May 1:  Gun safety author speaks at event

May 1: Gun safety author speaks at event

Author Tom Gabor, whose recently published book Confronting Gun Violence in America is being praised for its smart and objective analysis, will speak at an event co-sponsored by the League on May 1. Details .
April 29: People's Climate March

April 29: People's Climate March

The League has officially joined the People's Climate March. There will be a sister march locally to one being held in Washington DC. Where: George English Park, 1101 Bayview Dr., Fort Lauderdale When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, April 29 Details


May 3 League event: Fake news vs real news and how to tell the difference

FakeNewsImageSome stories are made up. Some are spin. Some are even true. As more of us get news from websites, Facebook and Twitter,  how do we tell the difference?

The Broward League and the First Amendment Foundation are working together to present a forum with noted journalists talking about fake and real news.

Who: A panel of journalists from the Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Politifact and Florida Atlantic University, moderated by Michael Putney, WPLG Local 10. 
What: Fake news vs. real news – and how to tell the difference
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday May 3
Where: Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Tickets: $15

Find out more about the event and order your ticket


Annual meeting: New board officers

Offciers of the League of Women Voters take the oath of office.

Officers of the League of Women Voters take the oath of office.

Outging president Jocelyn Carter Miller at center. Incoming Co-Presidents Bonnie Gross (left) and Joanne Aye (right.)

Outging president Jocelyn Carter Miller at center. Incoming Co-Presidents Bonnie Gross (left) and Joanne Aye (right.)

The 64th annual meeting of the League of Women Voters Broward County attracted 60+ attendees at the Sheraton Suites Plantation.

New co-presidents Joanne Aye and Bonnie Gross and Vice President Stephanie Pearson joined two officers whose terms continued: Secretary Elaine Garver and Treasurer Gloria Reinhardt.

New directors are Bradette Jepson, Julie Morrall and Katy Syed. Other board members, who were already serving as officers or board members are Nora Ayala, Jocelyn Carter Miller, Harriet Mathis, Donna Meyers and Laura Simon.

More photos from annual meeting.


 

Annual meeting keynote speaker inspires action on restoring voting rights

 Shaheewa Gelin, Rod Kemp, Bonnie Gross and Jocelyn Carter Miller

Shaheewa Gelin, Rod Kemp, Bonnie Gross and Jocelyn Carter Miller after Kemp’s speech at the annual meeting.

Roderick Kemp, the Broward leader for efforts to gather petitions for a constitional amendment to restore voting rights of felons, told his personal story and asked League members to join him in working for this cause.

Kemp lost his own voting rights in 2015 because of a 30-year-old arrest for cocaine possession, for which he served several months in jail. He was the subject of a documentay by the Florida Center for Investigative Journalism, and in February 2017, he was able to have his rights restored. Most people seeking clemency wait years for such action.

Florida has one of the most punitive disenfranchisement policies in the country, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. All citizens with felony convictions are permanently barred from voting unless they individually apply to the state Office of Executive Clemency for rights restoration, which can take years.

Read the wording on the ballot initiative and see the seven-minute video about Rod Kemp.


 Handy guide to how to contact Broward elected officials

The League of Women Voters of Broward has updated its useful brochure listing all Broward’s elected officials, from the US President to school board members.

The 2017-2018 directory  will be distributed to libraries, League voter registration events and to government offices such as county commission, Broward legislative office,  elections office and the League of Cities.  Distributing information about how to contact your elected officials is a core mission of the League.

Joanne Aye, Carol Smith, Jane Gross, Jane Kosorzu and Scherry Donato updated the information and proofed the brochure.

The team needs assistance distributing the brochures, which will be available at the annual event on April 22.

You can print out a copy from this PDF.


League state convention is in Fort Lauderdale June 9-10

Broward County League member will be able to attend the state convention without traveling or staying in hotels because this year, the convention is in Fort Lauderdale.

Here are key facts:

When: 11 a.m. Friday, June 9, to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where: The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Registration: Local League members who volunteer at the convention will receive free registration. General member registration is $199 until May 19 and $249 thereafter.

Read more


 High school seniors can apply for scholarship

The League of Women Voters of Broward County offers a Broward College Opportunity Scholarship each year honoring a student who plans to continue his or her education at Broward College. Applicants must be registered voters and respond to an essay prompt.

See details.