League Joins Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Good News! The League and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and other lead partners have crafted a formal partnership to tackle obtaining signatures for petitions for an amendment to reinstate ex-felons’ rights and to manage the statewide campaign. Studies from the Florida Parole Commission show that people who get their rights restored are much less…

TAKE ACTION NOW: NO OPEN CARRY OF FIREARMS IN FLORIDA!

On June 12, 2016, 49 innocent people were murdered in cold blood at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, by a lone gunman with a semiautomatic assault rifle. In our family friendly state and popular tourist destination, lives ended. But instead of common sense gun laws to prevent more gun violence from occurring, Florida Senator Greg…

Rally for Gun Safety

The Gun Safety Action Group of the LWVSC partners with the local Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for their weekly rallies at the Sarasota Bayfront. If you are frustrated by recent events, and just want to “do something”, please consider joining us!  We meet Thursdays, 4pm, at the “kissing statue”.  We have plenty of…

Sarasota NAACP Hosts Event In Wake of Recent Shootings

The Sarasota County Branch-NAACP is inviting local residents to a gathering of community groups and local law enforcement on Wednesday in the wake of the shooting of police officers in Dallas and a rash of police shootings of black men, including in Louisiana and Minnesota. The NAACP event is scheduled to be held Wednesday night…

LWVF Releases Statement on Orlando, June 12

Florida Must Lead on Gun Safety The time for action is NOW. Guns kill people. That is a fact. Florida must be a leader NOW for necessary gun legislation. Call your Florida Representative and State Senator. We must have expanded background checks and extensive REQUIRED safety training for all permit holders. This is a Public…

Celebrate Earth Day by Helping the Monarch

There’s no better way to honor our Earth than by protecting the wild creatures that call it home, especially species like beautiful—and struggling—monarch butterflies. Monarch populations have plummeted almost 90% in the past two decades. How? Habitat loss. These magnificent butterflies have lost MILLIONS of acres of prairie grassland habitat where milkweed plants grow. Monarch…

Help Stop Bad Gun Bills

We must keep the pressure on! Your voice is vital NOW! Two harmful bills will be brought to the House floor on Tuesday: HB 4001 — Campus Carry: •The entire university system of Florida, all 28 colleges, campus police chiefs, and United Faculty of Florida oppose guns on their campuses! •A USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey…

Campaign Finance Reform

The campaign finance reports for the first half of the year are in—and they’re even worse than I feared. Far worse. If you had any doubt that this year’s explosion of Super PACs is giving a tiny number of billionaires extraordinary influence over candidates, check out a few numbers: Millions of dollars raised by Super…

Myakka Ranchlands in Jeopardy

This is Triangle Ranch, Myakka Ranchlands Florida Forever Project Area. Right now, you have the opportunity to help save this land, forever. Fellow Floridians: Today is likely our last chance to make sure that the Legislature honors your vote on Amendment 1 and funds Florida’s important priorities of protecting our lands and waters for future generations.…

Everglades Alert!

We are at one of the most important crossroads in the preservation of the Florida Everglades.  Toxic algae has once again been found and is threatening our beaches and waterways. Today, the legislative special session starts in Tallahassee and we only have a few weeks before it concludes.  Big Sugar and their lobbyists are spending…