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Date: 11/12/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




Are you wondering, NOW WHAT?  Join us Tues, NOV 17, 6:30 PM via Zoom for a member orientation.  Elections are a big deal but the work of the LWVOC (for the last 81 years) is ongoing.  Our advocacy efforts are broad and we'll help you find your niche.  This orientation is OPEN to all members, new-renewing-active, who want to learn about or be reacquainted with the League.  Our membership has grown substantially and our committees are eager for your help.  Click here to register-no fee:
 
Patti Brigham, LWV Florida President will be our guest speaker! (shown right)
 
Meet our leaders; learn about all the League does for our community and how you can join in on our activities.

 The League of Women Voters Orange County and community partners will be cleaning up post-election.  Read the

FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE 

 Residents, candidates, political parties and campaigns are encouraged to gather plastic signs from roadsides, polling sites, and their front yards between November 4 and November 22. Collection crates are set up and ready to receive signs in three Winter Park locations and 2 Orlando locations. 

 1. Cady Way Trail by the pool at 2525 Cady Way

2. The Community Garden at Mead Botanical Garden at 1300 South Denning Drive

3. Winter Park Fire-Rescue Station 64 at 1439 Howell Branch Road
4. First Unitarian Church of Orlando 1901 E. Robinson Street Orlando
5. Broadway United Methodist Church 406 E. Amelia Street Orlando 

 A mountain of plastic signs will be saved from the landfill and transported to NuCycle Energy in Plant City where they will be transformed from bulky plastic sheets to NuCycle's Enviro Fuelcubes.  Continue your volunteerism.  Contact Kay Hudson for more information.
 Shown left-Helen Foster

ELECTION DEBRIEF  Huzzah to the team!  Huzzah to the team!  We took some time this week to share our many successes from the last several months of Election 2020 preparation.  Hosted by our Co-Presidents Sandi Vidal (above right) and Gloria Pickar, we heard round-robin style from the leaders of the various teams sharing anecdotes, experiences, and appreciation for our hard-working volunteers.
 
We want you to hear about it too!  View it on our YouTube Channel HERE and be sure to subscribe for future videos.

NOV Hot Topics--Loss of Local Journalism and its Effect on Democracy
As a journalist, I was always most interested in two of the  Pulitzer Prizes -- public service and local reporting – because they pointed toward the gist of journalism and even smallish papers could be awarded (i.e., the Bristol, Va., Herald Courier in 2010 and the Torrance, Calif., Daily Breeze in 2015).

That’s my segue into Wednesday’s League of Women Voters Orange County Hot Topics , “How the Loss of Local Journalism Impacts Democracy.”

According to the New York Times, one in five local papers has closed in the past 15 years – or, in short, there goes your local government watchdog.  Continue reading HERE    YouTube: View NOV Hot Topics HERE

*Remember that there is NOT a December Hot Topics...see you in 2021


The LWVFL Reproductive Justice Sub-Committee is supporting and promoting the following event on Thurs, NOV 19 at 7 PM viz Zoom REGISTER HERE
WHAT: The Floridians for Reproductive Freedom hosts an online power hour featuring experts discussing the benefits of Emergency Contraception (EC) and drawing attention to how Publix is mishandling merchandising EC to the detriment of its customers.

We have SO MANY Leaguers who work behind the scenes and last week, we lost a special one.  Elinor Greenway (shown above checking in attendees and smiling with me at the book release) will be warmly remembered by the LWVOC for her commitment to helping us defend democracy.  Her committee volunteer efforts were with Government, Membership, and Voter Services and also leadership for Special Events.  She will be greatly missed.   Details about her services can be found HERE.

Brandy Cranford


Nan Druskin


Marc Clinch

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

Newsletter Checklist
  • We are ready to help you find your niche in the League.  Attend our Orientation.
  • Such a timely Hot Topics. Thanks to the organizers, panelists, and Dean Johnson who so eloquently reviewed it.  Also now up on YouTube!
  • Time to tidy up.  Let's recycle those campaign signs. 
  • National Popular Vote questions?  Read below and get involved.
  • On a personal note, I will miss seeing Elinor's wonderful smile and upbeat attitude when our events get fired up again.  RIP

Many of you have reached out about the League's position on NPV, National Popular Vote.  Visit our sub-committee's advocacy page HERE and consider joining their group. (photo above of LWVFL state convention attendees at NPV workshop)  Also, we had a very in-depth Hot Topics about NPV:  Click HERE for YouTube video

 

This past week has certainly shown a light on the current system of electing the President.

 

Our goal is to have the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact pass in Florida, so it is possible that in 2024 the President will be chosen by the majority of all Americans, but without the nail biting, legal battles and uncertainty.   

 

As supporters of the National Vote plan, we need all of you to help spread the message:

Yes, we can have a national popular vote for President by 2024 and make 1 person, 1 vote a reality in Presidential elections.

·         Yes, the National Popular Vote works within the Electoral College.

·         Yesthe National Popular Vote is constitutionally sound.

·         Yes, everyone’s voice is needed in order to make the National Popular Vote a reality by 2024.

·         Yes, write your legislators in support of this bill at www.NationalPopularVote.com/Write

 

Remember 3 things:

1.      Whoever gets the most votes should win.

2.      Every vote should be equal.

3.      Candidates should have to campaign in all 50 states. 

 

Learn more:

www.NationalPopularVote.com

www.NationalPopularVote.com/Answering-Myths

 

Want to get involved??

www.NationalPopularVote.com/Volunteer