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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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UP TO DATE
                         
FEB 24, Newtown Documentary Screening

Rollins Bush Auditorium, 6:30 PM, Free admission; this event is being co-sponsored by The Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence, WUCF TV, and Global Peace Film Festival.  More INFO

FEB 28, State of the Union
President Trump will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. This speech is intended to direct the administration's priorities for the rest of the year. We don't know what he will say - but we will be listening and ready to take action if the president outlines proposals related to League priorities such as voting rights, healthcare and the environment. And we'll be playing B I N G O.  Learn more and download your cards HERE. Presented by: LWV USA


MAR 15, Advocacy Workshop, Learn How to Make Your Voice Heard, Now is the Time to Take Action
Leaguers in Action, a new committee driven by active, dynamic LWVOC leaders, is kicking off its agenda with an Advocacy Workshop scheduled for 6:30-9 PM on March 15 at East End Market.  Information HERE.


MAR 28-29, 2017 Legislative Summit

Florida's Leagues are descending on Tallahassee; be a strong voice and join the Defenders of Democracy.  INFO HERE.   Your LWVOC is offering a stipend to help you get there. Members only APPLICATION.
READ MORE about lobbying techniques to be the best prepared warrior in  Tallahassee.





HOT TOPICS

 

 

MAR 8, 11:30 am

Gun Safety & Legislative Solutions
Spaces limited so hurry and ...

REGISTER HERE
Featured speakers:  John Mina-OPD Chief, Patti Brigham-Gun Safety Chair, Mike Lafferty-retired journalist


GOALS

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#sendanemail
#attendameeting
#joinagroup
Contact  Your Representatives
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#urwelcome


 

TRENDING

 


Our Very Own

Anna Eskamani listed as one of the "Fourteen People Making Orlando a Better Place" READ

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Upcoming Events
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IN THE NEWS





LWV ISSUES IMMIGRATION RESPONSE
 

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's immigration ban:

"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  Continue reading...



STANDING UP FOR CHANGE

Patti Brigham (shown above left) quoted in a recent article: "What we have here in Florida are top-down bills," Brigham said. "They are not coming from grass roots. They are not coming because Floridians are clamoring for guns on campus. They are coming because of the NRA and its proponents in the halls of the Legislature."
"Putting a gun on a college campus just doesn't make sense," Brigham said. "Why would you want to make a college environment more dangerous?"
Read more HERE from The DB News Journal


LEAGUE IN ORLANDO WEEKLY 

Highlighted in the article "Organized Resistance," the LWVOC is considered one of the leading civic engagement organizations across the country.  "In a country that is so increasingly divided politically, we are a third way," states Sara Isaac, LWVOC Co-President.

Read MORE Action Guide here for detailed information and guidance on how to contact, approach, and connect with the most important policy makers in our community.


SHATTERING RACIAL WALLS

For a Black History Month program on racism then and now, we heard powerful stories of courage and stamina as speakers recounted brushes with overt racism even in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

Learn more by reading our FB FEB 8 Link

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.