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Date: 6/3/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




HAPPY PRIDE MONTH
 
"It takes no compromise to give people their rights.  It takes no money to respect the individual.  It takes no political deal to give people freedom.  It takes no survey to remove repression."  Harvey Milk
The Progress Flag is flying high outside Orlando City Hall. In addition to the traditional rainbow stripes, this flag represents the full breadth and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, with black and brown stripes representing people of color and the trans community represented with baby blue, pink and white stripes.
"We fly this flag proudly to honor the 49 angels taken five years ago this month, to celebrate our city's pride and diversity, and to reaffirm our commitment to making our community more inclusive and equitable for all."  #PrideMonth2021

Tomorrow, JUNE 4-5 LWV of FL Biennial Convention
We still have room for those of you who wish to be a voting member of this year's VIRTUAL convention.  What you will be voting on:  the state's budget and the slate for the new Board of Directors. 
 Contact Barbara Lanning to register as a convention voting delegate ASAP!!  All voting delegates are required to pay a registration fee of $50 BUT don't let convention costs deter you.  We still have "scholarships" available!  2021 Convention Registration Reimbursement   Also, LWVFL Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis, contact their office for details at info@lwvfl.org.



Looking forward to registering voters again?
Updates for MEMBERS ONLY

Due to the passage of SB 90 and the mandatory compliance with the law, all League members who wish to register voters under the League's purview must retake an updated version of our voter registration quiz.
For clarity, at this point no matter what you must recertify with the updated version. The prior quiz has been invalidated with the new law.
A 180/180 score is now required. The quiz may be taken multiple times if needed. The quiz's validity has been extended now until May 31, 2023.

This event will be the perfect follow-up for next week's HT and "She's Beautiful..." film screening as it addresses both topics-youth justice system and the fight for female equity.
 
All About the Ballots is partnering with FL Student Power Network and several other organizations to host a virtual screening of the Florida based documentary “Push Out” on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Registration details will be forthcoming. You can view the clip by clicking the links below.

Ready to join the League of Women Voters Orange County?
 
Click below to learn more about 
 
Also remember that we now offer Gift Membership ...a great college graduation gift idea!
Looking for more "gifting" ideas?  
 
You can contribute to the LWVOC Fund "In honor" or "In Memory" of someone.
 
As with most groups during this pandemic, we've had to tighten our financial belts.  Eventually, we'll return to the events that help supplement our budget but until then, we're relying on your local dues (which are also split to pay state and national dues) and the generosity of your tax-deductible contributions.
 Find out more:  Donations: Single or recurring


More information and registration here: 23rd Annual Family Cafe JUNE 11-13
 
Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking each June. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers attendees exposure to resources on a grand scale, unprecedented access to policy-making officials, and a chance to network with other individuals with disabilities and their families.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • LWVFL Convention begins tomorrow and we still have room for voting delegates!  Contact Barbara today!!
  • Need a spring gift idea...graduation, Father's Day?  League memberships and contributions are two ways to give back and pay forward.
  • Enjoy the beauty of rainbow flags this month.  Happy Pride Month
  • Community events abound.  Get out there safely and support our local community partners.

Our longtime community partner, Orange County Regional History Center, will have a special exhibit opening this Saturday. 
"Community:  Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy" On exhibit May 29 – August 15
 The Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 and the subsequent response forever changed Orlando – exemplified by the immense outpouring of support and love shown by locals in the days, months, and years that followed. However, the impact of the tragedy was not limited to the physical boundaries of Central Florida. The Orange County Regional History Center’s 2021 remembrance exhibition, Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy, examines how communities of all kinds were touched both locally and across the globe. Visitors will follow the story of Pulse nightclub, from its earliest conception through 2016, as well as the response to the devastating event and the lasting impact in the time since. Through the telling of this important part of our collective history, the museum seeks to celebrate the spirit of community and honor the 49 victims and all of those affected.

To ensure that this exhibition is accessible to the entire community, we will offer free admission June 5 -13. The white memorial crosses will be available for viewing June 11-13.

Join us online on June 4 for our Lunch & Learn program: Pulse: Looking Back Over the Past Five Years.

*Photo by Michael Maguire

Upon the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, informative links provided by our LWVOC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee