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Date: 9/10/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

It's EASY to be a League volunteer!  Our recent member EMAIL details how to take part quickly in the Census efforts, upcoming election poll worker positions, and openings for face-to-face voter registration.  YES, our League leadership has approved limited in-person Voter Registration events which means we'll need masked-up/socially distanced volunteers. Members can see ALL opportunities (and easily sign up) on our Volunteering Page but click below for quick links to some of the opportunities.

“21st Century Policing” was the timely topic for the League’s Hot Topics event Wednesday, with panelists discussing such issues as excessive force by police and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has spawned both peaceful protests and rioting/looting.  On the subject of Black Lives Matter, “We’ve been shown we don’t matter [through U.S. history],” said Orlando civil rights attorney Jerry Girley, citing the 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision as a milestoneContinue reading HERE

Leah Nash joined LWVOC because she’s passionate about her right to vote and wants to ensure that others have the opportunity to take advantage of their privilege to vote as well.  In 2018, she became Chairperson of the Voter Services Committee, LWVOC’s largest committee.  She created a sub-committee structure that helped organize the many initiatives of the committee, which includes voter registration and voter education.  Outside of LWVOC, Leah is the Development Manager for the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida.  She has 20+ years of  experience in non-profit/membership organizations, government, hospitality, and media, as well as owning her own company.  
 Learn more about our Voter Services committee and join their volunteer efforts!
We've launched our “100 Days to The Vote” campaign, with daily social-media posts, (also on our site for our non-social media users) featuring fascinating nuggets about the suffragists and the achievements of women in the century since 1920, both nationally and in Central Florida, FACEBOOK  and on Instagram @LWVOC  Our 100 Days celebration continues until November 3, the Election Day that marks 100 years since the first time women across the nation could participate in our democracy. Above: Born April 10, 1930, Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta started as a schoolteacher and became an activist for labor rights, women’s rights and racial equality for Latinos. In 1962 she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with César Chávez. She helped organize the successful national table-grape boycotts in the 1960s and fought for better working conditions and wages and the elimination of harmful pesticides. Photos: Portrait by Barbara Carrasco (left), Smithsonian Institution; Dolores Huerta Foundation

We've had many Leaguers participate in this community event and knew that you would want more information.
"It's that time of year, a time to talk and learn.  The year 2020 has challenged us like no other.  Together, we will carve a path forward.  Let's start with Table Talk, a candid conversation on October 1, 2020 about our community.  Everyone in Central Florida is invited."

This week's webinar will feature a returning guest, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections: Craig Latimer.
We're welcoming back Supervisor Latimer to talk about key lessons learned in the August primary election and what the League can do to best prepare for November's general election.
Discussion: What lessons were learned during the primary election? How should the League prepare for the general election? What concerns are you hearing from voters and how can they be addressed?
Q&A Session with Supervisor Latimer and Patricia Brigham
LWVFL Updates & News

Join the ACLU of FL, Floridians for Immigrants Justice campaign to learn about our efforts to build capacity within your local communities and our plans to secure passage of local ordinances and resolutions within the state of Florida for immigrants’ rights.  The Immigration Committee was invited (and invites you) to participate in a virtual program on Zoom about Immigrant Rights. The primary topic will be SB 168, the Anti-Sanctuary City legislation that is still being kicked around in Tallahassee. The other topic will be an update from the ACLU Legal Team on some of the issues the committee has addressed over the last three years, such as, the separation of families at the border, the response to Covid 19 by ICE, deportation, and DACA.  Click HERE for login details.  

The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College, in partnership with a dozen community organizations, will present three upcoming public workshops through the Zoom online platform, continuing a series that began in the spring before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Titled “#Votes4All: The Power to Create a More Perfect Democracy,” the series examines the role of gender and race in voter suppression in Central Florida’s past. It continues a program of community education inspired by the Ocoee Massacre of 1920, which was ignited after Mose Norman, an African-American man, tried to vote. 

The interactive programs will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15; Wednesday, September 30; and Wednesday, October 14. For each, the Zoom link will open at 5:45 p.m., and the programs will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a “Community Connection” period from 8 to 8:30 p.m. for those who wish to continue their conversations.  Click HERE for all the details.
Keep scrolling to see full flyer at end of newsletter.


Begins Monday, SEPT 21

 In years past, this unique festival has brought filmmakers and filmgoers from all walks of life to Central Florida, inspiring them to take action in their daily lives and to leave the world a more peaceful place than they found it. GPFF now aims to continue this tradition virtually through online feature film screenings, virtual panel discussions and art exhibits.

Starting on the International Day of Peace, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, a selection of more than 20 feature films will be available for screening. 

VOLUNTEER anywhere and anytime virtually!  Use your social media savvy with our campaign of "SHARING IS CARING"
 Get clicking and share the important graphics/info below!
Our voting information is easy to access online!
Vote-by-Mail is going to be accessible to all in Orange County.  The Accessible VBM (Vote-by-Mail) Pilot Program is now available:
  • Open to Orange County voters who are visually/print impaired.
  • Voters will receive an electronic ballot to be completed/printed AND paper vote-by-mail ballot which will act as backup.
  • Voters who have already requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot must still submit a request to participate in the pilot program. 
  • Read complete details HERE
Tenemos buenas noticias.
The League of Women Voters:  We're so excited to share that VOTE411 is now available in Spanish!  Supporting Spanish-speaking voters through VOTE411 has long been a dream of ours, and we are so grateful to the strong partnership of NALEO Education Fund in making this a reality.
Check it out at

Your contributions help us continue the powerful work of the League, especially during these pandemic times when our normal operations have been curtailed.  Much appreciation to:
Connie Welch for her generous donation in honor of the Voter Services Committee
Ken Blanning for his generous donation
Janet E. Newman for her generous donation
 For those of you who would like to donate "in honor" or "in memory" of someone or to support our voter education efforts,
visit our Donations page.

Suveda Ramakrishna
Joanne Zangrillo
Leah Hornik
Mary Beth Strassel
Patricia Thompson
Joshua Simon
Stacy Bursuk
Sandra Pedicini
Joyce Fletcher
Rachel Karden
Nicholas Baniewich

 *Remember, students join for free!
Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to JOIN US 

Newsletter Checklist
  • League volunteerism is virtually easy...pun intended!
  • Hot Topics hosted an incredible discussion.  Read Dean's take on it all.
  • Lots of events happening.  Always check our online calendar and save the dates from this newsletter.
  • Are you following us on social media?  Find us @LWVOC on Facebook and Instagram as well as YouTube and Twitter
  • Check out information below as the #Votes4All series continues.

All members should have received this email message touting the educational resources now available for students and the general public.

"As part of the 2020 Election Task Force Committee, we have adapted the national League’s voter education PowerPoint (PPT) for Orange County usable for both high schools and for general audiences.  These are designed to be used in virtual presentations (like Zoom) OR at in-person gatherings or classrooms.  We are happy to provide presenters for virtual presentations."

For high school students, contact: Betty Saulpaugh/

For general public, contact:  Denise Burton/