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Your League in Action

By Debra Chandler

Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell proudly represented the almost 600 members of the League at the Palm Beach County School Board meeting, April 19, as she read a statement supporting the School Board’s resolution to protect students’ safety and privacy.

Many community members, including a pediatrician, spoke about the stress that PBC students are experiencing as a result of their fear of family members being deported. All requested that the PBC school board pass a resolution that would provide a safe environment for all students.

The resolution states that federal authorities must have a court order to obtain confidential student information or entry to campus. LWVPBC members had voted unanimously at their Annual Business Meeting that morning to support the resolution.

Please see: School board resolves to shield

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Wind Energy For Florida

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

wind energyLike solar, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world, with the United States targeting to produce 20% of its electricity by wind power by 2030. There is no doubt that wind energy is going to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas in the coming decade, but to what extent can only be speculated.  Wind power is renewable and a clean source of energy that does not generate greenhouse gases, it uses no water resources and creates no waste by-products.  Wind doesn’t cost anything therefore operational costs are close to zero – once a turbine starts running.

Unfortunately, there are obstacles for wind development in Florida.  The state lacks steady, high quality onshore winds

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Justice Barbara Pariente- Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary

Justice Barbara Pariente- Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente spoke on the “Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary”

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, together with NCJW, ACLU, and the Women’s Foundation, hosted Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente at a luncheon at Atlantis Country Club on April 23, 2017.  Justice Pariente spoke eloquently about the role of the court and the importance of an independent judiciary.  After completion of her prepared remarks, she took time to answer several questions from the audience of more than 125.  She explained the difficulty of separating her personal opinions from the rule of law in order to reach rulings in everything from death penalty cases to whether proposed ballot language for citizen initiated constitutional amendments is lawful.  Her remarks
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President Wilkerson’s Annual Review

President Wilkerson’s Annual Review

By Karen Wilkerson, President of LWVPBC

I am so excited to report on the past year of our League. It has been a tremendous success!

Let’s start with membership. At the close of March 2017, we had 575 members. Yup, 575. That number included more men, more young Leaguers, and more active members. Thanks to our membership chair, Darlene Kostrub and her team, these new joiners have had wonderful orientation sessions and have immediately become involved in our work. Welcome to you all. And thank you to our sustaining members who have attracted these new recruits. Your continuing support and efforts have made the League an attractive organization. We are the place to be.

Nancy Cohen has led the focus on planning and addressing our growing needs. We …

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Kudos For The Healthcare Issue Group

Kudos For The Healthcare Issue Group

By Nancy Gau

Your Healthcare Committee recently received recognition from LWVF in their annual Close the Gap (CTG) report. The CTG campaign was an organized attempt to expand healthcare coverage to more Floridians (i.e., low-income, working Floridians).  Even though we did not meet success, we (along with Florida CHAIN and other organizations) continue to look for opportunities.

LWVF divides the state into regions for the Healthcare issues and we are part of the Miami Region.  As an incentive for League chapters to contribute towards the Close the Gap campaign (to expand healthcare to the working poor), LWVF set up a grant fund with money from the CHAIN organization.  You had to “deliver” though to get it. In order to “deliver”, we wrote Letters to the Editor (LTE’s), called …

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April Hot Topics Luncheon Report

April Hot Topics Luncheon Report

By Carol Nikov

“It is a hard time to talk about Politics—it is so visceral”

Dr. Kevin Wagner, Phd, professor at FAU, former attorney, and lecturer on American Politics started his April Hot Topics on a serious note, but succeeded in making all in attendance laugh while learning how modern media has transformed the political process in America. In talking about his 2014 book Tweeting to Power: Social Media Revolution in American Politics  (Oxford University Press, 2014), Dr. Wagner quipped that he did not predict the rise of President Trump through the use of twitter, but did say the phenomenon has been good for his book sales. That was the first of many humorous statements he made while informing all in attendance about how media has changed …

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Voting Rights Coalition- May Newsletter

Voting Rights Coalition- May Newsletter

By Nancy Cohen, Co-chair              

The Voting Rights Coalition is an active engaged group who study, educate and advocate about voting rights and who are guided by our League U.S. position:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.

We are focused on:

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Annual Business Meeting 2017-Report

Annual Business Meeting 2017-Report

On April 19, the LWVPBC Annual Business Meeting was called to order by President Karen Wilkerson. Agenda items included, but were not limited to

  • review of the financial reports
  • proposed changes to the bylaws
  • proposed operating budget
  • adoption of the 2017-18 slate of officers

Review of Financial Reports

Joan Karp, Treasurer, reported that Pam Middleton completed the preliminary review of 2016-2107. Christina Ivaldi, CPA will conduct a review of the reports. Joan reviewed the Profit and Loss Budget versus the Actual Budget for last year.

 

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Membership voted to adopt the four bylaw changes proposed by the Bylaws Revision Committee of Cecily Feldman, Rita Wachs and Karen Wilkerson. Those changes include

  • Create Associate member status for corporations and individuals. As such, the would
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Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

The Florida Supreme Court gave approval on April 20, 2017 for ballot language for a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution that would automatically restore the right to vote for persons with past felony convictions.  Florida is one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting.  Restoring the vote and a constitutional amendment to achieve the same is a 2017 legislative priority of the Florida League of Women Voters.

Click the links below to read more.

https://aclufl.org/2017/04/20/aclu-statement-on-florida-supreme-court-approving-voting-rights-restoration-ballot-language/

 

Here is a related article by one of our favorite columnists, Frank Cerabino.

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Treasury Notes- April

Treasury Notes- April

By Joan Karp, Treasurer

DONATIONS
January 1 – April 14, 2017

Thank you all for your generosity!

Operating Account
Banks, Sue
Karp, Joan
Sipple, Elena

Education Fund
Chandler, Debra
Feldstein, Shirley and Robert
Goldstein, Marion
Sipple, Elena

Education Fund in Memory of Jacques Ivaldi
Garron, Laurel
Hooper, Abigail
Kuhs, John
Prior, Suzanne
Range, Mary Jane

We are also grateful to Kathleen Ridder for the significant bequest we received.

Thank you to those who renewed or joined as Susan B. Anthony Members
Albright, Shelly
Barberich, Letitia
Gibson, Virginia
Goldfein, Susan
Lieberman, Barbara
Smyth, Imelda
Whipple, JoeAnn

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Great – now you can take advantage of Amazon’s generosity to nonprofits. Here’s how: when you shop, use Smile.Amazon.com and  specify your donation of choice to go to …

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