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Observer Corps Report- PBC School Board

OBSERVER CORPS: Palm Beach County School Board

by Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell

 

January 17, 2018, 5:00 PM

Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center

 

  • January 2018 is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. The number of children and youth victims in Palm Beach County is growing. All people are urged to be aware and report any suspicious activities to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

 

  • GL Homes has donated $10,000.00 to John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach. The funds will be used to provide academic and cultural opportunities for students in the after school program.

 

  • The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County recently awarded $1000.00 scholarships to students in grades 2-4 who will receive this money plus interest when they enter college. These students were recommended by their
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Review of Hot Topic: Celebrating Black History Month

REVIEW OF HOT TOPIC: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 21, 2018

Guest Speaker: Rick Christie, Palm Beach Post Editor of Editorial Page

Rick Christie

The very personable and intelligent Rick Christie focused on a very timely subject – The History of Black Voting in Florida and the League’s role in election protection.

 

Discriminating Barriers to Voting

Christie reminded us of the disgraceful leadership Florida played in promoting Jim Crow laws that prevented minority people from exercising their right to vote.  Florida also implanted a poll tax.

League Recognized

He recognized the League of Women Voters for its leadership in the Restoration of Felon Voting Rights. He noted that there are over 1.5 million felons in Florida. Rick Christie concluded by fielding many questions from the audience regarding voter suppression, …

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Two Awards at Summit

PBC WINS TWO AWARDS AT LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

Felon Rights Restoration
Leaders of Effort: Nancy Cohen, Linda Geller-Schwartz, Mary Jane Range, Mark Schneider

In 2013 the original PBC League Voting Rights committee had grown into a county-wide coalition of groups and individuals. They chose to work with ACLU on the restoration of Felon Voting Rights as their priority issue for action.

Their first focus was to educate the public on the issue.

  • To this point they did in-depth research,
  • created a powerpoint presentation for the local League Speakers Bureau (and later used by the state and other local Leagues in Florida),
  • prepared interesting handout materials,
  • held public meetings in which felons spoke about the problems they still endured after paying their debt to society, etc.
  • expanded the coalition to
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Climate Alarm

BAD WEATHER IS NO REASON FOR CLIMATE ALARM

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Bad Weather Is No Reason For Climate Alarm
U.S. WEATHER VS. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Year 2017 was filled with bad weather, much of it tragic, with whole communities struggling to recover. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma struck Florida and Puerto Rico after devastating other Caribbean Islands. Wildfires torched Napa and Ventura counties in California and Australia experienced extreme heat waves. However, by looking at the world as a whole and long-term trends (climate) rather than short-term events (weather), we can challenge the claims that 2017 was an unusual weather year and that weather is getting more extreme as the world warms.

While the United States experienced record damages in 2017, the rest of the world was hit by far fewer natural …

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Raisin Cane Sugar Tour

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National History Day

National History Day Judges

Left to right:
Phyllis Goldenberg, Christene Campbell-Gabor, Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell
LWV Palm Beach County National History Day Judges
Missing from photo – LWVPBC Intern Faith Maniti

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

By Christene Campbell-Gabor

The LWV PBC is happy to be involved in PBC school programs and activities.  On February 16th at Park Vista High School, members of the Civics Education Committee team, including Phyllis Goldenberg, Christene Campbell-Gabor, Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell and LWVPBC Intern Faith Maniti, volunteered to judge 185 students from 15 different middle school and high schools in Palm Beach County for National History Day. What an exceptional event it was!  The projects were fascinating and the students did an amazing job preparing and presenting their projects.

 

Projects were based on this year’s …

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Government Bee 2018

It is with regret that we must cancel this year’s Government Bee. Thank you for your support.

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S 3RD ANNUAL

GOVERNMENT BEE

SATURDAY APRIL 7TH, 2018

 

ANNUAL GOVERNMENT BEE

By Christene Campbell-Gabor

 

The LWVPBC is delighted to sponsor the Palm Beach County School District’s 3rd Annual Government Bee again this year.  This year’s event will be held on April 7, 2018 at Seminole Ridge High School.

The Government Bee is an academic style competition that encourages teams of students to become engaged in Civics Education.  Similar to a spelling bee, participants go head-to-head answering questions about their government.  The finals are exciting and great fun to watch.

There will be many volunteer opportunities available for those who want to participate. Contact …

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Cool Topic- Civics Education in PBC & Florida

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March Cool Topic

Map of Dreher Park

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Hot Topic- Rising Sea Level

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Rising Sea Level

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Housing Benefits Slashed

NHC call to action

President Trump Proposes to Slash
Housing Benefits

Urge Congress to Reject these
Harmful Proposals Today!

Housing benefits are under attack.

President Trump’s FY19 budget request — unveiled today — slashes federal housing benefits that help millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, low-wage workers, veterans, and other vulnerable people afford their homes. The proposal includes severe funding cuts, as well as harmful rent increases and arbitrary work requirements that would leave even more low income people without a stable home, undermining their ability to live with dignity and climb the economic ladder to achieve financial security.

Background

Overall, the Administration proposes to cut HUD by an astounding $8.8 billion or 18.3-percent compared to the 2017 enacted levels. In an addendum stemming from the bipartisan

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