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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

 


AUGUST 22, TUES, 6 PM
Holocaust Center of Florida
"Protest:  Free Speech vs Hate Speech"

Protests are often held in support of or in opposition to public policies and governmental action with one goal: to be heard. When though, does this become unproductive?

Learn more about the details of this event HERE.




READY to jump start your volunteerism?
Save the Dates for Candidate Forums

The Voter Services Committee is coordinating a series of candidate forums for the upcoming Orlando City Council elections for District 1 (Lake Nona), District 3 (College Park-Rosemont-Baldwin Park-Audubon Park) and District 5 (West Orlando.)

LEARN MORE about volunteering for these upcoming events!



UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPT 6, Speak Easy - Healthcare
Jazz Tastings, Maitland, FL
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SEPT 13, HOT TOPICS - Voting Rights-Voter Suppression 
11:30 AM
Sorosis Club, Orlando, FL

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"Troubled Waters" Screening
Tues, Sept 12, 6:30 PM
Valencia College East Performing Arts Center
Details and Registration

Florida has some of the best regulations when it comes to water usage; however, there is limited enforcement of these regulations. With continual pollution to our waterways and an increasing amount of people moving to Florida, will we have enough water to go around?

Join us for a very special viewing of this important documentary, followed by a panel discussion about threats to our waters, what it means for Florida and how you can help in the effort to protect Florida's environment.  

Panelists include:

  • Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commisioner
  • Lisa Rinaman, St Johns Riverkeeper
  • James C. Adamski, Valencia College Professor

This event is free and open to the public
From the producers of "Troubled Waters," watch video INFO or read HERE.

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ADVOCACY

Been wondering how you can participate in the League?  Have some time to devote to your passion, your cause?  We may have a group just for you!  Look to the right at some of our upcoming events and find a committee meeting that you can attend.  Click above on our menu "ADVOCACY" and get more information!


TRENDING 




On the 97th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we are STILL fighting for Equal Voting Rights!

On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote.

Ninety-seven years later, however, we are still fighting for equal access at the ballot box—and an alarming trend threatens to roll back what we’ve achieved across the last century. That’s why the work of the League of Women Voters continues, and that’s why Americans everywhere must remain vigilant in protecting their role in our democracy.

Read entire article by League of Women Voters President, Chris Carson.



Orlando Chooses 100% by 2050
Press Release

Great news! Orlando city commissioners unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050.
Council chambers were filled with elated members of the First 50 Coalition, a broad-based alliance led by the LWVOC that is pushing for sustainability in Central Florida.  
Our own Sara Isaac, former LWVOC Co-President shares her thoughts about this historic moment HERE


Restorations of Felon Voter Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has stepped up its political engagement as its Trump-era membership has swelled, is getting behind a campaign to end Florida’s felon disenfranchisement law by changing the state Constitution. The decision will put substantial financial and activist resources behind 
an ongoing campaign to put a “Voter Restoration Amendment” on the November 2018 ballot.
Article Here


Let Voters Have Open Primaries
"Eight months post-election, Congress is tangled in stalemates and the president continues to fancifully wax on about millions of illegal voters. His misnamed Advisory Commission on Election Integrity held its first hearing last week after making a giant grab for voter data.


Here’s one antidote: In Florida, we have a shot at improving elections, if the Constitution Revision Commission listens to the citizens who speak out about what ails our state."

Read entire article HERE



Upcoming Events
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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.