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Date: 3/11/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




We're highlighting local heroine and former League member, Vinnie Cannady, this week as we celebrate Women's History Month.
Vinnie Cannady passed away last September yet her legacy of service to her community will live on; including the countless local groups that she participated in, she was also a member of the LWVOC including our History Committee.  "She's one of the most effective neighborhood leaders in central Florida and it sprung from her deep love and profound concern for her neighborhood," Clayton said.
Clayton runs the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, helping the homeless.  He first met Ms. Vinnie five years ago when the two clashed over where the new mission should be built."
Continue reading about the memorable history of an Orange County icon HERE

Women's History Month

Click above for more information.  Be sure to send us your pics and stories about how you're celebrating this month.  We'd love to feature you in our social media.  Also, check out this Timeline of Women's History that member Marilyn Baldwin shared with us. 

Moving Water:  The Everglades and Big Sugar
Today, we think of the Everglades as Florida’s crown jewel. It wasn’t always so – early Floridians looked at the vast river of grass (the famous phrase coined by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947) as a swamp and wanted to reclaim the land for other uses such as farming, cattle-raising and development.  That didn’t happen, but the ‘Glades have suffered numerous indignities over the centuries  Continue reading HERE
As shown below, register now for next month's Hot Topics: Pandemic Perspective-Covid & the Classroom - 4/14/2021

Get registered for tonight's very special simulation~NO FEE. More than a Zoom meeting, this is an experience with break-out groups and discussions that are profoundly impactful.
On MAR 11 at 7:00 PM, our new DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Committee will present a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation.  LWVOC has partnered with Bread for the World to present a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation as part of our DEI initiative.

MEMBERS ONLY:  A presentation from our LWVFL
This week's webinar will feature Carolina Lopez of America Votes.  We're excited to welcome Carolina back, some may recall we spoke with her following the November election.  Carolina will join us this Friday to discuss the harmful legislation that is attempting to change voting in Florida (SB 90). The legislation changes the frequency needed to request a mail-ballot and eliminates vote-by-mail droboxes.
The League is actively fighting this legislation. Our belief is that it is a blatant attempt of voter suppression. We'll be using our Lunch & Learn platform to dive deeper into the horrible bill and discuss next steps.

Special Women's History Month recognition:  Join us next Thursday on March 18, noon via Zoom
  Show your support for defending democracy and the importance of telling women’s stories at this second annual Women’s History Month celebration, presented by the Orange County Regional History Center and LWVOC.
This year’s honoree, Mabel Norris Reese, fought for justice and civil rights in Lake County at the helm of the Mount Dora Topic, as she investigated the case of the Groveland Four and the instances of grave injustice. Speakers include our own Jackie Brockington and Co-President Gloria Pickar. 
 Tickets are $25 and benefit the Historical Society of Central Florida. Register at thehistorycenter.org/event/womens-history-month-celebration/
A limited number of scholarships are available for students and others. Email Amanda.Henry@ocfl.net 

NEW FEATURE on our website. Click Covid-19 to learn about the Myths vs. Facts as well as FAQs about the coronavirus.
 
These will be highlighted on our social media.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram @lwvoc, Facebook-League of Women Voters of Orange County, FL, and Twitter @LWVOC

Looking for a way to volunteer from home to keep the rest of us informed about what is happening in local government?  One of the important functions of the LWVOC is sending observers (mostly virtual now) to monitor local governments around Orange County and report on what they are doing.  Learn more about our Government Observer Corps HERE and consider applying.

Patricia Hart
Paula Shives
 
Who's missing here?  Your friend, colleague, and family member.  Also, encourage any students you know to join as membership is FREE or them.  Members who need to renew can also click on the link below and we offer the ability to "gift a membership" to someone you know.
 

SAVE THE DATE for next month's Members Only 6-8:30 PM ANNUAL MEETING via Zoom - 4/22/2021
 
There's much to be done in 2021 and we'll be introducing our new Board of Directors and highlighting our upcoming Program for 2021-2022.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Join us tonight with Bread for the World-Racial Wealth Gap Simulation
  • We're honoring women in March with the Orange County Regional History Center
  • As a community service, we're including the information below.

TONIGHT!  MARCH 11, Thursday, 7:30 PM
In celebration of Women’s History month, join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando for Woman in Motion Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA at the Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival.

This free even tis a first come, first seated event. When you arrive, you will be assigned to your own socially distant box for up to 5 people.

Watch the inspiring true story of how Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the space agency’s first female astronauts in the late 1970s and ’80s.

The actress transformed her sci-fi TV stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she started a campaign to bring diversity to NASA—creating the company Women In Motion, Inc. and recruiting more than 8,000 African American, Asian and Latino women and men.

Nichelle was credited by NASA for turning it into one of the most diverse independent agencies in the United States Federal Government. She and her program continue to influence a younger generation of astronauts, too—including Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut in space.

Along with Nichelle Nichols, Woman In Motion features celebrities, activists, scientists and astronauts including Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei, Pharrell Williams, Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, Vivica A. Fox, Walter Koenig and more.
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