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MAY 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
Guns and Domestic Violence: A Deadly Combination
Hosted by: LWV-Seminole County with assistance from the LWVOC Gun Safety Committee
Eastmonte Civic Center, Altamonte Springs
|| “…Tom Gabor leaves no argument for
unrestrained gun ownership
unchallenged. It is a monumental and
very readable work of research and journalism…”
Maurice Murad, former producer of CBS’ 60 Minutes
Hear a presentation by Dr. Thomas Gabor, esteemed criminologist scholar and author, as well as a panel of local experts to discuss the danger of this threat.
Post-event book signing for Dr. Gabor's Confronting Gun Violence in America, available now at Amazon and Books-A-Million.
*Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact the LWV-Seminole County
JUNE 5, Speak Easy with the League
Inaugural Event, Cool Place, Informed People, FUNdraiser!
Setting the tone for a long hot summer with a tall, cool...Speak Easy! $10 Entry Just say YES and register here
JUNE 14, HOT TOPICS
Immigration: Lives in the Shadows
Arrests of suspected illegal immigrants have been soaring. The director of Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) said arrests by his agency jumped to 41,318 between Jan. 22 and the end of April, up from 30,028 arrests in roughly the same period last year. Our Hot Topics speakers will examine the impact on our community. JOIN US: 11:30 a.m. Sorosis Club, 501 E. Livingston (downtown) Orlando. .
Photo courtesy: Iowa Citizen
Immigration Lawyer John Gihon, former Senior Attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Sister Ann Kendrick of the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, who has worked for more than 40 years with immigrant farm workers and their families. Rasha Mubarak, Regional Coordinator for the Center for Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) and Co-Founder of Floridians Responding to Refugees Committee.
Moderator: Renata Sago, general assignment reporter and anchor at 90.7 WMFE.
The City of Orlando is encouraging all to come together on June 12, Orlando United Day.
A Day of Love and Kindness, join us as we #ActLoveGive together as a compassionate, united community --> http://www.actlovegive.com/
Their website is designed to link you to volunteer opportunities within the community so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from on where to lend a hand on June 12th. You can sign up yourself or an entire team to do something good that benefits a nonprofit in the greater Central Florida LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
LWV Florida 2017 36th Biennial Convention,
JUNE 9-10 Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort
Registration is open until June 1st Reserve HERE
Don't miss this great opportunity to meet fellow Leaguers from across the state, engage in lively discussion, hear about our achievements and help to decide which issues will be at the forefront for League focus.
The LWVOC Government Committee will be presenting their Open Primaries Study and need YOU to help us advance this important cause. REGISTER TODAY
JUNE 21, Wednesday, 6:00 PM Rare Evening HOT TOPICS and Summer Solstice
We're combining summer's kick-off with our version of H-O-T Signature Events! Join us for some cool refreshments and scintillating discussion as we review the 2017 Legislative Session with our special guests:
State Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), Appropriations Committee chair and chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission
LWVF lobbyist Kelly Quintero
Journalist Mike Lafferty, former Orlando Sentinel Breaking News and Opinions Page editor
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
FLORIDA FOREVER? MORE LIKE FLORIDA NEVER
Once again, the Florida Legislature has turned the politically popular Florida Forever program into Florida Never.
The budget that legislative leaders have approved — but which Gov. Rick Scott has yet to sign — calls for spending zero dollars on the Florida Forever program to buy up environmentally sensitive land.
That's not what the voters had in mind when they approved Amendment 1 in 2014 by an overwhelming margin, environmental advocates say. Tampa Bay Times
LEVY RESPONDS TO CRITIC
"I am responding to Michelle Ertel’s CF100 comment in Sunday’s Sentinel that none of the members of the state board of the League of Women Voters of Florida are Republican.
When the League appoints board members, their voter registration is never asked or considered. The League of Women Voters goes back to the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. These original suffragists were all Republicans. When Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time, she voted a straight Republican ticket.
The 2017 Legislative Session is officially done with a late sine die after an extended session until Monday night. Legislators voted on a budget that reduces spending per student, provides no funding for Florida Forever, and ties in many changes to our public schools. For these reasons, we are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto the budget.
Read our letter to Governor Scott here.
Read more on the budget passed by the legislature here.
Read the rest of Kelly Quintero's report HERE
A VOICE IS OUR VOTE
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