League Meeting: C.A. Wes Community School
March 17, 2018 10:15 am coffee 10:30 program
Tryon Library, 1200 Langley Ave.
Holly Magee, Principal of Weis Community School, will be the speaker on March 17 at Tryon Library at the monthly League meeting.
A community school is a publicly funded school, which not only educates children but also provides a center for community life. More importantly, it is a place where the community provides extra services to children and families to enhance the ability of the children to succeed.
Hot Topic Meeting
Excessive Bail for Persons Accused of Crimes
March 22, 2018 5:30 pm Downtown Library, 239 N. Spring Street
Benjamin Stevenson, ACLU Staff Attorney, will discuss how bail determinations are made in Florida. His presentation will include the unconstitutional use of monetary bail, the impacts of our community, and the need for reform. Stevenson is currently challenging pretrial detention through the imposition of unaffordable bail (Knight v. Florida).
The imposition of excessive bail for offenders has converted our jails into debtors' prisons, where people are sometimes kept for months without ever being convicted of a crime.
Join us at the Downtown Library on March 22 at 5:30 p.m. for the discussion. For more information call Paula Montgomery 438 8891
March For Lives March 24, 2018
Pensacola: Pensacola Farmers Market on N. Palafox
Gulf Breeze: Gulf Breeze High Schoo front parking lot
Navarre: Santa Rosa County Visitors Information Center, 8543 Navarre Parkway.
On March 24, we will join students in the March For Our Lives and demand that we end the epidemic of mass shootings. Schools, movie theaters and concerts should be safe spaces where we should not live in fear of being killed by a person with a gun who should not have one. We will let our voices be heard. We don’t want anymore thoughts and prayers. We want action.
The marches are driven and organized by students and There are four local marches planned in the Panhandle: Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Navarre and Ft. Walton. Please visit https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/ or text MARCH to 64433 to find a march that is most convenient for you.
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League In Action
January 3rd presentation by Dr. Carol Weissert: Overview of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. watch here
Pipeline to Prison VIII - Florida Law & Effect of Adult Incarceration of Youths -- Watch the video here
Watch the Go See Tour at the ECUA Recycling facility on YouTube here.
Girl Scouts from Troop 838 present the flag at the General Meeting September 16.
In honor of Women's Equality Day, 22 League members held a Silent Protest on Saturday, August 26. Signs with messages of issues of concern to women and equality were displayed. The red robes and white bonnets are a part of the story in "The Handmaid's Tale". Additional pictures are found in the September Voter and on LWVPBA facebook page. There will be additional silent protests in the future. Watch for time and places.
League Opposes Koback Request for Voter Records. Read LWV statement here. (6/30/2017)
Citing Potential "constitutional crisis", LWVF and Common Cause ask court to tell Governor he can't appoint more Justices.The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to avoid a ptential 'constitutional crisis' and affirm that Gove. Rick Scott does not have the authority to appoint jdges whose terms epire on the same day he leaves office in 2019. Read it here.
Considerations for proposed rules for Constitution Revision Commission - LWV of Florida and 14 other partner organizations submitted a letter to the Rules Working Group of the Constitution Revision Commission. Read it here.
The League Sends Memo to U.S. Senate Regarding Healthcare that need to be provided for any forthcoming legislation on healtcare. The League maintains that any legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act must include eleets to cover preventive care, pre-existing condition, support funding for Medicaid and must not discriminate aganst women. Read League statement on Senate Health Care Bill here.
Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina lawmakers used racial considerations to draw congressional districts following the 2010 Census. This decision is a major win in the battle for fair districts and the League is proud to have filed an amicus brief with the Campaign Legal Center in this case. Illegal gerrymanders have now been struck down in 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Texas, Virginia and now North Carolina. Read more here.
League statement on Trump's "Elections Integrity Commission" - The LWV president, Cris Carson, responds to reports that Preident Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections. Read more here.
LWV Opposes Ryan Healthcare Repeal Bill - Statement on the House Leadership's proposed "Americam Health Care Act." Read here.
League Statement on Immigration - The League of Women Voters is oposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Read here.
LWV Opposes Termination of EAC in Appropriation Bill.LWV strongly urges the House Apropoiations Committee not to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the Financial Services Appropriation Bill, HR 115. Read More... (6/29/2017)
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act will leave millions of Americans uninsured and in poor health. We fought hard for these rights and protetions and we cannot go backwards. Tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA. Call the Capitol Switchboard (202 224-3121) and tell your Senators that the Better Care Recomcilliation Act of 2017 is not worthy of tthis great nation. While Senators for Florida are home for the 4th of July holiday, see their contact information here. Read More...
Take action now! League leads Florida coalition to prevent gun violence. Join us! The Florida Cloalition to Prevent Gun Violence, lead by the LWV Florida, was formed in the wake of the June 12th massacre of Pulse nightclub in Orlano. Read more...
December New Report Tracks History & Impact of Florida's Strict Criminal Disenfranchisement Law. The following link leads to a latest report by the Brennan Center for Justice regarding the restoration of former felons voting rights in Florida.
League in the News
Three Facts About School Arrest in Escambia's Prison Pipeline. Compilied Dr. Amir Whitaker, Skouthern Poverty Law Center Attorney. Source: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice data. Read it here.
Latest Update: "Redistricting in Florida", what you need to know. Read here