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Serving the People of Brevard County, Florida
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Mission Statement
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

League of Women Voters of the Space Coast


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Committees
Committees
Programs of Work:
Education
Health and Women's Issues
International Relations
Justice
Local Government
-----Observer Corps
Natural Resources
------Recycling
------FL SUN
------Indian River Lagoon


Our League is committed to Sustainability which is covered by each of the above programs of work.

Support Committees/Efforts:
Membership
Voter Services/Voter Advocacy/NPVIC
Publicity
Speaker's Bureau
Facebook Editing
Website and Newsletter Editing
Telephone
Nominating
Hospitality

By-laws / Policies and Procedures

Activities

Registers and educates voters.
Sponsors and Co-Hosts candidate forums.
Meets with all Brevard County Legislators.
Holds meetings for the public to learn and study international relations subjects.
Publishes a newsletter and eNewsletters as needed to keep membership informed.
Maintains a website (lwv-spacecoast.org) and a Facebook account that contains pertinent up-to-date information.
Advocates for Legislative Issues according to Study and Action.
Hosts "Hot Topic" meetings to educate citizens on public affairs issues.
Provides speakers to address issues that appear on the ballot for the General Election.
Monitors and certifies elections for local organizations.
Publishes CONTACT, a directory for elected officials every two years.
Sponsors a recycling Awards Program in cooperation with Brevard Public Schools.

2018-2019 Accomplishments


  • Supported state and national efforts to include participation in Convention and leadership conferences, committee calls, and input to legislative priorities. (we always need to consider the collective efforts of the League, from National to State to our local accomplishments.  At the national level efforts have been focused on Gerrymandering, pushing attention on NPVIC, and ERA…. At the state level our lobbyist provides us alerts on legislation, good and bad, related to our priority issues in addition to lobbying on behalf of our priority issues)  
  • Our 2018 year focused on voter education and registration.
  • We supported multiple voter registration events in local high schools, at college campuses, and at community events such as Juneteenth festival, PFLAG fundraiser, National Drive Electric Week event, Veggie Fest, Ocean Reef Beach Festival, and more.
  • We provided educational talks to multiple organizations on the 2018 Florida Ballot Constitutional Amendments and with our state president we held a press conference regarding concerns on what we considered BAD proposed amendments and spoke to the CRC regarding these concerns at a local CRC hearing.
  • We held a timely topic with a panel of Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) commissioners to further educate voters.
  • We educated and collected petitions for Restoration of Felon Rights.
  • We partnered with Florida TODAY and Brevard Eastern State College to provide local candidate forums at county, state and, federal level. We also supported candidate forums for multiple municipalities.
  • We held a Party at the Polls
  • We held a Timely Topic Luncheon to meet with Brevard County’s new Superintendent of Schools
  • We provided posters to all Brevard High Schools to encourage students to VOTE.
  • We supported the student’s March for our Lives – the March and a local town hall with Brevard and Parkland Students
  • We held a Timely Topic at the Brevard Zoo with the Brevard Zoo Keeper Executive Director providing an inspirational talk to bring us together and titled Let’s Get Better Together.
  • Held International Relations Meetings to discuss topics such as Media and Foreign Policy, Global Health Issues, Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics, and more.
  • Provided donation to and enjoyed a local community theater student A Capella group at our holiday luncheon.
  • Met with some of our local legislators to ask them questions regarding their views towards our priorities.
  • Held a very informative Timely Topic on Reproductive Rights.
  • Provided priority legislation presentations to the Brevard Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting in January.
  • Held a Politicos on Parade Fundraiser
  • Supported Student Science Fairs as judges and provided our own awards for IRL projects.
  • We held a Timely Topic with the St John’s River Keeper providing us a virtual tour of the St John’s river and impacts of concern.
  • We kicked off the 2nd FL SUN co-op for Brevard County and held several info sessions.
  • Prepared for our Annual Meeting
  • Held 2 Port Canaveral events, one a fundraiser and the other a timely topic.


Our History


The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt shortly before the Women's Suffrage Amendment was ratified. After years of hard work and organizing, women across the country suddenly had the right to vote so the LWV next structured itself to help those newly enfranchised women become politically educated and responsible voting citizens. In 1973, the national charter was modified giving men the opportunity to join the League.

 

Over the years the League has opened the door to intellectual activity and involvement in political life. When the political establishment first began seeing women as capable of serving on local boards and holding office, they naturally began seeking their advice and support. The League continues to study many issues and actively promotes reform where necessary. The LWV remains a pertinent citizen voice in local governance and will continue to serve as a training ground for many community leaders to come.

 

The Florida League was formed in 1939 by three local Leagues: St. Petersburg, Winter Haven and Winter Park-Orlando. Currently in Florida there are 29 local leagues statewide. Nationally the LWV is in every state as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and worldwide as far away as Hong Kong with a total of 900 state and local leagues.



Space Coast history goes back to 1948 when the first League in Brevard County, the League of Women Voters of Cocoa, was formed with twenty-one members. When the original charter was granted the League asked to be called the Central Brevard League. This request was denied since county appellations could not be used.

 

In 1953 the request was again made and denied.

 

Since the LWV locally, through membership and activity, truly represented Central Brevard rather than simply Cocoa, in 1960 the request to change the name was finally granted and effective Sept. 1, 1960 the organization became known as the LWV of Central Brevard.

 

In the meantime, a group in the south end of the county formed the South Brevard League in 1958, and the Central Brevard League was pleased to cooperate with its sister League in the south. The 72 mile county received a wider dissemination of information on political issues and local concerns.

 

Ten years later, 1970 came another name change-the Cape Kennedy Area LWV.

 

The Cape LWV program included water pollution, land use and growth under county government, modernization of local government, support of county programs to stregthen health, education and welfare, and support for the Cape's yardstick on charter government.


South Brevard programs covered local government services, organization, land use, finance and taxation policies and procedures governing major political parties in Brevard. A major continued program was a study of the water resources of South Brevard.



Community services included publications, i.e., "Contact", "Election Extra" and "This is Brevard County". The Leagues provided local voter registration drives, staffing of voting machines, candidate forums and studies in areas of general citizen concerns.

 

In May of 1978 a leadership crisis faced the LWV of South Brevard, due to a move out of state by its president. However, the problem was resolved and the League continued to operate. Discussion began about ways of cutting down on duplication of projects by both Leagues. Inevitably this led to talk of combining the Cape Kennedy and South Brevard chapters and on Nov. 19, 1979 those Leagues consolidated to become the LWV of the Space Coast. The first annual meeting was held in April of 1980.