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  • Student voting registration
    Student Voting Registration
    Student Voter Registration Drive September 23, 2019 Channel 25 News...
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  • Dr. Donald Fennoy
    September Hot Topic Report
    HOT TOPICS SEPTEMBER 2019 Marsha Vinson, Reporter Another large LWVPBC luncheon audience greeted Dr. Donald E. Fennoy, the new 26th Superintendent of Schools for the Palm Beach County School District plus School Board members and District personnel.  Dr. Fennoy was asked prior to his impressive talk (video available on the LWVPBC website): What should Leaguers really grasp from Dr. Fennoy’s...
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  • Wendy Sartory Link
    August Hot Topic Report
    LWVPBC NEWS September 15, 2019 HOT TOPICS: PALM BEACH COUNTY ELECTIONS Guest Speaker: Wendy Sartory Link August 21, 2019 Marsha Vinson, Reporter A record-breaking August crowd (130+ attendees) found the new PBC Elections Supervisor (appointed only 8 months ago), Wendy Sartory Link, to be very knowledgeable, articulate, and personable.  The efficiency of the Election Office under this new Supervisor was demonstrated by...
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  • Dayalis Zamora
    A Former LWVPBC Intern Questions the Status Quo in Non-Profit Work
    By Dayalis Zamora As I am about to begin my sophomore year in college, life-determining questions are asked of me. What major am I declaring? Where do I want to go after college? These are tough questions to ask a 20-year-old, but thankfully, my internships have given me enough experience that such queries are not as daunting to me. In...
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  • HOT Topics
    Palm Beach County’s Changing Economy
    JUNE 2019 HOT TOPICS: PALM BEACH COUNTY’S CHANGING ECONOMY Reported by Marsha Vinson  Michele Jacobs, League of Women Voters member and President, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, gave League members a fascinating ‘tour’ of Palm Beach County – where we are now and a detailed profile of Palm Beach County’s future.  Michelle urges League members to familiarize themselves with FLORIDA...
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  • Summary of Convention Reports
    Summary of Convention Reports
    Submitted June 14, 2019 OVERVIEW: Twenty-five LWVPBC members attended the LWVFL Convention on June 7 and 8, 2019 in Naples, Florida.  Five members presented during workshops.   WORKSHOPS COVERED:   Actions to Reduce Poverty in Florida:  League Responsibilities New powerpoint used for the workshop which is added to state web site (lwvfl.org/issue/poverty-action-team) Must advocate to local leagues to increase involvement...
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2020 Census

  • PB County Census Webpage
    PB County Web Page
    Click the image below to go to the Palm Beach County Census Toolkit....
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  • Census Flyer
    Census Flyer
    America’s 2020 Census     The Census Count will:   Guide billions in federal benefits for Floridians   Define who you can vote for   Show businesses where to invest and create jobs   Be sure that YOU count! Respond to the Census. To shape YOUR future, start here:    www.2020census.gov Email: lwvpbccensus@gmail.com...
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  • Census Timetable
    Census Timetable
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  • AARP
    Census and the AARP
    The Importance of the 2020 Census Cybersecurity and privacy concerns of older Americans addressed by Joe Eaton, AARP, September 5, 2019 | Comments: 7 Older Americans have been more likely than other age groups to return their U.S. census forms and make sure they were counted. But as the country gears up for the 2020 census next March — the...
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  • The State of Play
    The State of Play
    Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census The government plans to deploy new technology Click HERE for The New York Times article By Chris Hamby July 3, 2019 In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial headcount. For the first...
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Affordable Housing

  • Belle Glade housing
    Conditions in Belle Glade Housing
    “Rats, Rodents Mold . . .” “NBC News on Conditions in Belle Glade Housing We collaborated with NBC news earlier last month to gather information on the housing conditions in Belle Glade’s Okeechobee Center, a former work camp used predominately to house segregated black farmworkers.  The article, released this morning online, includes interviews with tenants/clients, the history of exploited farmworkers as...
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Advocate for Affordable Housing
    By Sammy R. Alzofon, Affordable Housing Issue Group Fresh from the League of Women Voters State Convention victory: housing trust funds are now an official issue for 2019/2020, we traveled south to attend Broward County’s League of Women Voters Affordable Housing Forum on June 22nd. We learned a lot from a panel of experts: Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich; Broward...
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  • housing chart
    Legislative Budget Update
    Legislative Budget Update- Register for Upcoming Webinar- May 6 Dear Sadowski Coalition and Sadowski Affiliates:Mark Hendrickson created the Housing Budget Chart below based on the May 1 published budget numbers. Click the chart to see far right column for final numbers from the legislature. We will have a Sadowski Affiliates Webinar on Monday, May 6 at 11 am to review the...
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Housing emergency in public housing: Your comments are needed
    by Sammy Alzofon   Make public comment on the proposed rule. We have until July 9, 2019 Read the rule at: https://bit.ly/2YlhauI Read HUD’s analysis of the impacts of the proposed rule at: https://bit.ly/2HcddT4 Read the joint press statement by advocates opposing the rule at: https://bit.ly/2Vqp2xX...
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    How did affordable housing trust funds fare?
    Sammy R. Alzofon Affordable Housing Issue Group sammy.alzofon@gmail.com Sadowski Act state and local housing trust funds were the focus of advocacy work all over the state, from the adjournment of last year’s legislature until the close of this year’s. As the legislature convened, the Senate, as last year, recommended full funding. The surprise was the same recommendation from the Governor’s...
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  • Housing Sadowksi
    Sadowski Legislative Session Update- Week 7
    Dear Sadowski Affiliates: We are at the “hurry up and wait” point of the legislative session. The House and Senate have passed their respective versions of the budget, and conference on the budget has not begun. Housing is fully funded in the Senate, but the House sweeps over $200 million from housing, and what it appropriates for housing is only...
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  • Housing Sadowksi
    Full Sadowski Funding in Governor’s Budget
    FULL SADOWSKI FUNDING IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET   Dear Sadowski Affiliates: YOU DID IT! The emails you sent last Friday to key staff in the Governor’s office resulted in a meeting for the Sadowski Coalition in the Governor’s office on Thursday, January 31. We filled the conference room with representatives from each of the 30 Sadowski Coalition organizations, from Associated Industries...
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  • Brookings_housing_article
    The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods
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  • gardens avenir
    Gardens: Avenir can pay $10 million instead of including workforce housing
    Link to The Palm Beach Post article By Sarah Peters Posted Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:09 PM Updated Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM PALM BEACH GARDENS — The Avenir builders will pay the city $10 million for a pass on the commitment to include 250 homes priced for working-class families. It’s a move the city says will allow Palm...
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  • De Santis and Housing
    Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ first task: Safeguard affordable housing fund – Orlando Sentinel
    By Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Link to the Orlando Sentinel article Greetings, Gov.-elect DeSantis. Congratulations on your win in Tuesday’s election. We’re confident you’ll live up to your promise to look out for all Floridians, including the good men and women who struggle every day to pay the bills and provide for their families. They’re the people who power our...
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  • Jupiter_Housing_article
    Jupiter officials: Apartment still failing to comply with affordable housing rule
    By Charles Elmore Posted Oct 29, 2018 at 4:05 PM Updated Nov 2, 2018 at 8:57 PM Read the Palm Beach Post article online. JUPITER – Builders in Palm Beach County increasingly promise affordable “workforce housing” for teachers, police and other employees to get projects approved or building limits eased. But Jupiter’s first extended whirl with the concept has produced...
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Civics Education

  • Happy at Harvard
    Happy at Harvard
    By introduction, my name is Rose Carbone and I teach seniors who are enrolled in AP Government and Politics and American Government courses at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Westlake, Florida. I would like to thank the LWV of Palm Beach County and Harvard Business School for providing the opportunity to attend the Case Method Project Community Workshop at...
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  • New citizens register to vote
    Harvard Civics Project
    Dear Fellow League Members, I just wanted to congratulate all of you who successfully nominated teachers for the August Harvard Civics workshop! Professor Moss and the Harvard Case Method Project team have been very complimentary about the caliber of teachers selected. I thought you would like to know that we have nearly 80 teachers attending from 21 different states nominated by 50...
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  • Harvard Civics Program
    Harvard Civics Program
    Congratulations to the two PBC teachers who were accepted for the extraordinary opportunity to attend a Harvard Civics Program this summer. How much and what kind of power should the federal government have over the states?  This foundational question will be the focus of the August 2019 event being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greenwich, Connecticut, Greenwich High School Social...
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  • Florida Civic Advance - Civic Excellence Program - under the auspices of FSU
    Florida Civic Advance – Civic Excellence Program – under the auspices of FSU
    LWVPBC is competing in the ‘Voter Education and Civic Service Award’ category. The files requested for this award consideration are available by clicking the link below: LWVPBC-civics education documents  ...
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  • Crossword Puzzle review1
    Crossword Puzzle Review
    Christene, Students are actively working in their Crossword Puzzle books this week. Our countdown is on for the Civics EOC Exam! We test on Monday- May 13th. I can’t begin to tell you how much we are loving the books. It is the ultimate review! THANK YOU!!!!!! Sari Simpson Palm Springs Middle School 7th Grade Civics Social Studies Department Instructional...
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  • Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019
    Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019
    LWV of PBC Civics Education Committee MINUTES April 16th, 2019 Attendees: Phyllis Goldenberg, Claire Press, Nikki Descoteaux (via conference call), Karen Wilkerson, Keeter Martinson, Steve Perell, Liela Brode, Lori Dool, Rebecca Freeman, Sandy Hendrick, Karen Leader, Christene Campbell-Gabor. Guests from Lynne University Project Civitas – Robert Watson, Jerry Hildebrand, Reagan Fox Note: Items requiring follow up before our next meeting...
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  • Naya_Payne
    MINI Crossword Puzzle Booklets Series 3
    The Civics Education Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed content or donated money to help us complete Series 3 of the MINI Crossword Booklets. This booklet includes questions from the Grade 7 Textbook – Gateway to American Government: The Bridge to Success on Florida’s EOC Test. It will be an interesting, innovative and fun new study tool for all Florida...
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  • better_civics_education
    Civics Education
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Environment

  • October Cool Topic Report
    October Cool Topic Report
    The Environmental Issues Group, held Cool Topics on a Hot Issue: Climate Change, on October 5, 2019. The goal was to raise awareness and provide education regarding climate change. Three expert speakers addressed the audience. James M. Sullivan, Ph.D. Executive Director, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Governor’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force Jim presented “The Relationship Between Global Warming, HABs, and...
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  • Megan Houston
    September Environmental Issues Meeting
    Speaker: Megan Houston Director, Office of Resilience Palm Beach County Megan Houston, Director, Office of Resilience, spoke to the LWV, Environmental Issues Group, on September 14, 2019. The Office of Resilience (OOR) works to ensure that Palm Beach County remains a great place to live, work, and play while addressing the effects of climate change. It is increasingly important to...
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  • Youth Climate Strike on September 20th
    Youth Climate Strike on September 20th
    By Nikki Descoteaux & Mary Mertz, co-chairs of the Environmental Issue Group The young people of the United States are joining with other action groups in the September 20th worldwide strike to call for immediate and strong action on climate change. This coincides with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City. It is also only two weeks...
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  • Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority
    Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Tour
    The LWV participated in a tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) on July 9th. The SWA was formed in 1975 by the Florida State Legislature. They provide solid waste disposal and recycling services to the county’s 1.4 million residents. Each person produces approximately 12 pounds of waste daily. That equates to nearly 17 million pounds of...
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  • We Need You!
    We Need You!
    LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS   Refuse!  Reuse!  Reduce!  Recycle! We need YOU to set an example for your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We need YOU to become more environmentally friendly. Preserve the planet for our children and future generations. We need YOU to take proactive steps toward cleaner living habits to protect the environment. Remember the 4 Rs:  Refuse,...
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  • A floating plastic grocery bag
    Friends of Palm Beach
    by Kathy Panko Diane Buhler, Founder/President, Friends of Palm Beach, spoke to the LWV, Environmental Issues Group, on April 13, 2019. Diane lectures and attends events to educate the community on the ocean’s plight and how everyone has the power to combat single-use plastics. Friends of Palm Beach is a non-profit organization that removes trash from local private resident beaches through...
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  • Earth Day
    Earth Day – A Great Day
    Members of the Environmental Issues Group (EIG) were pleased to participate in Earth Day 2019 hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University on April 12. Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in...
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  • My Plastic Free Life
    How to break your plastic habit
    HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLASTIC HABIT We are all aware of the problems with plastic, right? Statistics tell us that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Eighteen billion pounds of plastic are tossed in the ocean each year. You shutter at the statistics! It’s a good thing we recycle, right? Well, it turns out that only 30% of...
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  • ban_plastic_straws
    Be Straw Free
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Go Solar

  • Solar Tsunami article
    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...
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Gun Safety

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    Concert and National Night Out
    LWVPBC GUN SAFETY CONCERT SPONSOR  and OCTOBER 4th NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Marsha Vinson, LWVPBC Gun Safety Chair/Reporter The 2019 Concert Across America, an annual nationwide event spanning 200+ cities, links communities across the country to remember those who lost their lives due to gun violence and to call for much-needed gun legislation.  LWVPBC Gun Safety and Voter Services partnered and tabled...
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  • Gun-Safety
    LWVPBC Gun Safety Meets with Sheriff Bradshaw
    Reported by Marsha Vinson At the May 28, 2019 meeting at PBSO Headquarters, Sheriff of Palm Beach County Ric Bradshaw enthusiastically related to LWVPBC representatives, Arlene Ustin, Martha Smith, and Marsha Vinson that he and his department, the largest law enforcement agency in the county, wholeheartedly support the mission of the League of Women Voters including Gun Safety and Mental...
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  • trigger lock
    Cool Topics Report- Lock It Up (& more)!
    by Marsha Vinson Stem Center, South Florida Science Center May 11, 2019 reported by Marsha Vinson An outstanding panel and discussion moderated by LWVPBC President Ken Thomas and organized by the LWVPBC Gun Safety Issue Group highlighted critical issues surrounding the safe storage of guns. The expert panelists providing the audience with an in depth, fact-packed view of the impact...
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Healthcare

  • Be Better Prepared for an Emergency
    Be Better Prepared for an Emergency
    HEALTHCARE ISSUE GROUP ANNOUNCES A NEW PROJECT The Healthcare committee and Emergency Info Plan LLC is excited to announce that we are promoting a program (EIP) to members of the League, organizations, and businesses. This will help their members and employees be better prepared for an emergency by using their iPhone to alert 911 and emergency contacts and provide vital...
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  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month
    September is National Suicide Prevention Month
    By Nancy Gau Sept. 15, 2019 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 123 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the...
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  • Falls Prevention Awareness
    Falls Prevention Awareness
    Nancy Gau, Healthcare Falls can kill!  And according to recent studies published by JAMA, deadly falls among older Americans are on the rise, nearly tripling in recent years.  The actual numbers are shocking.  Approximately 25,000 older Americans died last year as a result of a fall.  You CAN help prevent yourself from becoming one of these statistics.    Here are some...
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National Popular Vote

  • Kathleen Crampton
    Four More States adopt the National Popular Vote
    By Cynthia Archbold On June 5, Oregon became the fifteenth state to pass National Popular Vote bills in both chambers of the state legislature; the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. NPV supporters in LWVPBC are working to ensure that Florida also will adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. “The National Popular Vote Compact is designed...
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  • NPV Chair Kathleen Crampton, left, and LWVFL President Patti Brigham
    NPV Workshop
    Want the President to be elected by Popular Vote? Learn how the National Popular Vote works by attending the NPV Workshop on Friday, January 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 NPV will be holding an informative Workshop on Friday, January 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm prior to the beginning of the LWV’s annual Leadership Conference which starts on Friday, January...
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Speakers Bureau

  • Speakers_Bureau_minutes
    Speakers Bureau Fall Season
    Speakers Bureau Committee Prepares For An Active Fall Season On August 24, 2019, ten members of the Speakers Bureau met to discuss several PowerPoint Presentations, learn the procedure for assigning speakers and associates for upcoming events, and review the topics for the twelve events scheduled for September through November. Our League offers 20 presentations on a wide variety of issue...
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  • May Speakers Bureau meeting
    Appropriate Public Speaking Techniques
    At a recent Speakers Bureau committee meeting, the members were introduced to 3 issue-related presentations, at Chair Marcia Herman’s home. 1st Vice President Christene Campbell Gabor showed the members two presentations related to Civics Education; Your Voice, Your Power, Your Vote, and The Three Branches of Government. Pat Doman, demonstrated the presentation on the 2020 Census. Committee meetings for the...
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Voter Services

  • September Voter Registration
    September Voter Registrations
    LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS ROCK SEPTEMBER REGISTRATIONS by Pam Maldonado Tired League volunteers are justifiably happy to see September come to an end! It has been an exciting, but exhausting month of activities, which had teams of voter registrars up at Jupiter High School at 7:00 am on a Monday morning and others at 8:00 pm in Belle Glade on a Friday...
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  • Nancy Ballen and Iris Fiallos-Finstad
    Constitution Week Voter Registration
    Constitution Week Voter Registration at PBSC Loxahatchee Groves  By Phyllis Applebaum New to Florida and new to the League of Women Voters, I’d never been to Loxahatchee Groves, although the name filled me with curiosity.  Our Team Leader, Nancy Ballen, and I agreed to pick up our third team member, Helen Laurence, at her home, not too far from the college. ...
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  • Voter Services Gearing Up For A Busy Season
    Voter Services Gearing Up For A Busy Season
    by Pam Maldonado After a quiet summer, Voter Services is preparing for a flurry of activity as the school year starts, highlighted by National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) and Constitution Week activities in local high schools and colleges. Rather than doing registration in all 23 high schools on a single day this year, the League, in coordination with the School...
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  • Pam Maldonado - Voter Services
    Pam Maldonado – Voter Services
    Below are videos, images and an article produced by Pam Maldonado.  The images are of events she organized, awards she has won and the video link takes you to interviews with NEW voters sharing their first moments being American Citizens.   ARTICLE: PARTYING AT THE POLLS Voter Services Committee Partied Till They Dropped By Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Chair   Voter Services capped...
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  • World Refugee Day
    Leaguers Celebrate World Refugee Day
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Voting Rights

  • Florida has a 'poll tax'?
    Florida has a ‘poll tax’?
    Did you know Florida has a ‘poll tax’? Yes. For the state’s ex-felons–and a discussion takes place Friday The purpose? To push back against a new state law, with all the right voices in the room WEST PALM BEACH – Within a year of the passage of Amendment 4 to the state Constitution, state officials had undermined it by creating...
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  • Student voting registration
    Student Voting Registration
    Student Voter Registration Drive September 23, 2019 Channel 25 News...
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  • Floridians may lose vote again
    How SB7066 Affects Voting under Amendment 4
    Legislation passed by the Florida Legislature which substantially limits felon’s rights to register to vote goes into effect July 1.  Justice Ira Raab discusses the impacts on this video:   https://www.newsy.com/stories/some-floridians-will-lose-their-right-to-vote-again-july-1/   The Voting Rights Coalition will not meet again until September, but we are working on an expedited way to restore voting rights.  If you’d like to help or...
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  • The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy
    The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy
    Last fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it. By Sasha Abramsky June 18, 2019 Link to the article. Last November, an extraordinary coalition of groups from across the political spectrum helped push Florida’s Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for the nearly 1.4...
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  • Hot Topic - ORIE BULLARD
    May Hot Topic: Orie Bullard, Reentry Center Director
    Reported by Marsha Vinson In Riviera Beach, as described by Orie Bullard, grant-funded programs with high success rates are available at the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Center to support those recently released from Florida’s Department of Corrections as well as Federal prison. These programs established in 2006 include implementation of community-based transitional strategies and comprehensive case management services targeting...
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  • Palm Beach Post Opinion
    The Palm Beach Post Opinion
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Young Leaguers

  • Young Leaguer Feature Kim Stokes
    Young Leaguer Feature Kim Stokes
    Written By: Rebecca Freeman Stokes felt a personal responsibility to better our society. She was disappointed in our country’s current state and began looking for a way to make an impact in our community. As a result, she decided to join The League of Women Voters. Kim has been with the organization for two years and loves how they focus...
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  • Young Leaguer's Feature Kevin Baker
    Young Leaguer’s Feature Kevin Baker
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  • Young Leaguers News
    Young Leaguers News
    Article Written By Rebecca Freeman: On Tuesday May 14, 2019 the Young Leaguers learned about the 20/20 Census. Pat Doman of the Census Committee discussed the 2020 Census in great detail by explaining the history of the census and its importance to society. The Census can bring finances for better roads and schools in our state, and the Young Leaguers...
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  • Young Leaguers Beach Cleanup
    Young Leaguers Beach Cleanup
    by Rebecca Freeman The Young Leaguers of Palm Beach County participated in a Beach Cleanup at Red Reef Park on March 9th. League members met at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton and were given a tour of the nature center and learned about their facility. Tour Guide Susan Datres educated us about the harmful impact small plastics have...
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  • Young Leagers CRF Feb 2019
    Young Leaguers Candidate Reflection Forum
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