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Date: 12/23/2021
Subject: Last 2021 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.


We have a special gift of memories for all of you.  Enjoy watching One Year Wiser, 2021 on our YouTube Channel as we revisit our challenging but successful year of advocacy.
 Be sure to "Subscribe" to our channel for all the latest video updates and click the "bell" for notifications.  We've added a new Playlist, Video Montages, so you can see all our memory videos from the last few years.

Rest in Power, Former Orange County NAACP Branch President Beverlye C. Neal
 
Mrs. Neal's legacy as a warrior for democracy, dedicated public servant, and devoted family member is eloquently presented in her obituary HERE.
 Below, former LWVOC Co-President Sara Isaac remembers her influence:
"Beverlye Colson Neal was indeed a fierce champion of civil rights, but she was also gentle and dignified with a positive spirit. When she spoke truth to power, which was often, she made it rude not to listen - which could shut the domineering voices right up and create a space for dialogue. I loved watching her take over a room of Orlando‘s powers that be. I first reached out to Ms. Beverlye in 2017 to help form the First 50 Coalition and push for environmental justice in Central Florida. I always felt we had a special spark, but I think that was one of Beverlye’s superpowers – I think she made most people feel that way. She leaves Central Florida far better than she found it. I will miss her deeply."

From our DEI Committee:  Another goodbye, and this time to renown feminist icon, bell hooks
Last week, we learned of the loss of bell hooks– a beloved and towering thinker, writer, and activist in the Black feminist community and human family. hooks passed away on Wednesday, December 15th at the age of 69 after an extended battle with an illness. As we mourn her loss, we honor her life, her legacy, and the impact of her ideas and advocacy on the work that we continue to do in our quest for racial and gender justice and human rights. 
AAPF’s executive director, Kimberlé Crenshawshared her thoughts with the New York Times about hook's legacy.

 
Caroline Dentel

Robin Newham
 
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.
 
 

Much appreciation to
HOWARD AXNER for his generous donation to the LWVOC Fund.

Make your year-end donation by DEC 31
Single or recurring donations are tax-deductible and can be made "In honor" or "In Memoriam" etc. to someone. 
Visit Donations or if you have questions, contact Karen Estrin or Leslie Feinberg

Partner Event: Reproductive Rights Mobilization - Jan 12
Advocates will demand the ability to make the decisions to have or not have children and to raise them safely. Please consider joining this mobilization to Tallahassee on January 12, 2022. Floridians for Reproductive Freedom (FRF), a coalition representing tens of thousands of Floridians, is planning actions throughout the day, sure to include a press conference, a speakout, and legislator visits.
Click here to RSVP now. Meals and materials will be provided for all who register. Specific details will be provided by FRF to all registrants as they become available.
Jan. 6 @ 5:30 pm
An Evening with Cecile Scoon, LWVFL President
 
Join Cecile for an evening gathering for updates about Redistricting, Voter Suppression and your questions.  
Food and drink available - details to come!

JAN 11, 6:00 PM
 
Virtual New Member Orientation
 
New members, start off 2022 with a quick introduction to the LWVOC.
 Speakers will include League leaders, including one of our Co-Presidents as well as our VOTER SERVICES Co-Chairperson, Gina Hall
SAVE THE DATE!
 
Our Annual Program Planning Meeting will be JAN 29, 9am-noon
 
2022 is a mid-term Election Year which means we will be extra busy, needing your input and volunteerism.
 

Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon app to generate donations.  Every purchase supports LWVOC and helps us continue to defend democracy.   So SMILE and get shopping!  Click above to get started.
Another option for "giving back" to the League is to give "forward" and Gift a Membership.  No wrapping involved, just click below.

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Hurrah, last newsletter of the year...plus it's my birthday! No presents necessary; accepting donations to the League though!
  • Start marking your calendars for JAN 2022 events
  • Sign up with AmazonSmile and shop while supporting the League.
  • An easy present.... Gift a Membership to the League
  • Last chance to take the 2021 Member Survey