The League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida held a luncheon last week focusing on the painful history of the Ocoee Massacre. On Nov. 2 1920, an armed white mob chased black businessman and voting rights advocate July Perry from his home, burned black-owned homes & businesses to the ground, killed upwards of 60-70 black residents and drove the approximately 500 black residents out of town, resulting in the city becoming all-white for more than 50 years. All because black Americans wanted to vote.
By the time the sun rose Nov. 3, Perry was dead — lynched on a lightpost in Orlando. Primary part of the story starts 6:30 minutes in.
League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida Hot Topics Black History Month: The 1920 Ocoee Voting Massacre
Moderator: Judge Emerson R. Thompson Jr.
Speakers: Ocoee Commissioner George Oliver III, Sha’ron Cooley McWhite, and Francine Boykin ...
Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a seriou...
Be proactive before election time. Make sure your name, signature and address are correct. Know where your correct polling sites are.
Why I chose to vote in person.
I have voted by mail-in only to personally deliver my ballot to the Supercisor of Elections office for safety because Postal Service is so u relia let but I always pull out my voter registration card to double check my signature if it I cludes my full name or abbreviated name.
This was great news to hear about this decision, but the assault on voting rights in Florida continues! 😠
League of Women Voters of Florida I hope you're tracking and mobilizing concern against #HB218 and #SB342 that appear to be positioning to SHUT DOWN public records laws for elections offices? These systems are important for voters to be able to confirm the status of their registration, and whether or not their vote was actually counted!
"Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he wants to create a new private school voucher program that would pay tuition for students now on the waiting list for the state’s popular Tax Credit Scholarship Program." ...
Gov. Ron DeSantis says he'll push for a new school voucher program, an "equal opportunity" scholarship that will pay private school tuition for children on the waiting list of Florida's popular Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
If the state of Florida has extra money lying around that they want to give to private schools, fine! But if they are reducing funding for our public school system to do this, I am strongly opposed to it! Florida does not adequately fund our public schools as it is!!
When I vote yes to school taxes, it’s to improve our PUBLIC schools. NOT your private school.
Or you could just improve the public schools they're fleeing from.
No public money for private schools!
WTH? Give our tax money to public schools.
No tax payer money should go to private schools. Most of the time it goes to religious schools. You want your kid to go to private school, pay for it yourself. That’s what I did.
Let me guess, Christian based?
Vouchers system undermines public schools. No money to private schools
NO WAY do I want my money stolen from the public coffers to line the pockets of for profit education industry. FLORIDA has a terrible record of failing private for profit institutions.
Giving money to more private school with no accountability is the plan, it is dangerous for our children
Follow the money, he must have stk in Charter Schools.
Sounds like Betsy DeVoss
Public money for private schools?
I pay my real estate taxes to help fund our public schools not to help your child go to a private one.
Instead - pump all that money into teacher salaries and the #FLPUBLIC school system. Increase the quality of the curriculum statewide and viola!
Wow. He's such an out of the box thinker.
How can you legally offer a tax benefit to only a small portion of the citizenry?
Republicans move their agenda to end public school education as we know it
What happens when people use those vouchers for private religion-based schools? I smell a lawsuit.
The GOP will do anything to take money to indoctrinate their kids, and fill the pockets of their patrons!
More Republican hooha reducing the amount of funding given to public schools in Florida. Republicans hate public schools so they do NOTHING to help them.
JUST ANOTHER WAY TO STEAL MONEY FROM THE AMERIAN PEOPLE
Jeb Bush's failure to help education in Florida was the signal. You can't improve public schools by taking money away from them.
Florida law prevents all oversight of private schools.
How can anyone think that doing MORE of the same will drag Florida education into the 21st century.
Statement from League of Women Voters of the U.S. on President Trump's emergency declaration this morning:
By declaring a state of emergency, the president abuses his national emergency powers and undermines Congressional authority—all for a wasteful, ineffectual border wall that will not make our nation safer.
The American people expect the president to fulfill his executive responsibility for sound management of public funds, not sidestep Congress in order to force funding for a border wall that the American people have not sanctioned.
The League objects to this abusive declaration of a national emergency.This declaration is an abuse of national emergency powers. http://bit.ly/2Bz2wH6 ...
Deirdre Macnab is our former president, and she writes a compelling argument that the recently appointed Supreme Court Justices ensure that the next redistricting is done in a fair and unbiased manner. ...
Florida's voters spoke loudly and clearly in 2010 when they approved the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments to the state constitution. Florida's newly appointed members to the Supreme Court need to uphold the voters' intent.