Help us survey legislators

Help us survey legislators

Members: Want to help us contact and interview our representatives on key issues to be addressed in the 2018 Florida Legislature? We're assembling a team to do our legislative survey. Write us at action@lwvbcfl.org to get involved.
Women Can Run

Women Can Run

LWV Florida is partnering with The Oasis Center for Women & Girls for the 2017 Women Can Run! conference Sept. 1-3, 2017, in Tallahassee. It's a nonpartisan program equipping women to run for public office. Go to WomenCanRun.org for more info and get a special rate with the code WOMENLEAD.

Making friends, collecting petitions at animal adoption fair

League members Andy Culberson, Maggie Davidson, Jerry Ziertman, Lonnie Supnick and Katy Syed collected petitions at the Animal Adoption Fair Aug. 20 in Fort Lauderdale.

League members Andy Culberson, Maggie Davidson, Jerry Ziertman, Lonnie Supnick and Katy Syed collected petitions at the Animal Adoption Fair Aug. 20 in Fort Lauderdale.

League members collected 104 signatures Sunday at an Animal Adoption Fair in Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale. But beyond that number, Katy Syed, chair of the Say Yes to Second Chances action team, says much was accomplished:

“I was able to network with a city commissioner (who will write a resolution from Hallandale Beach regarding Voting Rights Restoration), the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, a person who might come to our League Environmental Committee Meeting, and a lady who said she will join the League. The 104 signatures we gathered are the icing on our cake!”

Participation in the event was prompted by League member Barbara Markley, who has sent out thousands (no kidding!) of emails about our petition drive.


 

League members bring the Second Chances effort to Radio Pax. From left: Host Mercy Salgado, League members Katy Syed and Miriam Velez  and host Deacon Edgardo Farias.

League members bring the Second Chances effort to Radio Pax. From left: Host Mercy Salgado, League members Katy Syed and Miriam Velez and host Deacon Edgardo Farias.

League members take Second Chances drive to Catholic radio show

Broward League members brought the message about the Say Yes to Second Chances petition drive to a radio show hosted by the Catholic Church’s prison ministry.

Myriam Velez, a bilingual member, and Katy Syed, chair of the Say Yes to Second Chances action team, appeared on the Spanish language Radio Paz 830 AM “Ministerio de Prisiones” live on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The show was hosted by Deacon Edgardo Farias and Ms. Mercy Salgado. Read more.


Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Monday, Aug 21, 1-2:30 p.m.   Second Chance committee meeting/training, West Regional Library, 8601 W Broward Blvd., Plantation.  Members, partners and volunteers.

Tuesday Sept. 5, time TBD South Broward Ministerial Association board meeting. Petition collection and meet with members to discuss future events.

Friday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. Second Chance Petition collection, ArtServe, 1350 Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Need volunteers.

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Gun Safety Coconut Creek Democratic Club, 1100 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, Rm 137.
Presenter-Bradette Jepsen. Volunteer or two needed for League outreach to support Bradette.

Thursday, Sept. 14. noon-1:30 p.m. SAGE Golden Corral, 7401 W. Commercial, Tamarac. Voter registration and petition collection. Need volunteers.

To volunteer for  future events, call Laura Simon954-430-5234 or 954-668-4763.


Newsletter changes format, increases frequency

In July, the Broward League newsletter changed from a monthly PDF to an email newsletter sent several times a month.

Join the newsletter team! League member Janie Koszoru is the editor of the newsletter. We need help managing our emails in Constant Contact, and are seeking a volunteer to work with Janie and Co-President Bonnie Gross on this project. (Contact Bonnie at president@lwvbcfl.org.)

Here are recent editions:

Aug 7, 2017: Help the League survey state legislators

Aug. 4, 2017: League Alert: Change the World, Beginning in Broward County

July 27, 2017: League Alert: An Attack on Democracy event Aug. 3

July 22, 2017: League Alert: Second Chances events


LWV partners in conference to teach women how to run for office

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LWV Florida is partnering with The Oasis Center for Women & Girls for the 2017 Women Can Run! conference this Sept. 1-3, 2017, in Tallahassee.

This statewide conference is a nonpartisan program equipping women from all walks of life to run for public office. Women are dramatically underrepresented in elected leadership at almost every level of government. Together, we can change that reality. Speakers and trainers at the Women Can Run! Conference will include currently and formerly elected women, campaign strategists, and political scientists.

The Women Can Run! conference will have two tracks with breakout sessions designed to help participants reach their goals:

  • Track 1 – I’m Ready to Run, Now What? for women who are planning to run for office in the immediate future.
  • Track 2 – I’m Not Ready to Run Yet, But… for women who are interested in learning more about positioning themselves for public leadership in the more distant future.

Go to WomenCanRun.org for more information. Registration is open now at a special rate if you use the code WOMENLEAD. The conference also features a children’s program for kids ages 0-13 if you are a parent or guardian with young children in tow.


 

Palm Beach NOW celebrates Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26

It’s the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendent giving women the right to vote.

To celebrate, Palm Beach author Johanna Neuman will talk about her new book The Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought For Women’s Right To Vote at the Delray Beach Library.  WPTV’s Shannon Cake will be moderator with music by Pink Slip.

The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.  Details are here.

NOW also will present their Alice Paul Award to U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel.