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Date: 2/17/2022
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.

Our Annual Program Planning Meeting is FEB 26, 9am-noon
This is an in-person meeting at Winter Park Community Center. 
$15/refreshments/free parking
2022 is a mid-term Election Year which means we will be extra busy, needing your input and volunteerism.

HB 1557 will be presented in the Florida House Judiciary Committee TODAY (2/18/22) at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

House Bill 1557 better know as the "Don’t Say Gay" bill is just one step away from reaching a full House vote, and we need to ramp up the pressure against this truly harmful legislation.

HB 1557 (and SB1834) would ban discussion of LGBTQ+ people or issues in primary grades, would further stigmatize the LGBTQ+ community, chill efforts to create inclusive school environments, and isolate LGBTQ+ kids. The existence of LGBTQ+ students and parents is not a taboo topic that has to be regulated by the Florida Legislature.

The League believes every student deserves to learn in a safe environment where they are respected and differences are celebrated. HB 1557/SB 1834 is a step backwards because it makes schools less safe, especially for LGBTQ+ students.

On February 22, Floridians will converge on the Florida Capitol to defend reproductive freedom, which includes the right and ability to make the decisions to have or not have children -- and raise them safely.
Join us! RSVP -> #BansOffOurBodies

Visit our National Popular Vote Committee  Get involved in passing this needed reform contact us

Here are two things you might want to pass along to others: 

·         Op Ed Tampa Bay Times, by Jeannie Hamilton, in response to Jan. 28, 2022 article (below.)

·         Bethany Bowra & Stephen Neely’s recent article, A Majority of Voters Favor a National Popular Vote, but What Would It Mean?

Georgia Bernbaum
Cheryl Jones
Jay Marder
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.

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Visit Donations or if you have questions, contact Karen Estrin or Leslie Feinberg

Newsletter Checklist:
  • Make your voice heard to the House Judiciary Committee
  • Annual Planning Meeting is FEB 26, an in-person event and important for our upcoming year of advocacy.  Join us!
  • Educate yourself and others; learn about NPV--National Popular Vote

“Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change.” Event chair Charlene Griffin, of the Villages/Tri-County LWV, is preparing for their March 5 event featuring LWVOC’s Ann Patton, author of UNMASKED! The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, and Stephen Poynor, education curator, Florida’s Holocaust Center.



What can you say to change a heart?

The Villages / Tri-County League of Women Voters invites you to join us

Saturday, March 5, 2202, 2-4 p.m.


Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change

Wildwood Community Center

6500 Powell Rd, Wildwood, Florida

And on Facebook Live


  • LWVOC’s Ann Patton,

    author of UNMASKED! The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

  • Stephen Poynor, education curator, The Florida Holocaust Center
  • Lou Sasmor, The Villages Civil Discourse Club, moderator


This program features

  • Lessons for today from a time when hate roamed free on America’s Main Streets.
  • New skills for bridging the differences that divide us.
  • Open, civil discussion.

Free Event~Doors open at 1:30 pm

Please register by March 4 at

Carpooling? Contact Joan Erwin,

UPDATE:  This event will be broadcast live on Facebook Live at 2 pm March 5          


A recording will be made available on the same page at a later date.