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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

JUNE 22, 6:30 PM "Dangerous by Design-A Report of Pedestrian Safety"

Presented by the Transportation & Natural Resources Committees (An excellent opportunity to learn about and join these two important groups)

Location: Valencia Winter Park Campus, 850 Morse Blvd, Room 107 (FREE event)
RSVP required: Theo Webster


Photo courtesy/David Kidd

Billy Hattaway with the City of Orlando, Director of Transportation, will be sharing the results of a recently completed pedestrian safety study "Dangerous by Design."

Read more about Mr. Hattaway HERE


 

 

 

TRENDING 


LWV Optimistic as SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Gerrymandering Case

Read full League STATEMENT

LWVOC Attends 2017 State LWVF Convention
Awards, Inductions, and Solidarity

Slideshow
2017 Biennial Convention LWVF

Read MORE about the Convention from our State President, Pamela Goodman.


 

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



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


AFFORDABLE HOUSING: FLORIDA'S QUIET CRISIS

In 2013, 715,000 Floridians spent more than 40 percent of their income on housing. The most current figure is far worse: 911,000 households spent 50 percent or more on housing in 2016.

If that were not a gloomy enough picture, consider this: Florida has the third highest number of people living in shelters or on the street, with 33,599, according to the Florida Housing Coalition.
SunSentinel's complete article
HERE

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.