HOT TOPICS
 It's Dinner for a Change!
Please join us for dinner followed by a panel presentation on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from the Florida perspective. The presentation will provide an update on the first year of health insurance signups under the Healthcare.gov Marketplace and information on the upcoming open enrollment period. This information will be provided by Athena Smith Ford, Advocacy Director with Florida CHAIN. Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care.
Panel members will also address another key measure included in the Affordable Care Act -- the provision allowing states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover individuals with incomes below the federal poverty level. So far, Florida has resisted this expansion and presenters will discuss the status of efforts to encourage the Florida Legislature to support expansion. Jabari Paul of PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) will join us to provide the moral argument for the Medicaid expansion.
Date:  November 19, 2014 WEDNESDAY
(THIRD WEDNESDAY)
Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm  HOT TOPIC DINNER
(buffet followed by panel)
Location:  Capital City Country Club
1601 Golf Terrace Drive
Menu: Roasted pork loin or pasta primavera, salad bar, vegetables, rolls & butter, coffee, tea and a cash bar
Cost: Members - $17      Non-Members - $20
The first three student members to RSVP eat FREE!!
 FOR RESERVATIONS
please call 309-3005 or e-mail
LWVTallahassee@gmail.com

 Please RSVP by Saturday morning, November 15.
   
Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, November 15, those who cancel late should
reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations.

HEADS UP, EVERYBODY! The December Holiday Hot Topic will be Saturday, December 13. Details TBA.

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Rhana's Walk

To Fight Money In Politics

Initiative to Limit Campaign Spending

 

Concerned about big money in our Democratic Process? Think we need campaign finance reform? Then here's an opportunity make your voice heard.

 

Mark your calendars for December 2nd and 3rd.

 

That’s when Rhana Bazzini will be walking into Tallahassee on her trek from Sarasota to draw attention to the simple facts that corporations are not people and money does not equal free speech. The campaign is supported by dozens of organizations, including Public Citizen, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, the United Church of Tallahassee and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tallahassee.

 

Rhana Bazzini is 81 years old. She’s overcome cancer and has adjusted to living with a colostomy. These challenges have not slowed her down. Right now she’s walking from Sarasota to Tallahassee because she could not afford to buy TV ads or pay for the media blitz needed to counter “big money” efforts to take control of our democracy.

 

Her supporters have an idea for drawing more attention to her endeavor. We want to form “Rhana’s Billboard Brigade” with millions of people wearing the same red shirt, on the same day, from coast to coast. The day is – December 3rd, this is when she will arrive in Tallahassee.

 

Most individuals don’t have the money to combat companies and deep-pocketed individuals that work to protect their best interest and in too many cases undermining ours. By coming together to undertake this one small, unified action we have the ability to send a visible message that can’t be ignored. This will be far more effective than any outreach or advertising campaign.

 

Here’s what you can do:

 

Buy a T Shirt to wear at the events. It’s available for $15 on line at http://ingrannydfootsteps.org/t-shirts/

 

Attend the documentary film “Pay to Play”, which will be shown at 7 PM, December 2nd at All Saints Cinema, 918 Railroad Ave, Tallahassee, for $5 admission. An expert panel discussion will follow, moderated by Common Cause Florida State Chair Peter Butzin. Panelists include: Rhana Bazzini, John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People and David Cobb of Move to Amend.

 

Plan to walk with Rhana during her triumphant entry into Tallahassee and press conference on the steps of the Old Capital at 10 AM, December 3rd. Join her at 8 AM for the last 4 miles of the walk at 3111 Mahan Drive (site of the old Publix) or at 9 AM for the last 2 miles at the United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive. Transportation will be provided from the steps of the Old Capitol back to your car.

 

Join Rhana, Harvard Law Professor and campaign finance expert, Larry Lessig and friends for a pot luck lunch at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tallahassee, 2810 N Meridian Road, at 12 noon on December 3rd. Please RSVP Peter Butzin by calling him at 850-524-9946, or sending an email to PButzin@gmail.com. Plan to bring a dish to share. Peter could also use a handful of volunteers to help with the potluck, which we are co-sponsoring with the Unitarian-Universalist Church Tallahassee. The brief play, “You’re Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell!” will also be presented.

 

For additional information: http://ingrannydfootsteps.org

 

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 Nine Reasons to Join Today!

LWVF is on the move, and your voice is needed to keep up the fight for a better Florida!

Here’s a brief list of the League's most recent accomplishments:

1. Participated in a lawsuit that blocked the state of Florida's attempts to illegally purge registered voters 90 days before an election.

2. Reduced gerrymandering by leading the charge for the Fair Districts amendments, which finally set clear rules for drawing political districts, and were voted into the Florida Constitution by 63% of voters.

3. Eliminated roadblocks to voting by demanding that the Legislature reinstate early voting days and the Sunday before Election Day, following the incredible delays, including 8-hour long lines in Miami, that voters faced during Election Day 2012.

4. Struck down unconstitutional restrictions on voter registration via a precedent-setting victory in U.S. federal court.

5. Helped place Florida's Water and Land Legacy Amendment on the November 2014 general election ballot; our members collected over 25,000 signed petitions throughout the state of Florida.

6. Lead the push for SUNRAIL -- Central Florida's new commuter rail network.

7. Initiated curbside recycling in St. Petersburg, as well as permission for citizens to speak in Orange County Commission meetings.

8. Successfully persuaded Florida voters to defeat 9 out of 11 amendments on the 2012 ballot, many of which would have severely eroded the rights of citizens and/or de-funded local governments.

9. Worked with statewide environmental groups to successfully pressure the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to halt the sale of state-owned conservation lands.

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