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  • Louise Carnevale
    Returning Citizens Postcards
    By Phyllis Applebaum    Florida has the most restrictive voting laws for ex-felons in the nation.  In 2018, the Florida electorate, believing that people should have a second chance, passed an amendment allowing ex-felons who were not murderers or sex-offenders to vote once they had completed their sentence including probation.  However, the Florida legislature then passed a bill specifying that...
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  • Disposable City By Mario Alejandro Ariza
    Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe
    By Mario Alejandro Ariza   “When the waters come, please know you had kin who fought like hell to keep them from your door.”   The book’s “Dedication” reveals the author’s passion for fighting against climate change and why sea level rise will likely put Miami underwater by the end of this century.    Journalist and author, Mario Alejandro Ariza, hosted...
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  • VOTER-READY-PART 2
    #Voter Ready Part 2
    Register HERE. Download the PDF....
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  • SAM-geller-schwartz-article
    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...
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  • When We All Vote
    When We All Vote
    LWVPBC / The ‘When We All Vote’ Coalition Pays Dividends By Pam Maldonado   How do we reach a larger, more diverse audience? Since I joined the League six years ago which has been a prime concern. When we started live streaming our Hot Topics speakers we began to see our numbers climb. Suddenly, people who could not make it...
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  • PBC SOE
    All Voters Should Check Their Status ASAP
    By Pam Maldonado   Election Day will be upon us before we know it! Florida Election Statutes require Supervisors of Elections (SOEs) to close their books 29 days before the election, which means by 5 p.m. on October 5. People whose registration forms arrive after that date would not be able to vote in the Presidential Election this year.  ...
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2020 Census

  • CARES Act
    2020 Important Dates For This Year’s Census
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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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  • coming_to_the_table
    Palm Beach County Residents Threatened By Reduced Census Outreach
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  • Census map
    LWVPBC Census Committee ZOOM Agenda for August 5 at 10 AM
    Agenda 1. Plans to cut short and modify the Census count; and the possible effects on redistricting 2. New grant available to LWV PBC for additional electronic Census Outreach 3. Census Outreach Texting ProjectZOOM LINK: Michael Raab is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86526962544?pwd= WFowYjd1Qmd4eWZhRTQ5cFM2WXh6UT 09 Meeting ID: 865 2696 2544Passcode: 236504One tap mobile+13017158592,,86526962544#,,,, ,,0#,,236504#...
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  • what is the 2020 census
    2020 Census PSA: What is the 2020 Census?
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • Answering the 2020 Census is a "vote" for your voting future.
    Answering the 2020 Census is a “vote” for your voting future.
    Your 2020 Census response will reshape local, state and Congressional legislative districts for the next ten years. It will greatly influence who you will be voting for in every future election. Answer the Census now. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few...
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  • Census Count
    Census Committee Updates
    by Rich Bartholomew   The Palm Beach County League started to engage on the topic of the 2020 Census in the summer of 2018. Although few people realized it, the “infrastructure” activity for the 2020 count was well underway, not only at the federal level but also by local and state governments. The national associations of state and local governments,...
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  • 2020 census
    Census 2020!
    The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County has teamed up with Florida Counts to produce this short video and used grant funding to promote it to under-represented areas to encourage everyone to vote. To date, we have added over 100 people to the census participation with hyper-targeted advertising. Here is our current President, Ken Thomas speaking on the...
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  • 2020 matters
    The Palm Beach Post Editorial on the Impact of a Census Undercount
    We can’t let undercount happen again  – Dec 18,2019 OUR VIEW: 2020 U.S. CENSUS One and a half billion dollars is an awful lot of money to lose. That’s been the astounding loss to Palm Beach County over the past decade because so many people living here went uncounted in the last U.S. census. Some 94,000 people — 7.2 percent...
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  • Census map
    Facebook and the Census
    Facebook to tackle efforts to interfere with 2020 US census By Barbara Ortutay and Mae Anderson The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people...
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  • Census Count
    Helpful Census Information on State League Website
    For useful facts and materials about the rapidly approaching 2020 Census, go to the State LWV website: www.lwvfl.org/census...
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  • 2020 matters
    Grant Received
    We have received a grant to train League Members Statewide on the importance of the 2020 Census. Watch here for more information....
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  • Census map
    2020 Census
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  • Census Count
    States and The Census
    In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much. California is spending $187 million to try to ensure an accurate count of its population. The Texas Legislature decided not to devote any money to the job. Why? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/15/us/census-california-texas-undercount.html...
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Affordable Housing

  • Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project
    Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project
    August 6, 2020 The links below talk about the new eviction assistance available through Legal Aid. There is not only legal assistance to keep folks from acquiring a court record but financial assistance to pay back rent. https://www.wflx.com/2020/07/30/new-program-launching-help-renters-avoid-eviction/ https://bocanewsnow.com/2020/08/05/stop-evictions-legal-aid-society-forms-rapid-response-team-for-palm-beach-county/ Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County is launching a new program to help tenants impacted...
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • Larry Keller -Palm Beach Post
    Elderly and Kids Not Moving Out
    From elderly to kids not moving out, lack of affordable housing a concern in Palm Beach County Read the Palm Beach Post article By Larry Keller Special to The Post Posted Feb 4, 2020 at 6:15 PM   Speaking at The Kravis Center, President and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County Suzanne Cabrera said residents who are...
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  • go fund me
    Palm Beach Tenants Union
    Interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-relief-for-Floridas-Flint?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet. Even a small donation could help Palm Beach County Tenants Union reach their fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word....
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Housing Committee- September Meeting Minutes
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  • Neighborhood Renaissance
    One More Neighborhood Renaissance Success
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Housing advocates: Lawmakers Raiding Our Funds
    Link to Palm Beach Post article. Housing advocates: Lawmakers Raiding Our Funds Sadowski Trust fund being used for other purposes, they say By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH – A “stunning number” of state dollars dedicated to housing issues have been scraped away by Florida lawmakers for the past decade — and it’s time for...
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  • 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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Civics Education

  • Harry T. Burn
    You Have One Vote, Does It Count?
    By Nikki Descoteaux, Civics Education Committee, Co-Vice-Chair Do you wonder if your one vote really matters? Voting is your right and responsibility. Moreover, history shows us even one vote can have a huge impact on election results. One of the most famous instances showing the importance of each vote relates to our centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. By the middle...
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • LWVPBC Minis Are On Display
    LWVPBC Minis Are On Display
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  • 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

  • Disposable City By Mario Alejandro Ariza
    Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe
    By Mario Alejandro Ariza   “When the waters come, please know you had kin who fought like hell to keep them from your door.”   The book’s “Dedication” reveals the author’s passion for fighting against climate change and why sea level rise will likely put Miami underwater by the end of this century.    Journalist and author, Mario Alejandro Ariza, hosted...
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  • Disposable City
    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...
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  • turtle-environmental-impact
    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...
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  • sea-turtle
    World Sea Turtle Day
    by Kathy Panko On June 16, we recognized World Sea Turtle Day, a day to honor and focus on the importance of sea turtles. Florida is home to five species: green, loggerhead, hawksbill, leatherback, and Kemp’s ridley (the smallest & rarest). The threats that sea turtles face in the ocean and on land, has decreased sea turtle populations. As a...
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    Protecting our World’s Oceans
    League of Women Voters – Environmental Issues Group by Kathy Panko   The Environmental Issues Group (EIG) met on July 11. The first guest speaker was Catherine Uden, campaign organizer for Oceana, South Florida. Oceana is the world’s largest international nonprofit organization that focuses solely on ocean conservation. Catherine discussed  her work as a grassroots organizer and shared experiences of...
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • Hurricane Season and CoVid
    Hurricane Season 2020 and the CoVid-19 Pandemic
    by Kathy Panko Another hurricane season has begun! Weather experts are predicting an above-average season, which started on June 1 and ends on November 30. A normal season brings around six Atlantic hurricanes, but forecasters are predicting eight this year. Risks are being compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to significant changes at hurricane shelters. All county emergency...
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  • Positive Impacts of Coronavirus on the Environment
    Positive Impacts of Coronavirus on the Environment
    by Kathy Panko There is no denying that the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been nothing short of catastrophic – and that will change our lives for a very long time. However, we can take one positive out of this difficult period – the environmental impact. With everyday life coming to an abrupt halt, our planet...
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  • MARY GRIZZLE
    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...
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  • EARTH DAY IMAGE
    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,...
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  • Environment
    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...
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  • Fighting Pollution and Climate Chan
    Fighting Pollution and Climate Change
    FIGHTING POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE by Richard W. Emory, Jr.   The Environmental Issues Group held its first meeting of the new year on January 4, 2020. Richard Emory, an EIG member and author of the recently published book, Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veteran’s Guide How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth, introduced his...
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  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment 1
    Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
      Palm Beach County and seven of its southeastern coastal cities have agreed to join forces in a year-long, comprehensive review of climate change impacts. The study will assess how sea-level rise, extreme temperatures, and strong storms will impact 300,000 residents in southeastern Palm Beach County now and in the future.   Palm Beach County will formally collaborate on this...
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  • 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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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

  • National Suicide Prevention Month
    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...
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  • trigger lock
    Looking for New Members for the Lock it Up! Program
    The Lock It Up Team (Shirley Aronson, Janet Chaikin, Rosalie Almborg, Arlene Ustin, Betsy Pickup and Kristen Murtaugh) is excited to report on a busy and effective start to 2020. We are grateful to The National Coalition of Jewish Women for their donation of $150 and to NOW for their donation of $50 toward the printing of information cards.  We...
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    Gun Lock Project
    The Gun Lock Project of the Gun Safety Group aims to educate the public as to the importance of proper gun storage.  We plan to print information cards in English, Spanish, and Creole explaining the need for common-sense handling of guns.  In order to publicize our project, we will be contacting Pediatricians, Mental Health Counselors, and Police and Sheriff Departments...
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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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    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

  • National Suicide Prevention Month
    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...
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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...
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • Covid in PBC
    COVID-19 Updates
    By Nancy Gau Total number of cases in Florida as of May 31:  55,424 Total number of cases in Palm Beach County (PBC) as of May 31: 5996 Gender difference in PBC cases:  50% Male and 50% Female Median age of cases in PBC:  48 Total number of deaths in Florida:  2447 Total number of deaths in PB County:  337...
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  • Healthcare Committee kickoff meeting
    Healthcare Committee Announcements
    May 15, 2020 Nancy Gau COVID-19: As our state and county begin to re-open, we continue to suffer the medical and economic effects of this pandemic.  Please continue to tune in to our weekly COVID Zoom calls every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.  Brent Schillinger always begins with a medical update (on testing, treatments, etc.) and then we have a guest...
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  • COVID reopen florida
    Coronavirus Updates
    by Nancy Gau   On April 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the partial reopening of the state, with the exception of the three counties in southeast Florida. This includes “Palm Beach County”. Here, we look to Dr. Alina Alonso (PBC Director of the Florida Department of Health, for guidelines. She announced on April 29 that most golf courses, pools, parks,...
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  • CoVid 19
    COVID-19
    Check below for the latest COVID information. Learn first hand how the Coronavirus is affecting our local community and what we can expect in the weeks to come, and what we need to do to stay safe....
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  • CoVid 19 in Palm Beach
    Coronavirus Updates
    by Nancy Gau Keep washing those hands for 20 seconds, but if your hands become chapped or cracked-moisturize! Practice social distancing! (Even on your walks and grocery run.) Wearing a mask to the grocery is now advisable if only to prevent you from touching your face. Contact the Florida DOH Covid-19 call center at 1-866-779-6121. If you become symptomatic and...
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    2020 Healthcare Enrollment
    Wow — 1,912,394 That’s the number of people in Florida who enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance plan for 2020.  The enrollment period ran from November 1, 2019, to December 15, 2019.  During that period, our Healthcare Issue Group assisted Epilepsy Florida, which had the lead navigator contract, by distributing some 3000 of their fliers.  We delivered or...
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  • Kelly James
    Healthcare Reform- November Report
    NOVEMBER HOT TOPIC: HEALTH CARE REFORM Marsha Vinson The LWVPBC Healthcare Issue Group sponsored Kelly James of Florida Blue at November’s Hot Topic. Many Leaguers consider it the most important Hot Topic this year. Kelly, Director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy, explained that it is a very complicated subject. Kelly covered many significant topics including the impact...
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  • Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health
    Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health
    Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health By Emilie McKendall A young woman in Broward County, FL was recently forced to deliver her newborn baby alone, in a prison cell.  And an Alabama woman was charged with murder when she was shot in the abdomen during an altercation, resulting in the death of her unborn child.  (These charges were later dropped.)  Both...
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  • Healthcare Meeting: How to prepare for an emergency
    Healthcare Meeting: How to prepare for an emergency
    How to prepare for an emergency, save your life and manage life’s transitions. The Healthcare Committee in partnership with Emergency Info Plan is hosting two meetings for League members and their friends at the Compass Community Center. Register December 10, 2019, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Today families often live states apart. Learn how to be better prepared for emergencies. Use...
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  • Healthcare Committee kickoff meeting
    Healthcare Committee Kickoff Meeting
      LWV has supported ACA ( Affordable Healthcare Act)  for 10 years. The program has been underfunded by the Feds for 3 years so they depend on grassroots to help get the word out about open enrollment and assistance in enrolling.  We get nothing in return, except kudos and warm hearts (for helping more people get affordable, quality, healthcare). Contact...
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  • 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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National Popular Vote

  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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    NPV National Constitution Day
    National Popular Vote Stars at National Constitution Day Events By Cynthia Archbold   For the first time ever, thanks to LWVPBC, proposed National Popular Vote legislation—to make every vote count and increase voter turnout–was presented in September at National Constitution Day events at colleges and universities across the state in forums on the Constitution, Electoral College and First Amendment.  ...
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  • 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

  • Meet the new LWVPBC Speakers Bureau Team
    Meet the new LWVPBC Speakers Bureau Team
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    Candidates Forum Press Release 6-29-2020
    Local League of Women Voters & ACLU To Host Online Candidate Forum for Palm Beach County Sheriff on July 27 Forum Will be Hosted on League’s Facebook Page   (West Palm Beach, FL – June 29, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) and the ACLU of Palm Beach County (ACLUPBC) today announced they are hosting a candidate forum for the office of Palm...
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    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...
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  • LWV PBC Hot Topic Jan 2020
    Newest Chair for the PBC Speakers Bureau
    By Dr. Corinna Balderramos Robinson As the newest Chair for the PBC Speakers Bureau inclusive of 70+ members, I’ve hit the ground running and am overwhelmed by the warm welcome and support by so many LWV members.  Most recently, I was elated to hear from our recent “Hot Topics” guest speaker, Mrs. Cecile Scoon.  As we are both veterans of...
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    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

  • When We All Vote
    When We All Vote
    LWVPBC / The ‘When We All Vote’ Coalition Pays Dividends By Pam Maldonado   How do we reach a larger, more diverse audience? Since I joined the League six years ago which has been a prime concern. When we started live streaming our Hot Topics speakers we began to see our numbers climb. Suddenly, people who could not make it...
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  • PBC SOE
    All Voters Should Check Their Status ASAP
    By Pam Maldonado   Election Day will be upon us before we know it! Florida Election Statutes require Supervisors of Elections (SOEs) to close their books 29 days before the election, which means by 5 p.m. on October 5. People whose registration forms arrive after that date would not be able to vote in the Presidential Election this year.  ...
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  • 2020 Ballot Amendments
    2020 Ballot Amendments
    Confused about the 2020 Ballot Amendments?   What does Amendment 1, which is labeled ‘Suffrage’, really do?   Who is supporting Amendment 4, which makes it much harder for citizen initiatives to become ballot amendments? Do they know how confusing calling it Amendment 4 will be?  (Yes!)   Two proposals affecting taxes? Are they good for our towns and cities?...
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  • Voters' Guide  September 1st Report
    Voters’ Guide September 1st Report
    It always takes a village… Voters’ Guide. This could be written several ways, with an apostrophe after the “s” or before it or with no apostrophe at all. Indeed, sometimes it could be just “Voter Guide.” The correct version in this instance is the way it’s written on the hard copy. This year it took 44 League members attending 10...
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  • Suffrage 100
    Suffrage at 100: A Visual History
    Text by Jennifer Harlan Introduction by Veronica Chambers, Jennifer Harlan and Jennifer Schuessler Aug. 20, 2020 On May 18, 1915, crowds streamed into the Polo Grounds in Manhattan to watch the New York Giants take on the Chicago Cubs. But beyond the diamond, a bigger contest was brewing. The state of New York was gearing up to hold a referendum,...
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  • Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote
    Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote
    Full article:  https://apnews.com/d62ac9b50ec7bbebbdfa5959487c42ff...
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    Voter Guide Team
    Candidate Team:   Serena Cummins, Marion Lang We are assisting State and National by contacting candidates that have not responded.   Question Team:  Karen Wilkerson, Susan Bucher, Corinne Miller, Commissioner Paulette Burdick. We are getting a good response from the community on the quality of our questions. Editorial Team:   Sammy Alsofon, Mary Mertz, Carol Carnevale. This team is working on...
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • 2020 Voters’ Guide Update
    2020 Voters’ Guide Update
    Hello Members! Once again, our Palm Beach County League is excited to provide our community with another Voters’ Guide.  These Guides have been providing important candidate and voting information since 2014.  We will publish our Guide in mid-September in both The Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel.  Copies in Spanish will be provided by the State League for all...
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  • Atlantic Community High School Graduation
    High School Valedictorian Joins Social Media Campaign
    By Pam Maldonado The way campaigns are run has changed drastically over the last few years and many campaign professionals are convinced that the outcome of the 2020 elections will be determined by social media.  In a January 2019 study, the Pew Center reported that the leading edge of Generation Z (people 18-23 in 2020) is projected to comprise 10%...
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  • How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors
    How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors
    How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors In the Era of Covid-19 by Pam Maldonado   Serena Cummins and her Senior Check-Out Day committee were hard at work firming up details for one of Voter Service’s annual activities – registering graduating seniors as they pick up their caps and gowns at approximately a dozen Title I schools in Palm Beach...
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    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...
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    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...
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  • Voter Services Readies for 2020 Elections
    Voter Services Readies for 2020 Elections
    by Pam Maldonado For about a year we have been registering voters at naturalization ceremonies. Recently, Young Leaguer Andrea Trainor was instrumental in bringing in two new volunteers who worked as voter registrars while wearing signs around their necks saying “Hablo Español” and “Pale Créole”. Their assistance helped yield 96 registrations–our best one-day total ever! Thanks to Team Leader Diane...
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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...
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Voting Rights

  • Louise Carnevale
    Returning Citizens Postcards
    By Phyllis Applebaum    Florida has the most restrictive voting laws for ex-felons in the nation.  In 2018, the Florida electorate, believing that people should have a second chance, passed an amendment allowing ex-felons who were not murderers or sex-offenders to vote once they had completed their sentence including probation.  However, the Florida legislature then passed a bill specifying that...
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    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...
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  • Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote
    Virus, fees hinder drive to register Florida felons to vote
    Full article:  https://apnews.com/d62ac9b50ec7bbebbdfa5959487c42ff...
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  • returning felon plans to vote for first time ever
    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...
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  • Women marching for the vote in New York in 1915.Credit...Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
    100 Years of Voting Hasn’t Done What We Thought It Would
    The unfinished business of the women’s vote. By Gail Collins New York Times Opinion Columnist July 30, 2020 What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop? The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d...
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    Florida’s Voter Registration System is Broken
    by Nancy Cohen This year with the Corona pandemic online voter registration is critical. But Florida’s online voter registration system keeps breaking down. This video will acquaint you with the problems. Brad Ashwell, Florida State Director of All Voting Is Local, will tell us at the Voting Rights Coalition meeting on August 6 at 2:00 P.M. on Zoom about Florida’s...
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  • Voting Rights for Felons
    Voting Rights for Felons
    Voting Rights Coalition   On July 1, a federal appeals court halted voting registration for Florida citizens with felony convictions and court fees that they cannot afford to pay.   However, citizens with Palm Beach County felony convictions may still be able to vote in 2020 elections:    Have a felony conviction in PBC? Contact the Public Defender’s Office and the...
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    Amendment 4
    Amendment 4 (2018): The Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative (Voting Restoration Amendment) This article was taken down for editorial reasons....
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  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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  • Block the Vote- Voter Suppression in 2020
    Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020
    Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn’t reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when...
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    Dirty Tricks: Eight Falsehoods that Could Undermine the 2020 Election | Brennan Center for Justice
    The 2020 election will be hard-fought and divisive. The Covid-19 pandemic has already caused major disruptions to our elections system, and the risk that other real crises — natural disaster, machine breakdown, foreign interference — will further disrupt the election is significant. But there is also a significant risk that political actors will manufacture crises to undermine election results they...
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  • Track your ballot like a package
    Track your ballot like a package
    ‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge As many states rush to implement new ways to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. 05-07-20 – 2020 ELECTION BY TALIB VISRAM – 9 MINUTE READ...
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  • Vote By Mail
    Vote By Mail
    Safe  – Convenient  – Easy by Voting Rights Committee The effects of the coronavirus have made voting by mail more appealing than ever before. There are just a few simple steps you need to take in order to ensure your vote is counted.  Instructions are included with your Vote-By-Mail ballot.   Always place your ballot in the return envelope provided...
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  • Vote by Mail
    We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again
    Read the entire article online. Our new paper shows vote-by-mail dramatically boosted Colorado’s turnout. It could change this fall’s election and every election after. By Charlotte Hill, Jacob Grumbach, Adam Bonica and Hakeem Jefferson The authors are political science researchers. May 4, 2020 Voting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles Calif. on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Credit…Josh Haner/The New...
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  • Vote by Mail
    Vote By Mail
    By Nancy Cohen While many Floridians will begin preparing for the hurricane season this summer, many will also be taking additional measures to prepare for the election season. Unlike previous years when voters typically delay any thought related to the election season until August, public officials and voters are forced to consider the impact of the pandemic on the upcoming...
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Young Leaguers

  • Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It
    Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations...
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    We Shall Overcome
    by Rebecca Freeman As a result of the recent events in our country, the Young Leaguers’ felt it was necessary to participate. The most effective way for the organization to get involved is to register people to vote. Registering people to vote at these events allows us to reach many people at one time.  Having a presence at these protests...
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    Vote By Mail Sign-up Now!
    By Kevin Baker Please call the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections now at 561-656-6200 (option 2) to sign up for Vote By Mail today. You can also submit your request by visiting www.pbcelections.org/Voters/Vote-By-Mail website. The deadline to have a Primary Election ballot sent to you is 5 p.m. on August 8, 2020. But, do it now! On the website,...
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  • Young Leaguers May 1 newsletter
    Young Leaguers Stay Connected
    By Rebecca Freeman Amid this crisis, during the coronavirus, the Young Leaguers have found creative ways to stay connected digitally. Through the popular video chat platform Zoom, we had a great session last week. We checked in with those on the call and made sure to discuss how everyone is doing health-wise, etc. To make things fun despite the circumstances...
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  • 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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