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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Monthly Drawing: Yes, there is a free lunch!
We are announcing a new campaign to encourage members to add their personal photos to our Member Directory. Upload or send your photo to Lida B. Coffman and you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free admission to a Hot Topics Luncheon or other League event. If you decide to upload your own, email Lida to add your name to our drawing. Winners will be notified by email and announced in our newsletter.
FEB 22, Open Primaries Consensus Meeting
Did you know only 17% of voters participate in primaries? Meetings are being held statewide as we aim to meet consensus on this important election topic. MEMBERS ONLY, more INFO HERE
FEB 24, Newtown Documentary Screening
Rollins Bush Auditorium, 6:30 PM, Free admission; this event is being co-sponsored by The Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence, WUCF TV, and Global Peace Film Festival. More INFO
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. Your LWVOC is offering a stipend to help you get there. Members only APPLICATION
MAR 8, 11:30 am
Gun Safety & Legislative Solutions
Featured speakers: John Mina-OPD Chief, Patti Brigham-Gun Safety Chair, Mike Lafferty-retired journalist
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Anna Eskamani listed as one of the "Fourteen People Making Orlando a Better Place" READ
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LWV ISSUES IMMIGRATION RESPONSE
Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's immigration ban:
"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Continue reading...
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?"
Read more HERE from The DB News Journal
LEAGUE IN ORLANDO WEEKLY
Highlighted in the article "Organized Resistance," the LWVOC is considered one of the leading civic engagement organizations across the country. "In a country that is so increasingly divided politically, we are a third way," states Sara Isaac, our Co-President.
Read MORE Action Guide here for detailed information and guidance on how to contact, approach, and connect with the most important policy makers in our community.
SHATTERING RACIAL WALLS
For a Black History Month program on racism then and now, we heard powerful stories of courage and stamina as speakers recounted brushes with overt racism even in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Learn more by reading our FB FEB 8 Link
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
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
DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
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.
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
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 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.