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Solar Co-op Closing

SOLAR CO-OP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY CLOSING

Video feed of recent Solar Co-Op event:

By Diane Marks

Solar Energy is good for the environment, good for the economy and good for the consumer.

The final Information Meeting for the Solar Co-op in Palm Beach County was held on January 20th at the County Library in Palm Beach Gardens.

 

Mary Dipboye and Michael Cohen came down from Orlando to give the presentation and answer the many questions the audience asked.

Palm Beach solar co-op closing

Pictured above (l. to r.) are Kay Gates, Diane Marks, Mike Fitzpatrick and Deb Evans.

 

Justin Hoysradt from the selected Solar Installer, Vinyasun, also attended to answer any questions about installation.

 

As of 1/15/18, there are 100 households in the Solar co-op.  This Solar Co-op closes

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Kudos to the Healthcare Team

Kudos to the Healthcare Team

health careKUDOS TO THE HEALTHCARE TEAM

By Nancy Gau

 

Knowing they were imminently facing massive cuts (fewer navigators, loss of advertising, etc.), the Affordable Care Act program needed help for the 2017 open enrollment period this past November. So LWVPBC stepped in!

Special Meeting

The Healthcare Issue Group called a special meeting, inviting guests from Health Council of SE Florida (HCSEF) and the Health District.  We obtained their fliers, constructed fliers of our own, made hundreds of copies, and hit the road.  We distributed the information to churches, schools, community centers, town halls, etc.

Individual and Collective Effort

One member alone, Polly Maier, works downtown and distributed fliers to Legal Aid, DMV Tax Office, WPB City Library, WPB Parole Offices, Social Security Office, Vital Statistics Office, FL …

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Reading – The Tyranny of Good Intentions

Reading - The Tyranny of Good IntentionsREADING FOR INSIGHT AND ACTION

By Faith Schullstrom

 

The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Law in the Name of Justice by Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton

 

Originally published in 2000 and updated in 2008, The Tyranny of Good Intentions remains a provocative, if somewhat depressing, text.  The authors demonstrate how laws designed to prevent bad behavior or ”crack down on crime” fail to protect the individual as crusading legislators and unscrupulous enforcers of the law and prosecutors turn the law into a weapon.

As the presumption of innocence is abrogated, the consequences are severe. The authors assert that the United States “has not only the largest percentage of its citizens imprisoned but also the largest absolute number …

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Hispanic Voters at Fiesta de Pueblo

fiesta de puebloLEAGUERS COURT HISPANIC VOTERS AT “FIESTA DE PUEBLO”

By Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Committee Chair

 

An enthusiastic group of Leaguers attended the PR-Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Fiesta de Pueblo in Greenacres Park on Three Kings Day, January 6th.  Unlike last year, which was rainy, windy and cold, the weather could not have been more beautiful and the crowd was appreciably larger.  The constant music was contagious and it was hard to keep from dancing around as we tried to snag people to register.

 

We were extremely pleased when Mr. Wilsonnet Cabrera Rosado (pictured here), recently arrived from Puerto Rico, came over and said he wanted to register.  He and his family have relocated to Greenacres from Corozal, a city in the north central part of the …

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Florida Voters Support the National Popular Vote

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Florida Voters Support the National Popular Vote for Presidential Elections, Poll Finds

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January 17, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. —The majority of Floridians believe that the President and Vice President of the United States should be elected by the national popular vote, as are all other public officials at local, state, and national levels.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters was conducted late last year by Florida Atlantic University on behalf of the League of Women Voters. When asked how they thought the country should elect the President, 68 percent of registered voters said it should be the candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states, while less than a third said the current Electoral College system. Although Independents and Democrats heavily favored the national popular …

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Article- Playing Politics with the 2020 Census

President Drumpf is playing politics with the 2020 Census. It could backfire.

Trying to scare immigrants away from the census could end up hurting Republicans.

By Judith Giesberg – January 12, 2018
Judith Giesberg is professor of history at Villanova University, where she specializes in the Civil War era.

Read the Washington Post article.

census 2020 WP article

Census takers will help shape U.S. politics for a decade, making their work both vital and intensely political. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

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Observer Corps – PBC BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Observer Corps - PBC BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BY Andrea Weiss

 

The December 19, 2017 PBC Board of County Commissioners meeting included three significant policy issues and was characterized by passionate public participation and some controversy.  

 

PROHIBITION OF CONVERSION THERAPY

The Board approved a motion to prohibit licensed therapists from engaging in conversion therapy with minors by a vote of 5-2.

  • Conversion therapy is a highly controversial practice of seeking to change, through therapy, an LGBTQ individual’s sexual preference, orientation, or expression to heterosexuality. It is currently banned in 9 states and numerous municipalities throughout the US.  
  • Before the Board vote, the County’s legal counsel had urged the Board to postpone action pending the outcome of a legal challenge to the ban in Tampa, warning that PBC could expect a similar challenge if it
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2018 Florida Legislative Session

To frame the political and social justice timbre to Florida’s 2018 legislative session, please read Linda Geller-Schwartz’s astute report very carefully, completely and take action when encouraged. With suggested scripts and phone numbers Linda makes it easy to express your valued opinions. To exercise our precious right to be heard on critical issues affecting the basic tenets of our democracy will make huge differences. In today’s divisive and unstable political climate many of this year’s bills shamelessly present a power grab by special interests that is astoundingly self-serving, i.e., home rule, women’s health options, ill-conceived gun bills. Some bills are positive and we need to support them! Please keep informed, vigilant, and active.
power grab

SB574

The Trump Administration launched 2018 with dramatic actions to centralize power
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Women’s March Power to the Polls

‘Sunday, January 21 (11-3PMMana Wynwood Convention Center: 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami

Women’s March Power to The Polls: Miami Day of Action! In 2017 We Marched! In 2018 We Act!

Women’s March FL- PBC Chapter is so excited to see the tremendous amount of enthusiasm for our one year anniversary! Thousands of women, femmes and allies will come together in the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami Florida to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and to launch our collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThePollsMana Wynwood is outdoors; if you need to sit, please bring a chair; bring water, snacks, signs, etc. and please clean up after yourself.

This anniversary event in Miami will be a community event focusing …

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League Days in Tallahassee

League Days in Tallahassee

League in TallahasseeCOME WITH US TO TALLAHASSEE IN FEBRUARY

LWVPBC members will be joining other League members from Florida at League Days in Tallahassee.

If you plan to join us, please contact First Vice-President Debra Chandler so she can include you in materials and preparation.  We will arrange for room sharing, carpooling, and a training/information session prior to the trip. During our visit to the state capitol, we will  

  • meet with state legislators
  • present a special workshop on the National Popular Vote for US President
  • attend various important workshops  

Members who attend and participate in the training will receive a stipend to help cover expenses.

Contact Debra for details at dachandler55@gmail.com

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