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Our Mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Our Goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities.



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Welcome LWVOC Member!


YOU'RE INVITED

JULY 26 Speak Easy, 5:30-7:30 PM @ Millenia106

The Intelligence of Public Education 
Orlando's Most Conscientious Happy Hour

Registration and Details HERE


Aug 2, Wednesday Workshop, 6:30 - 9 PM 

Engaging Your Legislators
Speakers: Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Commissioner Robert Stuart, and Former League President, Ann Hellmuth

Want to engage your legislators in a meaningful and productive way?  
Let our community leaders share their expertise.
Explore methods and ways to approach different positions.
Consider tips for the best ways to be effective in representing your organization during a legislative interview
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Details & Registration



 

Aug 9, HOT TOPICS, 11:30 AM  
Future of Health Care
Millions Could Lose a Critical Safety Net

 

 

Experts on the front line of the health care debate will discuss the impact of possible cuts on millions of Americans.  

MODERATOR -- Michael Griffin, vice president of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Adventist Health system.
PANEL -- Jack McRay, Florida AARP spokesman; Marni Stahlman, CEO of Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization that provides medical services to the uninsured and underserved in Central Florida; Brian Brown of Jacksonville,  director AvMed Health Plans Insurance.
REGISTRATION

Summer hiatus?  Not for the League!  

We invite you to learn more about our various Advocacy Committees and join us as we defend our democracy. Look at our menu bar above and click on  ADVOCACY.

 

 

 

 

TRENDING 


The LWVOC is participating in National Housing Week, JULY 22-29

Our Affordable Housing & Quality of Life Committee has put together a campaign that will help you #bethechange to #expandAffordableHousing and promote #OurHomesOurVoices

*Daily Call to Action 
Get informed and SHARE what you learn.  Last week, HUD Secretary Ben Carson spoke about the plight of Florida's seniors. Listen  Agree or disagree, start the conversation and engage on FB and Twitter.

Comment Suggestions
  1. Join @LWVOC in #OurHomesOurVoices to preserve and expand affordable housing
  2. Florida ranks 47th in our country for affordable housing #OurHomesOurVoices #ExpandAffordableHousing @yoursenator
No one should have to choose between food and a roof over their head #OurHomesOurVoices @LWVOC @NLIHC @yoursenator

 



From our Co-President Carol Davis, "Quality Health Care for All" in the Orlando Sentinel

 

"There are millions of people in this “great” country, who suffer in silence, while we listen to the chaos from Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, and nothing changes."
Read the complete article from the Orlando Sentinel HERE.

Our national LWV president has also issued an important missive concerning the Senate's release of their "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" Read HERE

 







 

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

 



YES, THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH!
Attention All Members

Our Member Directory needs YOUR photo.  Upload it on your profile after you log in OR send it to Lida Coffman to add it for you.  Also, let Lida know if you did it on your own so that she can enter you into our monthly drawing for a free admission to a Hot Topic luncheon or other League event.  Winners will be notified by email and announced in our weekly newsletter.
Check out our Member Directory HERE to see examples of member photos
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IN THE NEWS





FL CONSTITUTION REVISION 

Once in a generation Floridians are given the ability to propose important changes to the state’s constitution. The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) was established in 1968 and meets once every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and make proposals directly to voters, thus allowing Floridians to bypass the legislature and the bill process and embed new rights and obligations in the Florida Constitution. This is a very powerful mechanism for driving enduring governmental change.  MORE



SUGAR'S LONG HOLD OVER EVERGLADES A TRAVESTY

Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles.

Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagrass die-offs plague Florida Bay. High water threatens the Lake Okeechobee dike. Everglades marshes drown under too much water or wither under too little. All the ecological crises of this summer are just déjà vu, all over again.  MORE HERE from Miami Herald


AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS
UNREASONABLE RENTS

A housing affordability crisis in America — and Central Florida in particular — forces lower-income households to struggle to pay for stable places to call home. Orlando, long considered an affordable housing market, has the nation's greatest shortage of rentals for extremely low-income tenants. To learn more about housing that people can afford, and solutions to increase the stock, the Sentinel Editorial Board enlisted Christopher King of Elevation Financial Group LLC, an Orlando-based multifamily housing investment company.  Read MORE

Affordable Housing Committee: 





GIVE FLORIDIANS A SECOND CHANCE

Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.

Floridians believe in second chances. Restoring a person’s right to vote once they’ve fulfilled their obligations to society gives them an opportunity for redemption and a chance to be full members of their community.

Find out more about this group's mission HERE and consider joining our Voter Services Committee as they advocate and promote voters' rights.


MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

COMMUNITY



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LOCAL OUTREACH
LOCAL OUTREACH
The Orange County League is a distinct community of civic-minded people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time.

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance.

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the LWVOC is the largest county-sized League in the United States.

 

A VOICE IS OUR VOTE



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DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
2017 could be the most critical year for voting rights since 1920. Our national League President Chris Carson exposes the cracks in our nationwide system. Read her Bustle article HERE

The nearly 100-year-old organization — which began during women’s suffrage to give new female voters a way to organize around their new civic right — has seen a massive resurgence since the election, and even more so since the women’s marches last month. Across the country, the league added thousands to its membership and inspired individuals like Gauthier to start new chapters in towns from Utah to Georgia to Pennsylvania.
It’s a level of interest that national president Chris Carson has never seen in her 33 years with the league.Continue reading....

 

 

NON-PARTISAN



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A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.
Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect.


LEADERSHIP



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WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful local leaders..



INFORM & ACT

 

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WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

At 97 years young, we are a proven, trustworthy source on the issues; our efforts take us into all levels of government and business to share our knowledge and promote citizen participation.

Join us as we TAKE ACTION and advocate for citizens and issues that confront us daily.


PROPONENTS



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ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
The charge of our Action Groups is to explore options, seek truth, and come to consensus for the topic at hand.

It's easy to follow a particular passion by joining one of our COMMITTEES. The part you play in these action groups can be as small or large as you prefer; diverse input makes for unbiased decisions as we consider our positions.