Action Alerts Archive
- (NEW) League Joins "All Risk, No Reward Coalition" on Keystone XL Pipeline
This week LWVUS joined the "All Risk, No Reward Coalition" on the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline. The coalition will be working in the coming weeks to encourage President Obama and the State Department to reject the permit for the proposed KXL Pipeline. The League of Women Voters continues to be concerned about the safeguards for our nations drinking water says Tony Larson, LWVUS Advocacy Chair. For more information about the coalition, check out the press release and the first ad that the coalition launched.
- Election Administration Reform Priorities
This morning, President MacNamara published her most recent blog on the Huffington Post + The Path to Free, Fair and Accessible Elections for Every American. In this piece, she lays out the four proactive priority areas of election reform we hope to address through legislative action + secure online voter registration, permanent and portable statewide voter registration, expanded early voting, and improved polling place management. We look forward to working with all Leagues on these issues and hope you'll share this article with your networks.
- US Supreme Court to Hear NVRA Sec. 5 case on February 27, 2013 +
The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on February 27, 2013 in a lawsuit that challenges a central provision of the Voting Rights Act + Section 5. The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, is one of the highest-profile voting rights cases in decades. Read more here.
- Maumelle Watershed
The battle for clean drinking water and protection of the Maumelle Watershed continues. In dramatic fashion the Arkansas Democrat Gazette give account of a very public difference of opinion between Ruth Bell, Action Committee Chair of the League of Women Voters and Beau Bishop, the Farm Bureau's local affairs and rural development coordinator.
- Contact your congressman to say you support legislation controlling the pollution that is causing global climate change, increased asthma attacks and threatening the health of children and families.
U.S. Senate Rejects Threat to Clean Air Act
June 21, 2012 | by Jessica Jones
"An attempt by Senator Jim Inhofe and a vocal minority that would have eliminated an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was rejected by the U.S. Senate."
"The defeat of this Resolution, by a 46-53 vote, is a victory for public health. The new EPA standard will limit mercury and air toxics including arsenic, lead, acid gases and dozens of others from power plants that burn coal and oil. This standard came after decades of delay, and sets strict limits on mercury and toxic emissions. This standard will save thousands of lives and help those with asthma and bronchitis breathe easier."
"For years the League has fought for clean air and to protect the Clean Air Act. The last minute push made by League members and supporters contacting their Senators helped to ensure that the Senate is working for people not polluters!"
"Now we have to push to make sure that the EPA issues its final rule to control industrial carbon pollution from new power plants."
- ACTION ALERT: Tell Senate It's Time for DISCLOSE
Tell your Senators it's time to clean up campaigns by supporting the DISCLOSE Act of 2012. "Already in this election cycle we have seen a slew of money from secret donors, corporations and special interests. Congress can act to close the floodgates against secret big-money special interests in our elections. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 is moving in the Senate and it would require the transparency needed to allow voters to make their own decisions while shining the light on big-money outside spending in this election."
- Call To Action
"For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could put limits on the industrial carbon pollution that fuels global warming, makes smog worse and threatens the health of children and the elderly -- and you can help make it happen."
"The EPA has taken an important first step by proposing a new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. The agency is now receiving public comments on the proposal and we must add our voice in support."
Support the EPA's historic standard to limit carbon pollution.
- Call To Action
"The League of Women Voters of Arkansas became concerned about the environmental impacts of natural gas development in the Fayetteville Shale Play in 2007. After a statewide study, consensus positions were established."
"After studying the details of the new rule and the Commission's conditional acceptance, the time has come when you are needed to help request full implementation of water protection from fracking chemicals."
Please read this information as to why the proposed rule needs amending "Remember the importance of protecting Arkansas's water resources."
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
- "The promise of abundant natural gas is colliding with fears about water contamination." Drilling Accountability Bill
This article by propublica.org.
Local contact: Dina Nash, LWV Pulaski County at email@example.com