" Television PSA

This 90-second PSA is an adapted version of the 5-minute "It's Time" educational video

"Local Businessman Speaks Out on DC Voting Rights" TV PSA

Featuring Marque Chambliss, DC Businessman

Beyond Election Day: Young People Getting Invoved in Democracy

With a pivotal Election Day around the corner, the League of Women Voters of the United States held a forum on Thursday, October 28, 2010, to discuss the trends that will impact civic participation among young people.

The forum with national League President Elisabeth MacNamara featured:

Monifa Bandele
Senior Programs and Outreach Manager
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Mark Hugo Lopez
Associate Director
Pew Hispanic Center

Women as Office Holders

Part Two of the Educational Forum Series, The Changing Faces of Power: Women in Politics, was held on February 12, 2008 and hosted by the League of Women Voters and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.

Civic Activism: Past and Present

A Special Program Celebrating 90 Years of Making Democracy Work:  A History of Change. A Future of Hope

Speaker Biographies

Lee H. Hamilton
Lee H. Hamilton is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University.  Hamilton served for 34 years in Congress representing Indiana's ninth district, from January 1965 - to January 1999.

Honoring Women in Congress

The League and Presidential Debates

After a sixteen year period in which there were no public presidential debates, the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) sponsored three presidential debates in 1976.

Rebecca Love Kourlis

Justice Rebecca Kourlis, Colorado Supreme Court, addressed convention delegates and attendees on Saturday, June 16, 2008 during the Convention Banquet

LWVUS President Mary Wilson Interviews Senator Hagan

Women as Political Leaders - Our History and Experiences

The Honorable Barbara Roberts, First Woman Governor of Oregon, 1991-1995 addressed convention delegates and attendess on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the start of the plenary session.

The Unfinished Business of the Baby Boom Generation: Health Care for the 21st Century

The Honorable John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon, 1994-2002 addressed convention delegates and attendess on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at the start of the afternoon plenary session.

Remarks for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Remarks for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from the League of Women Voters 2010 Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on June 15, 2010

Panel of LWVUS Past Presidents

Honoring Ruth S. Shur

Congressman John Lewis' Remarks at Convention 2010

90th anniversary with Mary Wilson

League of Women Voters and the United Nations

During the post World War II period, the League helped lead the effort to establish the United Nations and to ensure U.S. participation.

Eleanor Roosevelt: League leader

In the 1920s, Eleanor Roosevelt served as vice president for legislative affairs at the League, monitoring federal legislation and hearings in Congress. Watch this short video about how Eleanor's membership changed the League -- and how the League changed her.