Reserve seat for annual meeting: April 22
Keynoter to talk about movement to restore voting rights to 1.6 million Floridians
Members and supporters of the League of Women Voters of Broward County will gather Saturday, April 22 for the group’s 2017 annual meeting.The event, which will be at the Sheraton Suites Plantation, 311 N. University Drive, Plantation, begins with a business meeting at 9:30 a.m. A noon luncheon will feature keynote speaker Roderick Kemp, who will talk about the effort to restore the right to vote to 1.6 million Floridians who have had a felony conviction.
Message from Jocelyn Carter-Miller, chapter president
As the League of Women Voters celebrates its 97th Birthday and Women’s History Month, the charge of our founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, remains just as relevant to us today. The League of Women Voters of Broward County is “resisting,” “assisting” and “giving” as we strive to achieve our Mission of:
• Encouraging informed and active participation in government,
• Working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and
• Influencing public policy through education and advocacy.
League draws crowd for water forum
On March 15, 2017 the League of Women Voters of Broward County sponsored a public forum on water titled Water, Water, Everywhere, But is There Enough? Politics, Water and What We Can Do.
Jason Liechty of the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Division described our natural water system in South Florida, how humans have altered it, the problems we now face, and what Broward County is doing to try to ameliorate those issues. Barbara Ruge of Broward Sierra Club then discussed the need for Everglades restoration and the political impediments to progress.
Gun Safety Committee fought ‘guns everywhere’ bills — and won
The League’s efforts to fight the “guns everywhere” bills in the 2017 Florida Legislature have met with initial success.
The bills failed to win approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a key Republican, State Senator Anitere Flores of Miami, voted against bills by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) that expanded where guns were permitted.
Leaguers had actively met with, called, emailed and written to Senator Flores and her staff as well as many other legislators.
Members of the Broward League’s Gun Safety Committee are actively working on other measures.
The League has partnered to create the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which is leading efforts to oppose the bills.
Here are several steps Broward members have taken:
- Members have met with several state legislators to discuss the importance of opposing this gun legislation. This effort continues.
- Committee Chair Bradette Jepsen and members Julie Morrall and Myriam Velez-Baldwin met with Sheriff Scott Israel and his staff to offer support in his positions on gun safety issues.
- Recently, the Broward County Commission voted to oppose the “open carry everywhere” bills and to make fighting these measures a priority for its lobbyists. (The vote was unanimous with Commission Chip LaMarca absent). League members have been calling and emailing their county commissioner to voice support and thanks for this action.
- League member Julie Morrall was published in the Sun Sentinel with an opinion piece 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. Another member of the Gun Safety Committee, Barbara Markley, wrote an opinion piece published by the Sun Sentinel titled Have officials really considered guns’ cost to society?
How can you get involved?
Contact Committee Chair Bradette Jepson ( firstname.lastname@example.org) to join upcoming meetings and activities of the Gun Safety Committee.
Watch your email inbox for alerts on key times to contact your legislators about opposing these gun bills.
Know of a non-profit that could join the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence? Urge them to join here: http://www.preventgunviolenceflorida.org/ The Coalition is made up of more than 120 local, state, and national organizations and includes such diverse groups as Equality Florida, Hispanic Federation, Florida PTA, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.
The League’s powerful Gun Safety in Florida PowerPoint is available for presentation to groups. Please refer any groups that may be interested in having the presentation to Nora Ayala (email@example.com.)