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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!


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OCT 11, HOT TOPICS - The Opioid Epidemic - A Statewide Public Health Emergency



Register HERE
Opioids were the first cause or a contributing factor in almost 3,900 deaths in Florida in 2015, a 23 percent jump over the year before. Only four states had larger percentage increases.  What can be done?

Panelists include:

Jerry Demmings, 
Orange County Sheriff
Dr. Joshua Stephany, Orange County Chief Medical Officer
Aspire Health Representative



*Important News*
Our September Hot Topics, Voting-Future of Elections, has been rescheduled for NOV 8. If you registered for that event, it will be transferred to November.  Please contact Pat Grierson if you have any questions.


SEPT 28 District 1-Candidate Forum, Orlando Commission

The LNRCC is partnering with the League of Women Voters to put on a special event for the Lake Nona Community! All of the District 1 candidates will be attending to debate and answer questions. This is a great opportunity for all residents to become educated on how to vote for our community leaders. LEARN MORE

READY to jump start your volunteerism?

The Voter Services Committee is coordinating a series of candidate forums for the upcoming Orlando City Council elections: 

District 1, Lake Nona, SEPT 28, 6-8 PM
 VOLUNTEER Details

District 3, College Park-Rosemont-Baldwin Park-Audubon Park, OCT 2, 7-8 PM
VOLUNTEER Details


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events



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TRENDING

OCT 11, 7 PM, Losing the Grand Canyon,
FAF Presents Author Kevin Fedarko
(Tickets: $50)



Kevin will walk you through his epic 800 mile hike through America’s favorite National Park and share some stories behind his acclaimed book The Emerald Mile, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award as well as the Reading the West Award.

Learn MORE, Tickets Available Here

Global Peace Week~Sept 25-29




Global Peace Week is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Institute with funding support from Valencia College's Student Development.

Join them for a week of celebrations and events featuring education, art, guest speakers and free film screenings in partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival.

All the details can be found HERE.





Coalition Prepares Early Start for Legislative Hearings



As summer winds down we are looking towards an early start of the Florida Legislative Session. While the Session does not convene until January 9, 2018, committee meetings will begin on Tuesday September 12, 2017. We are diligently preparing our proactive legislative proposals as well as getting ready to once again defeat dangerous gun bills.

Learn More About the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence


The LWVOC Gun Safety Committee welcomes your enthusiasm and membership!


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



WINTER PARK LOOKS FORWARD
ACQUIRING WETLANDS 

Winter Park city commissioners signed off last week on buying 55 acres for $304,500. Now the city will begin weeding out invasive chinaberry and skunk vine and replanting native species in the lush forest.

“We have an opportunity to make it a real authentic Florida environmental experience for those people,” said Diebel, a former Winter Park city commissioner. “As soon as it’s cleaned up, I think people will use the natural parts of it.”
Complete article HERE.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS
UNREASONABLE RENTS

A housing affordability crisis in America — and Central Florida in particular — forces lower-income households to struggle to pay for stable places to call home. Orlando, long considered an affordable housing market, has the nation's greatest shortage of rentals for extremely low-income tenants. To learn more about housing that people can afford, and solutions to increase the stock, the Sentinel Editorial Board enlisted Christopher King of Elevation Financial Group LLC, an Orlando-based multifamily housing investment company.  Read MORE

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 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.