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LWVMD Voter's Digest - April 2018

This is not...a single day in the span of history. This is a movement reliant on the persistence and passion of its people. — Delaney Tarr

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I can feel the winds of change, and they are not a gentle breeze! The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas are unbelievably relentless in demanding change. They have ignited a movement that we are confident will continue all the way to the November 2018 Elections and beyond.

To expand on this movement, the LWV is providing FREE student membership in the League! All students, from high school, undergrad or graduate, can join us to leverage our tools and platforms for advocacy and voter education. We welcome this next generation of activism and advocacy to the League of Women Voters.

LWVMD was invited by Mayor Dan Gelber and the City of Miami Beach to be the lead organization to register voters and pledge to vote at the student-led March for Our Lives on March 24. With our 30 amazing volunteers, we secured more than 100 pledges to vote and engaged over one thousand students.

I, along with Marisol Zenteno, and our student speaker, Audrey Ballarin, provided high-energy remarks that emphasized the power of voting. Our message was simple: To address the issue of gun violence, you must vote. It's Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Future!

Continuing our work with students on the urgent issue of gun safety, LWVMD is a co-sponsor of the Young Leaders Summit, Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College. The LWVMD will be there to register students to vote and take our Pledge To Vote.

We had a fabulous 2018 Women That Shine! Our honorees at this sold-out event were stellar: Lifetime Achievement honoree Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Andrea Mercado, Melba Pearson, Judy Schaechter, and the Pay Equity Campaign led by the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade. Our M.C., Glenna Milberg of WPLG Local 10, was wonderful! Thanks to all who attended and supported our Women That Shine, especially our sponsors, Nick Duran and Center for Social Change. Thanks also to Sonesta Coconut Grove and its outstanding team.

Our 2018 Election Team is already in high gear! We kicked off our PTV (Pledge to Vote) initiative, which provides upcoming election reminders, customized voting guides as well as important election day information. Research has shown well-informed individuals are more likely to vote. Take our PTV today on our website by clicking the Pledge to Vote box. Then have your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and every eligible voter you know take the PTV as well.

We are thrilled that the Center for Social Change has approved a grant to support our 2018 GOTV activities! This provides us with additional resources and recognizes that the League of Women Voters can be counted on to provide voters with the trustworthy information. At this writing, we are waiting to hear from the Miami Foundation on our joint application, submitted in partnership with the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade.

LWVMD has established a Fellows program with LULAC to get more students involved in civics. Fellowship opportunities include assisting with our Voter Guides and candidate forums, as well as developing marketing campaigns for social media! Contact Marisol Zenteno or Deanna Kirtman to become a LWVMD Fellow today.

Our Nomination Committee is taking your nominations to serve on our Board for the 2018-2019 program year! You can nominate yourself or others. Please fill out an application and send to info@lwvmiamidade.org.

LWVFL will be launching a campaign to Celebrate our Public Schools! in September. LWVMD is an active leader in developing this critical campaign; the recent legislative session concluded with one of the worst, more destructive bills, SB 7026, that allows teachers to have firearms in schools. Combined with HB 7055 last year, our public education is literally under attack. We will be working closely with our partners, the PTA, the UTD (United Teachers of Dade), and of course, Miami-Dade Public Schools.

LWVMD is a co-sponsor of the March for Science Teach-In, Saturday, April 11, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the University of Miami School of Law.

Other environment-focused events this month include a solar information session co-hosted by LWVMD and FL SUN on April 11, 7:00 p.m., at Palmetto Bay City Hall, 9705 Hibiscus Drive. This is the last solar co-op open to ALL of Miami-Dade County, no matter where you live. Learn how you can power up with Florida Sunshine and save money!

Another initiative is the implementation of the Miami Forever Bond program. We successfully secured the structure of an Advisory Board to represent Miami's population and ensure funds are being spent on projects the benefit ALL of Miami's residents.

It's four months until the primary and seven months until the general election, and LWVMD is working hard to make sure Miami-Dade's residents are ready. However, we can't do it without YOUR help. Sign up to volunteer at one of our many voter registration events, become a member, and/or donate to help us fulfill our mission.Together we can rock the 2018 election!

In League,

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Young Leaders Summit
Participants will learn new skills to help propel the gun reform movement forward.
Location: MDC Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th Street, Miami

Monday, April 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | LWVMD Board Meeting
Bring fresh ideas and learn about the various ways you can get involved by attending our monthly Board meetings, held on the second Monday of every month.
Location: Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, 2nd Floor, Miami

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Bay Harbor Islands General Election
Check out our Voter’s Guide before you head to the polls.
Location: Town Hall, 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Workplace Salary Negotiating for Women
Join the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade Advocacy Committee Training and Education Work Group on Equal Pay Day for a session on salary negotiations--the first in a series of skill-enhancing Women Strong, World Strong Leadership workshops.
Location: Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, 5th Floor, Miami

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Solar Information Session
Live in Miami-Dade County and want to go solar? Now's your chance; anyone who lives in Miami-Dade County can participate!
Location: 9705 E Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay

Saturday, April 14, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. | March for Science Miami Teach-In
Get the tools you need to become an advocate for the important science and policy issues affecting the South Florida area.
Location: University of Miami School of Law, 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables

Saturday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | What Happened In Tallahassee?
Session has come and gone. Which laws were passed this year and how do they impact you? Ask questions of state lawmakers, learn from some great community organizations, and prepare as midterm elections get closer!
Location: Cambridge Innovation Center, 6th Floor, 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami

Thursday, April 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Cocktails and Conversations, Voter Registration Edition
Join us to discuss plans improve voter turnout for this year's crucial midterm elections. In the 2014 midterms, Miami-Dade experienced voter turnout of only 40 percent. We want to raise that number significantly for 2018!
Location: Morgans, 28 NE 29th Street, Miami,

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Climate of Well-Being: Aligning Health, Climate Change, and Action
The negative aspects of climate change pose great threats to our communities and their health. The burden is greater for vulnerable populations, including women, children, the elderly, and those in under-resourced communities. Learn about policies that protect health and advance climate justice.
Location: Cambridge Innovation Center, 6th Floor 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 16 Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting will include the State of the League, approval of nominations for the Board of Directors, and a few surprises, too! As always, local candidates who will be on the August Primary ballots, including judicial candidates, are welcome to join us and introduce their campaign to our members! Save the date—more details coming soon.
Location: TBD

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