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Welcome LWVOC Member!
May 3rd, 6:30 PM
In the last several months, the political environment has given us much to speak about to our friends, family, and colleagues. Public Speaking is no longer limited to the rare instance when we find ourselves behind a podium. Instead, we find ourselves at social events, on social media, at our workplace and on daily errands discussing the political atmosphere that has permeated our lives.
Learn HOW to navigate these experiences while also getting your viewpoint across. Our experts can answer your questions and help you learn how to SPEAK UP in an eloquent fashion. REGISTER
April 30, 3:30-6:00 PM, Valencia's WP Campus
Please join the LWVOC, the ACLU of Central FL, and the Peace and Justice
Institute at Valencia College in welcoming the filmmaker Amanda Bailly at a special screening of her new documentary, 8 Borders 8 Days.
Date: Sunday, April 30
Time: Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Valencia College Winter Park Campus Room 225,
850 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789
Cost: Donations accepted
8 Borders, 8 Days
8 Borders, 8 Days debuted this week at the Florida Film Festival. In the film, a single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is their story: the intimate details of why a mother is willing to risk her children’s lives at sea and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety. Learn MORE
The LWV of Florida Biennial Convention, 2017
League on the Beach ~ Fun in the Sun
JUNE 9-10, The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
MORE INFO HERE
The itinerary is action packed with League business of passing a budget, electing a new state board, and determining the issues that we will be prioritizing for the next two years in Education and Advocacy. But in between, there is a terrific spa, pool, and of course, the BEACH!
LWVOC is offering a stipend opportunity to members.
Learn more HERE
LWVOC members Ann Hellmuth and Jennifer Herman helping to register voters during Earth Day observations at Lake Eola.
Teams of League members, headed by LWVOC VP Maria Padilla worked throughout the day registering voters and handing out the information about the Constitutional Revision Commission, which is meeting this year.
New Board Installed and Program Updated, 2017-18
Our 2017-18 Co-Presidents: Carol Davis and Leesa Bainbridge
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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
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?" Stay informed at
The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
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.
WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?
Miami Herald - "For the 10th year in a row, the governor and legislature are proposing to sweep money from the affordable housing trust funds into the general revenue fund to spend on other purposes. Since the start of the Great Recession, that has added up to $1.3 billion.
"This year, the trust funds will collect about $292 million...
"Nearly one million very low-income Florida households pay more than 50 percent of their incomes for housing. The state has the third highest homeless population — 34,000 — in the nation." Continue reading...
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