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Annual Meeting 
by Events Committee

The League of Women Voters Palm Beach County’s Annual Meeting will be held on April 21st from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udO6spjIqG9RuyukGUUcTXdL721U25KSf

Registration information and materials for the meeting including the Annual report, slate of new officers, financials and reports from Committees and Issue Groups will be sent to everyone in mid-March. If you will not be able to attend the meeting, please send a proxy so that we can achieve a quorum and can conduct the meeting.

Sending a Proxy is easy! There is a button on the home page of our LWVPBC.org website labeled “Proxy” and at the bottom of this e-mail. Click on the button and the proxy form will appear. Print it, sign it, and take a picture of the signed form or scan it and e-mail it to 
dimarks@gate.net , or snail-mail it to Diane Marks, Board Secretary, 8124 Cormyour Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33472. We need the proxies before 4/20/21. Thank you for your cooperation.


The Annual Meeting will be followed by a special event at 11:00 a.m., “Spotlight on the League,” in appreciation for all of our valued volunteers, and especially those who helped with 2020 Matters – making 2020 a great election despite the issues created by the pandemic.

There will be video highlights of events held during the past year, gift card giveaways, and special cameo speakers – a fun event for all!

Please mark your calendar and join us for these important events!

Proxy Form
Annual Report

 

The Fight for Fair Maps:
By Voting Rights Coalition 
On April 23rd, LWVFL will host a Lunch & Learn for members featuring Ellen Friedin. Ellen will present about redistricting of the past and our hopes of fair maps in the near future. She will also answer questions, moderated by President Patti Brigham.   We will be rebroadcasting this session on April 29, Rich Bartholomew will be the spokesperson:
 
People Powered National Day of Action for Fair Redistricting April 29, 10am on Zoom.  We will feature Ellen Freidin, who led the successful Fair Districts Campaign to revise the Florida Constitution for fair redistricting in 2010-2016.

 
Here’s the Zoom link:
Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcOGuqjsvE9eLegfSd5-HhW_F1-MfdSO7 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

 

Conversations with the League: Medicaid Expansion

by Diane Marks

Medicaid Expansion Florida

Guest Speakers are the Co-Chairs of the LWVPBC Healthcare Issue Group:

Nancy Gau, a retired Clinical Laboratory Director who currently sits on the Board of the Palm Beach County Alliance for Mental Health.

Dr. Brent  Schillinger is a dermatologist, past president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, and a member of its Covid-19 Pandemic Response Task Force. He currently chairs the society’s Opioid Health Care Response Team.

Topic: The effort to expand Medicaid in Florida, an update on how the effort failed in the 2021 Legislative session and next steps.

How to Connect:

To connect with this Zoom chat, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85845235206?pwd=VDhac2V3b0lETGVjVk5pdDhqZ3p0QT09

Virtual Earth Day 
by Young Leaguers

This year, we will be celebrating Earth Day in our own way! 🌎 The Young Leaguers will be hosting a virtual cleanup on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. 💻

We challenge
YOU to make a difference where YOU ARE this Earth Day; walk around your neighborhood or area of choice and pick up any trash you see. 🗑 Document your progress online, and share your experience! #trashfreepbc and tag @youngleaguerspbc

Every person/organization who participates will receive a shoutout on our social media platforms. Let's see how far conservation can go. Let’s keep our communities beautiful and celebrate the earth together.
🌎❤️🙌🏼
 

A Taste of the League 
by Darlene Kostrub

 

CIRCLE THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR….MAY 15​

Our Spring Taste of the League Orientation will be held online Saturday, May 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  All newer members who have not attended an orientation, as well as non-members interested in the League, are invited to attend.  To register, click:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldOutqjMpE9M4OWZHlK6_K0oP06ih3ILs

Earth Day
by Kathi Panko
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Hot Topic
by Events Committee
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FL Legislators are Making it Harder to Vote
by Voting Rights Coalition 

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Moms with Monitors: A Black Maternal Health Awareness Week Virtual Event
by Healthcare Committee

On Tuesday, April 6, 2020, Representative Alcee Hastings passed away at the age of 84 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Representative Hastings was one the longest-serving member of Florida's congressional delegation. Hastings represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Mr. Hastings was known for his tenacity and vivaciousness when it came to lobbying for citizens. At times portrayed in not the best light, but that never stopped Representative Hastings from pushing forward for his cause. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this of Hastings at the after the announcement of his passing, “"All who knew Alcee knew him as a champion for the most vulnerable in our nation. As an attorney, civil rights activist, and judge, and over his nearly thirty years in Congress, he fought tirelessly to create opportunities to lift up working families, communities of color, children, and immigrants."

Please take a moment to view the snippet of Representative Hastings at work.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXOXLIVhRCH/?igshid=tfti7s8nnrm2

Talking Points for Harmful Legislation

by Advocacy Committee

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Here’s what HB1 Combatting Public Disorder Bill will Cost Taxpayers
 

This study presents an assessment of the likely economic impact to Floridians were the legislation presented in HB1/SB484 (now PCS for HB1) to become law. The bill is far-ranging in its impacts and the following paragraphs lay out the likely effects of the upgrading and expanding of criminal charges proposed in the bill. However, the likely economic impacts of the bill, if passed, are not limited to these costs, and will include substantial costs to municipalities via elimination of sovereign immunity for some events and a loss of public safety budget control. The proposed exemption from civil liability for counter-protesters provides a perverse incentive that will likely encourage property damage during public protests.

The following analysis and opinions are the responsibility of Rick Harper, Ph.D. and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the project sponsor.

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Opinion | George Floyd’s killing sparked a debate on police reform. We need to think bigger. - Washington Post
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Texting to Fight Voter Suppression 
by 
Phyllis Applebaum
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Hispanic Outreach
by Pam Maldonado 
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Member Spotlight Kathi Gundlach
by Emily Rosen
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Youth Voters Meeting
by Benjamin Aubrey

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providing a presentation at the Florida

Lunch and Learn on May 7.

 
Welcome New Members

by Membership Committee

PLEASE WELCOME THESE NEW MEMBERS TO OUR LEAGUE:

Sabina Fernandez (Boca Raton); Madeline Millman (Delray); Vicki Mitchell (Lake Worth);  Marilyn Ricci (Delray); Rachelle Wechsler (Wellington); Constance Wilson (North Palm Beach).

Contact information is available in the Member Directory at lwvpbc.org.

NEWS EDITORIAL VOLUNTEERS
Ashley Cacicedo, Managing Editor
Annette Evans, Harvey Rosenfeld, Rita Wachs
Emily Rosen, Rebecca Freeman, and Jalynsey Brown
 
Please send your feedback or questions to News@lwvpbc.org

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