(about 1 hour each)
Local Poverty and ALICE Households, November 18, 2022 – Of Florida’s 7.8 million households (21.2 million people), about 13% earn below the Federal Poverty Level. While those families certainly struggle, they are not the only ones who do. There is another group of people who are technically above the Federal Poverty Level but by no means have the funds to get by in our community. Defined as ALICE (an acronym for families who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), these households are working and working hard, but still struggling to make ends meet.
United Way Suncoast’s Douglas Griesenauer, Senior Director – Workforce Development & Financial Stability, and Nichole Peña, Senior Manager, Financial Stability Initiatives, covers what has changed since the 2020 ALICE report was published, covered the United Way Suncoast Eviction Mitigation and Housing Crisis Dashboard, and shared the housing policies they are advocating for our counties in order to address the crisis in our community.
Robinson Preserve Expansion Planning and Execution, Nov 17, 2022 Damon Moore, Restoration Ecologist with Environmental Science Associates, shared his experience as lead in an extreme restoration project. Considerations of habitat and wildlife, recreation, and costs were a balancing act that presented Damon and the county many challenges. Damon is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Impact of Hurricane Ian on Bays and Estuaries, October 22, 2022 Excellent program by Dr. Dave Tomasko, Ph. D., Ex. Director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program with the impacts of many factors on the bay as well as changes due to Ian. Dr Tomasko has more than 30 years of experience in water quality assessments and the development of science-based natural resource plans in the Gulf of Mexico and international locations.
Ethics and Open Government, November 10, 2022 What is the Florida Sunshine Law, the Public Records Law and the Code of Ethics in layman terms? Speaker Krista A. Storey, Esq, Partner Emerald Law
Recently, unmet public records requests, transparency problems and lawsuits by The Florida Center for Government Accountability (FLCGA) have make headlines. Who are they, how do they work? Speaker Michael Barfield, Director of Public Access, Florida Center for Government Accountability.
Building a Multilingual Community in Public Schools, January 10, 2022. To View Click Here. The challenge of providing an excellent education for Manatee students, when they speak no English, or English is not their first language is daunting. 13% of our students fit this category and, although Spanish is the most frequent first language, Manatee students have 95 different languages as their first language. Our speakers help us understand the nature of these members of our community and the current and proposed programs in Manatee County schools, their challenges and successes.
- Cintia Elenstar, ESL Certified, MNM candidate, Program Director of UnidosNow, who provided an overview, historical and current, of the varied demographics of Spanish speakers in Manatee County and their needs and resources.
- Debra Estes, M.A., Director ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), Migrant, Federal Programs, who shared the Manatee School District’s efforts to support achievement of ELL (English Language Learners) students.
- Ruby Zickafoose, Ph.D., MSA Charter, who described their proposed PreK through Grade 5 Arts-infused Dual Language (Two-Way Developmental Bilingual Education) program, as an example of innovative efforts to improve literacy.
Gun Safety, November 8, 2021 – To view click here. Historically, gun sales increase with an election or a mass shooting. Now, with the pandemic, George Floyd protests and the assault on the Capitol, gun sales have soared. Hear the experts talk about the scope of this problem, in general and also specifically in Manatee County and common sense solutions to reduce gun violence risks. It could save a life.
We are pleased to have as our speakers:
- Carol Rescigno, President of Sarasota Manatee Brady United Against Gun Violence
- Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells
- Barbara Markely, LWV Broward County, Lock It Up! Program
- Katie Hathaway, Jacksonville Moms Demand Action, Be SMART
Water Water Everywhere. Will we have enough safe water to drink? October 11, 2021 Manatee County experienced a 24% increase in population between 2010 and 2020. We expect a 50% growth in our population in the next 25 years. Manatee and Sarasota are the 10th fastest growing regions in the United States. The pressures this will put on our infrastructure and the availability of potable water will be immense. Learn what we are doing in Manatee county to deal with this issue today and into the future. Hear from experts on the water distribution as well as water usage. Panelists are: Dennis Ragosta, Government Affairs Regional Manager; Southwest Florida Water Management District Katie Gilmore; Water Division Manager, Manatee County Utilities Department; Jack Merriam, Retired Environmental Scientist To view the Water, Water Everywhere presentation Click Here
Clerk of Court and Comptroller Angel Colonesso, April 24, 2021 Angel shares a little of her journey, and introduced the incredible range of duties and services of the Clerk of Court and Comptroller office, give a few pointers on accessing their services and even covered historic properties that are under this office. Angel guarantees you will not be bored. To view presentation on Clerk of Court click here
Implicit Bias Workshop with Dr. Lorie Fridell – March 31, 2021
This training is for everyone. To view on YouTube, click Here. Dr. Fridell’s workshop will help answer:
- What is implicit bias?
- How might it manifest in our lives?
- What are the skills we can use to reduce and manage bias?
Dr. Fridell is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida and a nationally recognized expert on biased policing. Dr. Fridell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, by Shankar Vedantam
- Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, by Howard Ross
- Biased: Uncovering the hidden prejudice that shapes what we see, think and do, by Jennifer Eberhardt PhD
Returning Citizens 2020 Election and Beyond – March 8, 2021
Until 2020, anyone convicted of a felony was barred from voting in Florida for life unless given clemency. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (of which the Florida League was a primary partner) lead a citizen’s initiative that enabled many returning citizens were able to vote for the first time in many years. Hear about the 2020 election and future steps needed to secure the vote for felons who have completed their sentence.
Cecile Scoon – a civil rights lawyer and First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Florida and chair of the state League’s efforts for the restoration of voting rights.
Neil Volz is the Deputy Director and co-founder of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and a returning citizen whose vote was restored in 2020. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is the organization that is dedicated to securing voting rights for returning citizens.
To View the Returning Citizen presentation Click Here
Returning citizens seeking legal clarity can call the League’s hotline dedicated to this program at 407-710-5496 or email CanIVote@LWVFL.org.
For information on two Florida Bar-approved webinars, eligible for up to 4 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, go to http://lwvfl.org/cle/
Dark Money in Manatee County – February 8, 2021 Learn how dark money (special interest money where donor is unknown) has it affected local Manatee County elections and influenced the decisions of our County Commission. What, if anything, can be done. Speakers are Cathy Antunes, researcher and commentator and Joe McClash, prior County Commissioner and publisher. To View the Dark Money Presentation Click Here
Article on Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizen’s United
E-Book Local Dark Money by Cathy Antunes
Instructions on How to Use the Florida Campaign Finance Database
Florida Campaign Finance Database
Plastics – Recycling is Not Enough – January 11, 2021
Learn the disturbing truth about plastics and local recycling management. What needs to happen to strengthen our regulation on waste disposal, plastic use and recycling. Learn what you can do to reduce your waste footprint. Get practical suggestions. Speakers are Mary DeJesus, Recycling Program Coordinator, Manatee County and Jana Hoefling and Cat Dillard, Co-Founders of Rethinking Plastics
Manatee County Recycling Information Click Here
Recycling Do’s and Don’ts from Manatee County Click Here
PDF of Presentation by Rethinking Plastics Click Here
Summary of Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 Click Here
550 Groups Ask Biden to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis with 8 Executive Actions (English/Español) Click Here
Planet Money Wasteland Podcast Click Here
The New World of Health Care and A Business Case for Universal Health Care – December 12, 2020 The first speaker is Wendell Potter, an American advocate for health insurance payment reform, New York Times bestselling author, and former health insurance industry communications director. The second speaker is Ray Fusco is a retired healthcare administrator with over 40 years of experience managing for profit and not for profit healthcare entities.
Innovative Solutions for Attainable Housing – November 9, 2020
The moderator is Diana Shoemaker, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Manatee County. The speakers are Bethany Snyder, Built for Zero (data driven approach to ending homelessness), Frank Wells, Chief Impact Officer of Bright House Community Trust, Geri Lopez, Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Director. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEicFNUkAHY