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Date: 4/15/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




We are including a few different links to upcoming community events that are in line with the missions of the LWVOC and our Advocacy Groups.  Please make sure you scroll to the end of today's newsletter to see ALL of these important offerings! 

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 prep emails sent from our Co-Presidents Gloria Pickar and Sandi Vidal that outline 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

As of this morning, 46.4% of the eligible population in the US, 16 and older and 37.3% of the total population have been vaccinated.  In Florida, 21.9% have been fully vaccinated with a 20% increase of doses administered over last week's figures.  Good news!  Our team has pulled together some helpful and educational graphics  that can be shared on social media.  Capture these images for your own use HERE.
 
Also, Marilyn Baldwin has shared this important resource for those challenged by mobility.  Please visit MY MOBILE VAX for "Mobile Vaccinations for mobility-limited Orlando residents" and SHARE!  

It’s stating the obvious, but the covid pandemic has had a devastating effect on schools up and down the line. It “upended the whole field of education,” said Leslie Postal, an education reporter for the Orlando Sentinel.

An aspect that may not be as obvious came up during Wednesday’s League of Women Voters Orange County Hot Topics event, “Covid & the Classroom,” for which Postal served as moderator.  Continue reading HERE


Soleil Lopez
 
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.
 

 
 
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.
 

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)
*Another update from DEI concerns the April webinar from LWVUS.  Its date conflicts with our Annual Meeting on the 22nd, but it will be recorded with materials available for sharing.  April Webinar: Applying a DEI Lens to Data Collection

Join us and guest presenter Amilcar Guzman, Ph.D., LWVUS Director of Outcomes and Evaluations, for our April webinar. We’ll discuss the importance of demographic information collection and best practices for collecting it. The webinar is on April 22, at 7pm ET. Register now!


Newsletter Checklist:
  • Have you registered for our Annual Meeting yet?
  • Vaccine opportunities abound even for those mobility challenged.  Link above, schedule yours soon!
  • Looking for a way to get involved?  Visit our Advocacy Groups at LWVOC.org
  • Important community events listed below:

Click HERE for all the details.

Quick Link to Event Details and Signup

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.