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Date: 10/21/2021
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.

The LWVOC Natural Resource Committee has been working to spread the word on a

UCF Air Quality Study in which local residents can participate by hosting a small outdoor air

sensor and/or participate in training sessions on how to interpret air quality data and how

to advocate on air issues.   Several League members are hosting air quality monitors.

 Shown left, Rachel Deming, LWVOC member, with a monitor installed at her home.
 
Interested in participating?  Continue reading article HERE as well as joining our Natural Resources Committee

Election Day NOV 2, Orange County Election Calendar for Districts 1, 3, and 5

Early voting will be at the Supervisor of Elections Office only at 119 W. Kaley Street, Orlando, FL

If necessary, a run-off election will be held on December 7, 2021. A run-off election would be needed if there are more than two candidates and no candidate receives a majority of the votes. The two top candidates would then face off in a run-off election. Visit the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website to verify your voter registration.


 Plan to show up at your district's public meetings:  Click here for VERY IMPORTANT DATES of public discourse about redistricting in Florida.  The meeting times/locations vary for districts.
Upcoming OCT dates:  

Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm – District 1 – West Orange Recreation Center


 Orange County School Board Reapportionment Advisory Committee 2021 Reapportionment Advisory Committee - Orange County Public Schools (ocps.net)

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm – District 2 – Lake Nona High School cafeteria or media center



OCT 25: The Speaker's Bureau is hosting a training for League members who wish to volunteer their time to present information about SB90 to the public.
 
SB90 is a new law that was signed by Gov. DeSantis and is currently being challenged in court.  Some of its provisions include limited vote-by-mail boxes, restrictions on who can deliver the ballots, and passing along the cost of these new changes without allocation of funds to county governments.
 
*Committee Co-Chair Barbara Granade shown above.

 
There will be a special treat for attendees courtesy of Green’s in Zellwood and Vander Pol’s Nursery in St. Cloud. FREE take-home Voter Trees! Attendees are invited to wear their family-friendly Halloween costumes.

For answers to any of your membership questions, email:  lwvocmembership@gmail.com  

The League of Women Voters hosted a panel discussion around their signature program, 'Women Power Democracy' with distinguished, female members of Congress. The conversation was led by LWV CEO, Virginia Kase Solomón and a welcome address by LWV President, Dr. Deborah Ann Turner. The panelists discussed the challenges facing our democracy: mis- and disinformation about elections, federal voting rights legislation, partisan and racial gerrymandering, and the role of women shaping democracy today.

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.  Click to fill out the Member Highlight form.
 
This week, there were no new entries in our highlight form (hint: click above) but we will take this opportunity to highlight the fact that October recognizes the groups below.  Our membership includes those who are disabled and blind which is why it's all so important to fight for #votesforall  Be sure to follow LWVUS on Twitter for their latest updates.

From LWVFL
MEMBERS ONLY
 This week's webinar will feature a conversation surrounding reproductive rights in Florida in a "post-Roe" reality. Amy Weintraub will join us to discuss the current landscape of reproductive rights in Florida and the challenges we may face ahead ahead with the increased attacks on a women's right to choose.
  • Discussion: What does the reproductive rights landscape currently look like in Florida? What should we expect moving forward?
  • Q&A Session with Amy Weintraub, LWVFL Reproductive Health & Justice Co-chairs Ginger Mundy & Stacey Kroto and LWVFL President Cecile Scoon
  • LWVFL Updates & News

 
 
Melissa Myers
 
 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.


Donations are tax deductible.
 They can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" of someone. 
 Click below to support LWVOC

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Plan to join us OCT 24 for our Voter Tree celebration
  • Show up to OCT meetings about Redistricting
  • The Speaker's Bureau needs...speakers!  Train with them this month!

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn about different cultures, try new foods, or actively engage with individuals whose backgrounds are different from your own.  Explore the websites below to get ideas to celebrate the diversity which continues to enrich American society and attend the next Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Committee meeting on Oct. 27th at 7P

 
A message from LWVOC Education Committee:
We want to make sure our league members have the opportunity to participate in this Harvard Case Study Community session with Dr. David Moss, who launched this project via Harvard. Now we have 8 high school teachers who have been nominated and consequently attended the Harvard training. These 8 teachers from Orange County schools are now eligible to facilitate our local community sessions. Our league is currently planning our next community session for March 2022 (face to face or zoom TBD). Our goal is to expand the number of community sessions through the spring and summer of 2022. The covid virus certainly stalled all of plans for 2020 and 2021. However we will persevere!