Information about important issues and our local, state and national Leagues' positions.
Understanding the Issues
Amendment 4 - Voting Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens
The Florida Rights Restoratio Coalition is our partner in voting rights to overcome returning citizens' disenfranchisement from the democratic process. The Brennan Center for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union, Stetson Law School, FRRC, and the Poor Peoples' Campaign are all partners with the League of Women Voters of Florida in a broad coalition to restore voting rights. Visit the FRRC for assistance on repaying fines and fees associated with your incarceration.
The League of Women Voters of FL, LWVNPC, Stetson University College of Law, The Florida Bar Association, the Pinellas ExOffender Re-Entry Coalition, the Community Law Program, and several others collaborated on a day of attorney training to help qualified returning citizens register to vote. Here is a video of a returning citizen in FL explaining why his right to vote is so important to him.
Poverty, Health and Juvenile Justice Committee
The health disparities of COVID19 are magnified in our marginalized communities and among residents struggling to avoid eviction and their already fragile economic stability for themselves and their families. Our Local LWVNPC Poverty, Health and Juvenile Justice Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday monthly 5:30-6:30PM, hosts speakers and events, and would love your participation as a League member. You will be educated, informed, and actively learn to give voice to relevant problems and concerns with legislators. If you'd like to join our committee, contact lwvpoverty [at] gmail.com (Beth Hovind) for more information.
There is also a LWV Florida state-level Poverty Action Team focusing on Economic Opportunity and Affordable Housing. That group meets statewide the 2nd Thursday Monthly 5:30-6:30PM via dial-in. Sign up here. Take the Poverty Quiz here. Review our bibliography to read about poverty. Much has only worsened since the Pandemic.
Education Committee - Support for Public Education
Our public education committee, comprised of many current and former educators in Pinellas County and beyond, tracks the school year in Florida. Our Committee monitors school board meetings and workshops, and actively advocates for equitable distribution of government resources for public schools. We proudly co-sponsored a hot topic forum, "Following the Money - Charter School Business Practices" with our neighboring Hillsborough County and St. Petersburg Area leagues in January, 2020. The pandemic has permanently changed the face of public education - now is the time to ensure all students receiving Pinellas County public education have equal opportunities to learn and grow. Please contact flemsci [at] gmail.com (Nikki Fleming) to continue to energize our Education Committee with new ideas and activism!
Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Our Environment and Natural Resources Committee actively monitors legislation and state and local support for alternative energy, environmental sustainability, the expansion of solar power in Florida. We continue to advocate for a healthier environment for Pinellas County residents, and fair policies for clean water and air. Join our Committee! Find out more by contacting dave [at] beyourbestinc.com (Dave Sillman).
- League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area,
- League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County,
- League of Women Voters of Florida, and
- League of Women Voters of the United States.