The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights: The 2020 Election By Linda Geller-Schwartz On July 30, 2020, when the iconic civil rights leader Representative John Lewis was laid to rest, his final message to the American people was conveyed in a letter published in the New York Times. It included this advice and caution: “The vote is the most powerful non-violent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Representative Lewis knew all too well of what he spoke. Read the entire SAM Magazine article below. (3/20)

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Go Solar

Go Solar
Go Solar LWVPBC Go Solar Issue Group promotes Go Solar Co-Op. Focus: Chair:   Meetings: See League Calendar or contact Chairs for time, date and location of the next meeting. RECENT ARTICLES Solar Tsnuami Christian Roselund and John Weaver | Published on 1/3/2019 Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in... Read more →Read more

National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month By Nancy Gau   Please reach out to family, friends, co-workers, (or even a stranger) and remind them that September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and encourage them to please pass the word on.    On average, there are 120 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause for the age group 25-34! The suicide rate among young adults (ages 15-24) has tripled since 1950. We can help reduce these numbers by spreading awareness, advocating, educating, and kindness. Also, three LWVPBC Issue Groups (Healthcare, Gun Safety, and Education) will be working together to find solutions to this issue. These plans are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but we still communicate, e.g., Becky Pickup and Kristin Murtaugh presented a piece about the “lock it up” program during one of our weekly

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Join Us for EIG Author Presentation

Join Us for EIG Author Presentation

                          The Environmental Issues Group is honored to host a zoom presentation held by writer and journalist, Mario Alejandro Ariza.  Mario is the author of “Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe.” The book is his personal investigation into the present and future effects of climate change on his home. It is a vibrant portrait of a city whose unique culture might soon succumb to a watery death. Date:                     September 5, 2020 Time:                     10:30 AM (Eastern Time) Event Link:           See LWV PBC Calendar for Login Information (https://lwvpbc.org/events) Mario is featured in the PBS documentary, Sinking Cities: Miami. It is part of a series that examines how major coastal cities are coming to grips with the real-time effects of climate change. Mario currently works as a reporter covering federal courts at the Sun Sentinel. The zoom

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2020 Environment Issues Matter!

2020 Environment Issues Matter!

The 2020 Election matters because issues matter. One of the issues that matters is our environment – the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth that generates the food that sustains us. Most of the assaults on our environment occur from the effects of climate change. Data from the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) (November 2017) confirms that global and U.S. temperatures continue to rise; precipitation is increasing in frequency and intensity; and ocean temperatures and sea levels are rising – all as a part of climate change. For local impacts, consider that gradual sea-level rise increases salt-water intrusion in our aquifers and groundwater pollution through sewage runoff, jeopardizing our water quality and supply. Sea-level rise also contributes to higher tides and increases the frequency and duration of localized flooding. Global warming and higher ocean temperatures increase the frequency and intensity of weather events; fuel the growth

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

By Nancy Gau Please reach out to family, friends, co-workers, (or even a stranger) and remind them that September is National Suicide Prevention month, and encourage them to please pass the word on. On average, there are @ 120 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause for age group 25-34! The suicide rate among young adults (ages 15-24) has tripled since 1950. We can help reduce these numbers by spreading awareness, advocating, educating, and by just being kind. Also, three LWVPBC Issue Groups (Healthcare, Gun Safety, and Education) have plans to work together on this issue. These plans had to be placed on hold due to the pandemic, but we still communicate, e.g., Becky Pickup and Kristin Murtaugh presented a piece about the “lock it up” program, during one of our weekly COVID Zooms in

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In Support of the Census

In Support of the Census

View the entire newsletter by clicking here August 14, 2020 | Statewide Newsletter In This Edition: New Census Deadlines In Support of the Census How YOU Can Help Who Counts? What Counts? Identifying a Census Taker Verifying a Census Bureau Contact View the entire newsletter by clicking here View the entire newsletter by clicking here

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Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Returning Felon Plans to Vote for First Time

Rights restored, returning felon plans to vote for first time ever RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — by Chuck Weber – Wednesday, August 12th 2020   Voting — it’s a right many take for granted. But one lost that right if sentenced to prison in Florida. Next week, thanks to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018, a Riviera Beach man plans to cast a ballot for the first time ever in his life. “I am so excited to cast a vote,” said William Freeman, speaking with CBS12 News via Zoom. Freeman said he grew up in Palm Beach County, but got addicted to cocaine, leading to four different stints in state prison, for charges ranging from grand theft and burglary to fraud. This past December, Freeman finished serving his most recent, three-year sentence. This time, he said, he’s a different man. “I am sober, and I have to give

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