February 2020 Newsletter
LEAGUE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
Saturday, February 15
First Vice President of the League of Women Voters Florida
In just a couple of weeks, our League will host our Centennial Celebration. “Creating a More Perfect Democracy” is our theme and our guest speaker is Cecile Scoon, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters Florida and former President of the Bay County League of Women Voters.
Browse the displays depicting historical information of the suffragist movement and The League of Women Voters. Take a selfie dressed in period style clothes as you show solidarity with fellow suffragists.
Food and Drink
Select a meal choice of Vegetarian, Vegan (same entrée as vegetarian without cheese), or Chicken when you purchase your ticket. A cash bar will be available.
During our luncheon we will recognize two members, Dr. Joan S. Carver and Dr. Patricia Gill, with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their years of dedicated service in their local communities and to the League.
Where: Adam W. Herbert University Center (UNF), 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
When: Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: Eventbrite, until February 7.
Reserve your seat today, and please forward this newsletter to friends.
FEBRUARY FIRST WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON: We will not have a regular First Wednesday Luncheon. Instead, please attend our Centennial Celebration Luncheon.
MARCH FIRST WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON: Details later in this month's newsletter.
Volunteers Needed for 19th Amendment Exhibit
The American Bar Association's traveling exhibit, “100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future,” will be in Jacksonville March 22 through April 4.
Our League has been asked to act as docents and educators for this event when school groups come to see the exhibit. The exhibit will open at the Duval County Courthouse. On Friday, March 27, it will move to the Jacksonville Public Library main location, 4th floor Atrium.
Events related to the exhibit:
- Tuesday, March 24: Welcoming reception, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Duval County Courthouse
- Thursday, March 26: Staging of the Susan B. Anthony trial, performed in one of the ceremonial courtrooms, Duval County Courthouse
Please consider volunteering for a 2-hour shift as a docent. We will be highlighting important facts about the 19th Amendment and engaging the school groups to share what they know about ratification and America before 1920. To sign up, contact Sandy Martin at the February 15 Luncheon or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS
At USCIS, (near JTB & I-95):
Friday, February 7
Wednesday, February 12
Friday, February 21
Every month, we work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to help register new voters as soon as they become citizens.
If you’re interested in becoming certified or want to learn more, please contact Dianne Main at email@example.com.
League Lobby Days Next Week
The League of Women Voters will be hosting Lobby Days in Tallahassee February 4 and 5. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow League members from across the state, receive lobby training, get an update on League bills and issues and visit with your legislator.
A working agenda for Lobby Days has been published and registration is now open, both available at the LWV of Florida website. Keep in mind that registration for the Lobby Days and overnight lodging at Homewood Suites by Hilton are two separate registrations.
MARCH FIRST-WEDNESDAY SPEAKER SERIES LUNCHEON
Wednesday, March 4
Dawn Lockhart: The 2020 Census and How it Affects Our Jacksonville Community
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
In her current position, Dawn works collaboratively with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in an effort to better serve Jacksonville citizens. She served Family Foundations, a nationally accredited and HUD-certified counseling agency, for more than 30 years in various roles, most recently as president and CEO. Other positions with Family Foundations include chief operating officer, program and marketing director, and certified consumer credit counselor. Her professional affiliations include the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Board of Directors, City of Jacksonville’s Economic Development Committee, JAX Chamber Board of Governors, National Foundation for Credit Counseling Board of Trustees, United Way, and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.
Where: Season's 52 at the St. Johns Town Center, 5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
When: Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
* RSVP Required no later than February 26 to Nora Manahan,
firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 476-6443. Due to the popularity of some of our topics and speakers, we make every effort to accommodate our members and guests so we ask that you confirm your attendance to ensure you have a seat.
Cost: $20 cash or check only, please
Reserve your seat today, and please forward this newsletter to friends.
Standing Monthly Committee Calls by LWVFL
Statewide Gun Safety Committee Line: 2nd Monday of month 6:30 p.m.
Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031
Access Code: 412735
Reproductive Health and Justice: 2nd Monday of month 12:00 p.m.
Jo Shim, email@example.com
Dial-in Number: (641) 715-0700
Access Code: 815787
Solar: First Tuesday of month 5:30 p.m.
Deirdre Macnab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial-in Number: 515-604-9000
Access Code: 770913#
Natural Resources Committee: Every other Tuesday 5:30 p.m.
Marty Sullivan, email@example.com
Dial-in Number: (605) 472-5474
Access Code: 627516#
Voter Services: 1st Thursday of month, 6:00 p.m.
Maggie Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial-in Number: (515) 604-9000
Access Code: 153337#
Juvenile/Criminal Justice: 3rd Thursday of month, 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Nycklemoe, email@example.com
Dial-in Number: (563) 999-2090
Access Code: 413734#
Immigration: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Kyrstina Francios and Eve Barbour
Dial-in number: (786) 655-9822
Membership Committee: 2nd Thursday of month 3:30 p.m.
Betty Haynes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial-in Number: (712) 451-0921
Access Code: 774267
Volunteers Needed to Keep Your League Informed
Quite often, our League needs volunteers to help with small tasks that are not time consuming but vital to our leadership and membership.
- Can you develop questions in the Vote411 guide for upcoming election candidates? This will be conducted via conference call and email over a period of weeks.
- Do you have an hour or two once a month to help us make phone calls to members about upcoming events?
- Do you have an hour each month to help deliver flyers to your local library or college student union?
- Would you be interested in attending a city council meeting or committee hearing once or twice a month?
- Do you have time to listen in on state webinars or conference calls and provide feedback to the board?
If you are willing to volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Lanelle at CLPHillmon@yahoo.com to discuss topics and abilities.
Suffrage and 19th Amendment Speakers Bureau for 2020
We will be conducting suffrage and 19th Amendment speaking engagements throughout the year. These events offer us an opportunity to create awareness about suffrage, the League of Women Voters and conduct voter registration. If you would like to serve as a member of our local speaker’s bureau and represent the League, contact Lanelle Phillmon at 904-382-4478 or at CLPhillmon@yahoo.com.
Interested in Working with Returning Citizens to Get Their Voting Rights Back?
The League has produced a Florida Bar-approved webinar, eligible for up to 2 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The webinar discusses the history of Florida felony disenfranchisement, the impact of Amendment 4 that allowed returning citizens to register to vote, and the subsequent effect of SB 7066, legislation that specifies returning citizen voting eligibility. The League hopes that volunteer attorneys and other advocates will use the information provided by this free CLE webinar to offer their services pro bono to assist returning citizens.
The CLE webinar is presented by Cecile M. Scoon, Esq, First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Florida and Action Chair on Amendment 4 matters. She is a practicing attorney who specializes in civil rights and employment discrimination cases representing employees.
To register for the webinar, go to https://www.lwvfl.org/cle/.
Stay up-to-date on all local Upcoming Events on the League of Women Voters Jacksonville / First Coast website.
For statewide news and action items, visit the LWV Florida Blog.
The Regional Facebook Group, LWV Florida North Region Leagues, includes Alachua, Bay, Jacksonville/First Coast, Okaloosa & Walton, Pensacola Bay Area, and Tallahassee.
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League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast
IMPACTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Voters Registered in January:
Our league works continuously to:
For more information about voter registration, contact Dianne Main.
- engage local citizens in registering to vote,
- ensure their voter information is current, and
- create awareness about the registration requirements for returning citizens.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jacksonville/First Coast League Marches in MLK Day Parade
On Monday, January 20, members of the LWVJFC marched in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Jacksonville.
Bernadette Miron dressed in 1920s garb and carried a sign, "Votes for Women 1920; Votes for All Citizens 2020."
Spectators lined the streets from the Daily’s Place Amphitheater to the Prime Osborn Convention Center to remember and honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photographs courtesy of David Miron.
January Luncheon with Sheila Spivey
If you missed our January speaker Sheila Spivey you missed a powerful and inspiring “party over here"! Sheila truly gave us a sobering look back at the struggles of women and especially women of color, and a hopeful look at the work being done to move us closer to equity.
In her role as Senior Director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives (DDI) she leads a dedicated staff that cultivates affirming environments where underrepresented and marginalized students are supported and appreciated. The DDI comprises the Women’s Center, Victim Advocacy Program, Intercultural Center for Peace, Interfaith Center, and the Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity - Asian Students in Alliance, Black Student Union, and the Latin American Student Organization.
Sheila reminded us of the work of abolitionists long before the meeting at Seneca Falls, the struggle for the 19th Amendment and the hardships and lack of economic equity even after women won the right to vote. And she discussed laws that remained on the books until the 1970s that prevented women from seeking accountability for rape and abuse within marriage. And most importantly, she invited us to take an active role in the “new push, new outcry” for social, political and economic equality” especially for those who may not have a place in the room.
To see what UNF’s Women Center has planned, visit their website: https://www.unf.edu/womens-center/.
FALL 2019 FUNDRAISER
Thank you to our members who have made contributions since our last newsletter:
With the help of your donations, we hope to implement the use of credit cards in the coming months. Stay tuned; we will let you know when we are up and running.
—Sandy Martin, Treasurer
We can't do it without you! Please join in recognizing our new and returning members from January.
New Members—Welcome aboard!
Returning Members—Thank you so much for choosing to renew!
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League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast
PO Box 330353
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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