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Date: 8/12/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

The LWVOC advocates for clean, affordable energy for our metro area which includes equity for low and middle income communities. We do so alongside other community and environmental groups.  Premiering last week, The Sierra Club, the CLEO Insititute and others collaborated to produce a video A Clean Future: Fight Against Dirty Fuels in Orlando. See it by clicking on this YouTube link and then take action by sending an email to Mayor Dyer asking him to push OUC to upgrade management of the coal ash pile at Stanton and the utility's energy efficiency programs. Follow this link to send email and learn more.
Get involved by contacting Mary Dipboye, Chair-Climate Change, Subcommittee of the LWVOC Natural Resources Committee
*Scroll to end of newsletter to see an opportunity to test drive EV vehicles in Sanford this weekend.

"This is about access.  If you're in Central Florida and you rely on transit, on an average 30 minute commute, you have access to 5,000 jobs.  That same person who has a car, they have access in that same 30 minute commute to over 500,000 jobs,"  Tim Giuliani, moderator of yesterday's Hot Topics revealed this startling statistic.  
Click the link below and hear the entirety of this important and salient discussion.
Did you miss yesterday's Hot Topics:  Next Stop Prosperity--Can our transit system work for everyone?  It was an in-depth discussion with an esteemed panel of experts.  Watch it on our YouTube Channel HERE  and be sure to "subscribe" and click the "bell" to be notified when we post new videos.
 Click for early registration HOT TOPICS - 9/8/2021 concerning the state of Affordable Housing (or lack thereof) in Central Florida.

Florida's COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations continue their rise.  Utilize this information or pass it along:   Click HERE for Orange County vaccination sites and Pre-registration recommended but not required.
Also, click here for testing sites 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
Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle
COVID-19 testing NOT available
*Residents who have already received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a different location can receive their second dose at Camping World Stadium. Residents will be required to bring their vaccination card.

An event from LWVFL for MEMBERS ONLY
This week's webinar will feature an in-depth conversation regarding Governor DeSantis's decision to overrule the CDC's guidance of mandatory masks in schools.  
Join us on Friday, August 13th at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as Dr. Nany Staats joins us to give an overview of the troubling situation from the point of view of a medical professional and as a passionate advocate. Dr. Staats is a proud member of the League of Women Voters of Jacksonville/First Coast.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee keeps us informed with a broad spectrum of information helping to educate our membership and enhance our perspective.  Visit their page if you're interested in joining them or have your own ideas to share.
Did you know August is National Black Business Month? Check out Ch. 6 news for weekly features on several of Central Florida's Black Owned Businesses. One business recently featured is Grow Orlando, an urban micro-farming business, that teaches students life skills through plant cultivation. To learn more about this organization visit their website or the African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida for other local Black owned businesses,

The Black press and a courageous reporter, Charles H. Loeb (shown above, photo courtesy of NYTimes,) exposed a government lie.
William Broad, a science journalist for the New York Times, tells a riveting story about a courageous Black war correspondent  who exposed a lie about the Atom Bomb and challenged the US Government's story about the dangers of radiation. 
Charles H. Loeb was a Black war correspondent whose articles in World War II were distributed to papers across the United States by the National Negro Publishers Association. In his reporting, Mr. Loeb told how bursts of deadly radiation had sickened and killed the city’s residents. His perspective, while coolly analytic, cast light on a major wartime cover up.  Read complete article HERE.  



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! 
Guess who will be in next week?  I don't know either if YOU haven't sent in your information! ;-)

The dog days of summer seem to have slowed downed journalistic digging into and reporting on National Popular Vote but here are valuable resources:

To sign up for our monthly Newsletter

To Volunteer

To Schedule a Speaker


Lois Shoenbrun
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.
*Who's shown above?  That's our Co-President Sue Gilman (l.) and longtime member Judith Kosivars.

Joan Erwin (above) has made a generous donation to the LWVOC Fund in appreciation of the LWVOC and to support future fund development training.
Donations are tax deductible and they can also be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone.  Click below and join Joan and others supporting the LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
  • August Hot Topics is now on our YouTube Channel
  • Visit our Events calendar and see what committees are meeting and consider joining them
  • Clean Energy is at the forefront of the news; consider test driving an EV this weekend in Sanford
  • Save the date, OCT 24 for a special History Committee event

SAVE THE DATE: October 24

Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Power!

A celebration at The Voter Tree

Join us to celebrate our precious right to vote

1 p.m. Sunday, October 24, at The Voter Tree

Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando

Here’s a photo of the planning group’s April 15 meeting this year, at The Voter Tree. L to r – Ann Patton, Gina Hall, Joan Erwin, Jennifer Adams, Kathy Sheerin, Nancy Nix, Nancy Galyean. Not shown: Joy Dickinson, Saudi Ellis, Terry Gillam.


See you soon – at The Voter Tree.