The LWVMC has collected videos from our Hot Topics and special events. In support of an informed voter, we are also posting candidate forums and videos on voting issues. In addition, advocacy videos are below which relate to those issues that are important to the League of Women Votes and our democracy. Any additional video suggestions to those we have posted are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
INTRODUCTION TO THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
LWV – Creating a more perfect democracy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD3hNEI1a9I
We are the League of Women Voters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=undHUR0ckQs
Vote411.org – League of Women Voters voting information system –
- In English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Fqe8PE3N0&feature=youtu.be
- In Spanish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjRvpg9DTYA&feature=youtu.be
Hot Topics and LWV of Manatee Presentations
(about 1 hour each)
Pro and Con – Extention of the 1 Mil School Tax, September 13, 2021 Manatee voters approved a 1 mil tax increase for local schools in 2018. On Tuesday, Nov. 2, a special election will be held on renewing a one-mill property tax for Manatee Schools. Panelists debating the pros and cons: Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent of the School District of Manatee County; Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Co-Chair of ForwardManatee (committee for the referendum renewal); Christopher Carman, Political Consultant with Carman Management and Consulting,LLC.; Amanda Ballard, Attorney
To read chat, which had a separate debate running, 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 email@example.com.
- 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
2020 Election Recap with Manatee Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett – January 26, 2021 Mike Bennett gives thoughts on the 2020 election process and answers many questions by the audience. Click Here
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
Voting Security and Vote by Mail – May 18, 2020 Supervisor of Elections Michael Bennett talks about voting security measures, the ERIC system and answers voting questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilNbpv3jN0Q
Additional Information is below in “Voting Issues”
Charter Schools Accountability for Finances and Success – February 20,2020 A panel discussion. Shirley Brown, Sarasota County School Board, Mitchell Teitelbaum, Manatee School District General Council, Frank Pistella, Director of District Support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RBjfUi1HPI
Phosphate Mining in Manatee – Feb 11, 2019 Speakers from Suncoast Waterkeeper/Sarasota Sierra, The Mosaic Company and Manatee County Natural Resources. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8QHV34r8Kg
Manatee County’s Addiction Crisis – March 11, 2019 Manatee County was considered the opioid capitol of Florida. This program tells you about this crisis and explores what is being done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quslf7ETSSI
The Judicial System – Jan 9, 2018 A look at separation of power, political and public pressures and our current judicial system from history Professor Alcock and retired Judge Haworth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV24gxSU8oI
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA LUNCH AND LEARN
Haven’t been able to join LWVFL webinars? Links to webinars are below.
July 31, 2020 LWV of Florida Lunch and Learn on Open Primaries –
This presentation has 3 speakers on Open Primaries: Former Congressman Jason Altmire, Senior VP of Open Primaries Jeremy Gruber and cochair Florida Open Primaries Steve Hough.
July 10,2020 Lunch and Learn Series: To Finish the Fight
This webinar featured Dr. Carolyn Jefferson Jenkins, former president of LWVUS. Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins gave a powerful presentation entitled “To Finish the Fight: which focused on diversity (and the lack of diversity) within the League and her recently published book: “The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters.”
ERIC – Florida has joined ERIC, a shared database created by the PEW Foundation to help maintain voter records by providing information so that that those who have died can be deleted from the voting population and individuals have moved away can be removed and those moved in can be encouraged to register. This 2-minute introductory video gives a good overview. Introduction to Electronic Registration Information Center
An older video with much more detail and provides an even better understanding. The Future of Voter Registration is Here | Pew
Article on voter fraud recommended by Mike Bennett, Manatee Supervisor of Elections Lets Put the Vote-by-Mail Fraud Myth to Rest/
Juvenile Justice – Pinellas public defender Patrice Moore and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson share their experiences working with the juvenile justice system. https://www.pbs.org/video/pov-15-life-juvenile-justice-and-rehabilitation/
The 100 Year Birthday Celebration for the League of Women Voters. Speakers included our founder, Carrie Chapman Catt (played by Kathryn Chesley) and the President of the League of Women Voters of Florida, Patti Bingham. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCJsDjXCUT0