Full house hears speaker at League forum on sea level rise
The library had to bring out extra chairs as more than 80 people gathered to hear what Broward County can expect from sea level rise at a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Broward County and Women’s March on Oct. 11.
After a weekend when many people in Broward had experienced flooding due to king tides, climate scientests Keren Prize Bolter, Ph.D. and Michael Antinelli, Ph.D. explained that such flooding will become more common and more widespread in the coming years and decades due to rising sea levels.
“In 10 or 15 years, that could be happening every day during high tide,” Bolter said.
Bolter described it as “creeping change that is happening slowly over time” but is likely to reach a tipping point, That point, when sea level rise becomes a crisis, is hard to predict but could be due to a hurricane or a financial problem like the insurance market or an event we cannot anticipate.
Both speakers talked about the importance of individuals and communities taking the issue seriously and communicating ther concern about with their elected officials.
To join the League’s environmental team, contact Stephanie Pearson 954-328-5927.
Voice your view by Oct. 27: US health agency plan changes wording to say ‘life begins at conception’
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued its draft strategic plan which includes a disturbing reframing of its mission that could impact access to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women.
The new plan includes defining life as “beginning with conception” and explicitly protecting religious or moral convictions. Read more here and submit your comment on this plan by email to HHSplan@hhs.gov by Oct. 27.
Mission accomplished: Member sends boxes of mosquito spray to Puerto Rico
League member Myriam Velez managed to get three boxes with 12 dozens bottles of mosquito repellent shipped to Puerto Rico.
Working with the Puerto Rico Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Broward and thanks to a generous store manager, Velez accomplished it all in a week. Read her story here.
Mayor Barbara Sharief supports ‘Second Chance’ campaign and joins League
League members Barbara Markley Venkataraman and Katy Syed met with Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, seeking help in identifying events and locations for the Second Chances campaign — the petition drive to return voting rights to people with past felony convictions.
Sharief not only agreed to help with the campaign, she joined the Broward League at the Susan B. Anthony level.
Sharief is a county commission elected from South Broward and gave the welcome address in June at the Florida League’s convention in Fort Lauderdale.
Markley approached Sharief after seeing the benefit in working at events attended by County Commissioner Dale Holness, who represents Central Broward. Holness shares his calendar of community events with the Second Chances campaign and League volunteers have been effective in gathering support at these events.
League volunteers collecting Second Chances signatures at Fort Lauderdale Jazz Brunch. Volunteers collected 35 signatures and were lucky to get a waterfront tent and table (from event organizers) as their base.
Big push to get signatures for voting rights
Here are October events where League members will collect signatures for a ballot initiative to return voting rights to people with felony convictions in their past. This initiative, called “Second Chances,” has until December to gather signatures to get on the 2018 ballot. Join us!
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