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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!


YOU'RE INVITED

MAY 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
Guns and Domestic Violence: A Deadly Combination
Hosted by:   LWV-Seminole County with assistance from the LWVOC Gun Safety Committee
Eastmonte Civic Center, Altamonte Springs

   “…Tom Gabor leaves no argument for
unrestrained gun ownership
unchallenged. It is a monumental and
very readable work of research and journalism…”

Maurice Murad, former producer of CBS’ 60 Minutes


Hear a presentation by Dr. Thomas Gabor, esteemed criminologist scholar and author, as well as a panel of local experts to discuss the danger of this threat.

REGISTER HERE

Post-event book signing for Dr. Gabor's Confronting Gun Violence in America, available now at Amazon and Books-A-Million.

*Interested in volunteering for this event?  Contact the LWV-Seminole County 
HERE


 JUNE 5, Speak Easy with the League

  Inaugural Event, Cool Place, Informed People, FUNdraiser!
    

Setting the tone for a long hot summer with a tall, cool...Speak Easy!  $10 Entry  Just say YES and register here


JUNE 14, HOT TOPICS

Immigration:  Lives in the Shadows

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Arrests of suspected illegal immigrants have been soaring. The director of Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) said arrests by his agency jumped to 41,318 between Jan. 22 and the end of April, up from 30,028 arrests in roughly the same period last year. Our Hot Topics speakers will examine the impact on our community.  JOIN US: 11:30 a.m. Sorosis Club, 501 E. Livingston (downtown) Orlando. .


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SPEAKERS:
Immigration Lawyer John Gihon, former Senior Attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Sister Ann Kendrick of the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, who has worked for more than 40 years with immigrant farm workers and their families. Rasha Mubarak, Regional Coordinator for the Center for Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) and Co-Founder of Floridians Responding to Refugees Committee.
Moderator: Renata Sago, general assignment reporter and anchor at 90.7 WMFE. 

 

TRENDING 


SOLIDARITY

The City of Orlando is encouraging all to come together on June 12, Orlando United Day.

 

A Day of Love and Kindness, join us as we #ActLoveGive together as a compassionate, united community --> http://www.actlovegive.com/




Their website is designed to link you to volunteer opportunities within the community so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from on where to lend a hand on June 12th. You can sign up yourself or an entire team to do something good that benefits a nonprofit in the greater Central Florida LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

 

LWV Florida 2017 36th Biennial Convention,
JUNE 9-10  Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort 

 
Registration is open until June 1st  Reserve HERE 





Don't miss this great opportunity to meet fellow Leaguers from across the state, engage in lively discussion, hear about our achievements and help to decide which issues will be at the forefront for League focus.  

The LWVOC Government Committee will be presenting their Open Primaries Study and need YOU to help us advance this important cause.
 REGISTER TODAY


 

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JUNE 21, Wednesday, 6:00 PM  Rare Evening HOT TOPICS and Summer Solstice

We're combining summer's kick-off with our version of H-O-T Signature Events!  Join us for some cool refreshments and scintillating discussion as we review the 2017 Legislative Session with our special guests:

 

State Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), Appropriations Committee chair and chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission
LWVF lobbyist Kelly Quintero 
Journalist Mike Lafferty, former Orlando Sentinel Breaking News and Opinions Page editor

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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



FLORIDA FOREVER?  MORE LIKE FLORIDA NEVER

Once again, the Florida Legislature has turned the politically popular Florida Forever program into Florida Never.

The budget that legislative leaders have approved — but which Gov. Rick Scott has yet to sign — calls for spending zero dollars on the Florida Forever program to buy up environmentally sensitive land.

That's not what the voters had in mind when they approved Amendment 1 in 2014 by an overwhelming margin, environmental advocates say.  Tampa Bay Times


LEVY RESPONDS TO CRITIC

"I am responding to Michelle Ertel’s CF100 comment in Sunday’s Sentinel that none of the members of the state board of the League of Women Voters of Florida are Republican.
When the League appoints board members, their voter registration is never asked or considered. The League of Women Voters goes back to the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. These original suffragists were all Republicans. When Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time, she voted a straight Republican ticket.
 
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Our positions are established through study and action and are not easily changed. We believed in supporting and extending the franchise at a time when Republicans were fighting a Civil War in support of this. We believed in protecting the environment at a time when Teddy Roosevelt was fighting for conservation. We believed in fair districts when the Democrats controlled the Florida Legislature. We believed in reasonable gun safety when Ronald Reagan was pushing for it.
We are nonpartisan because we never support or endorse candidates. Our issues are not decided by whatever political party happens to support them, although for the past couple of years, it has been Democrats who have supported our issues. If I may paraphrase Ertel: This not your grandfather's GOP.
Michele Levy former co-president, League of Women Voters of Orange County"
Copyright © 2017, Orlando Sentinel




TALLAHASSEE TALLY

The 2017 Legislative Session is officially done with a late sine die after an extended session until Monday night. Legislators voted on a budget that reduces spending per student, provides no funding for Florida Forever, and ties in many changes to our public schools. For these reasons, we are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto the budget.
Read our letter to Governor Scott here.
Read more on the budget passed by the legislature here.

Read the rest of Kelly Quintero's report  HERE


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.