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Hot Topic- January Meeting

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
Lake Worth


Palm Beach County Authority vs. State of Florida Authority

Who Makes the decisions for Palm Beach County

Featuring PB County Commissioner Dave Kerner


The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host this informative event from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd. in Lake Worth.

The special guest speaker will be Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, who will discuss what happens when a higher level of government takes regulatory power from a lower level and thwarts the rule of the people.

Do you want the state to overrule county decisions on taxes, permits, fees, land use and environmental issues? Should counties and municipalities be able to opt out

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Bio: Dave Kerner

Dave KernerDave Kerner is a County Commissioner for Palm Beach County and a former Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is a former police officer, special prosecutor, and also is a practicing complex litigation trial attorney in West Palm Beach. He is known as a leader on issues relating to constitutional law, criminal law, judicial issues, and law enforcement issues. He lives in Lake Worth and is married to Jacqueline Kerner.

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Hot Topic: November Meeting


By Marsha Vinson


Suzanne CabreraThe November Hot Topics Luncheon speaker, Suzanne Cabrera, shared her wealth of knowledge in the area of Workforce/Affordable Housing with League members.  Suzanne (pictured right) is the President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County.


Many Affected by the Crisis

Suzanne, a descendant of Susan B. Anthony, made the audience aware that Palm Beach County truly does have a housing crisis.  She stressed that the crisis affects not only the homeless, but also service and minimum wage workers as well as teachers and county employees.

Many people who League members do business with are living paycheck to paycheck or have no place to live in the county despite holding a steady job. Wages have not …

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Bio: Suzanne Cabrera

Suzanne Cabrera, Florida Housing CoalitionSuzanne Cabrera is the President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County (HLC). The HLC is a non-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 by community and business leaders to address workforce/affordable housing issues. The organization is an action-oriented coalition of businesses, civic, and community leaders working to increase the availability and attainability of housing for the areas workforce. Specifically, Ms. Cabrera works on the development and preservation of affordable/workforce housing including financing of projects through private and public sources and addressing regulatory barriers that increase the cost of housing. As part of this effort, the HLC convenes a wide variety of public, private, non-profit, and municipal partners including business executive, developers, lenders, CRAs, CDCs, housing authority, as well as local, state, and federal agencies to develop …

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Hot Topics-Workforce Housing in PBC

Read Suzanne Cabrera’s Bio

Register online HERE or by calling Estelle Friedman 561-968-4123.

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Hot Topic: Nancy Abudu – Guest Speaker

Nancy AbuduNancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida presented The Impact Federal Courts Decisions Have on our Daily Lives to an appreciative audience on Wednesday, September 20.

Dr. Abudu, prior to becoming Legal Director of ACLU of Florida, served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. She provided a detailed overview of voting rights challenges in states across the country, and stressed that the League continues to play a critical role in voting rights issues in front of the courts.  She spoke at length about Voting Rights challenges in Florida, which has plenty of problems of its own.

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) and particularly Section V (preclearance) of the VRA underlay voting rights regulation nationwide; since Section V was overruled in 2014 many …

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News Links for September Hot Topics

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Nancy Abudu, ACLU

Nancy Abudu, ACLU

League of Women Voters of PB County Invites Public to 2 Thought-Provoking Events in September Article Article News Release Article

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Why Courts Matter 2017

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League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Invites the Public to Thought-Provoking Events on Two Wednesdays Next Month

Nancy Abudu, ACLU

Hot Topics Luncheon

Wednesday, September 20 in Atlantis


‘The Impact Federal Court Decisions Have on Daily Lives’

The main speaker is Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operation for ACLU of Florida. This luncheon event will be held from 11 am to 1 pm at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard in Lake Worth. The cost to attend is $25 before September 10, and $35 afterwards.

Register online HERE or call Estelle Friedman 561.968.4123.

Link to Nancy’s Bio


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Nancy Abudu- Bio

Nancy Abudu, ACLUNancy Abudu joined the ACLU of Florida as the Legal Director in 2013.  Prior to becoming Legal Director, Nancy served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where she litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts, and provided legal advice to ACLU affiliates around the country, cooperating attorneys, and others seeking assistance and information on issues such as felon disfranchisement, redistricting, challenges to photo ID and proof of citizenship laws, and general enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

She began her legal career as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York in the Products Liability/Mass Tort department. During her time with the firm, she was also a Skadden Extern with the Legal Aid Society of

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Hot Topics- Why Courts Matter

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Why Courts Matter: Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida:

The Impact Federal Courts Decisions have on our daily Lives


  • Wednesday, September 20th
  • 11 am-1 pm
  • Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth
  • Nancy Abudu’s Bio


Decisions of the federal courts have an enormous impact on so many aspects of our daily lives, from the civil rights we experience, to our right to health care, to our religious freedoms.

Voting rights issues remain in the forefront, as we continue to discuss allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression, launch efforts to repeal felon disfranchisement laws and gear up for the 2020 redistricting cycle.  Recent federal court decisions regarding roll backs to early voting, the rejection of absentee ballots and the ID laws have …

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