FLORIDA’S TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS

FLORIDA’S TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS

As part of the 100th-anniversary celebrations of the League of Women Voters and Women’s Suffrage, as well as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are pleased to bring you booklets acknowledging the contributions of women to Florida environmentalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Some of the women are well known; some lesser-known, but all are instrumental in addressing serious environmental issues either statewide or in specific parts of the state.

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EARTH DAY 2020

by Kathy Panko Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd, and 2020 marks the 50th anniversary. The theme this year is climate action, which represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the support systems that make our world habitable. The first Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis – oil spills, smog, and polluted rivers.  Earth Day is now credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  In honor of the 50th anniversary, and considering the current coronavirus pandemic, we’re taking a fresh look at the 5 R’s of zero waste:  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot – with emphasis on REFUSE. REFUSE:  Refuse what you do not need.  Our lives are full of stuff we don’t need, and each thing has an environmental cost. The first step to minimizing waste output is to prevent the waste from entering your home in the first

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PBC Jail Inmates Too Vulnerable to Coronavirus

PBC Jail Inmates Too Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Read the online article at The Palm Beach Post Posted Apr 7, 2020 at 7:02 AM Point of View: Certainly, some of the inmates in the jails are dangerous and should be kept there pending trial. But not all. It has long been written that society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. Every government official from President Donald Trump on down is talking about containing the coronavirus to protect people. One group is being forgotten, the inmate population at the two Palm Beach County jails. First, let’s keep in mind that the jails are not state prisons. By definition, the only inmates in jails are those pending trial and presumed innocent or those serving what is a misdemeanor sentence. Certainly, some of the inmates in the jails are dangerous and should be kept there pending trial. But not all. In a recent Palm Beach Post article, Palm Beach County Sherriff Ric Bradshaw alleged, incredibly, that

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Immigration Committee ZOOM Meetings

Immigration Committee ZOOM Meetings

During these unprecedented times, the immigration committee is holding its meetings via Zoom but our hearts and minds continue to gather in support of all members of our community, regardless of country of origin or current immigration status. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us all that cultural differences are meaningless in the face of our humanity and vulnerability, and that we will only overcome challenges through responsible and collective efforts. As such, we are responding to this crisis by issuing a call to action in support of immigrant communities. We condemn xenophobic statements and we stand in bold opposition to all and any who intend to use this crisis to divide our communities or to instill hate by pinpointing an infectious disease to one population or culture. We support all workers, regardless of immigration status. We demand appropriate protections to immigrants who are on the frontline against COVID-19, such

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Election Protection

On Presidential Preference Primary day on March 17th, almost two dozen LWVPBC volunteers worked with Florida Election Protection Coalition to ensure that every eligible voter had an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted. Read more…. The EP Coalition is a national, non-partisan organization, made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners. Normally, voter education and assistance would be provided by EP poll monitors standing outside polling places and talking directly with voters to inform them of their rights. But in this age of COVID-19, we had to get creative so that we were all kept safe. A “mobile monitoring system” was established, with volunteers driving by select polling places from West Palm, to Belle Glade to Riviera Beach to Boynton Beach and Delray to check if there were problems. Our EP volunteers did discover issues: late-opening or even closed polling places, non-existent or inadequate signs,

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Finding the Menu

Finding the Menu

Have you visited the website and wondered “Where did the menu go?” When you visit the League site, you may notice a difference in how the menu looks when you are using your mobile phone or tablet. Sometimes you may see a different menu on your laptop or desktop when you zoom in and change your screen size. Click the button below to view a quick guide to help you find the menu and learn to use the mobile menu.

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PBC Green Schools

PBC Green Schools

PALM BEACH COUNTY GREEN SCHOOLS RECOGNITION PROGRAM by Kathy Panko   The Environmental Issues Group of the LWVPBC is proud to support The Green Schools Recognition Program (GSRP), a program conducted by Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, in collaboration with the school districts of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The GSRP encourages both public and private schools to develop a culture focused on environmental stewardship and sustainability.   The program recognizes K-12 schools that use ongoing “green” programs, projects and practices to instill a culture of environmental sustainability in classrooms, on school grounds, and throughout the school communities. Each year, the program provides recognition, incentives and special awards to acknowledge exceptional green efforts. The GSRP was established in 2008 and last year recognized over 125 schools.   The program selects schools that have made strides in: School grounds enhancement Improving school sustainability through the conservation of energy,

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Inmates Give Rousing Applause to League of Women Voters!

Inmates Give Rousing Applause to League of Women Voters!

The Reason: Our Positive Actions Helping Inmates Regain Their Rights   By Pam Maldonado   On March 12th, I had the pleasure of giving a brief presentation on Amendment 4 for about 175 inmates at the Sago Palm Re-Entry Center in Pahokee. This was my second visit to this prison that houses men who are within three years of completing their sentences. The inmates were thrilled that the League of Women Voters believes in second chances and that people should not be judged only by the worst thing they’ve ever done.   “No one understands the power of the State more than someone who has been through the system,” I said, reinforcing what a previous speaker had said.   Former inmate Wilfred Dorsey had shared the shock of seeing the cover of his pre-sentencing documents stating: “The United States of America vs. Wilfred Dorsey.”  “Boy, that’s heavy!” he said.   We’re proud that The League fought

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Outreach

Focus: The Outreach Committee is an important element of the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County’s commitment to engage with diverse individuals and organizations to reach eligible populations who are under-represented at the polls.   Outreach efforts include: Providing well researched and unbiased information so that all Palm Beach County residents will become better-informed voters Increasing language-appropriate and culturally relevant resources on how to register and vote Offering voter education and registration activities, training and information to non-profit organizations, religious groups and community events throughout Palm Beach County Collaborating and building partnerships with nonpartisan organizations Contact email: outreach@lwvpbc.org

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