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 LWVOC HOLIDAY CELEBRATION  Tuesday, December 6th, 6-8:30 pm 
  East End Market,
3280 Corrine Drive, Orlando
 
Guest speaker will be Linda Chapin
 THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
 
Recent News ConferenceThe League continues the push for accountability as we and others seek to end the prison pipeline for juvenile offenders.  Highlights video HERE
 
 Leadership Development RetreatHosted by the League of Women Voters Florida, Jan. 27-29,  More Info HERE
 


 

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Welcome LWVOC Member!

Welcome to the League of Women Voters Orange County

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.

HOT TOPICS AND ISSUES


Coalition Wants to Drive Change on Gun Laws
 
Newly  formed after the PULSE shooting, its focus is on awareness and prevention by changing current gun laws.
 
At a recent fundraising effort, the "group gathered to raise about $15,000 for the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, a fledgling group started by the League of Women Voters in the days after the June 12 shooting at Pulse.

That's a drop in the bucket in terms of Tallahassee lobbying dollars. The NRA's political action committee, for example, lists more than $650,000 in contributions for the 2016 election.

But the coalition is harnessing something that could be just as powerful: the voices of victims' families, surgeons who routinely treat gunshot wounds, churches, synagogues, elected officials and activist groups.

And they could get just as loud as the NRA.

"We don't have to be just defensive up in Tallahassee," said League President Pamela Goodman. "We can be offensive."
 
 
 
Read more of Beth Kassab's insightful column below.

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CIVIL CITATIONS: Good for Children and Public Safety, Where We Stand
 
The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board backs our position on civil citations as an alternative to arrest and a criminal record for juveniles whose first offense is a nonviolent misdemeanor:
"Children who make mistakes are better off getting a second chance without getting arrested."
 
When Joe Negron delivered his inaugural speech as Florida Senate president last month, the Stuart Republican told listeners how he and a friend had been picked up as teenagers by police for mischief involving political campaign signs. The police let the boys remove the signs rather than arrest them on a series of criminal charges.

"We cannot and should not tolerate serious wrongdoing by young people," Negron said. "But at the same time, let's not criminalize adolescence."

With this sensible goal in mind, last year the Orange County League of Women Voters launched a campaign to pressure law-enforcement agencies in the Orange-Osceola judicial circuit to make greater use of civil citations as an alternative to arrest and a criminal record for juveniles whose first offense is a nonviolent misdemeanor. Examples of eligible offenses include schoolyard fights without injuries, underage drinking or shoplifting. Crimes involving weapons or gangs are ineligible.

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HOT TOPICS LUNCHEON, JAN 11, 11:30 AM 
 
ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS, The Challenges Ahead
 
Join us for our first 2017 luncheon as we discuss the challenges facing our students, teachers, and system as a whole.
Or contact Pat Grierson
 
Many issues will challenge the OCPS District including: funding, testing, charter schools, local control and the new law that allows open-enrollment throughout the state.
 
Our speakers:
Jesus Jara is deputy superintendent for the Orange County school district, the nation's 10th largest school district.

Angie Gallo is chair of the Florida Parent Teacher Association Legislative Committee.

Wendy Doromal, a retired teacher, is president of the Orange County Classroom Teachers’ Association.

Moderator -- Linda Kobert, Orange County School Board representative for District 3, will lead the discussion.
 
 

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WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT ON BEHALF OF OUR CITIZENS & COMMUNITY

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 95 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.
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Sync your calendar with our list of upcoming events including:  Committee Meetings, Community Events, and our very popular HOT TOPICS luncheons!
 
 

WHO WE ARE


NON-PARTISAN

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. READ MORE
LEADERS

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. 

COMMUNITY  

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 Orange County League is the largest League in the United States.
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PROPONENTS

The charge of our committees 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 COMMITTEESThe part you play in these interest groups can be as small or large as you prefer; diverse input makes for unbiased decisions as we consider our positions.

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