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Date: 8/5/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

Florida's COVID-19 numbers are sobering.  Utilize this information or pass it along: for vaccination sites or for those locations and COVID-19 for FAQs
Use social media to get the most up-to-date information about where/how/when to get vaccinated or tested.  Click HERE for Orange County Social Media links

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.

AUG 6, Friday, 12 noon, Zoom, No Fee
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.

The LWVUS has officially launched WOMEN Power Democracy  This initiative is designed to tackle systemic challenges to voting rights through advocacy, communication, litigation, and organizing.  There are four elements to Women Power Democracy:  Democracy Truth Project, Expand the Franchise, Democracy Defense Fund, and People Powered Fair Maps.
Click on the link above for full details.



WHAT??  No one submitted a highlight form!  Instead, with the DEI Committee's input, we're highlighting the prominent Civil Rights leader, Dr. Dorothy Height below. 
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!  
"During a chance encounter with African American leader Mary McLeod Bethune, Height was inspired to begin working with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Through the NCNW, Height focused on ending the lynching of African Americans and restructuring the criminal justice system. In 1957, she became the fourth president of the NCNW. Under her leadership, the NCNW supported voter registration in the South. The NCNW also financially aided several civil rights activists throughout the country. Height was president of NCNW for 40 years."

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.
You can also support the LWVOC with tax-deductible Donations: Single or recurring 

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Be part of the #IGotMyShot movement
  • August Hot Topics registration is open.  No fee.
  • There's still time to register for tomorrow's Lunch & Learn/History Center
  • Let us highlight you!  Fill out the form.