SPEAKERS BUREAU

The League is devoted to making democracy work, and it believes that an informed electorate is essential to a healthy democracy. As a part of its effort to keep voters aware of the issues that affect them, we have a number of prepared presentations on a variety of vital issues and a crew of talented speakers who can provide them to various groups.

So how does that affect you? First, look at the list below. Do you belong to a group, a club, or a church that would be interested in learning about these vital topics? If so, write to Stuart Baker, chair of the Tallahassee League Speakers Bureau, at sbaker@fsu.edu.

Second, if you are a member of the League, you may want to become part of the Speakers Bureau. Most of you are yourselves extremely intelligent and highly informed; some of you are brilliant. Don’t hide your light under a bushel. And this is important: you don’t need to actually be a speaker to be a valuable member of the Bureau. We like to send a team of two on these presentations: a speaker and a resource person, someone armed with facts and notes in anticipation of the many questions that are apt to be raised. And it is actually a lot of fun. If interested, check with Stuart: sbaker@fsu.edu or 850-386-1036.

LEAGUE PRESENTATIONS FOR 2019

Affordable Housing

There is a critical shortage of affordable housing in Florida. Middle class families, young people and senior citizens on fixed incomes cannot find affordable places to live. Our state’s economic success, family stability, and quality of life are dependent on all residents having adequate housing. This presentation offers a perspective on what constitutes affordable housing, why there is an affordable housing crisis and how it adversely affects Florida businesses, communities and workforce. It describes the obstacles and some solutions to the problem.

Balance of Powers

The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to ensure a central government in which no individual or group gains too much control. This presentation describes the powers of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the federal government and how they relate to one another.

U.S. Census 2020

The 2020 census will mark the first time that people will be able to respond to the census online as well as by phone or mail. Census results will help determine how the federal government will distribute billions of dollars among states, counties and local governments. The census affects legislative redistricting at all levels of government and determines how many seats in Congress each state gets. This PowerPoint explains the 2020 census and why it is important that everyone responds to help Florida compete for these benefits.

Civics, Civility and Critical Thinking:

An interesting presentation with audience interaction. It covers how federal, state and local governments work; rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship; critical thinking and how to evaluate credibility of information sources; skills for engaging in conversations with people who do not share your view. Emphasizes respect, tolerance and civility.

Fracking in Florida

Human existence in Florida is totally and completely dependent on fresh, safe water: water to drink, cook, wash and flush toilets for residents and visitors. Safe water is part of many recreation activities. Fracking could pollute Florida’s precious and limited fresh water supply. Fracking uses huge amounts of water, and its waste products are filled with the poisonous chemicals that are exploded underground to extract oil and gas. Oil and gas are not yet major industries in Florida, and their growth could imperil what Florida is and has.

Gun Safety in Florida

This presentation reviews Florida’s current gun laws and legislative proposals in the search to balance, as nearly as possible, individual constitutional rights with the welfare of the community.

HealthCare

What do Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and/or D), Medicaid, and other health insurance options mean for me? How do I make the right choice when it comes to my healthcare and my vote on healthcare issues? This presentation explains how the American healthcare system works, demystifies some of its vocabulary, and looks at what Americans get for their healthcare dollar compared to other countries.

Importance of the US Courts

The federal court system impacts every issue we care about. This wonderfully interactive PowerPoint explains how the federal court system is organized, the types of cases federal courts hear and how cases are decided. As part of the presentation, audience members form teams to judge a case that was actually decided by a U.S. District Court.

Juvenile Justice in Florida

Civil citation is an alternative to arrest for first-time misdemeanor offenses. Instead of arresting a youth for misbehavior, the civil citation requires hours of community service and other sanctions. Counseling, education and restitution may be required without the expense of arrest and a criminal record for life. This presentation shows how civil citations hold youth accountable for their actions with disciplinary action that is most likely to discourage future offenses.

Lock-It-Up! Program

The Lock it Up! presentation is about safe storage of firearms to save lives and prevent tragedies.

National Popular Vote

This presentation explains the origin and function of the Electoral College and what some states are doing to change how we elect the President and Vice President of the United States to reflect the popular vote.

Plastics – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Learn about how plastics are manufactured, the different types of plastic and the harm plastics are causing to our oceans, rivers, lakes and wildlife. Explains how practicing the 4 R’s of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle can make a difference.

Plastic Bags—Florida: A Different Story

Learn about the manufacture, use and disposal of plastic bags and the threat they pose to the environment. Find out what’s being done worldwide to mitigate this hazard.

Your Voice. Your Power. Your Vote.

In 1776, only 10% of Americans had the right to vote. Learn the history of expanding voting rights and the important benefits to those who turn out and vote. This presentation walks you through the ways you can register and vote, including registering online, Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting and more.