June 2019 Newsletter
FIRST WEDNESDAY SPEAKER SERIES LUNCHEON
— AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING —
Wednesday, June 5
Rick Mullaney, Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University, presents:
In addition to leading the Institute, Mr. Mullaney is a Lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the Institute and works as a political analyst and commentator for WJXT, Channel 4 and WOKV, 690 AM. He also hosts a radio program, Policy Matters, on WJCT, 89.9 FM.
Policy, Politics, and the Partisan Divide
During more than 35 years in the private and public sectors, Mr. Mullaney has represented diverse multi-billion dollar public entities and been involved in various public policy initiatives. He has lectured on legal and public policy topics in more than 20 states and been actively involved in local, state, and federal political campaigns.
Annual Business Meeting
We urge you to exercise your right to vote at this vital meeting. We will elect new board members, vote on a change to our bylaws, and vote on a proposed budget for the coming year.
Where: Season's 52 at the St. Johns Town Center, 5096 Big Island Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32246
When: Wednesday, June 5, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
RSVP by May 31 to Nora Manahan: email@example.com or (904) 476-6443
Cost: $20 cash or check only, please
Reserve your seat today, and please forward this newsletter to friends.
UPCOMING VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS
Naturalization Ceremonies at USCIS offices (near JTB & I-95)
• May 29
If you’re interested in becoming certified or want to learn more, please contact Dianne Main at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• June 12, 21, and 28
Other Voter Registration Events:
Every month, we work with the USCIS to help register new voters as soon as they become citizens. We help them fill out the voter registration form and answer any questions they have about the election process in the US and Florida.
• Film Screening sponsored by the St John’s River Keeper at Sun-Ray Cinema, May 29
• World Refugee Day at Southpoint Baptist Church, June 13
• Juneteenth Celebration at the Ritz Theatre, June 15
Power of the Past – Force of the Future
The League of Women Voters of Florida’s 37th Biennial Convention is June 7–8, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. For registration and event information, click here.
Centennial Celebration Committee
The League of Women Voters will be celebrating 100 years of service across our nation in 2020. If you'd like to assist in developing and coordinating our Chapter's celebration, contact Lanelle Phillmon at 904-382-4478.
IMPACTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
May Voter Registration
Our League registered 109 voters in May, and a total of 704 voters so far in 2019.
To learn about becoming certified to register voters, contact Dianne Main.
Florida League Supports Efforts to Expand Medicaid
In support of the Florida League’s position to support the Expansion of Medicaid in Florida, the Jacksonville/First Coast League in partnership with several Florida organizations including Florida Voters for Health is gathering the necessary petitions throughout the state to get an amendment on the November 2020 ballot, allowing the Florida voter to decide if we want to accept the federal government’s offer to fund 90% of the cost to Expand Medicaid in Florida to cover an approximately 900,000 more poor, elderly and disabled patients. Our League is initially committed to gathering 1,000 petitions and needs everyone’s support.
If you are interested in supporting our community engagement for petition gathering, contact Mary McLaughlin at email@example.com or 952-201-4557. You can collect petition signatures at pool parties over the summer, at family gatherings, or even take them to the beach. Our fellow citizens care about the safety of our community no matter where you go!
To download and print petitions, go to https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/73891-1.pdf. When signed they can be either mailed to the address on the back or to Mary McLaughlin at 551 Rutile Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Or, bring them to give to Mary or Lanelle at our monthly luncheons. The Healthcare Committee meets after the monthly luncheons in the back of the room.
For training and more information, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bgwz8-ospshx69mu1gPpJZNyMuOiGzZ2njIhd-r3boU/edit and click on the “Webinar” link or just the “Script” for a one-pager.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC)
So, what has happened with NPVIC legislation in Tallahassee this spring? Well, unforunately not much, but at least Representative Geller and Senator Torres once again introduced the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact legislation. With so much else happening in Tallahassee and statewide, (for example, implementing those constitutional amendments) the State League asked that we hold back on pushing for the passage of the NPVIC.
Let’s start, then, with the big picture and look at what has been happening nationwide. The good news is that there is much to report!
This spring, three additional states have passed NPV legislation and are now added to the compact. That brings the electoral vote total to 189 of the 270 needed. Significantly, that means that represents more than 2/3 of the necessary votes. But, there’s more. Oregon (7 votes) and Nevada (6 votes) are making their way towards passing of the NPVIC legislation.
If that happens, the electoral count will top 200 and there is something magnetic about that number; it is almost 75% of the way there. Wow! And, it doesn’t end there. Several states have already had hearings on the committee level or passed legislation in one chamber. (For example, Maine is once again at it.) Stay tuned!
Finally, more good news. The Florida League will be joining with Common Cause and other public interest organizations in setting up an independent entity (501-C-3?) that will jointly work on furthering the NPVIC cause. We’ll be sharing the work and the resources while spreading the word with citizens and legislators. The League will still be involved as a major player, but separated from the other statewide interests of the League.
Finally, please continue to spread the word and ask various organizations — or even groups of friends and neighbors — to host an NPVIC speaking presentation.
So many thanks.
Speakers’ Bureau, League of Women Voters
“With the support of the people, all things are possible; without that, nothing is.”
Florida League Supports Efforts to Ban Assault Weapons
In support of our League position to promote Gun Safety, our League has entered into partnership with Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) to gather the necessary petitions throughout the state of Florida to get an amendment on the November 2020 ballot, allowing the Florida voter to decide if we want to remove assault weapons from our community. Our League is initially committed to gathering 3,000 petitions and needs everyone’s support.
Please go to the BAWN website to download, print, sign, and mail a petition in support of BAWN.
If you are interested in supporting our community engagement for petition gathering, contact Lanelle Phillmon at CLPhillmon@yahoo.com or 904-382-4478. You can collect petition signatures at pool parties over the summer, at family gatherings, or even take them to the beach. Our fellow citizens care about the safety of our community no matter where you go!
All the Things That Make the League Great
On a beautiful sunny Saturday in May, a small group of chapter members gathered at the St Augustine Library to receive “League Orientation.” Many in attendance had been League members for more than a few years, and several were former League Presidents, so the thirst for and wealth of knowledge about The League of Women Voters was quite diverse.
Our orientation came about as an idea from Karen Parish, Membership Chair, who really wanted to engage newer League members about our rich history, our dedicated work for a better democracy, and to discuss all the opportunities for engagement whether you have only a few hours or a few days each month to support League initiatives.
Orientation will be held quarterly throughout our covered area. We look forward to seeing you in September whether you are new to the League or a seasoned leader.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
May First Wednesday Speaker
Shannon Blankinship, Advocacy Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper (pictured here with LWVJFC President Ashish Bajaj), joined us for our May luncheon and gave us a very in-depth look at some of the challenges we face in Northeast Florida regarding "sunny day flooding" and rising tides and the dredging of the port. She also shared some innovative practices of green spaces intended for flooding and living shorelines. If you are interested in learning more about the St. Johns Riverkeepers or about the challenges we face in our local community, consider attending one or both of these events:
May 29, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Film Screening: The Human Element & Environment Panel
Sun-Ray Cinema at 1028 Park Street Jacksonville, FL 32204
A new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE, and CHASING ICE, you'll travel with environmental photographer James Balog as he captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.
Immediately following the film, environmental and community experts will be on hand to discuss the impact of rising waters in our community and how you can help create a more resilient Jacksonville.
Buy tickets in advance here.
June 4, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sinking Cities: A Community Discussion
WJCT 100 Festival Park Ave Jacksonville, FL 32202
A community discussion of the PBS Series Sinking Cities and the effects of sea level rise on the First Coast, from St. Augustine's historic sites to Jacksonville's riverfront properties, and what people across Northeast Florida are doing to adapt.
• Melissa Ross, Host/Producer, First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross
• Ellen Glasser, Mayor, Atlantic Beach
• Erik Olsen, Coastal Engineer & Member, Jacksonville Adaptation Action Area Working Group on Flooding
• Elizabeth Payne, CEO, NEFRC
• Lisa Rinaman, Riverkeeper, St. Johns Riverkeeper
• John Upton, Journalism Partnerships Editor, Climate Central
This event is FREE but seating is limited and reservations are required.
Get your tickets here.
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New Members—Welcome aboard!
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