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Dear members, friends, and allies,

Gun Violence Prevention is a key issue for our League yet we do not have anyone leading our charge.  As President, I am doing my best, but to adequately represent this issue we need one or two people who will dedicate themselves to following pending legislation and helping members craft the most effective advocacy message.  Please consider being the voice for the change you want to see for this pressing and important issue.  

Heidi Graham
President
info.lwvah@gmail.com
October 2019
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Our school boards will be voting at The Illinois Association of School Boards meeting in November on two key pieces.  First is Resolution #1 would allow schools to arm teachers.  This Resolution was in front of our school boards last year and while none of our school boards voted YES it failed by a small margin and has been reintroduced.  I do not believe any of our school boards will vote YES.  Resolution #2 provides for a trained Resource Officer who could be armed.  This Resolution was crafted to be an alternative to Resolution 1 and both Resolutions are directly aimed at small communities where the school could be thirty or more minutes from the nearest police station.  Our State Issues Specialists have crafted two Fact Sheets and sample texts for you to use in advocating against these measures.  

I have included images from the spreadsheet I made with the following information:  School District#, their response from my emailed inquiry, school board and superintendent emails and phone numbers, date and location of the next meeting.  Consider making a phone call or sending an email, but more importantly, consider attending a meeting.  This spreadsheet can be found through this link as well.  

Remember, in-person advocacy is always the most effective. and when you call or write, remember you are contacting them as a community member and not as a League member.  We plan to have an official representative at each school board meeting who will be given a defined script as League Representative; The SignUp Genius will help us ensure we have representation at each meeting.  
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Fact Sheet #1
Fact Sheet #2
Sample phone script: 
"My name is _____ and I am [a resident in our School District and/or parent of a child] in _____ School.   Please convey my request that our School Board instruct our School Board delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) vote "NO" on Resolutions 1 and 3 during the conference in November."

Sample Email:
"As a resident and/or parent in our School District,  I request that you send a copy of my e-mail to all of our School Board members along with the attached Fact Sheets.

I urge our School Board to instruct its delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to vote"NO" on Resolutions 1 and 3 which encourage the Arming of Teachers and Staff, during their conference on November 23rd. 

Please refer to the attached Fact Sheets for more information."
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