Issues

Each year, League Members focus on Issues that are of strong local concern or mirror LWV National Policy Positions.
LWVPBC has chosen the following issues for focus in 2017-2018.

(Click on a heading to read more.)


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 (cgasbor5@gmail.com, 561-271-4648)

Meetings: Last Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m..or 7:00 pm. See Calendar for time and location.


EDUCATION

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.


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 government accountability and transparency concerning 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


FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION

TBD


GUN SAFETY

The LWVPBC Gun Safety committee is working with the LWV state effort to defeat bills that would bring more guns into our lives. With over 73,000 non-fatal firearm injuries a year, and over 33,000 “injuries related to firearms” deaths, 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 designed to create responsible gun ownership.

Co-Chairs:   Geoff Kashdan (561-329-3461, kashdang@ymail.com)

Betsy Pickup (561-395-4646, betsypickup68@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.


HEALTH CARE

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.


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: League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women, American Civil Liberties Union.

Focus:

  • To assure voting rights for all Florida citizens. Today, in Florida, the most partisan voters nominate candidates, stifling compromise and good governance.
  • To open up primaries to all voters and ensure better candidates.  We are studying different systems nationwide.
  • To combat voter suppression in its many forms. 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.  We study redistricting and follow litigation, both national and in Florida. Online voter registration in Florida will increase voter participation, engage more young people, and reduce voter fraud.
  • To support and advocate for restoration of voting rights. Did you know that 10.4 percent of Florida citizens of voting age are forbidden to vote because of a prior felony conviction? This disenfranchisement is a particular Florida shame: 25% of disfranchised citizens nationwide are in Florida. Click here to learn more….
  • To study and research issues, educate our members and the public, speak at meetings, and advocate to our legislators and the public.  We believe study, education and advocacy are the ways to effect change in these rocky political times.

Co-chairs: Nancy Cohen (561-842-2499, nancyecohen1@icloud.com)

Linda Geller-Schwartz (561-362-8069, lngellerschwartz@gmail.com)

Meetings: Come join us. The Voting Rights Coalition meets monthly on the first Thursday, 2 pm

Location: Compass, Inc, 201 North Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth

Upcoming Event:  Justice Barbara J. Pariente