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Date: 7/29/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins



With an exceptional turnout (despite the rain and pandemic upsurge) the LWVOC came together Tuesday evening for a much needed HAPPY hour at Ace Cafe Orlando.  As shown, our members and guests were excited to simply be together and sharing the ups and downs of the last year with some food and drink was the uplifting experience that all of us needed.  Here's the background imagery we provided highlighting our members/committees:  LWVOC Happy Hour Memories

Register HERE:  HOT TOPICS: Next Stop Prosperity: Can Our Transit System Work for Everyone? - 8/11/2021

“The opportunity to run better all-the-time service is .. fundamentally an equity and racial justice strategy, because lower-income people, people of color in particular, are much less likely to be rush hour commuters and much more likely to be traveling all the time.”

—Transit planner Jarrett Walker

Panelists for the August Hot Topics:  upper left--Mayor Jerry L. Demings; upper right--William "John" Slot, Jr.; bottom left--Michael Cegalis; bottom right, Moderator--Tim Giuliani
 Visit Hot Topics to read their complete biographies.


MEMBER

HIGHLIGHT

Our membership runs the gamut of age, race, and sex and we want to highlight as many of you as possible.  With the last year limiting our social/business gatherings, it's even more important that all of us get to know each other.  Fill out the Member Highlight form and we'll take it from there!  

From LWVFL:
This week's webinar will feature an in-depth information session on Florida's new election law (SB 90).
Join us on Friday, July 30th at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as Florida League President Cecile Scoon gives an overview of the law and answers questions pertaining to both the law and the litigation our organization has filed challenging it.

Cecile will highlight the impacts it will have on our organization, on voters and on election administration.
 

AUG 9, Friday, 12 noon, Zoom, No Fee
LUNCH & LEARN
Join the History Center, along with members of the League of Women Voters of Orange County-Voter Services, Florida, the Alianza for Progress, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, and When We All Vote, as we discuss the historic roots of voter-suppression tactics, what modern-day voter suppression looks like, and how you can get involved to help make voting easier and more accessible for all. This program is offered through the Zoom platform.  Click HERE for registration information.
 
Of note, civil rights pioneer, Gloria Richardson passes at 99.  She was the first woman to lead a prolonged grassroots civil rights movement outside the deep south.

NOW YOU KNOW
The 6888th Battalion, a unit of black women made history in World War II.  They're finally getting broader recognition.  This year, the Senate passed a bill that would give the 6888th a Congressional Gold Medal.
"The 855 Black women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (commonly referred to as “the Six Triple Eight”) cleared a massive backlog in mail, helping to deliver more than 17 million pieces of mail in the final months of the war." *Photo courtesy of US Army
 
Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee provides us with historic/current content like this and below.  Contact them if you'd like to participate in their committee.
A Proclamation on Anniversary of the ADA from the White House
"Thirty-one years ago, on July 26, 1990, our Nation moved closer to the fulfillment of its foundational promise when we passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This landmark law affirms and protects the fundamental rights of people with disabilities — the right to equal opportunity, economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and equitable participation in every aspect of American life."  Continue reading HERE
Also, a link to a CIL Consumer Story: Meet Cathy-Video  

Members:  Did you know that you have a lot of different ways to customize your LWVOC profile and utilize many other features on our website?  Visit www.lwvoc.org, and click on your profile arrow which is at the upper right of our home page (shown below) to see everything offered. 
 
Click "Profile" and all your customizable options will appear.  Here's a fun tip...under "Your Website Functions," you can click Photo Albums and UPLOAD them to our system.  It's a great way to share your snapshots with everyone.  Did anyone get  great shots at our happy hour?  Time to make an album to share!
 
Login issues?  Contact: lwvocmembership@gmail.com   

 
Paula Krist

Margaret Reggentin

Tiffani Miller

Dr. Heather Bryson 
 
Questions about joining or renewing?  Click here: Member Signup / Information
We also offer Gift Membership which is a great option for all gift-giving occasions.
 

Newsletter Checklist:
  • It was such fun to see members in person again!
  • August Hot Topics registration is open.  No fee.
  • Much appreciation to our DEI Committee for their timely contributions to the newsletter