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Date: 4/8/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




Could you gopher some sunshine and fresh air?  JOIN us this Saturday at Split Oak Forest WEA for Florida Gopher Tortoise Day with our community partners!  All safety protocols will be practiced.

TAKE ACTION NOW~The League is known for standing up and speaking out.  In today's environment, we're doing it virtually.  NOW is the time to TAKE ACTION and follow the directions from yesterday's League of Women Voters of Florida email to fight against HB1, legislation politicizing the right to protest, disregarding the protections provided by the First Amendment.
 
"We're urging every League member to contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee immediately and encourage them to vote NO on this anti-American bill."   Click to read an op-ed authored by League President Patricia Brigham and Board Director/former Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince on this harmful bill.

 If you missed last month's Hot Topics, you can view it and others on our YouTube Channel HERE  Don't forget to subscribe to our channel for all our updates! 

APRIL 22 - MEMBERS ONLY, Register here: 6-8:30 PM ANNUAL MEETING via Zoom - 4/22/2021
There's much to be done in 2021.  We'll be introducing our new Board of Directors and highlighting our upcoming Program for 2021-2022  Be sure to open the recent email sent from our Co-Presidents Gloria Pickar and Sandi Vidal that outlines the linked information that you will need for the meeting.  Members can also view the information on our website (remember to click the yellow folder icons): Annual Meeting 2021

Nicole Donelson
Margaret Jones
Bonny Landers
 
Who's missing here?  Your friend, colleague, and family member.  Encourage any students you know to join as their membership is FREE.  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.
 

Looking for a new spring read?  Our DEI Committee has shared this cool festival.  Remember how much fun it was to go to the Book Fair in school?  Do it online as an adult!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2nd-annual-national-antiracist-book-festival-tickets-94478727417 - April 24. The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival sponsored by the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Many best-selling authors, including Ibram X. Kendi, Brittney Cooper, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., and Heather McGhee, will be featured. This is an all-day event. Full registration is expensive, but note that tickets can be purchased for individual talks (at about $10 each)

 
 
We NOW
offer recurring donations.
 
Yes, we've heard that's been in the news recently....
 
You can choose to make a one-time donation
OR you can easily set up a monthly or quarterly schedule of giving.
 
And you can also easily STOP it when you want!
 
Visit our Donations page and consider a tax-deductible contribution.  You can also make a donation "In honor" or "In memory of" someone.
 

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Education in a pandemic...let's discuss at Hot Topics this month
  • Vaccine opportunities abound.  Schedule yours soon!
  • Mark your calendars for all our April events
  • Want to get outside in this beautiful weather?  Gopher it this Saturday....

On this day, Leagues across the nation will host events designed to educate people about the decennial redistricting process and empower them to get involved.

Fair maps are an integral facet of the League’s work; so much so that almost two yearago, we launched our People Powered Fair Maps program.  PPFM focuses on the creation of fair and transparent redistricting processes that eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering across our communities.

The 2021 redistricting process holds a special importance in the wake of Ruchov. Common Causewhich ruled that states could make their own determinations about gerrymandering practices (rather than having to adhere to federal standards). It will also be the first redistricting cycle to occur without the protections of the Voting Rights Act.  Despite these challenges, the League is  dedicated to keeping power in the hands of the people, not politicians, and looks forward to engaging people in this crucial part of the democratic process.