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Date: 7/9/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

The League of Women Voters of Florida is proud to welcome Florida's Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried today, JULY 9 at 5:30 PM.

Commissioner Fried will join the Poverty Action Team's Monthly Call to discuss the state and federal response to the COVID-19 crisis, gaps in meeting the food needs of Floridians, programs that impact food safety and quantity, special feeding programs her agency oversees and more!
This event is being hosted via Zoom, much like our weekly "Lunch & Learns."
Registration is open all Florida League members!  To join, please register HERE-No Fee-LWVFL 

Another LWVFL Presentation:
We're excited to announce this week's edition of our "Lunch & Learn" series. These webinars are continuing weekly as we practice social distancing to keep our communities safe.

This week we will welcome former LWVUS President Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins.

Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins will give a presentation entitled "To Finish the Fight - 2020." The presentation is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and will highlight her recently published book: "The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters."

Feature Presentation:  To Finish the Fight - 2020 with Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins
Q&A Session with Patti and Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins
LWVFL Update:  A brief update on ongoing League business from the state office.
To join the webinar, please register above.  The Zoom platform does have some limitations, so the live version of the webinar will be limited to the first 500 attendees.
If you are unable to join live, watch out for the recording of the webinar.  It will be published in our biweekly newsletter, The Florida Voter.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wednesday at our Hot Topics session, we had the opportunity to hear from all eight of the judicial candidates for District 9, Groups 1, 21, 34, and 39, with Judge Bob LeBlanc moderating. There are two candidates in each race. The excellent session was rolling along and just one final candidate’s closing remarks away from concluding, when the Zoom Webinar broadcast was mysteriously and abruptly interrupted. Of the 108 attendees, only 22 were able to login again.

We are very sorry that the session was dropped before it was supposed to end. We are working hard to understand what happened, as this was our first occurrence of this technical glitch. We will figure it out. After reestablishing our connection, Mr. Vincent Falcone was able to make his closing statement which was also recorded. We will post both the main session and final closing recordings on our You Tube page.Those who attended should expect to also receive an email with the link to the closing video with Mr. Falcone’s final statement. Again, LWVOC apologizes to Mr. Falcone, our moderator Mr. Bob LeBlanc, all candidates, and our members and guests.

Please join us for our FREE Hot Topics next month, “Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation,” as we work together to better understand the racial bias in our governmental policies and step into the shoes of people of color as they strive for racial equity. This interactive online session will be delivered and facilitated by Bread for the World #BlackLivesMatter
The simulation is an interactive tool that helps people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth.  It is a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today's racial hunger, income, and wealth divides.

COVID-19 has created challenges for the League’s voter registration efforts. Nationally and locally, Leaguers are busy working on a Vote-by-Mail campaign. Social media is one of the strategies we’ll utilize. We’re asking members, who are Facebook and Instagram users, to help increase our social media presence by interacting with the League's posts.  Interacting with our posts is where the magic happens. Every time you do, our voice is amplified. The more interactions we have, the more people will see our message and the greater our impact. A “like” is good, a “comment” is better and a “share” is best of all.  ~ R. Pando  
GET CLICKING and SHARE!  Hover over one of our graphics, right click to save, and then follow your normal routine to upload the image to your social media accounts.
Don't run out of time!  Visit Important Dates to learn more about 2020 Election deadlines.  JULY 20 is last day to change party affiliation/register to vote in the AUG 18 Primary Election.  The last day to request a VBM ballot is AUG 8

Calling all students!!  JOIN the League for FREE and make a difference during this election year as well as in our many advocacy groups.

Deborah Newberry
Amy Winslow
Murphy Reinert
Olivia Demetriades
Katarzyna Ropa

Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to JOIN US
Much appreciation to Mary E. Munroe for her recent donation to our Education Fund.
For those of you who would like to donate "to honor" or "in memory of" someone, visit our Donations page.
Your contributions help us continue the work of the League, especially during these pandemic times when our normal operations have been curtailed.

Denise Libertore Burton, LWVOC Voter Services Speakers Bureau Sub-Committee
Denise is a Columbia University graduate and has been a structural engineer for 33 years.  With a passion for women's and voting rights, she has been active in LWVOC Student Outreach Program making presentations and providing voter registration to local high school and college students.  She has been a member of the League since 2018.
Upcoming Presentation:
Strategies for Action~Your Voice. Your Power.  Your Vote
September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm
Join Denise as she hosts with the League this special lunch and learn event.  She'll be touching on the history of voting, its importance, reasons why people do not vote, as well as how voting is affected by the pandemic.

Newsletter Checklist
  • Did you know because you're a member of the LWVOC, you are also a member of our state and national Leagues!
  • Glitch happens; thanks for your patience as we sort through our technical difficulties with online presentations.
  • Be a digital volunteer for the LWVOC and repost our graphics; encourage your followers to Vote-By-Mail
  • Check out the new "Voting Info" on our website and make sure you are ready for next month's Primary Election