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March 2016 Newsletter


President's Message

This presidential election year is proving to be unprecedented, from the number of candidates to the range of issues, voters are experiencing an overload of information at a very rapid pace. This is very good for our democracy, regardless of your party affiliation or which candidate you prefer, the high level of civic engagement is welcomed.

In Miami-Dade we're getting ready for this very busy election year; March, August and November will bring out voters to make decisions at all levels of our government. We encourage your participation at every one of these elections; Vote by mail, during early voting or Election Day. Remember, every time you don't vote someone else is making the decision for you.

We're still rejoicing over the redistricting decision and are confident that the voters will benefit from the competitiveness that we'll see as a result. As the 2016 session comes to an end we're glad that the two major egregious gun bills; campus carry and open carry have been stopped for this year as well as fracking! But, we can't say the same for education where bad bills will have lasting adverse impact on public education. 

I'd like to extend an invitation to all our members to consider joining our board of directors.  Please let me know if you're interested or if you'd like to nominate someone.  I'd also hope that you'll visit with us at our March board meeting.

We're hard at work and look forward to having you join one of the many projects; from voter registration, to candidates forums to film screenings and good old fashion civic engagement- we'd love to see you! 

In League,

Maribel Balbin, President


It's a Presidential Election Year! Be Counted!

If you haven't noticed already, the 2016 election season is in full swing. In Miami-Dade, we will be electing key positions locally, like the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and at the state and federal levels. Stay up to date on how and where to vote, important dates and the candidates positions by visiting our Voter's Toolkit or BeReadytoVote.org


Legislative Summit 2016

League members from around the State, including Miami-Dade President Maribel Balbin, gathered in Tallahassee in February 2016 to strategize for the 2016 Election Year and to advocate for League priority issues.

Big wins this session include the failure of the open carry and campus carry bills, as well as the fracking bill!   

Check out the League's Capitol Report 2016 Session Week 9 for the latest information on the State of Florida's Legislative session.


A Film Series

The League has partnered with the YWCA Miami, Ruth's List Florida Action, and the Women's Fund Miami-Dade to host a series of documentary screenings to engage women, particularly millennial women, in a discussion about issues affecting us at a local and state level. We aim to impact the level of engagement and turnout in local elections where the majority of policy decision affecting women and girls are formulated.

On February 25, 2016, the first screening in the series, Miss Representation, was held at Cineapolis in Coconut Grove. The film shows how the mainstream US media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film was followed by an engaging discussion and networking.

The next screening will take place April 28, 2016 at Cineapolis in Coconut Grove and will show She's Beautiful When She's Angry, a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights. Stay tuned for more information.


ASPA is Honoring the League!

The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County will be honored by ASPA South Florida at its 13th Annual Women's History Month Reception on March 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Casa Juancho.

The League's Executive Committee will be recognized for its advocacy work in 2016 on redistricting and the environment on behalf of voters. 

When:    March 31, 2016
Time:     6:00 p.m.
Where:  Casa Juancho  
RSVP:    https://www.facebook.com/events/1578760022438432/

Visit ASPA's website for more information.


Cocktails & Conversations

On January 26, 2016, LWVMD's monthly Cocktails & Conversations series was held at R house in Wynwood and featured guest speakers Andrea Cuccaro and Erika Grohiski of ReThink Energy Florida, followed by a discussion on the lobbying efforts to oppose Fracking in Florida that took place at the 2016 session in Tallahassee. While civic engagement efforts delivered a victory on Fracking this year, it is expected to continue on as an issue in 2017. To learn more about Rethink Energy Florida, visit: www.rethinkenergyflorida.org .

Join our next 'Cocktails & Conversation' for the latest information on issues that impact our lives. The events are enjoyed by League members, supporters and area residents at various locations throughout Miami-dade. Stay up-to-date on future events by following us on Facebook.


LWV Monthly Board Meetings

Please join us at our next monthly Board Meeting at our NEW office at The Center for Social Change held on Monday, March 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm located at 2103 Coral Way - 2nd floor. Come and network while enjoying a glass of wine before the meeting gets underway to discuss ongoing and new initiatives for the year ahead. We have a lot planned given the election cycle this year and we hope you'll join us - perhaps in a voter registration drive or in serving on one of our committees.  

Our Board Meetings are always open to the public; they are held on the second Monday of each month from 6-8 pm. Please join us - and get involved in helping to shape our community through civic engagement


Wills & Planned Gifts

Include the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade Education Fund in your estate plans. Gift planning can provide financial benefits to you, your family and your heirs. Benefits include:

  • obtaining federal income/estate tax deductions and tax savings
  • receiving lifetime income for you and/or your beneficiaries
  • getting relief from tax liability on appreciated assets

The League encourages prospective donors to seek counsel of their own -legal, financial and tax advice in matters pertaining to charitable gifts. Before making a gift of securities or a planned gift, contact the League at 305 666-0186 of info@lwvmiamiamidade.org.

Donations are always welcomed.