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"Pipeline to Prison VIII”
Florida Law & Effect of Adult Incarceration of Youths

League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area, Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, Coffee Party, Campaign for Youth Justice 
October 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
Franco's Italian Restaurant

"Pipeline to Prison VIII" will review Florida law and the effects of adult incarceration of youths. At present, a child who is arrested in the state will be tried either as a juvenile or as an adult based on the sole discretion of the State Attorney in the respective judicial district. No defense or judicial oversight is available to the individual. A trial in adult court will result in a criminal record and, if incarcerated, the youth will spend time in an adult facility which lacks the educational and rehabilitative accommodations available in a juvenile facility. Last year, a Senate bill, designed to modify this situation, died in committee.

The October 16 program will feature a short documentary, with Q&A on the legal, judicial, social and psychological effects of childhood incarceration. You will be instructed on actions you can take to make changes.

Join us at Franco's on October 16 at 5:30 pm. Dinner is available on an individual pay basis.  Please RSVP to Paula Montgomery, 850-438-8891 or montpns@aol.com.

Leaguer Andrea Walker will be available during the evening to sign her recently published book, "Bending the Arrow".  "This remarkable account of one mother’s support of her incarcerated son is a testament to persistence, determination, and a parent’s devotion. Naïve, law-abiding school teacher Sybil casts off her feelings of despair and helplessness to take on the Georgia penal system."  

October 21, General Meeting, "Pay Equity" presented by Mary Collins, Chairperson of the Women's Issues Committee. Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. Pensacola, 10:15 coffee with program at 10:30 am. Public is always welcome.

League speaks Out

Watch the Go See Tour at the ECUA Recycling facility on YouTube here.

Girl Scouts from Troop 838 present the flag at the General Meeting September 16.

In honor of Women's Equality Day, 22 League members held a Silent Protest on Saturday, August 26. Signs with messages of issues of concern to women and equality were displayed. The red robes and white bonnets are a part of the story in "The Handmaid's Tale". Additional pictures are found in the September Voter and on LWVPBA facebook page. There will be additional silent protests in the future. Watch for time and places.

League Opposes Koback Request for Voter Records. Read LWV statement here. (6/30/2017)

Citing Potential "constitutional crisis", LWVF and Common Cause ask court to tell Governor he can't appoint more Justices.The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to avoid a ptential 'constitutional crisis' and affirm that Gove. Rick Scott does not have the authority to appoint jdges whose terms epire on the same day he leaves office in 2019. Read it here.

Considerations for proposed rules for Constitution Revision Commission - LWV of Florida and 14 other partner organizations submitted a letter to the Rules Working Group of the Constitution Revision Commission. Read it here.

The League Sends Memo to U.S. Senate Regarding Healthcare that need to be provided for any forthcoming legislation on healtcare. The League maintains that any legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act must include eleets to cover preventive care, pre-existing condition, support funding for Medicaid and must not discriminate aganst women. Read League statement on Senate Health Care Bill here.

Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina lawmakers used racial considerations to draw congressional districts following the 2010 Census. This decision is a major win in the battle for fair districts and the League is proud to have filed an amicus brief with the Campaign Legal Center in this case. Illegal gerrymanders have now been struck down in 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Texas, Virginia and now North Carolina. Read more here.

League statement on Trump's "Elections Integrity Commission" - The LWV president, Cris Carson, responds to reports that Preident Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections. Read more here.

LWV Opposes Ryan Healthcare Repeal Bill - Statement on the House Leadership's proposed "Americam Health Care Act." Read here.

League Statement on Immigration - The League of Women Voters is oposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Read here.

Take Action

LWV Opposes Termination of EAC in Appropriation Bill.LWV strongly urges the House Apropoiations Committee not to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the Financial Services Appropriation Bill, HR 115. Read More... (6/29/2017)

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act will leave millions of Americans uninsured and in poor health. We fought hard for these rights and protetions and we cannot go backwards. Tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA. Call the Capitol Switchboard (202 224-3121) and tell your Senators that the Better Care Recomcilliation Act of 2017 is not worthy of tthis great nation. While Senators for Florida are home for the 4th of July holiday, see their contact information here. Read More...

Take action now! League leads Florida coalition to prevent gun violence. Join us! The Florida Cloalition to Prevent Gun Violence, lead by the LWV Florida, was formed in the wake of the June 12th massacre of Pulse nightclub in Orlano. Read more...

December New Report Tracks History & Impact of Florida's Strict Criminal Disenfranchisement Law. The following link leads to a latest report by the Brennan Center for Justice regarding the restoration of former felons voting rights in Florida.

League in the News

Three Facts About School Arrest in Escambia's Prison Pipeline. Compilied Dr. Amir Whitaker, Skouthern Poverty Law Center Attorney. Source: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice data. Read it here.

Latest Update: "Redistricting in Florida", what you need to know. Read here







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