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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

Save Vote by Mail (TODAY!)

by Voting Rights Coalition 

SOE Wendy Link will speak about bills restricting access
to Vote By Mail in the Florida Legislature today,
April 1, at
3:30 on Zoom.

Voting should not be a partisan issue. We should all value the
importance of protecting the right of every eligible voter to vote and the importance of secure elections. All eligible voters should be free to vote as easily and safely as possible, with equal access to the polls. 

State legislators are challenging access to Vote By Mail and to Drop
Boxes and are creating other provisions that will make it harder to vote and cost counties lots more. Our 2020 election worked well. We need to stand up and tell our legislators we oppose these changes.
Come hear Supervisor Link give us the scoop and answer your
questions.

Go to
https://lwvpbc.org/event/voting-rights-coalition-meeting-6/ for the Zoom link.

Voting Rights Coalition Co-Chairs:
Nancy Cohen 561 842 2499 nancyecohen1@icloud.com
Kate Renchin 262 242 4144 kater0914@gmail.com

Conversations with the League: Palm Beach County Schools 

by Diane Marks
Topic: Conversations With The League

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85845235206?pwd=VDhac2V3b0lETGVjVk5pdDhqZ3p0QT09

Meeting ID: 858 4523 5206
Passcode: 349408
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.
🌎❤️🙌🏼
 

Pending Florida Legislative Bills
by Kathy Panko


 


 

There are many bills currently making their way through the halls of the Florida State Capitol. Some need our strong support and others require opposition.  Below are a few of the House and Senate Bills that the LWV supports.

HB 6027:    Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials - Removes

prohibition of local laws relating to regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings & disposable plastic bags. Repeals preemption of local laws relating to use or sale of polystyrene products to DACS (Digital Access and Cross-Connect System).

HB 1563:    Auxiliary Containers, Wrappings, and Disposable Plastic Bags Used by Retail Establishments - Requires DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) to update its report on retail bags and submit report to Legislature by a specified date.

SB 1348:     Recyclable Materials - Requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to review and update a specified report on the regulation of certain auxiliary containers, wrappings, and disposable plastic bags; prohibiting a local government, local governmental agency, or state government agency from enacting certain rules and regulations during a specified timeframe, etc.

SB 594:  Preemption of Recyclable and Polystyrene Materials - Deleting preemptions of local law relating to the regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags; repealing the preemption of local laws regarding the use or sale of polystyrene products to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, etc.

LWV is opposed to the following companion bills that are considered an assault on our First Amendment rights.

HB 1:       Combating Public Disorder - Authorizes residents of municipality to file an appeal to Administration Commission if municipality makes reduction to budget of municipal law enforcement agency; revises provisions prohibiting

obstructing traffic; provides for cause of action against municipality for failing to provide law enforcement protection during riot or aggravated riot; revises minimum term of imprisonment for battery on law enforcement officer in 

furtherance of riot; revises prohibition on damaging memorial; revises penalties for burglary or theft during riot & facilitated by riot; revises prohibition on fighting in public place; prohibits specified assemblies from engaging in disorderly and violent conduct; prohibits inciting or encouraging riot; creates affirmative defense to civil action where plaintiff participated in riot or unlawful assembly.    

SB 484:    Combating Public Disorder - Authorizing a resident of a municipality to file an appeal to the Administration Commission if the governing body of the municipality makes a specified reduction to the operating budget of a municipal law enforcement agency; creating a cause of action against a municipality for obstructing or interfering with reasonable law enforcement protection during a riot or unlawful assembly; increasing the offense severity ranking of an aggravated assault for the purposes of Criminal Punishment Code I committed in furtherance of a riot or an aggravated riot; prohibiting defacing, injuring, or damaging a memorial; prohibiting cyberintimidation by publication, etc.

An excellent source for bills with an environmental impact is maintained by 1000 Friends of Florida.  Please see:  https://100fof.org/legis/2021session/

Another site that identifies some of the bills related to plastics as well as sample scripts to use when calling your legislators or writing a Letter to the Editor is:   https://plasticfreefl.org/state/

Phone calls make a difference!  Consider calling your state representative and state senator to cosponsor bills.  Consider calling House and Senate Committee Chairs and ask them to place bills on their committee meeting agenda for consideration. Think about writing a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.

The LWV recently published an updated Directory of Elected Officials, which you will find very helpful when making phone calls in support or opposition to particular bills.  The directory can be found on www.lwvpbc.org

It’s time to make our voices heard, not as a representative of the LWV, but as an individual Florida resident with deep concern for our environment.  Thank you.

Local League of Women Voters Partners with Solar United Neighbors to Virtual Solar Co-op Info Sessions
The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) started their third Solar Co-op with partner Solar Uniter Neighbors (SUN) on January 14, 2021.

The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Palm Beach County.Together, co=op members will learn about solar energy and leverage bulk purchasing to ensure competitive pricing and quality solar installations.

SUN has sent request for proposal to many solar installers in the area. Answers are requested by February 18th . Co-op members will then be invited to a Zoom meeting to select the one installer for all co-op members. All installer answers will be in 1 format, which facilitates the choice.

SUN will host three more free Information meetings to educate the community members about solar energy and the co-op. Anyone interested in going solar can sign up for the co-op or one of the information meetings (on Zoom) by visiting
SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/PalmBeach. Virtual information meetings are planned for:
Wednesday, April 7 at 6pm

 

Informed and Engaged
by Civics Education Committee

The LWVPBC Civics Education Committee is pleased to introduce you to The Palm Beach County Library System new program series, “Informed & Engaged.” Are you interested in books that take a deep dive into social issues? Do you enjoy documentaries that explore the world from someone else’s perspective? Or do you just want to have a civil conversation about our government? The library will explore ideas that impact our community through books, films, lectures and more. You can register for their upcoming programs at http://events.pbclibrary.org/events/digital-activities/informed-and-engaged

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

League of Women Voters, T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society, and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies hosts Black Maternal Health Awareness Week Virtual Event

Three local organizations are joining together to celebrate and support Black mothers with Moms with Monitors Initiative

Belle Glade, FL [March 18, 2021]: Three organizations are joining forces on Monday, April 12th, 2021 with a virtual event, from 10 am to noon, to highlight the importance of Black Maternal Health Awareness Week.

The virtual event is being hosted by T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society (TLJMS), League of Women Voters (LWVPBC) and Health Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County (HMHBPBC). The event will highlight the importance of monitoring your blood pressure before, during and after pregnancy. Physicians and community partners will share information about the meaning behind blood pressure readings and how often to monitor blood pressure. Attendees will learn about chronic hypertension and how it affects women of color, treatment options during pregnancy, and how to discuss these issues with your medical provider. Other topics will include nutrition and healthy eating, breastfeeding and early child development.

“We want people to know that Black moms matter,” said Dr. Colette Brown Graham, Committee Co-Chair. Dr. Brown Graham is an OBGYN and board member of TLJMS. “This event will serve as the official kickoff for our Moms with Monitors initiative.”

The Moms with Monitors program aims to provide blood pressure monitors to pregnant moms, so they can monitor their blood pressure at home. Dr. Ruel Stoessel and Dr. Debra Jones will both spearhead the program from their local offices in Belle Glade and Riviera Beach. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of maternal and newborn complications and premature birth through early diagnosis and intervention. For more information about the event, people can contact
HMHBPC at 561-517-2541 or visit https://www.hmhbpbc.org/calendar/momswithmonitors. For more information about the Moms with Monitors program, please call 561-318-0814.

TLJMS is a 501(c)3 organization of healthcare professionals united to improve the health and wellness, access to medical care, academic and career opportunities, and the quality of life for underserved populations through the provision of healthcare, education and youth development services. 

For nearly 75 years, TLJMS has hosted health fairs, community education, professional development and youth development services programs. 

League of Women Voters Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding policy issues, and influences public policy.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is dedicated to improving birth outcomes and promoting healthy families by providing access to care, education and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care.

Weekly Civics Education Crossword Puzzles are now available on our website!

by Civics Education Committee

Have fun, come play!

Discover what you know about your government and notable American women Each puzzle has only 8 questions and the puzzle will change every week, so you can keep on playing.

Puzzles are from our LWVPBC Civics Education crossword puzzle booklets. 1. U.S. Citizenship Test 2. Palm Beach Country Government 3. Florida Grade 7 Textbook 4. Notable American Women.

March is National Women’s History Month

President Jimmy Carter started it off by proclaiming the week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. By 1987, we’d expanded to a month with events all over the country celebrating women’s contributions to America. See womenshistorymonth.gov

To commemorate both the League of Women Voters’ 100th anniversary and the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, the LWVPBC Civics Education committee created a special edition of its MINI crossword booklets. The Series 4 booklet contains 41 MINIs that honor the contributions of over 250 women. Categories include activists, arts, Florida, Politics, professionals, and sports.

Try one of the puzzles to see how well you do. Click HERE.

Contact Civics Education Chair Christene Campbell-Gabor at christene.lwvpbc@gmail.com if you would like a copy of the booklet.

What’s the Healthcare Issue Group Up To?
by Nancy Gau

ANNOUNCEMENT:  President Biden has reopened enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.  You can enroll through May 15. Go to       www.healthcare.gov        

-Medicaid Expansion (what you can do):

       a.  Go to www.healthcareforfl.org/join and sign up your organization.

       b.  If you Tweet, add yourself  to LWVF FLORIDA TWITTER CAMPAIGN and Tweet comments every MWF. 

       c.  Write a personal LTE (non-League) to PB Post, touting the benefits of Medicaid Expansion.

       d.  Follow the bills:  SB556, SB698, HB341, and HB443.

-Save A Life!  Join with us and our new partner T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society in a campaign to reduce morbidity and mortality among pregnant women of color through in-home blood pressure monitoring.  How can you help?  Just send a check for $50 to TLJ Medical Society at 4595 Northlake Blvd.  Suite 109, Palm Beach Gardens, FL   33418.  ATTN:  Laurel Dalton.  Put BP Monitor in Subject line.

-MWM (Moms with Monitors):  as part of the project above, we will be hosting an event in Belle Glade on April 12.  (April 11-17 is BMMA week-Black Mommas Matter Association.)  Contact Emilie McKendall to participate.

-EIP (Emergency Info Plan):  we have designed, printed and laminated a card advertising this project.  It will be placed in high rises, restaurants, libraries, etc.  

-We are reaching out to our members in Boca to join Boca Promise’s fight against mental illness.  They need 100 Boca Raton women to join their efforts to break the stigma.  More to follow!

-Reproductive Rights success story:  LWVPBC participated with LWVFL last year in a study of local pharmacies and their placement of Plan B contraception kits.  All were found to be displayed OTC with the exception of Publix pharmacies.  After many calls and letters to their corporate office Publix has agreed to pilot a study to make these kits more accessible to the public.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US, OUR NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22 AT NOON.  CONTACT NANCY GAU AT     jessiestar2@yahoo.com

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What is Identity Theft

by Communications Team

 

Identity theft happens when a cybercriminal steals your personal information to commit fraud.

✓ Uses your information to apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. 
✓ Damages your credit status.
✓ Costs you time and money to restore your good name. Types of identity theft that can affect you include: 
• Tax ID and Social Security theft and misuse 
• Medical ID theft 
• Social Media ID theft 
• Child ID Theft
• Seniors Personal Information Theft.
• Stolen Checks and ATM Cards
• Bank accounts set up fraudulently 
• Fraudulent Change of Address 
• Fake Passports 
• Phone Service set up fraudulently
• Driver License Number Misuse
• False Civil and Criminal Judgements

 

Be CyberSmart to Avoid Identity Theft

✓ Practice safe web surfing 
✓ Checking for the “green lock” or padlock icon in your browser bar
✓ Avoid free Internet access with no encryption. 
✓ Avoid sensitive activities like banking that require passwords or credit cards on free Wi-Fi. 
✓ Don’t reveal personally identifiable information such as your bank account number, SSN, or date of birth to unknown sources. 
✓ Type website URLs directly into the address Hover over links before you click them or cutting and pasting from the email

LWVPBC Member Spotlight

Click the image below to nominate a member to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
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providing a presentation at the Florida

Lunch and Learn on May 7.

 
A Taste of the League May 15

by Membership Committee

The next A Taste of the League New Member Orientation will be held Saturday, May 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Non-members interested in the League are also invited to attend.  To  register, click on this link.

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

Watch Previous Hot Topics

by Karen Wilkerson
Our Hot topic zoom presenter for March was Kelly Smallridge. So, if you are interested in learning about the new business and employment opportunities that are on the horizon for our county or you want to know about the existing home values, be sure to click into https://fb.watch/4tLYNjWIas/ to view this recorded speech.
 
Kelly also mentioned how important quality public school and affordable housing are in attracting good paying jobs to our area.
 
Hot Topic presentations are a great service to League members by keeping us up-to-date on important issues.
NEWS EDITORIAL VOLUNTEERS
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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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