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Student Video Contest

 

“Why Your Vote Counts”

2022 STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST

 

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Broward County Florida and Kids Voting Broward,an affiliate of Kids Voting USA, a nonpartisan, grassroots-driven voter education program committed to creating lifelong voting habits in children, increasing family communication about citizenship, and encouraging greater adult voter turnout.

Learn more about the contest, including rules and description


Holiday party 2022: Good spirits despite chilly day

Party organizers Elaine Otte, Barb Gingrande, Monica Elliott and Iris Convissar are applauded.

President Monica Elliott calls raffle numbers. The party was free, but funds from the raffle were designed to off-set some costs.

Guests at the holiday party eagerly chat face-to-face. The party was held at Richardson Park in Wilton Manors on Sunday, Jan. 23.

League member Iris Convissar at the raffle table.


Racial Injustice, Poverty, and War 

 

 

The contrast is stark between the Civil Rights events in Washington, D.C. led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol of those seeking to overturn the legitimate election of President Joe Biden.


Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech was given in front of a peaceful crowd of nearly 250,000 people on the Washington Mall on August 28, 1963. Decades later, approximately 2,000 people attacked the U.S. Capitol complex, damaging and desecrating that sacred space.


This contrast between nonviolence and violence illustrates why Dr. King was given one of the greatest honors in the world—the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize—for his pursuit of civil rights and social justice using nonviolence. His Nobel Lecture on December 11 of that year still resonates today, because, sadly, it is still applicable.


While acknowledging all the wondrous things that science and technology had brought to this world, there were still three pressing problems:  racial injustice, poverty, and war. One line that stands out, at least for me, is quoted below.


“All that I have said boils down to the point of affirming that mankind’s survival is dependent upon man’s ability to solve the problems of racial injustice, poverty, and war; the solution of these problems is in turn dependent upon man squaring his moral progress with his scientific progress, and learning the practical art of living in harmony.”


Some blame the great divide we find in the U.S. today on social media and the information bubbles in which we cocoon ourselves. However, if that were true, how do we explain the divide that existed when Dr. King was alive, before the age of social media?


The divides in our society are man-made, and it is up to each of us to break down the barriers that divide us. Understanding the origins of the social and economic divides between Black and white communities is the point of our special event on January 20 titled “The Racial Wealth Gap Simulation.” From this program, you will learn how U.S. laws and policies have been used to help white Americans at the expense of Black Americans. This is truly an eye-opening event, and I hope you will join us on this journey to understand how our past shapes us today.

Melissa Miller croppedLWV Broward General Meeting
 
February 9,  7 - 8:30p.m. 
 
Melissa Miller, State Regional Literacy Director 

Join the League as we hear from the Education Committee's featured speaker as she discusses FLDOE Literacy Programs and answers the question, why are students' test scores stagnant while prisons keep filling up?
 
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Eye-opening program: The racial wealth gap

If you missed the Jan. 20 program on "Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap," you can watch the program on the League's You Tube channel. The program helps people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth. The program, for which more than 100 people registered, was sponsored by the LWV Broward and Christ Church

Watch program here


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Telling the stories of suffragists


Just like the suffragists, who always persevered, the Broward League has not given up on telling their story through an exhibit members created about the suffrage movement. The exhibit, “Votes for Women: A Story of Perseverance,” finally was displayed at the Main Library sixth-floor gallery for the month of August. Originally scheduled for August 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, it instead was displayed a year later.


Learn about plans for suffrage exhibits in 2022.

See a gallery of suffragists from our exhibit


Hear League members talk about their role in 'Democracy in Action' podcasts

Broward League members Janeille Calnick and Nakia Ruffin have worked together in the Youth Engagement committee for several years. A recent project of that team has been a series of podcasts about League members and their role in making democracy work. Here are their recent podcast you can download and listen to: 
Carol Smith: The First OG of the Broward League

Grecia Smith: The Candidate
Linda Bloomfield on Why Silence Is Consent
Mariana Sorroza: The Change Agent
Monica Elliott on Being an Outsider Scientist
Nakia Ruffin Reveals the Secret to Getting Any Politician to Talk to You
Peggy Thomas on Why You Can Always Go Home Again
Ruby Green on Why Politics is Shady





Next book "Best We Could Do" at 11 a.m. Feb.11

From debut author Thi Bui, "The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir" is a beautifully illustrated and evocative graphic novel about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. Please register here to receive the Zoom link and join the conversation on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.



 Make a difference when you shop
 

Use Amazon Smile and benefit the League when you shop!

With every purchase you make, Amazon will make a donation to the League of Women Voters of Broward County Education Fund.

1. Go to smile.amazon.com and click on the "Get Started" button.
2. When asked which organization you want to support, choose the League of Women Voters of Broward County Education Fund.
3. Shop! You'll pay the same price for each item you buy, and the AmazonSmile foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the League.



 


Speak up on these Florida bills

Many environmental bills have been filed for the upcoming Florida Legislative Session. There are some good bills seeking to repeal bad preemption laws, including the following:


SB320/HB6063 – Repeal preemption of plastic bans
SJR/SB152 – Supermajority vote for preemption
SB316/HB6025 – Repeal preemption of tree pruning
 
There are also bad bills that would impede renewable energy progress, including the following:
 
SB380/HB463 – Preempts local governments from doing anything about greenhouse gas emissions.
SB1024/HB741 – Destroys net metering which is an incentive for homeowners to go solar.
SB280/HB403 – All local ordinances would need a complicated business impact study before adoption giving businesses ammunition to sue local governments. This is a bill in search of a problem.