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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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Sell-Out Crowd Learns About Opioid Crisis

By Marsha Vinson

Although Karen Wilkerson, President, in her introduction, was proud to announce the new  LWVPBC partnership with JFK Medical Center and Palms West Hospital, sponsors of the July Hot Topics, she warned the sell-out sized audience that they were about to get “depressing news.”  Why would the League present a depressing Hot Topics? To implement a positive change in understanding the Opioid Crisis — affecting our neighbors, our families.

Palm Beach Post’s Investigative Reporting

The first speaker, Christine Stapleton, Palm Beach Post reporter and lead investigator of the corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry, shared that she is an alcoholic with 19 years of sobriety.  Her personal experience with addiction extends to personally housing young recovered opiate addicts.  Christine is astounded by the corruption …

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League Update: July 20, 2017

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League July update

The League Update

July 20, 2017

Voting Rights advocates rally

VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES RALLY WITH PETITIONS AGAINST THE ‘ELECTION INTEGRITY’ COMMISSION

 

Dear Karen,

Yesterday, the Pence-Kobach ‘Election Integrity’ Commission met and we saw firsthand that this taskforce is set on making voting more difficult for voters. The League will NOT let this happen. We are out with an op-ed in the Kansas City Star and our petition has already reached more than 11,000 signers, who stand with us in saying, I will not let the Commission’s efforts to investigate voter fraud threaten my ability to exercise my right to vote. We have reached out to specific Secretaries of State who are on the Commission and in Indiana the League has joined a lawsuit objecting to the release of personal

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Suppress the American Vote

 

Dear Karen:

Voting brings us together as Americans—it is the one time we are all equal. But a new national task force, created to justify President Trump’s’Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections, is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.

Don’t let a few select politicians suppress the votes of millions of Americans. Sign our petition today! 

The so-called ‘Election Integrity’ Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is seeking to find potential fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. They’ve requested personal, confidential information from all fifty states that threatens the privacy of Americans.

There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. Stand with the League against these dangerous

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Treasury Notes- July

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By Joan Karp, Treasurer

 

Thank you to our generous donors!

 

Education Fund

Ellen Galkin

Laurie S. Silvers in memory of Kathleen Ridder

Lifespace Communities

Andrea & Joseph Goldberg

Operating Fund

Reesa Levy

Iris Bergman

Members joining at Susan B. Anthony Level

Iris Bergman

Adrianna Gonzalez

Gayle B. Jacobs

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Advocacy Training

By Debra Chandler

On Friday, July 14, 2017, Howard Goodman, Editorial Writer for the Palm Beach Post, addressed a session of Super Advocates on the art of writing letters to the Editor.  While he was only scheduled to speak for about 45 minutes, he was so interesting and informative that the session lasted well over an hour.  We left with a greater understanding of how to get our letters published and how they are selected.

 

A few of the tidbits he shared are:

  • 2 days notice
  • Write for Wednesday or Sunday when there is more room for letters
  • point of view should be @ 450 words
  • letters @ 200 words
  • all letters subject to edit
  • be direct
  • paper tries to balance liberal & conservative
  • prefer link to
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Hurricane Season 2017

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues

Hurricane Season 2017The 2017 hurricane season is upon us.  It began on June 1 and ends on November 30.  The heart of the hurricane season runs from mid-August through October, and the peak is on Sept. 10.  You can prepare now by downloading a hurricane guide, such as:  Florida Health in Palm Beach County, “Disaster Preparedness Guideor both WPTV and WPBF offer a Hurricane Survival Guide.”  Publix also offers a publication, “Are you ready to weather a storm?

In September 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne ravaged Palm Beach and Martin Counties leaving billions in damage.  The two hurricanes were less than a month apart.  In October 2005, Hurricane Wilma clobbered South Florida with surprising strength, leaving the area …

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Young Leaguers August Networking

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Monday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.
Bru’s Room, 1333 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach
Adults ages 16-45 are invited to join with the
Young Leaguers of the Palm Beach County League of Women
Voters for a networking and informative evening featuring
Rep. Emily Slosberg and Rep. Lori Berman sharing their perspectives
on their service in the Florida State House as a first timer and a termed limited
representative.
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Delray woman works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights

Delray woman works to restore ex-felons' voting rights

Joan Thurman, of Tampa, and Arlene Ustin, right, attended the National Conference for the National Organization for Women July 2 in Orlando. They were gathering petitions to get a constitutional amendment to restore ex-felons’ voting rights on the 2018 state ballot. (Arlene Ustin/Courtesy)

Delray Beach resident Arlene Ustin proudly declares her love for the United States and its freedoms.She also works tirelessly to gather signatures on a petition for a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. She has been collecting signatures since 2014…  read more   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/delray-beach/fl-drf-rights-0712-20170711-story.html

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