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!
Women's March, Jan. 21
The LWVUS Board has voted unanimously for the League to officially participate in the upcoming Washington, DC march. Here's the INFO you'll need if attending. For local march information at Lake Eola, read more HERE.as well as MORE from our League leaders.
2017 Leadership Retreat
On January 27th-29th, the League of Women Voters of Florida is hosting a leadership retreat at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Find out more HERE.
Annual Planning Meeting, FEB 4
Join us for our most important meeting of the year. We'll look back at our challenges and successes and discuss upcoming decisions as we plan for the new year. REGISTER HERE
2017 Legislative Summit
Florida's Leagues are descending on Tallahassee March 28-29. Be a strong voice and join the Defenders of Democracy. INFO HERE.
Preparing Women to Run
Looking for a quick and inspirational video that will set your League goals on fire? Enjoy seeing how Running Start is helping to bring young women to politics. Watch Here
FEB 8, 11:30 AM
REGISTER HERE or contact Pat Grierson
SHATTERING RACIAL WALLS
The League's Feb. 8 Hot Topics will mark Black History Month with a discussion of the racial barriers African Americans have had to overcome.
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JANUARY HOT TOPICS, ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS-CHALLENGES AHEAD SLIDESHOW
LOCAL RALLY WILL TAKE PLACE AT LAKE EOLA, SUNDAY, JANUARY 21
FL lags in this list of friendliest states for rooftop solar. Let's change that! Find out where we ranked in 2017 HERE
SOLAR MAKES US SHINE
A VOTE IS OUR VOICE
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
STANDING UP FOR CHANGE
Florida Should Not Loosen Gun Laws
Patti Brigham (shown above left) has written a powerful column with Thomas Gabor for the Tampa Bay Times. "The evidence is growing that expanding the right to carry will compromise rather than enhance public safety. Stanford University researchers have found that right-to-carry laws "are associated with substantially higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder." Read MORE of this powerful piece. And in this week's Orlando Weekly, MORE about recently filed legislation.
INFORM & ACT
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 Committees The 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.