New League member Gregory Gayle got right to work with the gun safety committee and approached his city, Coconut Creek, about issuing a proclamation in support of the mission of the League’s gun safety team.
As a result, Coconut Creek commissioners issued a proclamation at their Jan. 11 commission meeting.
City by city, the League is demonstrating that Broward County supports sensible gun regulations. In a time when the NRA smothers the voices of local elected officials, this effort helps change the narrative.
The gun safety committee has previously received proclamations from Broward County and the cities of Pembroke Pines and West Park. Additional cities are being contacted (and you can help!)
Want to join the gun safety team? Contact chair Bradette Jepsen, bradettejepsen@gmail.
Sunday, Jan. 21, Women’s March Power to the Polls rally
On the first anniversary of the historic Women’s March of 2017, the theme of this Miami rally and day of action is “Power to the Polls: In 2017 We Marched! In 2018 We Act!”
The League will participate with a voter registration table and many members are attending and participating as individuals. To volunteer to do voter registration, call Laura Simon, 954-430-5234 or 954-668-4763.
Note: If you plan to participate in the rally, members should know that it is OK to carry signs or posters mentioning LWV or with the League logo. but these messages should be non-partisan (i.e., no mention of candidates, parties on elected officials.) If you want to carry a partisan message, don’t use the League name or logo.
Bus transportation is available and here is additional information about the event.
When: January 21, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5TH AVE
Miami, FL 33127
Organizers describe the event this way:
“This anniversary event in Miami will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression in Florida and supporting our marginalized communities. We seek to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. It will be a day filled with tremendous speakers, community activists, performers and community vendors.”
If you helped with our petition drive to restore voting rights to people with felonies in their past, then join us.
When: Saturday, Feb. 10 from noon to 2 p.m.
What: “People We Love,” a celebration of our petition-drive effort and the League’s 98th birthday.
Where: Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd St., Hallandale Beach.
RSVP: Katy Syed at email@example.com.
We need your voice! Join us at a Speakers Bureau Training Session
In 2018, we anticipate many requests for knowledgeable speakers who can make LWVBC educational or advocacy presentations to community groups. If you are interested in joining the Speakers Bureau as a speaker or speaker’s assistant, we invite you to attend a training session.
We will offer two training sessions:
When: Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm or
Feb. 3 at 10 am
- Where: League Office – 5101 NW 21st Ave, Suite 450, Fort Lauderdale
If interested, please contact Carol Smith (Speakers Bureau Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org, 954-341-9221 or 954-232-5276
Environmental action team meets Jan. 27
Environmental Issues Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 27 at the meeting room in the Dunkin Donuts, 9170 W. State Rd. 84 in Davie.
Here’s a summary of current environmental issues:
- A proposal to drill for oil in the Everglades
- Proposals to loosen regulations and to open offshore areas for oil exploration
- A proposal for an FPL gas fracking plant in Dania Beach. Calling or writing NOW about the gas fracking plant in Dania Beach is critical. Details here.
- SB574 would allow the state to control all tree trimming, overriding local efforts to retain and increase our tree canopy
- A ban on fracking in Florida
- Full funding of Florida Forever to purchase and protect environmentally sensitive lands.
Broward Charter Review Commission: Next meeting Jan. 24
The Charter Review Commission is considering putting this issue on the November 2018 general election ballot so that voters can decide.
The CRC will meet Jan. 24 to vote on this issue.
When: Jan, 24, 1 pm
Where: Broward County Governmental Center – Room 430
115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33301
Once the Charter Commission decides on the charter amendments for the ballot, there will be four public hearings during which the commission can still make changes:
- March 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Lauderhill City Hall
- March 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Pembroke Pines City Hall
- March 27, 6-8:30 .m., Coral Spring City Hall
- March 28, 6-8 p.m., African American Research Library
Everyone has a stake in public education
The League opposes unchecked growth of charters, vouchers, and excessive high-stakes testing. But more importantly, we believe in strengthening – not abandoning our public-school system:
• We believe public education delivers the greatest good to the greatest number.
• We believe public schools are the cornerstone of democracy and pluralism.
• We believe public schools are the mortar of coherent and healthy communities.
• We believe in public school and community collaboration.
• We believe student achievement should be determined by multiple and varied assessments.
• We believe in student-centered learning (active rather than passive).
• We believe in teacher accountability and professionalism via collaboration and teacher leadership.
• We believe in fiscal responsibility and transparency of and for taxpayers.
Everyone has a stake in making sure our public-school system is protected.
• Contact Joanne Aye for more information: email@example.com
Changing Florida’s constitution: Have your say on critical issues.
The Constitution Revision Commission will hold the first of a series of public hearings from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Broward County.
The location will be the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center (UC) at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Here’s more about the events, which will occur in several locations around the state.
Former State Senator Chris Smith, a member of the Constitutional Revision Commission, talked about which constitutional amendments he thinks will be placed on the 2018 ballot at a forum Nov. 16 co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Pro-Choice Coalition and the ACLU. Read more about the issues Smith predicted would be on the ballot.
At last: Online voter registration is here
As of Oct. 1, 2017, Florida residents can register to vote online.
RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, the website for the online voter registration, is offered in English and Spanish.
To register online, you need a drivers license or state-issued ID because the signature is gathered electronically from the driver’s license. (If an applicant has neither, he or she can print out the application, sign it and mail it in.)
Welcome new members!
Karen Cleary, Pompano Beach