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Date: 9/16/2021
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins



The League of Women Voters of Orange County has a history of more than 80 years in this community as an activist, grassroots organization whose members believe citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.  We do not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.  Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

You can find more information and additional links at  ttps://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

And in the spirit of the month, we encourage our Spanish speaking friends to check out the LWV's national voting information site!
 
VOTE411 se compromete a garantizar que los electores tengan la información que necesitan para participar con éxito en cada elección. Ya sea local, estatal o federal, cada elección es importante para asegurar que nuestras leyes y políticas reflejen los valores y creencias de nuestras comunidades.
 

CALL to ACTION from the League of Women Voters US
On September 17th, we're making our voices heard by hosting a nationwide day of action to call on the Senate to Finish the Job For the People by passing the For the People Act.
 The For the People Act (S1) would protect our freedom to vote, get big money out of politics, ensure fair districts, and help create a democracy that works for all of us. Join us on September 17, 4:30pmClick HERE for more information
And see below, the Florida push to register voters on September 28th.

SPEAKING OUT
Legislative Redistricting Must Be Transparent, Fair
Co-Presidents Barbara Lanning and Sue Gilman
 
"Every 10 years, after receiving U.S. Census results, governments redraw boundaries for elected offices. The intent is to adjust district lines to accommodate changes in population and count every person’s vote equally."
 
Continue reading their Orlando Sentinel opinion piece HERE

League speakers are needed to inform local groups seeking more information about the redistricting that our Co-Presidents spoke of above.  Attend our workshop to learn how to be a part of this movement.
 A Speaker's Bureau Workshop will feature the LWVFL Redistricting Power Point  to be used for community presentations.  The Zoom workshop is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 12:00 noon.  Any member interested in participating as a speaker or assistant in the League’s important work of educating Orange County residents must attend the LWVOC training. The workshop will be hosted by both the LWVOC Speaker's Bureau and the Government Committee who will be able to answer your questions about the redistricting issue as it affects our local communities.  Assistance in conducting a Zoom presentation can be provided if required.

Join us to celebrate our precious right to vote.  1-4PM, Oct. 24 at The Voter Tree, Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave, Orlando.  NO Fee--all are welcome--family fun--BYOP (bring your own picnic) REGISTER HERE

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! 
*This week, there were no new entries in our highlight form (hint: click above) SO we're doing a #throwbackthursday highlight below!

 
 
Welcome to the League:
 
Miriam Thompson
Emily Sterling-Strongman
 
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.

Zoe Newman has made a generous donation to the LWVOC Fund in honor of Becky Newman's birthday!
Donations to the LWVOC Fund are tax deductible.
They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below to support LWVOC:

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Questions about voting?  Visit Vote411.com
  • Ready to rally for voting rights?  See you on Sept 17
  • Speakers needed to inform the public about Redistricting; attend the workshop Sept 24
  • Save the date, OCT 24 for a special History Committee event

From our fellow Leaguers of Volusia County:
Please plan to come see the play at The Athens Theatre* in Deland, on the history of women's suffrage, "Ladies Taking Liberty" will have three performances, November 2,3. Matinee on November 3rd at 2pm. Here is the link to the box office, the tickets are $12 each, best seats $17. The profits go to the Voter Education Fund for the League of Women Voters of Volusia County.
The opening night features a Suffrage March to the theatre starting at 6:30 at the corner of Woodland Blvd. and West Indiana Ave. in front of the theatre. Wear your best suffragist outfit! Before the play begins, there is a champagne reception for theatre goers.
I hope you can come!
*The Athens Theatre requires masks. Box office link below.

Besides League events as shown above, we've often added "unsponsored by the League" but still relevant community events in this space but now, we're adding them to our Calendar of Events  Be sure to visit this calendar regularly to see our new category of "Community Events" as well as the complete schedule of our League happenings. 
 
Access this calendar daily by visiting our website HOME page, and click on "Events."