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  • READ-THE-NEWS
    Here’s what HB1 Combatting Public Disorder bill will cost taxpayers
    This study presents an assessment of the likely economic impact to Floridians were the legislation presented in HB1/SB484 (now PCS for HB1) to become law. The bill is far-ranging in its impacts and the following paragraphs lay out the likely effects of the upgrading and expanding of criminal charges proposed in the bill. However, the likely economic impacts of the...
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  • FL State Senator Jeff Clemens
    Florida Legislators are making it harder to vote
    The 2021 Legislative Session ended April 30.  Voting Rights were a hot topic.  What legislature passed?  Where do our voting rights stand?  Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting Thursday, May 6, at 2 pm on Zoom. Former Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens will discuss voting rights legislation passed this session with us. Here’s what was being said before the...
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  • Earth Day
    Earth Day
    Earth‌ ‌Day‌ ‌is‌ ‌celebrated‌ ‌every‌ ‌year‌ ‌on‌ ‌April‌ ‌22nd.‌ ‌This‌ ‌year,‌‌ ‌‌EARTHDAY.ORG‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌honoring‌ ‌51‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Day‌ ‌by‌ ‌hosting‌ ‌a‌ ‌multi-hour,‌ ‌multi-channel‌ ‌live-streamed‌ ‌digital‌ ‌event,‌ ‌beginning‌ ‌at‌ ‌12‌ ‌PM‌ ‌Eastern‌ ‌Time.‌ ‌The‌ ‌special‌ ‌occasion‌ ‌will‌ ‌feature‌ ‌artists,‌ ‌musicians,‌ ‌and‌ ‌celebrities,‌ ‌alongside‌ ‌climate‌ ‌leaders,‌ ‌grassroots‌ ‌activists,‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌innovators,‌ ‌and‌ ‌industry‌ ‌leaders.‌ ‌The‌ ‌program‌ ‌will‌ ‌consist‌ ‌of‌ ‌panel‌ ‌discussions,‌ ‌workshops,‌...
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  • Kathi Gundlach
    LWV Member Spotlight Kathi Gundlach
    By Emily Rosen Meet Kathi Gundlach your current first Vice President of the PBC LWV Board of Directors and co-chair of the Education Committee. Kathi is all about education, and who else but our dear Elayne Goodman lured her to a Hot Topic meeting about five years ago, which turned her into a Life Leaguer. Anything that involves education is...
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  • Texting to Fight Voter Suppression
    Texting/Phoning to Fight Voter Suppression
    By Phyllis Applebaum There is a bill moving through the Florida state legislature which is going to make it much harder to vote by mail.  Voters will have to submit vote-by-mail requests more often.  The bill would also retroactively cancel voters’ current vote-by-mail ballot requests,  and make it a crime for voters to ask a trusted friend or caregiver to...
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  • READ-THE-NEWS
    Youth Voters Meeting Paper
    By Benjamin Aubrey On March 23, 2021, I attended a Zoom meeting for the monthly Youth Voting Rights working group call, including those part of the Camps Vote Project, which itself is an initiative, part of the Fair Elections Center. Student leaders and state legislative members gave their two cents on the status of voter-friendly and voter suppressive bills going...
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2020 Census

Affordable Housing

Civics Education

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    Weekly MINI Crossword Puzzles
    Weekly Civics Education Crossword Puzzles are now available on our website!   Have fun, come play! Discover what you know about your government and notable American women. Play this Puzzle NOW! Each puzzle has only 8 questions and the puzzle will change every week, so you can keep on playing. Puzzles are from our LWVPBC Civics Education crossword puzzle booklets....
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    High-School Students BEE-coming Civic Education Superstars
    By Christene Campbell-Gabor   This year’s Government Bee Contest was conducted via Instagram due to COVID-19. Lori Dool, Palm Beach County School District Secondary School Social Studies Program Planner and the Co-Vice Chair of our Civics Education Committee, worked with a committee from the sponsoring bodies to make it happen. Thank you, Lori.   In the preliminary round, five civic...
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  • 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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Environment

  • Fixing the Everglades
    Fixing the Everglades
    by Kathy Panko Environmental Issues Group – 02/15/2021 The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), approved by Congress in the year 2000, included 68 components to be completed in 20 to 30 years at a cost of $7.8 billion. The plan includes constructing reservoirs, removing levees, filling canals and building necessary structures. The aim was to restore something like the natural...
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  • EIG article 2/2021
    What to Expect Under the Biden Administration
    by Kathy Panko   What can we expect from President-elect Joe Biden as he puts climate change on center stage?  First of all, it is expected that Biden will re-enter the U.S. into the Paris (Climate) Agreement, the global pact established five years ago among 195 nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Upon rejoining, the U.S. will...
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  • Holiday Gift Ideas
    Holiday Gift Ideas
    The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, Fourth Edition By Thomas E. Lodge Reviewed By Kathy Panko             What a great idea for holiday gift-giving!  The Third Edition of The Everglades Handbook is completely revised, updated, and now with color photographs and illustrations in every chapter. The book provides a breadth and depth of information on...
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  • OCT 2020 Cool Topic
    Cool Topic on a Hot Issue – RISE: A Climate & Art Weekend
    The League’s Environmental Issues Group (EIG) joined the City of Delray Beach at “RISE: A Climate & Art Weekend” on October 2nd for a panel discussion to learn how the effects of climate change impact our local communities and what our officials are doing about it.  The panel consisted of Mary Mertz, EIG Chair, who asked questions to city sustainability officials:...
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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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Go Solar

  • Go Solar Co-Op-w-Ken Horkavy
    Sun shines on Palm Beach County with new solar co-op
    By SCOTT LUXOR SUN SENTINEL CORRESPONDENT JAN 29, 2021 AT 12:21 PM Click HERE to go to the SunSentinel article. Palm Beach County is launching another solar co-op for 2021. The nonprofit’s goal, like those in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, is to bring homeowners together to find effective solar installers who will work with fair and transparent financing for their work....
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  • Solar United Neighbors Florida
    Palm Beach County Solar Co-op Launches Jan. 14
    Local League of Women Voters Partners with Solar United Neighbors to Virtually Launch Palm Beach County Solar Co-op on Jan. 14  New Co-Op Offers Affordable Rooftop Solar (West Palm Beach, FL – December __, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) is partnering with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to launch the Palm Beach County Solar Co-op on...
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  • 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

  • Preventing Gun Deaths and Injuries
    Preventing Gun Deaths and Injuries
     Preventing Gun Deaths and Injuries: Making Our Communities Safer for Everyone  March 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM  The Gun Safety Committees of the LWV of Palm Beach County and the LWV of Broward County are partnering on a Zoom presentation about what we can do to protect families and reduce gun violence in our communities. Topics to be discussed include Florida...
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  • 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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    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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Healthcare

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    Business Spotlight: Emergency Info Plan, LLC
    By: Jalynsey Brown On Monday, 1/11/2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County member, John Pastore. Pastore is the owner of Emergency Info Plan, LLC; an amazing tool that is helping users become prepared in the event of an emergency. Pastore explained how this business came about, after the sudden and unexpected...
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  • Healthcare Committee kickoff meeting
    The Healthcare Committee Helps Save Lives
    The Healthcare Committee is reopening their program to show families how to be better prepared for emergencies by using www.EmergencyInfoPlan.com This site now educates both iPhone and Android phone users on how to alert 911 and important contacts of an emergency and to provide vital medical information at the scene to those who come to your aid. The unique phone...
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  • 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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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
    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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Speakers Bureau

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    Speakers Bureau October Update
    Our LWVPBC provided over 60 presentations in September and October. Thank you to all our LWV PBC speakers. You are amazing! Because of you, we were able to reach thousands of voters and provide them with the information they needed to make an educated vote.  An extra thank you to our Florida Speakers Bureau Chair Ethelene Jones, the Ballot Amendments...
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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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Voter Services

Voting Rights

  • People Powered Fair Maps
    Days of Action
    The League of Women Voters (LWV) Invites Everyone to Participate in a National Day of Action for Fair Redistricting on April 29, 2021. The People Powered Fair Maps Day of Action will be held to shine a light on the redistricting process and demand fair maps. Official redistricting actions will occur quickly after the release of Census data in the...
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  • H.R. 1, For the People’s Act
    Voting Rights Legislation 2021
    by Linda Geller-Schwartz Co-Chair Voting Rights Coalition Now that a reformist administration is on the verge of being inaugurated in D.C., we can anticipate that some of the most urgent changes in national voting laws will have a chance of being implemented.  During the last Congress, two bills, H.R. 1, For the People’s Act and H.R.4, The John Lewis Voting...
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  • Election Protection workers
    Election Protection
    By Voting Rights Coalition If you voted in person during Early Voting or on Election day, you might have seen our Election Protection poll monitors offering assistance to voters. The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) was Palm Beach County’s lead for the national Election Protection program, in coalition with the ACLU and the National Council of...
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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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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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