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Date: 10/1/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




Are you ready to show your support for the Orange County Charter Questions #1, #2, and #3?
#1 Protects our water from pollution
#2 Saves Split Oak from development
#3 Protects our rights to petition

On Sunday, Oct. 4, a coalition of advocacy groups is joining forces to honk, yell, and decorate their cars to put on a large caravan showing the bi-partisan support for these Orange County Charter Questions! 

Much appreciation to the many Leaguers and friends of the League who have already responded to the "Donations" letter from our Co-Presidents, Gloria Pickar and Sandi Vidal.  These much needed tax-deductible donations will help us educate and empower voters, especially during these last few weeks leading up to the NOV 3 election.  HURRAH to the following for their generous donations to the League of Women Voters Orange County Fund:
  • Rachel Allen in honor of Sue Foreman for her passion and unwavering dedication to lead change and to make the world a better place.
  • Helen Foster in loving memory of Carol Davis
  • Maureen C. Damiani in gratitude for Voter Services' efforts
  • Rebecca J. Pando, generous donation
  • Eithne Clarke, generous donation
  • Todd C. Weaver, generous donation
  • Gloria Pickar in loving memory of Roger L. Pickar, League member and the reason she became involved
  • Sheilla Johnson, generous donation
  • Toni Kellison, generous donation
  • Emily Glickstein, generous donation
  • Ann Patton, in honor of Gloria Pickar for achieving 501(c)(3) status and for all that she does!
  • Sasha Lodinger, generous donation
  • Katherine and Ray Scott, generous donation
  • Jerol and Winston Gardner, in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Behind those masks are big smiles as our volunteers show up to help voters get registered before the deadline, OCT 5.  If you need to change your party affiliation or update your registration, DO NOT let this deadline pass.  More information here: Voting in Orange County
SIGN UP for these upcoming Voter Registration Opportunities:
  • 10/02, Friday, Voter Registration/Club at Millenia
    Registering voters at a large apartment complex,12 - 4pm, 5826 PGA Blvd, Orlando, 2-4pm slots are filled, still need volunteers for 12-2pm, and one volunteer will need to pick up the Voter Registration kit, COVID PPE and plexiglass shield from the Storage Unit.
  •  10/05, Mon, Voter Registration at Healthcare Center 
    Registering homeless and underinsured citizens at 232 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 8am - 12pm;
    We need one volunteer for the 8am shift to pick up the Voter Registration toolkit  COVID PPE and plexiglass shield from the Storage Unit the day prior, as the event starts at 8am
 Shown above:  Leaguers Margie Varney, Saudi Ellis, Lee Kemp, Kathy Sheerin, and Kitty Woodley at the River of Life Christian Center Mobile Market registering voters.

MEMBERS ONLY
This week's webinar will feature Tony DePalma, Director of Public Policy for Disability Rights Florida. Tony will speak on voting with a disability and some of the practical considerations that must be made in the midst of our current public health crisis.
Discussion: What challenges do people with disabilities normally face when it comes to voting? What challenges have been added to the already existing issues due to the pandemic? What are the best ways for the League to ensure people with disabilities are treated fairly when trying to vote?
Q&A Session with Tony DePalma 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. 
AdVOTEcacy in Action--The Opening Event, Saturday Oct 3, 10am-5pm, no fee
Join us for our special exhibition-opening event, highlighting the importance of voting and civic engagement to American democracy. Social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required. For safety purposes, capacity will be limited in our exhibit hall.  Pre-register here; required for entry. This program is supported by Florida Humanities.

Our “Warriors for Democracy” story shines at History Center
If you visit the Orange County Regional History Center to see the landmark exhibition titled Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, take a few minutes to soak up the women’s history on display in the area outside the exhibition gallery.
Along with ten posters from the Smithsonian titled Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, you’ll find four Warriors for Democracy posters, full of pictures and rich information from our very own LWVOC women's story.  Click HERE to see posters on our website. 
The History Committee is grateful to the museum’s chief curator, Pam Schwartz, for inviting us to add a local dimension to the Smithsonian display with our own story of persistence. Read more in our history book, Warriors for Democracy, full of inspiration. Order your own copy HERE.  Copies are also available for sale at the front desk at the History Center.  The design of the four posters at the History Center is by Leaguer Jill Shargaa of Shargaa Illustration and Design, with text by Ann Patton, Tana Porter, and Joy Dickinson, as always with the leadership of Joan Erwin. For more on the Ocoee exhibit, visit TheHistoryCenter.org.

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: 

Vote? By Eric Coble is a fully produced performance professionally filmed and streaming on Broadway On Demand starting October 5th for just $9.95.
By pre-registering for Orlando REP’s upcoming production of the powerful play Vote? By Eric Coble, you will receive a link to the show and streaming instructions right to your inbox when the show becomes available to stream on Broadway On Demand. You’ll also receive updates about Vote?, resource materials, and other exclusive show content.
Email address for questions: streamvote@orlandorep.com 
 

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.

VOLUNTEER anywhere and anytime virtually!  Use your social media savvy with our campaign of "SHARING IS CARING"
Get clicking and share the graphics below!
 
For other opportunities,

Mary Walter
Alison May
Deborah Dennard
Paige Callan
Sean Odonell
Tristen Bown
Patrice Smith
Michelle Terrell
Connie Bristow
Garrett Walker
Anthony Torres

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

Newsletter Checklist
  • We appreciate our volunteers and donors!
  • Registration is open for OCT 14 Hot Topics, OC Charter Amendments
  • Make plans to visit the History Center this weekend.
  • 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 as well as a special screening of Us Kids

On Friday, Oct. 2, the film Us Kids, directed by Kim A. Snyder, will be screened in MLK Jr Park (Comstock & Denning). The film follows youth leaders determined to take the reins and fight for justice. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, “Us Kids” chronicles the March For Our Lives movement over the course of several years.
This is the link to the invitation that includes all information and details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-in-the-park-us-kids-tickets-122343670211

#VOTES4ALL is the name of three identical interactive programs presented by Valencia's Peace and Justice Institute and LWVOC at 6 pm on 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