Recent News

Immigration Committee Forming

immigrationBy Barbara Eriv

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of PBC is forming an Immigration Committee.  Please contact Barbara Eriv,, if you want to be part of this committee.  As soon as we have a sufficient response, I will schedule a kickoff meeting.

So why an Immigration Committee?  The LWV has a long held belief that our democracy is rooted in the diversity of voices and what immigrants have brought to this country as well as the need for comprehensive immigration reform.  Currently, our nation of immigrants, which embodies who we are, is being threatened on a number of fronts.

  •   The Travel Ban, barring travel from mostly Muslim countries.  The latest Executive Order has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii and a second in
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Why Courts Matter- You Be the Judge- Video

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Thank you to our generous donors:

Education Fund

Bea Perkins

Beno & Elaine Michel

Rita Wachs


Operating Fund

Elaine Alvarez

Roy Bartolomei & Edward Wronsky

Debra Chandler

Laura Cain

Joseph & Andrea Goldberg

Rona Goldstein

D’Vera Tool

Thank you to those who joined or renewed at the Susan B Anthony Level:

Andy Amoroso

Iris Bergman

Carol Charles

Karen Clarke

Joan Elsner

Caela Farren

Ellen Galkin

Rona Goldstein

Carol Hetschel

Dorothy Jacks

Loretta Jacobson

Robin Kriberney

Barbara Lieberman

Millington McCoy

Ava Parker

Robin Sambur

Susan Small

D’vera Topol…

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Builders Must Step Up

Link to Palm Beach Post article


Shared from the 2017-10-29 Palm Beach Post eEdition


Builders must step up, create housing that is affordable


Last week, Minto Communities presented a plan to entice middle-class homebuyers with down payment grants of 3 percent of the purchase price at its massive new Westlake development in western county.

For years, judging by the attitudes and actions of builders and developers, you’d think there was no workforce housing crisis in Palm Beach County. That the county’s median single-family home price of $335,000 is not out of reach of 75 percent of its households. And that it’s of no real consequence to them.

Those builder attitudes and actions may be changing — albeit slowly — for the better.

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Meeting with State Representative David Silvers

Debra Chandler, Advocacy Chair and Nancy Gau, Healthcare Chair, met with State Representative David SilversDebra Chandler, Advocacy Chair and Nancy Gau, Healthcare Chair, met with State Representative David Silvers to discuss legislative priorities on Tuesday, August 14, 2017 in his district office.  The meeting was very productive with Nancy stressing mental health legislation and Deb emphasizing National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), restoration of felon voting rights and education funding. NPVIC proved intriguing as he asked several questions about it.  Representative Silvers was receptive to our goals and expressed a strong desire to keep communication open with the League.…

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Cool Topic: End of Life Decisions


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m.

At The Palm Beach Post Auditorium

2751 So. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, Fl 33405 (SW Corner of Belvedere Road) • No Charge • RSVP HERE

 HOW AND WHEN TO MAKE life end decisions. 

Featured Panel:

  • Brent Schillinger, MD, past president of the Medical Society will discuss how to start the conversation with your parents or children about your wishes for care.
  • Michael Ravitsky, O.D., -Cardiologist will share his experiences when end of life decisions have, or have not, been decided and discussed ahead of time.
  • John Pastore, Financial Planner, will review the documents that should be drawn and how to make those documents accessible when needed and your wishes for financial
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Leadership Palm Beach County


By Debra Chandler

Chamber of Commerce of the Palm BeachesLeadership Engage is a comprehensive study of Palm Beach County’s leading industries and most pressing issues. Participants meet for one full day each month for nine months and complete a Civic Engagement project. Each year, a new class is chosen to participate in this program. Admission to the program is very competitive. This year, Debra Chandler, LWVPBC 1st Vice President, is a proud class member. Look for her monthly updates in future issues of NEWS.


History of Leadership Palm Beach County

  • Leadership began in 1983 when a joint task force of local chambers including Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens initiated it.
  • Local chambers and a group of business
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Treasury Notes- October

Treasury Notes- October

By Joan Karp


Your continuing membership is important to our mission. If you haven’t yet renewed, please take the time to do it now.

For questions, call Joan Karp 561-995-5631.

Thank you to those who joined or renewed as Susan B. Anthony members.

Jessica Brason

Tony Fransetta

Marcia Halpern

Dorothy Jacks

Robin Kriberney

Barbara Lieberman

Debra Peters

D’Vera Topol

Thank you to those who gave a donation with their dues:

Roy Bartolomei and Edward Wronsky

D’vera Topol


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Why Courts Matter: You Be The Judge report

By Nancy Cohen

60 League and National Council of Jewish Women members and friends formed six judicial panels and deliberated a timely reproductive rights case in this interactive workshop held on October 17 at the Delray Beach City Library.

Dr. Linda Geller-Schwartz


Dr. Linda Geller-Schwartz, Florida Advocacy Chair for the National Council of Jewish Women, introduced the case Standridge, et al. v. Union Pacific, and gave us background into reproductive rights cases.   Marci Ball Elordi, J.D. explained the Federal Court system, and gave us the law.

Pictured left: are presenters Dr. Linda Geller-Schwartz and Marci Ball Elordi, J.D.  


The panels deliberated.   Panel decisions were mixed but mostly were similar to the District Court decision in the actual case.  The case was later reversed on appeal …

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PBC Legislative Hearing

By Carol Nikov


Nikki DescoteauxThe LWVPBC was well represented at a Legislative Hearing held in West Palm Beach on October 17th. All state legislators were present at some time during the three hour hearing.

Out of approximately 20 speakers from the public, five were League members.

  • Karen Wilkerson spoke about general issues the League is advocating
  • Helen Ostrowski encouraged passage by the legislators of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
  • Nikki Descoteaux (pictured at right) pleaded support of anti fracking bills
  • Mary Jansen (pictured below) spoke about various Health issues including supporting the ACA  
  • Dana Aberman spoke out against Citizens United and the need for legislation to curb money in politics


Mary Jansen

The Sierra Club and Florida Forever also had multiple members who spoke

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