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 Restoration 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.
Economic Equity 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 Economic Equity Committee will begin meeting again in January on the 3rd Thursday monthly 5:30-6:30PM (when possible), 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. Review our bibliography to read about poverty. Click for NILHC Advocates’ Guide to learn more about housing. Much has only worsened since the Pandemic. If you’d like to join our committee, contact Mina Harkins for more information.
Education Committee – Support for Public Education
The Education Committee is comprised of members who are interested in informing the community of key issues impacting education, expanding access to first-time voter registration, and advocating for equitable use of resources that will ensure educational excellence and opportunities for ALL children in the Pinellas County public school district. Committee members monitor school board meetings, hold virtual and in-person forums to inform the community of decisions that impact students and educational staff, and host voter registration events for young adults. Committee members planned and delivered two virtual events in 2021-2022. These virtual events were made available to the public and were titled, “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Voters,” and “Why Public School is the BEST Choice.” The Education Committee also co-sponsored a school board candidate forum prior to the 2022 school board election.
Please contact us if you would like to become a member of the Education Committee and wish to help with our many projects!
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!