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Take Action NOW – Gun Safety

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Take Action NOW Gun Safety

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Ethics Awareness Month- BOCC

BOCC Proclamation

Karen Wilkerson, President, and Kim Ardila-Morgan, member and former board member,  accepted a proclamation from the BOCC declaring April 2017 as “Ethics Awareness Month” in Palm Beach County. They accepted as representatives of the Ethics Commission of Palm Beach County.

 

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Proclamations from BOCC March Meeting

Karen at BOCC meeting

Karen Wilkerson, President of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, along with presidents of other Palm Beach County organizations and non-profits, proudly accepted a proclamation from the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners declaring March as “Women’s History Month” and March 19 -26 as “Equal Pay Week” in Palm Beach County.  It was presented at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on March 14, 2017.

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Take Action: SAVE HEALTHCARE!

Dear Friend—Take Action: Save Healthcare!
Legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced this week by the leadership in the House of Representatives. And after an 18-hour marathon meeting, the bill cleared its first hurdle by passage in the Ways and Means Committee in the early hours of the morning.
This new bill, developed in secret and being rushed to passage, will rip apart our healthcare and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more. Tell your Representative that this is unacceptable.
 The “American Health Care Act” is un-American. It will increase costs for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, while slashing assistance for lower-income households in obtaining coverage. It will also threaten the essential care that women need. In fact, the only real …
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Florida Legislative Session

Attention LEAGUE WARRIORS!

We are heading into the 60-day Florida Legislative Session, March 7-May 5, 2017.
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ART ACTS OUT: Women in Today’s Art World

The Norton Museum of Art has extended an invitation to our League of Women Voters community to attend their

ART ACTS OUT: Women in Today’s Art World

Sunday, March 19, Noon to 4 PM.

This Community Day of Action will promote gender equality and is being held in celebration of the sixth year of the Norton’s RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition series.

The day begins with a Mini Makers Fair led by South Florida art organizations: ATB Fine Artists & Designers (West Palm Beach), Girls’ Club (Fort Lauderdale), IS Projects (Fort Lauderdale), and Turn-Based Press (Miami). We will design our personal calls to action with the help of these innovative artists! Noon-2 PM.

You can also pop into the galleries to hear 15-minute Spotlight talks on …

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Welcome to New League Members

WELCOME TO THESE NEW LEAGUE MEMBERS…

 
Miriam Acosta-Castriz Lake Worth
Shelly Albright Wellington (reinstated)
Kira Alvarez Jupiter
Sammy Alzofon Lake Worth
Maria Antuna West Palm Beach
Kevin Baker Palm Beach Gardens
George Barrs Lake Worth
Lee Barberich West Palm Beach
Jennifer Boddicker Lake Worth
Barbara Bjorklund Jupiter
Ashley Cacicedo Delray Beach
Arielle Callender Loxahatchee
Tracy Ciucci Lake Worth
Aaron Clemens Palm Beach Gardens
Courtney Combe Ocean Ridge
Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies Lantana
Stacey DeLooye Boynton Beach
Lois Dermer Boca Raton
Linda Fischer Jupiter
Vally Flint Coconut Creek
Susan Goldfein Palm Beach
Sheldon Hearst Boca Raton
Marjorie Heilweil Boca Raton
Ruth Holmes West Palm Beach
Jeanette Horn North Palm Beach
Marta Isaacson Delray Beach
Caroline Jackson Greenacres
Joanne Kelly Lake Worth
Christopher Kogstrom North Palm Beach
Barbara Lieberman Delray Beach
Sandra
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Guns and Kids

gun control

By Geoff Kashdan

There are so many gun-related issues that those who support gun “rights” and those who support gun regulations can have understandable disagreements. But one issue, guns and kids, is different. Most of the tropes presented by “gun rights” advocates supporting the reduction of gun regulation laws fall apart when considering the carnage on the young ages 2-24, especially children under 14 years of age. Consider what some experts have stated:

  • “In 2008-2009 the number of preschoolers killed in gun incidents was nearly double the number of police killed in the same time period.” (Children Defense Fund. 2012).
  • “In 2010 gun related injuries accounted for 6,570 deaths of children and young people (1-24 years of age). That includes 7 deaths per day among people
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March Membership Meeting Report

LWVPBC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

By Ellen Norman

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County held a General Membership Meeting on March 1, 2017.  The almost 70 attendees heard an informative presentation on the Electoral College.

 Karen Wilkerson, President, welcomed everyone and urged anyone present who was not already a member to join the League and become an active member.

    She introduced Nancy Cohen who spoke about the Electoral College.  Nancy informed the audience that the Presidential candidate who won the popular vote in 2 of the last 5 elections did not become president. She further explained that our electoral vote in Florida is worth 1/3 that of a less populated state. Because of this, in 1970 the LWVUS took a position in opposition to the Electoral …

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The Speakers Bureau 2016 Report

By Ethelene Jones, M.D., Chairperson

In the 2016 Presidential election year, the referendums and constitutional amendment proposals on the primary election and general election ballots generated a lot of interest and many questions.

Our Speakers Bureau was in great demand to help voters understand the issues. We filled 73 speaking engagements, reaching an audience of 2,893 persons.

Many of the groups who invited our presentations donated honorariums to the League. In 2016, the Speakers Bureau generated donations totaling $2371.00.

The topics we offered were:

  • The August 30 Primary
  • Campus Carry
  • Your Florida Government
  • Your County Government
  • Gun Safety
  • Climate Change
  • Decision 2016

Our speakers were: Rosalie Almborg, Christene Campbell Gabor, Debra Chandler, Barbara Eriv, Ethelene Jones, Geoff Kashdan, Diane Kessler, Marcia Lamel, Corinne Miller, Barbara Phillipi, Mary Jane

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