Speakers Bureau February 2020 Report

By Dr. Corinna Balderramos Robinson       In an effort to boldly and pragmatically work toward diversifying our Speakers Bureau, with more underrepresented members who will not shy away from visiting non-traditional locations, we are hard at work doing so.  In February, we visited churches, public libraries, high schools, city town halls, and community centers. As a “Call for Action” our first meeting and training session for 2020 commenced February 13th, 6-7:30 pm, at the Box Gallery (an art studio) in West Palm Beach.  Mr. Rolando Chang Barrero, our host and manager, shared a few challenges regarding outreach to the Hispanic community.  His candid recommendations to garner full participation during the census and upcoming elections led to an invigorating discussion.  The mini, petite desserts catered from a local Cuban café were delicious, and we enjoyed Christine Campbell-Gabor’s enthusiasm and civics crossword puzzles shared too! There are so many fantastic

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Voter Services Targets New Citizens, Graduating Seniors

Voter Services Targets New Citizens, Graduating Seniors

By Pam Maldonado   Marc Bruner’s Naturalization Ceremony voter registration “corps” has really hit their stride with USCIS (U.S. Customs and Immigration Service,) with an outstanding February total of 382 registrations.   For the last few months, they have been averaging four or five USCIS events, netting about 59% of the attendees each time.  The action is frenzied once the new citizens leave the ceremony, requiring 5 volunteers each time to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to register.  It’s all over in about a half-hour.   As we move into election season, the Supervisor of Elections has asked us to cover even more of ceremonies, so we’re looking forward to an outstanding March.   May means High School Senior Check-Out Day (SCOD) season when graduating seniors pick up their caps and gowns.  For the last five years, Leaguers have registered students at these events at more than a

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2020 Voting Schedule

2020 Voting Schedule
IMPORTANT: Florida is a "closed primary" state. That means that only the voters registered within that political party may vote in that party's Primary Election, unless a Universal Primary Contest (UPC)* occurs. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated Voter Registration Application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan races during a Primary Election. Your party does not affect your ballot for any election other than a Primary Election. *A Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election.  2020 Presidential Preference Primary Deadline to register or change party:  Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Early Voting: 10 a. m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020Read more

2020 Matters – Strengths of Diversity

Guest Speaker: Cecile Scoon, First Vice President, LWV of Florida January 15, 2020 Marsha Vinson, Reporter LWVPBC began the League’s Centennial Year with an outstanding presentation by the League’s own Cecile Scoon. Cecile revealed the many ways Leaguers must work to make a difference in the workplace by encouraging diversity and increasing understanding, learning, and inclusion. She urged the large audience to take advantage of civic opportunities in an intentional and thoughtful way, including attendance at local meetings. Cecile, an often-quoted authority on the impact of race, reviewed recent progress regarding the social acceptance of black people versus their continued repression. At the well-attended first luncheon of the new decade, President Ken Thomas reminded Leaguers to focus on issues, information, and advocacy this election year. Richard Bartholomew, LWVPBC Census 2020 Chair, talked about the League’s response to the impact of the census, what’s at stake census-wise, and census-related problems and

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Former LWVPBC Interns Stay Connected

By Pam Maldonado Christene Campbell-Gabor and I had lunch with former interns Faith Maniti, Naya Payne and Dayalis Zamora, who were back in town for Christmas break.  Not surprisingly, they are all majoring in Political Science.  Faith and Dayalis are both currently student senators at the University of Florida and NYU, respectively.  Naya was elected senator in his first term as a freshman at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg.  Having left student government, Naya heads up a campus extension chapter of the St. Pete League, as well three other groups, including Civility and Community, which focuses on fostering future leaders who can work together. It was amusing to watch Dayalis try to identify with the experiences of Faith and Naya in Florida, both of whose campuses represent the red/blue political divide in the state.  Of course, NYU and its surroundings, are “bright blue.”  Their student senate studied and

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101 Books About Where and How We Live

101 Books About Where and How We Live

101 BOOKS ABOUT WHERE AND HOW WE LIVE Recommended reading from urban experts and Curbed contributors By Alissa Walker, Patrick Sisson, and Sara Polsky  Updated Nov 25, 2019, 9:30 am EST Illustrations by Paige Vickers   SHARE All sharing options This story is part of a group of stories called Because loving where you live is just the beginning—it’s about making it better, too. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy. Perhaps more than at any other time in American history, where we live determines much about what we know. As people who write about cities, we realized this presented a remarkable opportunity. We wanted to find stories about where people live that could change the way we think about the world. Urban Classics | Why We Build | Cities We Love | Changing Places | Planning the Future | Understanding People | How We

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November Cool Topic: Civics Trivia

November Cool Topic: Civics Trivia

LWVPBC says: Nothing COOL about being an ill-informed citizen! November Cool Topic: Civics Trivia Marsha Vinson, Reporter   5 REASONS CIVICS TRIVIA IS  COOL AND SHOULD BE 2020 HOT TOPIC: Adults and children alike who attended the very entertaining and educational evening at the Stem Center created and presented by Christine Campbell-Gabor, LWVPBC Civics Education Chair, will be the first to admit that we take a lot for granted about our democratic society and that we all, young and old, must enrich our knowledge about our government and political institutions. It takes more than a passing knowledge of our executive, judicial, and legislative branches and civil rights to qualify as an active, educated voter ready to tackle the challenges of the 2020 election cycle. Christine Campbell-Gabor’s very clever tricks, entitled Quizzard of Oz Civics Trivia, make brushing up on civic knowledge not only enjoyable but also create an atmosphere of

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Leadership Institute Announces Training Dates

Leadership Institute Announces Training Dates

Marion Frank, one of the speakers at October’s Hot Topic told us about training for candidates and others interested in working on campaigns hosted by the Leadership Institute. The date, January 31, 2020, has just been announced. The cost is $50 and the link for registration and information is: https://www.leadershipinstitute.org/Training/school.cfm?ID=46805

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Push for Voter Registration- article

Groups fan out to churches in push for voter registration By Abraham Mahshie Special to The Post Posted Nov 17, 2019 at 6:42 PM Read the article online at the Palm Beach Post   Volunteers were at five local churches Sunday to register voters and provide checklists for former felons, often called returning citizens, to get their voting rights restored. They also gathered signatures in support of assault weapons ban. WEST PALM BEACH — Before the organist at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church had pressed his fingers to the keys Sunday morning, 75 parishioners had signed a ballot initiative calling for an assault weapons ban. Several had registered to vote, and many more learned that their friends and family who had served their time for committing a felony could not be held back by any law or court fees — there was a path to voting again. “If we’re religious folk, forgiveness is part of our

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