May 2014 Newsletter

 

May 2014

League of Women Voters San Francisco

Earth Day SF: Why Do You Vote?

Over 10,000 participants came to the fourth annual Earth Day SF celebration on Saturday, April 19th. The League was proud to participate in the celebrations by organizing a booth at the event, where we offered to register voters, provide information about the League, and spread awareness about the importance of voting through “I vote because…” messages. “I vote because…” gives people in our community an opportunity to share their reasons for voting while helping to strengthen our message to the public about civic engagement. We were also proud to have two former League Presidents, Karen Clopton and Patricia McGovern, represent the League on the Speaker’s Panel. Their speech focused on the League’s positions and advocacy work regarding the issues of climate change.

A member of the community shares with us: I vote because… “We can make a difference.”

Click here to check out more pictures from Earth Day SF on our Facebook page!

If you would like to share your reason for voting, please send your picture to lwvsf@lwvsf.org

Daytime Unit Talks about Homelessness:

The League’s new Daytime Unit hosts events in which expert speakers come to educate and inform participants on important local topics.

During their last meeting, Bevan Dufty, director of HOPE (Housing Opportunities, Partnerships and Engagement) spoke to League members and guests about the impact of homelessness in San Francisco. He informed the group that chronic homelessness has decreased by 50% in the last ten years. Despite this hopeful fact, support is still needed to alleviate this serious problem. According to Dufty, one simple way to help is by donating your leftovers. If you have extra food after an event, you can call Feeding Forward, an organization that connects those with excess consumable goods to shelters and people in need. For a more detailed report on Bevan Dufty’s presentation, please visit our website at www.lwvsf.org/homelessness/lwvsf-day-time-unit-hears-about-homelessness/.

Upcoming Election News:

Save the Date: Primary Election Day, June 3rd

Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins Monday, May 5th. For more information on early voting click here.

The Pro/Con Guide will be available on our website by May 6th! The guide will provide non-partisan analysis on local issues for the upcoming election. The statements made in the Pro/Con Guide are not the opinions of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco or the Voter Services Committee.  The statements are a compilation of publicly filed ballot arguments, news articles, interviews with various advocates and online research.

For information on California State Propositions 41 and 42, check out the EasyVoter Guide by clicking here. The EasyVoter Guide is produced by the League of Women Voters of California and provides non-partisan information on proposed state laws.

The League has once again partnered with SFGovTV to sponsor the Candidate Statements and Pro/Con Discussions, which will soon be aired on Channel 26. They will also be available on the League website and YouTube.

Are you registered to vote? Are you unsure where to vote? For everything you need to know about voting, click here.

Take Action: Ask your Representatives to Vote Yes on SB 27

SB 27 (Correa) closes a “dark money” loophole that lets nonprofits and other organizations make huge donations to California campaigns without disclosing the true source of the money. Also, large committees supporting or opposing ballot measures will have to list their top contributors on the Internet. 

Joining the action center will keep you informed and provide an exciting way to share your voice with our elected representatives on issues that are important to the League. Create your account in our new Action Center now and tell your Assembly Member and Senator to vote YES on SB 27.

East Bay Gives: Your Opportunity to Make a Difference

East Bay Gives is an historic national day of local giving in the Bay Area, and LWVSF is happy to participate in this year’s celebrations through the East Bay Community Foundation. 

On May 6th, everyone in the Bay Area – and beyond – will have the opportunity to support some of the best local nonprofit organizations doing great work for education, health, the environment, families, jobs, and emergency needs. It’s part of a nationwide movement of participating nonprofits and community foundations creating one day focused on giving back to make the world a better place.

Even the smallest donation can give the LWVSF much needed support, and even enter us to win even bigger prizes through the Foundation. To donate to LWVSF, visit http://eastbaygives.org/#npo/league-of-women-voters-of-san-francisco

For more information on East Bay Gives, please click here

LWVSF Wishlist

Do you have items lying around your home that you no longer need? Email LWVSF to see if we can make use of them! Remember- one person’s garbage can be another’s treasure!

We are actively looking for:

  • Flat Screen Computer Monitor
  • Small, Foldable Table
  • Easel
  • IT Experts

If you would like to donate an item, please contact the League office at lwvsf@lwvsf.org or (415) 989-8683.

We’re Looking for Board Members!

We are currently seeking community leaders for the following positions:

Advocacy Co-Chair. Communications Chair. Education Chair. Secretary. Grants Chair.

The Commitment

  • A two-year commitment to serve on the Board.
  • Sustain the League by recruiting members, soliciting funds, and building community relationships.
  • Lead a committee project.
  • Share approximately 2-4 hours of your time per week.
  • Attendance at monthly Board meetings and committee meetings.

Experience

A commitment to serving and engaging our diverse community is the foundation for all our work. Board members represent a wide variety of backgrounds. We are seeking leaders who bring experience/enthusiasm in finance, development, civic engagement, membership, PR/communications, event planning, project management, and public policy. We are also seeking people who can help us build strong partnerships with a diverse array of organizations.

What You Get

  • The opportunity to build leadership skills and to lead highly visible projects.
  • A chance to engage with community leaders and elected officials.
  • Board experience with a venerable and respected organization.
  • A platform to make a real difference in the political future of San Francisco.

Interested?

For more information, please contact Nati Oron, Program Manager, at lwvsf@lwvsf.org or (415) 989-8683. We hope to hear from you soon!

We’re Looking for Volunteers!

  • Voter Services – With the June election around the corner, and the November one not far away, we need volunteers to help with our Pro/Con Guide, Smart Voter Website, Registration Drives, and so much more!
  • Membership Comittee – we are looking for volunteers to help organize and attend membership drives at local schools and community events.
  • Communications Committee – Volunteers are needed to “Follow a Topic” in the news and current events and produce articles for the website. 
  • The Meet & Greet, in November, is an opportunity for the public to meet with local candidates running for office. Volunteers are needed for publicity, community outreach and event planning.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities listed above and more, email lwvsf@lwvsf.org or call (415) 989-8683.

Welcome New Members

LWVSF is thrilled to welcome the following new members! We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you all that LWVSF has to offer.

Susan Carpenter

Diana Dellamere

Considering joining the League? Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Events  

LWVSF Communications Committee Meeting
When: May 6, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615
Wine & Cheese Membership Event

When: May 8th, 2014 6:00 – 8:00pm

Joanna Cuevas Ingram and Rachel Evans will speak about the report they just published on Voting Rights for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. Please feel free to review their report by clicking here. 

Where: Please email or call the League office at lwvsf@lwvsf.org or (415) 989-8683 to RSVP and for the event’s location. 
Membership Committee Meeting
When: May 12, 5:30pm
Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615
Advocacy Committee Meeting
When: May 14, 6:00pm
Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615
Save the Date: Annual LWVSF Meeting
When: June 14th, 9-11am
Where: The LWVSF office at 582 Market Street, Suite 615