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Voter's Digest, January 2019

“New Year a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours."
― Alex Morritt

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Dear Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! With a new year comes a new beginning and a new chance to improve on what we have done. Therefore, with refreshed energy, we will continue our work to protect voting rights. With the passing of Amendment 4, we will be holding voting registration drives for returning citizens throughout the year. With our Civics 101, we will focus on voter education in marginalized sectors of the community, while hosting Hot Topics series through our Speakers Bureau. At the same time, we are focusing on your legislative priorities.

Yes, there are many issues to focus on to accomplish the League’s mission. They may appear lofty or daunting; however, I know they can be achieved. Working together, we make a real difference in the community. I encourage each of you to find an issue that you are passionate about and volunteer to help us.

Paraphrasing the quote above, will it be the same old story, or will you write a different one this year? The choice is yours.

In preparation for the 2019 Legislative Session, we would like to know YOUR priorities. If you have not already done so, please fill out our legislative priorities survey. LWVFL will combine the recommendations of Leagues across the state to create the 2019 LWV Florida Legislative Priorities, which guides the League in its efforts during the Legislative Session (March 5 – May 3, 2019).

LWVMD will hold its 5th Annual Women Who Shine event Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove, where we will recognize outstanding women role models who have had a meaningful impact on our community.

LWVMD members are welcome to nominate a woman to be recognized as a 2019 Woman Who Shines by submitting a nomination by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 11, 2019.

Priscilla Jackson was born in China, attended the Shanghai American High School, and crossed the Pacific Ocean five times before attending Oberlin College with a major in political science. Priscilla then transferred to the University of Chicago.

Priscilla wrote five novels, including A Gryphon Year, China 1911-12, and An American Surgeon in Old Canton. She was design director of the Continuum Center for Women at Oakland University in Michigan, created the Women in Management Program at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration, started a Women Professionals Program at Wayne State’s Rackham Center, and became a popular speaker on the “Eight Stages in a Woman’s Life." Priscilla lived in Miami for many years and was active with the League of Women Voters here as well as in Michigan.

Priscilla was 96 when she died in September 2018 in Vermont and is fondly remembered by “Priscilla’s Group," a group of women in career and life growth.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Miami-Dade County will start registering voters who regained the right to vote under Amendment 4. If you would like to be involved in education or voter registration efforts, please contact us.

LWVMD is teaming up with LWV Broward County's Lock it Up campaign to educate gun owners about the dangers of unlocked guns around children. To date, the campaign has distributed more than 5,000 trigger locks and plans to expand to pediatricians, daycares/pre-schools, mental health providers, churches, synagogues, mosques, YMCAs, private schools, public schools, and even gun stores,

If you are interested in volunteering to make calls, help with delivery of brochures and trigger locks, attend some evening events and man tables please contact us.

As this year begins, we look forward to working together with renewed energy to increase our reach in the community, empower and educate voters, and make a more perfect democracy.

In League,

Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2019
League Rising: The Power of Women
Hear from League leaders and experts from throughout the state, hone your skills, learn to be a more effective League member, and more! For more information and to register, click here.
Location: Orlando Downtown, 60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32804

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Legislative Briefing and Brunch
Come meet members of the Miami-Dade Delegation to the Florida Legislature, find out what’s on their mind, and share what’s on yours before the next session begins in March.
Location: Center for Social Change Fifth-Floor Conference Room, 2103 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Women Who Shine
Join us for our gala annual luncheon celebrating outstanding women leaders who are increasing the well-being and vitality of our community.
Location: Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33133