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The Minis Are Coming

The Minis Are Coming

Crossword MinisThe LWVPBC MINIS are Mini Crossword Puzzles created for everyone interested in Civics Education and in the U.S. Government. A fun, fascinating and interesting way to see how much you know about American History and American Laws.
The first booklet of Eight Minis includes the 100 questions from the U.S. Citizenship Test.

The MINIS will be available on our website, in the LWVPBC Newsletter or in a booklet. Watch for them.

Contact Christene Campbell-Gabor, Chair, Civics Education, LWVPBC at if you have any questions.…

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Sierra Club Recycled Materials Fashion Show

The Loxahatchee Group of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, held their annual fundraiser, the Thanks & Giving Celebration and Silent Auction, on Saturday, November 11th. The featured portion of the evening was a Trash Fashion Show by Argentine designer Aidana Baldasarre, who crafted outfits using old inner tubes, discarded highway banners and even old issues of the Sierra Club Magazine.

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Let the People Vote

Let the People Vote

The winners of Tuesday’s elections – Republican or Democrat, for governor, mayor or dogcatcher – all have one thing in common: They received more votes than their opponent. That seems like a pretty fair way to run an electoral race, which is why every election in America uses it – except the most important one of all.


Read the NY Times article.

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Commentary on Mass Shootings

Here is a commentary I wrote today for Fortune Magazine on the Texas slaughter.  The piece focused on President Trump’s claim that these mass shootings are a mental health issue rather than a “guns situation”. Click on the image to read the article.

Commentary: Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Health Issues Alone Is Disgraceful

Click to read the article

All the best, Tom

Tom Gabor, Ph.D.

Criminologist and Sociologist
Author, Confronting Gun Violence in America (Amazon’s #1 new release in Criminology)
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Reading for Insight and Action

Hillbilly ElegyBy Faith Schullstrom


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance

This highly regarded memoir of growing up in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky and Ohio, examines the roles of class, neighborhood, family, mentorship and opportunity in this section of America. J.D.Vance tells his “coming of age” story in the context of the culture that shaped him yet required him to escape, haunts him yet fills his heart with love and respect.  He reveals lessons and aspirations born in abuse, poverty, alcoholism and chaos, reflecting on policies that seldom meet the needs of the people they intend to assist. It is Vance’s story and the story of “his people”—white, working class residents of the Rust Belt who have lost belief in …

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Observer Corps- October Monthly Reports

Observer Corps- October Monthly Reports

by Katie Gettinger


The purpose of the Observer Corps is two-fold:

  • to observe public meetings and report important issues to the LWV
  • to be seen by elected officials because “We matter and we are watching you.”


Meetings are open to everyone and are generally held the last Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm at the Compass Center in Lake Worth.


If you don’t see your area listed, please consider reporting on your meeting for the Observer Corps.


Patty Whitehill let us know about some turnover in Delray Beach.

  • The Mayor is not seeking re-election.
  • Two commissioners will be running for mayor.
  • The City Manager position is also turning over.


Jupiter Town Council Meeting was reported on by Katie Gettinger.

  • Health
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State Leadership Conference in Orlando

By Debra Chandler

Report of Issues, Events & Dates:

  • Nine members LWVPBC attended the State Leadership Conference in Orlando.  The speakers were excellent and the workshops informative.  PBC was very well represented.
  • Karen Wilkerson headed an excellent workshop series on Advocacy
  • Nancy Cohen, as part of a panel with Marty, our state lobbyist,  gave great information on NPVIC
  • Ethelene Jones headed the Speaker’s Bureau section

Karen’s portion was standing room only.  How lucky are we, here in Palm Beach County, as she has given the same classes to our members in her Pitch Perfect sessions!  

Myrna Perez, LWVFs Legal Counsel from the Brennan Center, was the speaker at our “Powerful Leaders Dinner” on Friday night.  She was dynamic and enthusiastic, describing the League as “presente”, meaning not just

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All That Jazz and More

LWV Palm Beach County Annual Fundraiser

By Marsha Vinson

Thought I’d give it a try

So I joined for a year
Now it’s 75 years after
I’m still a member of the LeagueOnce you join up
You learn ‘bout things
That matter the most
To our democracy
(to the melody Don’t Get Around Much Anymore)



Copeland Davis, award-winning jazz pianist pictured above, accompanied our League’s 100+ attendees (and serenaders) in honoring Peg Ekberg (75 year member) and Joan Karp (50 year member).


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Solar Co-op Kickoff


By Diane Marks

solar co-op kickoffPalm Beach started the County’s Solar Co-Op on November 1 at a Kickoff Media Event at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach.




“It’s good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for the consumer,” states LWVPBC President, Karen Wilkerson.

Mayor Muoio of West Palm Beach; Rep. Lori Berman; Ana Puzkin, Sustainability Coordinator of Delray Beach; Jen Barenholtz, SolSmart Advisor; Alissa Jean Schafer of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Jody Finver from Solar United Neighborhoods of Florida spoke about the need for and advantages of solar energy and the purpose of joining the Solar Co-op.

Solar United Neighborhoods of  Florida is …

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Membership Musings- November

membership musings

colorful people background



On October 28th, an orientation was held at Palm Beach State for 46 new members!   Karen Wilkerson, Darlene Kostrub, Patty Whitehill and Penny Butler-Schillinger presented how our League works and speakers from the different issue groups presented short presentations to introduce themselves and their issues to the new members.

  • Mark Schneider gave a presentation on the Petition Drive for the Restoration of Rights for Former Felons
  • Carol Nikov spoke about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
  • A welcome addition to the agenda were two high school interns, Faith Maniti and Dayalis Zamora, who work on the Civics Education team.  They presented a wonderful summary of that committee’s work. What an inspiration to witness these great young
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