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Date: 9/24/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

Make note and please share this newsletter as a reminder of these very IMPORTANT dates:
Visit Voting in Orange County for more information. 

SEPT 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
Please join the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the Voters Education Coalition of Central Florida and Alianza for Progress as we highlight the fundamental constitutional right to vote and how this right is increasingly being put to the test this election year.  Our esteemed panel - Desmond Meade with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Kristin Fulwylie Thomas with Equal Ground EducationAlisia Adamson Profit with HAWM Law, PLLC/ Voter Protection Associate with #FloridaforBidenRussell Drake with Orange County Democratic Black Caucus, and Dr. Gloria Pickar with the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Floridawill discuss barriers to voting and educate the community on ways to overcome those barriers in preparation of the upcoming Florida voting registration deadline (October 5, 2020). Also, we are pleased to welcome Professor Jennifer Smith with Florida A&M University College of Law who will serve as our moderator.
The forum will stream live through the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association's Facebook page here: 

This week's webinar will feature Jonathan Webber, Deputy Director of Florida Conservation Voters. Florida Conservation Voters is a coalition partner on our campaign to stop 2020's Amendment Number 4 on the Florida ballot.
Register below to join us at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, September 25th.
Discussion: What would Amendment 4's passage do to the current citizen initiative process? Who is funding this proposed change? Does this change apply to all amendments, even those proposed by the Legislature and the Constitution Revision Commission? What is the best way the League can help stop this at the grassroots and local level?
Q&A Session with Jonathan Webber and Patricia Brigham
LWVFL Updates & News


The Orange County Regional History Center announces a landmark exhibition Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre 1920 that examines the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history.  The exhibition marks the centennial of the event---once hidden history in Central Florida--and will be on display from Oct. 3, 2020 through Feb. 14, 2021.
 The Ocoee Massacre was ignited on Election Day of 1920, when Moses Norman, a Black citizen, attempted to vote in Ocoee and was turned away.  After a white mob came to the home of his friend, July Perry, in search of Norman, gunshots erupted.  Continue reading HERE
AdVOTEcacy in Action--The Opening Event, Saturday Oct 3, 10am-5pm 
Join us for our special exhibition-opening event, highlighting the importance of voting and civic engagement to American democracy. In addition to exploring our new landmark exhibition, Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, we invite guests to consider ways that they can too can raise their voices for the causes that matter to them. In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Orange County, we’ll offer information and resources for new and future voters, including opportunities to register to vote. This is a free event. Social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required. For safety purposes, capacity will be limited in our exhibit hall.  Pre-registration is required. This program is supported by Florida Humanities

For those of you doing November ballot research, the Hot Topics team is delighted to showcase LWVOC subject matter experts on October 14th explaining the review process and pros and cons of the respective proposed amendments to the Orange County Charter.  


Our panelists will include Charter Review Commission members and those with specific knowledge of the underlying issues.  Our Co-President, Gloria Pickar, will serve as moderator and she will guide discussion with panelists including Kay Hudson, Angela Melvin and Carol Fogelsong.  

Registration:  OCT 14 Hot Topics

LWVOC endorses three Orange County Charter Changes
After intense study of the issues and merits of the proposals, the League of Women Voters Orange County strongly endorses and recommends voting YES on the 3 Orange County Charter questions on the November 3rd ballot.

We're sure you'll want to examine the rationale for our position on the Charter questions: 

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."

OCTOBER 12, 6pm-7:30pm
 Distinguished author Martha S. Jones will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Jerrell Shofner Lecture Series on Florida History and Culture. This year’s lecture will take place virtually on Monday, October 12 from 6pm-7:30pm and focuses on “The Right to Vote: Women and Race in the 1920 Election.“
 Jones is a professor of history and the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor at Johns Hopkins University, A legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy, Jones’s latest book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Fought for Rights for All, was released this year. The book explores the epic history of African American women’s pursuit of political power and how it transformed America.

Promote the Vote 2020 has shared the above images and many more for FREE downloads.  Visit their site to take advantage of their creative images to download for printing, social media, etc.
Shown above left: Eartha White and delegates of City Federation of Colored Women's Clubs of Jacksonville
Shown above right: Alice Paul, American suffragist and feminist

VOLUNTEER anywhere and anytime virtually!  Use your social media savvy with our campaign of "SHARING IS CARING"
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 Tenemos buenas noticias.
 We're 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
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Latinos make up 31% of Orange County's population which is 8% of Florida's overall population.

It's EASY to be a League volunteer!  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

Aimee Stevenson

Caryn Israel

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

Newsletter Checklist
  • Take advantage of the many webinars being offered by the League and our community partners.
  • Registration is open for OCT 14 Hot Topics, OC Charter Amendments
  • Volunteer opportunities are easily accessible now on
  • 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

#VOTES4ALL is the name of three identical interactive programs presented by Valencia's Peace and Justice Institute and LWVOC at 6 pm on September 30 and October 14.  Inspired by the role of voting in the Ocoee Massacre, the virtual sessions describe the history of voter suppression in central Florida as it relates to gender and race.  It's free and meaningful to realize the truths of the continuing struggles and discuss in small break-out groups.  Choose one of the three and register here:  #Votes4ALL