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OCT 11, HOT TOPICS - The Opioid Epidemic - A Statewide Public Health Emergency
Opioids were the first cause or a contributing factor in almost 3,900 deaths in Florida in 2015, a 23 percent jump over the year before. Only four states had larger percentage increases. What can be done?
Jerry Demmings, Orange County Sheriff
Dr. Joshua Stephany, Orange County Chief Medical Officer
Aspire Health Representative
Our September Hot Topics, Voting-Future of Elections, has been rescheduled for NOV 8. If you registered for that event, it will be transferred to November. Please contact Pat Grierson if you have any questions.
SEPT 28 District 1-Candidate Forum, Orlando Commission
The LNRCC is partnering with the League of Women Voters to put on a special event for the Lake Nona Community! All of the District 1 candidates will be attending to debate and answer questions. This is a great opportunity for all residents to become educated on how to vote for our community leaders. LEARN MORE
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OCT 11, 7 PM, Losing the Grand Canyon,
FAF Presents Author Kevin Fedarko
(Tickets are now 1/2 price!)
Kevin will walk you through his epic 800 mile hike through America’s favorite National Park and share some stories behind his acclaimed book The Emerald Mile, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award as well as the Reading the West Award.
Learn MORE, Tickets Available Here
Global Peace Week~Sept 25-29
Global Peace Week is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Institute with funding support from Valencia College's Student Development.
Join them for a week of celebrations and events featuring education, art, guest speakers and free film screenings in partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival.
All the details can be found HERE.
Coalition Prepares Early Start for Legislative Hearings
As summer winds down we are looking towards an early start of the Florida Legislative Session. While the Session does not convene until January 9, 2018, committee meetings will begin on Tuesday September 12, 2017. We are diligently preparing our proactive legislative proposals as well as getting ready to once again defeat dangerous gun bills.
Learn More About the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
The LWVOC Gun Safety Committee welcomes your enthusiasm and membership!
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
WINTER PARK LOOKS FORWARD
Winter Park city commissioners signed off last week on buying 55 acres for $304,500. Now the city will begin weeding out invasive chinaberry and skunk vine and replanting native species in the lush forest.
“We have an opportunity to make it a real authentic Florida environmental experience for those people,” said Diebel, a former Winter Park city commissioner. “As soon as it’s cleaned up, I think people will use the natural parts of it.”
Complete article HERE.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS
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 promote voters' rights.
A VOICE IS OUR VOTE
INFORM & ACT