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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

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

 

 

TRENDING 



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

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Our 2017-18 Co-Presidents: Carol Davis and Leesa Bainbridge
  


 

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



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.
 
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Our positions are established through study and action and are not easily changed. We believed in supporting and extending the franchise at a time when Republicans were fighting a Civil War in support of this. We believed in protecting the environment at a time when Teddy Roosevelt was fighting for conservation. We believed in fair districts when the Democrats controlled the Florida Legislature. We believed in reasonable gun safety when Ronald Reagan was pushing for it.
We are nonpartisan because we never support or endorse candidates. Our issues are not decided by whatever political party happens to support them, although for the past couple of years, it has been Democrats who have supported our issues. If I may paraphrase Ertel: This not your grandfather's GOP.
Michele Levy former co-president, League of Women Voters of Orange County"
Copyright © 2017, Orlando Sentinel





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...



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.