League member tells personal experience with gun violence
The Sun Sentinel published a column by League member Julie Morrall about her experience during the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting and why it convinced her that we must have sensible gun legislation. She is a gun owner. Read more here.
Julie is a member of the Gun Safety Committee, whose members are meeting with Broward County state representatives and senators asking them to support the LWVF Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence mission aimed at reducing and preventing gun crimes, injuries, and deaths via:
• A state ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices
• Comprehensive universal background checks and ensuring that the State provides all relevant records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
• Blocking irresponsible gun proposals, such as Campus Carry, Open Carry and expansions to Stand Your Ground.
Our powerful Gun Safety in Florida PowerPoint was presented to a meeting of Broward County MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense on Dec. 10. Our goal is to present Gun Safety in Florida at least once per month. Please refer any groups that may be interested in having the presentation to Nora Ayala (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Message from Jocelyn Carter-Miller, chapter president
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid…. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lorde
As we begin Black History Month, these meaningful words of Audre Lorde – black feminist and writer – speak to the important work ahead for the League of Women Voters of Broward County (LWVBC). We’re putting aside differences and concerns, and championing critical issues.
This is an important year for LWVBC and we invite you to get involved! Join us at our General Meeting and Open House on Feb. 18 to learn more about our committees and activities.
What do you think about open primaries?
After 22 months, the LWVFL Open Primary Study is completed and consensus meetings will be held across the state soon.
The Florida League’s Open Primary Study Team has scheduled a webinar for Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. This is a good opportunity to learn more about this project,
A top League priority: Just say no to fracking in Florida
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it has come to be known, is the process of drilling deep into the ground and injecting a high pressure water mix in order to release oil and gas from the rock formations inside. While some have seen this as a positive opportunity, others – including the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVFL) and most environmental groups – believe it should be prohibited in the Sunshine State.
The LWVFL has included support of the ban on fracking as one of the top legislative natural resource priorities for 2017.
There are many reasons fracking has no place in Florida. Read more here in an article by League member Katy Syed.
Get involved in the fight for women’s health issues
The LWVFL has recommitted to its longtime position that “public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices“.
LWVFL is a member of Floridians for Reproductive Freedom (FRF), a 56 member cross-organizational coalition dedicated to reproductive health and rights.