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SAVE THE DATE! MAR. 5th: Social Policy

Speaker Muhammed

Ending Poverty and Violence in Lee County

Speaker: Abdul’Haq Muhammed

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9am to 11am
The Helm Club of the Landings
4420 Flagship Drive, Fort Myers

For reservations, email reservations@lwvlee.org or call 239-278-1032
Deadline for reservations is March 2, 2016
Optional Breakfast is $15 (Meeting is free.)
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The meeting is free and the Public is Invited to Attend.

Guest speaker Abdul’Haq Muhammed, Executive Director of Quality Life Center (QLC) will discuss his work for the past 20 years with the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida and his leadership role with the Pennies for Community Progress movement to end poverty and violence within Lee County. Mr. Muhammed is a community leader and a motivational speaker who works to uplift children and adults through confidence-building programs based on core values that will teach the tools for a rewarding life.

With other concerned citizens, Abdul’Haq Muhammed founded Quality Life Center to meet the needs of underserved areas in southwest Florida in a way that is respectful and empowering. He developed programs to enhance character development, combat violence and drug abuse, reverse the “victim” mentality and tackle the negative self-image often found amongst the residents. Children in the QLC program learn manners and self-respect. Mr. Muhammed has been recognized for his work in the Dunbar community by former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, Florida’s Attorney General, the Lee County Bar Association, Gulfshore Business Magazine, as well as Person of the Year and Trailblazer Awards from the News-Press.

Muhammed has a vision of equality, dignity and opportunity for all. Through his leadership and example, he has generated a sense of community and hope. Before coming to Fort Myers, Muhammed worked as a drug counselor, a youth counselor, a sensitivity trainer for the NY Police Department, and co-founded Woodycrest Center for Human Development, a nonprofit in the Bronx, working with the neediest populations, from at-risk youth to ex-offenders.

Pennies for Community Progress (P4CP) is a movement to end systemic and structural poverty, violence, and to improve the mental, physical, and socioeconomic health of Lee County Fl. P4CP seeks systems of opportunity and adequate resources for all communities, including those traditionally neglected and underserved, effective prevention and intervention, and hope for youth, adults, and families. P4CP encourages the support and collaboration of all residents in its work to create a Solution Based Comprehensive Plan for Children and Families in Lee County. Based on research and experience the plan should include early learning education, mentoring, scholarship, job preparation and training, comprehensive health care including mental health, life skills, and economic development.

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SAVE THE DATE! MAR. 12, 2015 Open Government Forum

See our special page for this event http://lwvlee.org/opengov.html 

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Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 1-5PM
Registration Begins at 12:30PM
2442 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers
News Press Bldg.
Program is free and open to the public
For additional information: http://www.lwvlee.org/opengov.html

Democratic government depends on the active participation of informed citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect citizens' access to public information by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.

Florida has traditionally been a leader in providing its citizens oversight and review of the actions of its elected officials at every level through its Sunshine laws. Unfortunately, privacy concerns and influential special interests are working to erode these laws and erect barriers to transparency and accountability.

"Open Government & YOU" will:

  • examine the current state of open government laws,
  • highlight how these laws are being narrowed, and
  • present personal testimonials from citizens regarding their experiences with open
    government laws.


The First Amendment Foundation ♦ WatchdogCity.com ♦ Office of the Lee County Clerk of Court ♦ Lee County Chamber of Commerce ♦ League of Women Voters, City of Sanibel ♦ Florida SouthWestern State College ♦ Barry University ♦ Lee County NAACP ♦Ft. Myers/Naples NOW ♦ ACLU of Florida (Lee and Collier Counties) Florida Gulf Coast University Office of Community Outreach ♦ Sanibel/Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce ♦ League of Women Voters of Collier County ♦ American Association of University Women

For Additional Information contact: Charlotte Newton by email: lwvsunshineforum@yahoo.com


SAVE THE DATE! APR. 2nd: Annual Meeting, Topic to be Announced

SAVE THE DATE! MAY 7th: Accessing County Information


Feb. 4th Bonita Springs Candidate Forum: news review and Twitter feed of event.

What is P4CP - Pennies For Community Progress? Read about it here.

Nov. 7th Education Program Photos: History in the making... Florida Redistricting with The League of Women Voters. Speaker: Pamela Goodman, President League of Women Voters of Florida. Photo Album HERE.

Nov. 4th 2015: Check out the new information on Fracking HERE. (Presentations given at the Fracking Summit)

Oct. 3rd Education Program Photos: The Alzheimer Epidemic in Southwest Florida: What We Need to Know and Do. Speaker: Dr. Frederick Schaerf.

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2015 September 22: National Voter Registration Day: Amy Wulf and Jim Pelstring manned the table at FGCU today and registered 53 people. I’ve attached their photo.

2015 Natl Voter Registration Day

2015 August 27: Voter Registration Event: Toni Monteagudo and Stasia Arcarese

Registering Voters

At Florida Southwestern State College

2015 June 20th: Big Sugar Summit Event

A thank you to LWV Lee County for participating:  (read the letter here! Links are included in the .pdf of the letter to take you to other sources, including PowerPoint presentations.)

at Big Sugar Summit
(click on photo to go to website source and more information)

Clara Anne Graham, Laura Miller, and Mary Ann Hight were there representing the League of Women Voters of Lee County Florida. (Click photo to see larger version)

Women Voters Support Sugar Land Purchase: From News Press May 3, 2015 (click here for .pdf of this)

SWFL Sea Level Rising Summit: Held on May 7th, 2015

Held at FGCU on May 7th, 2015, it was the first annual SWFL Sea Level Rise Summit, hosted by Florida Coastal & Ocean Coalition and League of Women Voters of Lee County. Clean Water Initiative of FL was one of the event sponsors . (See the Videos)


The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment

Ballot Title: Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands

Learn more about this important piece of legislation and how the League is involved here.


For information on 2015-2016 Elections in Lee County click here


LWV of Lee County Program 2015-2016—Approved April 4, 2015  (Click here to read .pdf.)

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