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Voting Rights

League Policy: The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.
Our coalition is made up of the Palm Beach County chapters of the League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, and American Civil Liberties Union.

The focus of the coalition is to:

  • To assure voting rights for all Florida citizens;
  • combat voter suppression in its many forms. We study redistricting and follow litigation, both national and in Florida. Gerrymandering of districts has made a joke of ‘one man, one vote’. Nationwide and in Florida, elected officials have drawn district lines to protect incumbents. These inequities are a major threat to our democracy;
  • advocate for passage of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Since
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Juvenile Justice

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Immigration

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Healthcare

The League’s Policy:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

Focus:

  • To participate in LWVFL Healthcare Expansion Campaign supporting  health care for Florida’s working poor who now fall in the gap;
  • To explore partnering with local hospitals, chambers and businesses in advocacy efforts;
  • To expand work to include Mental Health studies.

Chair: Nancy Gau (561-439-4522, Jessiestar2@yahoo.com)

Meetings: See League Calendar.

Location: Home of Nancy Gau, 2082 Hermitage Dr., Wellington. FL.…

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Gun Safety

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The LWV Gun Safety committee is working with the LWV state effort to defeat bills that would bring more guns into our lives. With over 33,000 gun deaths a year, the U.S. has a major health crisis.

Focus:

  • To educate the general public and lobby our state representatives about the severity of the problem and
  • To lend LWV support to some common sense legislation to create responsible gun ownership.

Chair: Marsha Vinson (561-655-1327, mlvmmi@gmail.com)

Meetings:  The committee meets once a month at a local restaurant for a “power lunch” on a date convenient to most members.  See League Calendar or contact Geoff for time, date and location of the next meeting.…

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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Every 20 years a group of 37 people are appointed to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. The commission comprises of 15 members appointed by the Governor of Florida, 9 members chosen by the House Speaker, 9 members chosen by the Senate President, 3 members picked by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The appointees to the 2017-2018 CRC can be found on www.revisefl.com.

This legislative session the CRC will begin their work. There will be public hearings throughout the state that Florida residents can attend. Some of the topics in consideration this year are transportation, education, natural resources, crime & justice, representation, healthcare and youth, elderly & the …

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Environment

Climate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.  

Focus:

  • To promote governmental accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.

Chair: Lorraine Zimmerman (plzimm@bellsouth.net, 561-241-3264)

Meetings: The 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Location: The Summit Library in WPB,  3650 Summit Blvd, WPB 33406…

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Education

PDC schools

League Policy:  LWV opposes school vouchers in any form.

Focus:

  • To  require greater accountability and transparency in financial management reporting in charter schools; and
  • To require charter authorization is maintained with the local school district.

Co-Chairs: Kimberly Spire-Oh (kspireoh@yahoo.com, 561-307-9620)

Elayne Goodman (elaingoodman@yahoo.com561-455-2822)

Meetings:   Check League Calendar.

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CIVICS EDUCATION

Focus:

  • To provide reliable information on elections and public policy issues to a diverse PBC population through innovative educational approaches;
  • To develop innovative voter education modules including a civics curriculum;
  • To work with PBC Schools to provide civics in the classroom.

Chair: Christene Campbell-Gabor (cgabor5@gmail.com, 561-271-4648)

Meetings: The last Wednesday of every month. Every second meeting is held in the evening. See Calendar for time and location.…

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Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform moves now to the U.S. House of Representatives. After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants, border security and other contentious issues, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act on a strong bipartisan vote.

Tell your Representative you support comprehensive immigration reform.

The Senate bill is not perfect, but we must move forward with reforming our broken immigration system. The League of Women Voters was founded upon the belief that our democracy is enhanced by a diversity of voices. Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time

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