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by Events Committee
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Preventing Gun Deaths and Injuries: Making Our Communities Safer for Everyone

by Gun Safety Committee

The Gun Safety Committees of the LWV of Palm Beach County and the LWV of Broward County are partnering on a Zoom presentation about what we can do to protect families and reduce gun violence in our communities. Topics to be discussed include Florida gun violence statistics, Florida Laws pertaining to gun ownership, risk protection orders, and the prevention of tragedies with safe gun storage. The presentation will include information from recent research conducted by the American Pediatric Association and Harvard University. We will look at the facts about suicide prevention, protecting children around guns, and reducing crime and domestic abuse through the safe storage of firearms.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcO-oqDMpGtIjgKTEm6KVCJOllbN_JJGT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Feel free to invite friends and associates to attend this presentation.

We can make a difference; we can save lives.

 

Micro-Plastics & Our Environment
by Rebecca Freeman

“The earth is what we have in common” (Wendell Berry). We all share a common responsibility to take care of our planet. On Saturday March 13, Speaker Rachelle Wechsler, facilitated a conversation with the Young Leaguers about the introduction of plastics, their uses, the harmful effects on animals and how we can make better everyday choices to reduce our plastic use. 

Single-use plastics are referred to as disposable plastics which are intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items include grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws and more. The  production of plastic began in World War II and increased by 300% as it began to be used for multiple purposes. In the 1970’s the popularity of single use plastics skyrocketed. Plastic became a replacement for other materials such as paper or glass. 

Today, plastic is everywhere in our stores and in our everyday items. It is essential to implement ways in our everyday lives in order to reduce our waste. Many do not properly dispose of their waste (such as plastics) and these items end up in our oceans. As a result, those careless acts are harming the animals and their environment. 

Tips on Using Less Plastic

  1. Stop using plastic straws 

  2. Use a reusable bags (plastic bags can take 1,000+ years to degrade)

  3. Reuse containers for storing leftovers 

  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. Cardboard is more easily recycled than plastic

  5. Use a reusable bottle or mug for beverages when ordering a to-go beverage

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:
Tuesday, March 16 at 6pm
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

Welcome New Members
by Membership Committee

WELCOME TO THESE NEW MEMBERS    March 2021

Alison Bolah (Boca Raton); Belci Encinosa ( Boynton Beach); Marlene Everitt (Palm Beach Gardens);  Michelle Gonzalez (Boynton Beach); Judith Horowitz (Boynton Beach); Stephanie Kahlert(Hypoluxo);  Virginia Kouimanis (Boynton Beach); Luz Montes (Boynton Beach);  Roxy White (West Palm Beach). 

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

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

The Untold Story of the Suffrage Movement
by YWCA
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Day of Action
by Voting Rights Coalition
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Member Spotlight
by Emily Rosen

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DeSantis and Cabinet end 5-year clemency wait for Florida felons 
by Lawrence Mower

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What is a Cybersecure or Strong Password?

by Communications Team

Creating a cybersecure or strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Weak passwords are:  

  • The weakest link in security of your online accounts.

  • The word “Password” is used to access your account. 

  • Obvious combination of letters or numbers eg. “ABCDE”, “12345”.

  • Words you are using from the dictionary.

  • The same password you are using across multiple accounts.

  • Easy to identify because it has identifying pieces of information about you eg. name and/or DOB.

Be Cybersmart and Create a Strong Password.

  • Use a long passphrase.

  • Do not make passwords easy to guess.

  • Avoid using common or dictionary words in your passwords.

  • Get creative with your password eg. use phonetics.

  • Do not share your password keep it to yourself.

  • Use a unique password for a unique account. 

  • Double your login protection enable Multifactor authentication (MFA).

  • Use a password manager to remember all your long passwords.

For more information, please visit https://www.cisa.gov/

https://staysafeonline.org/

#LWVPBCISCybersmart

LWVPBC Annual Meeting and Celebration

by Diane Marks
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.

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.

As of March 1st, there will be a button on the home page of our LWVPBC website labeled “Proxy.” Click on the button and the proxy form will appear. Print it, fill it out, sign it, and mail it or scan it and e-mail it to the Diane Marks, Board Secretary, 8124 Cormyour Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33462 or
dimarks@gate.net. 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!
LWVPBC Member Spotlight

Click the image below to nominate a member to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
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
Focus on Student Members

by Membership Committee

FOCUS ON STUDENT MEMBERS

Recently we surveyed  League’s 71 Student Members.  Of the surveys returned, we learned that they are studying at a variety of institutions:

Benjamin Aubrey        University of Central Florida        Full-time

Sarah Bonner        Florida Atlantic University        Grad. Student

Emily Briceno        Suncoast High School            Graduates 6/21

Devlyn DeMaio        Florida International University    Full-time

Jose Garcia        Palm Beach State College        Full-time

Kimberly Gillum Dougherty   Florida Atlantic University    Full-time

Laura Hall            Florida Atlantic University        Full-time

Helena He            University of Florida            Full-time

Brittany Jones        Suncoast High School            Graduates 6/22

Jameesha Rock        Florida International University    Full-time

Andrea Trainor        Palm Beach State University        Full-time

Aisa Uchimura        University of Central FL        Full-time

Dayalis Zamora        New York University            Full-time

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 

Palm Beach County 2021 Municipal Elections:

The Follow Up

by Jalynsey Brown

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, municipal elections were held throughout the county. According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website, the voter turnout on March 9th was 18.89%. There are 349,099 registered voters in Palm Beach County, and 65,945 ballots were cast. Again, not every municipality held an election. 

There will be two runoff elections held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 7:00am – 7:00pm. The Town of Juno Beach and The City of Lake Worth Beach will be having runoff elections. According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website: “vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to voters who have an existing vote-by-mail request on file. The deadline to make a new request for a vote-by-mail ballot is by 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021.” If you are reading this now, the deal to make that new request passed. 



For the Town of Juno Beach, the race and candidates that will be involved in the runoff is for The Town of Juno Beach Seat Four (4) and it will be DD Halpern against Diana Davis. For The City of Lake Worth Beach the race and candidates that will be involved for the runoff is for The City of Lake Worth Beach Commissioner, District #2; and it will be Carla L. Blockson against Christopher McVoy. 

Residents in both The Town of Juno Beach and The City of Lake Worth Beach, are encouraged to cast your votes in the upcoming runoff election.

Click here to view official results https://enr.electionsfl.org/PAL/Summary/2851/


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

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