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Our Mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Our Goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities.



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Gloria Pickar, vice president and chair of the Gun Safety Action Team for the Orange County League of Women Voters, raises her hand in agreement over the need for stricter gun laws at the First Congregation Church in Winter Park Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. 
Orlando Residents Rally for Better Gun Laws
For Patty Brigham, it’s mostly the fact that many Americans support stricter gun laws — and the little legislators have done about it — that is the source of both her exhaustion and her wrath.

“Yes, I’m angry; yes, I’m tired,” said the co-chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which was created in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children dead.

Read complete story HERE.

HOT TOPICS
The Dream Keepers - Does the
Dream Live On?
was another sellout success!  In addition, we were able to help out the Jones HS Choir with their fund raising as was mentioned on the Ellen Degeneres show below (click on the 5:00 minute mark):




"Bringing Tallahassee to your Doorstep"



Stephanie Owens keeps you updated
with League efforts and updates.
Read the complete report below:

CAPITOL REPORT-FEB 16

"Week 6 is one that will long be remembered in Florida Legislative history."





An estimated 3,000 turned out for the #NeverAgain Rally to Support Common Sense Gun Reform Legislation.
According to some members of the press, it was the largest Rally at the Capital since the Presidential Recount in 2000. The speakers, including 7 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, Rep Carlos Smith, LWVFL President Pamel Goodman, Mark Kelly, Kris Blum from the Brady Foundation, State Sen Linda Stewart, Katherine Grant from Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, Angie Gallo, Florida PTA and others were powerful and passionate, and the crowd clearly wants to see a change including banning High Capacity Magazines and more.

Our Gun Safety Committee needs your passion and insight.
#getinvolved #bethechange


Solar Informational Meeting
FEB 28  Details Here

Some of our SOLAR advocates advocating for sunshine in Tallahassee (l. to r. Mary Dipboye, Sandra Powers, Deirdre Macnab, Michele Levy)
Find out more about the Orange County Solar Co-op Sign Ups


FEB 22, 6:30PM
Transportation Committee hosts the
CEO of Expressway Authority
Discussion of Proposed Highway Through Split Oak Forest 
Valencia-Winter Park Campus


RSVP:  Theo Webster





Upcoming Events
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IN THE NEWS



MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE SHARE HEARTFELT TESTIMONIALS

“So often the conversation promoting dangerous gun legislation is based on incorrect, unreliable, and outright dishonest information,” said Patricia Brigham, Coalition co-chair and 1st vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “The Coalition’s goal is to separate fact from fiction to save ourselves from a dangerous gun culture that is literally killing us.”

The Coalition will begin sharing more than a dozen short videos today featuring heartfelt testimonials that highlight the need for common sense gun laws, including a state ban on military-style assault weapons.
Find out more HERE.



ORANGE COUNTY SHOWS THE
WAY ON ROOFTOP SOLAR
By Leesa Bainbridge, Carol Davis
Just a few months ago, trucks rolled into Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Orange County driveway, and she and her family joined the growing surge of Florida homeowners going solar to save money.

Two years ago, the League of Women Voters of Florida and another nonprofit called Solar United Neighbors launched a program in Florida to help homeowners learn about solar and use bulk buying power to get wholesale pricing on rooftop solar.

Read full column HERE.



REVISE THE CONSTITUTION WITH CAUTION

Every 20 years, Florida’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens of our state.

Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government. The place where that happens is the Florida Constitution.
Cont. reading guest column by President of Florida Bar

Learn more through our Government Committee


LEAVE LOCAL VOTERS IN CHARGE

For almost half a century, a Florida law has entrusted county and city governments to set aside a share of local property tax revenues for urban redevelopment. Now this authority, like other powers of home rule in Florida, is in Tallahassee’s cross hairs.

Some state legislators are proposing to impede local governments in creating new community redevelopment agencies, and phase out existing CRAs. While a 2016 report from a grand jury in Miami-Dade County contended there have been abuses of tax dollars in some local agencies, this is overkill from legislators.  Continue reading Orlando Sentinel article HERE.


MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

COMMUNITY



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LOCAL OUTREACH
LOCAL OUTREACH
The Orange County League is a distinct community of civic-minded people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time.

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance.

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the LWVOC is the largest county-sized League in the United States.


A VOICE IS OUR VOTE



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DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
2017 could be the most critical year for voting rights since 1920. Our national League President Chris Carson exposes the cracks in our nationwide system. Read her Bustle article HERE

The nearly 100-year-old organization — which began during women’s suffrage to give new female voters a way to organize around their new civic right — has seen a massive resurgence since the election, and even more so since the women’s marches last month. Across the country, the league added thousands to its membership and inspired individuals like Gauthier to start new chapters in towns from Utah to Georgia to Pennsylvania.
It’s a level of interest that national president Chris Carson has never seen in her 33 years with the league.Continue reading....

 

 

NON-PARTISAN



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A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.
Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect.


LEADERSHIP



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WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful local leaders..



INFORM & ACT

 

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WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

At 97 years young, we are a proven, trustworthy source on the issues; our efforts take us into all levels of government and business to share our knowledge and promote citizen participation.

Join us as we TAKE ACTION and advocate for citizens and issues that confront us daily.


PROPONENTS



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ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
The charge of our Action Groups is to explore options, seek truth, and come to consensus for the topic at hand.

It's easy to follow a particular passion by joining one of our COMMITTEES. The part you play in these action groups can be as small or large as you prefer; diverse input makes for unbiased decisions as we consider our positions.