League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County to Host Four Free Zoom Events in February & March

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Environmental Pollutants vs. Human Health:

And the winner is… – February 24

New Member Online Orientation – March 12

Legislative Update – March 16

Gun Crisis in Florida & America – March 29

(West Palm Beach, FL – February 17, 2022) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC)today invited concerned adults to four timely, informative, and FREE Zoom events in February and March:

Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm

Spotlight Event

Environmental Pollutants vs. Human Health:

And the winner is….

Co-hosted by the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group and the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, this panel presentation will include:

+ Ankush Bansal, MD is a traveling hospitalist board certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine and is currently Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami. The Governor-Elect of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bansal is the -founder and co-chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, co-founder of Climate Reality Project Palm Beach (now part of the Boca chapter), a board member of the Florida Physicians for Social Responsibility, a COP participant with the Global Climate & Health Alliance, and a Climate for Health Ambassador. His professional interests are preventive medicine through lifestyle change and climate change. Based in Delray Beach, he is the 2021 Physician “Hero” for the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

+ Patrick Ferguson, Esq. has been the Organizing Representative for Sierra Club’s Stop Sugar Field Burning Campaign since June 2016. An attorney who received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 2015, he was engaged in private general practice and local activism for numerous environmental and progressive causes in the Broward County area prior to joining the Sierra Club.

+ Anthony L. Pearson-Shaver, MD is the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at The Children’s Hospital at Palms West and Chair and Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, trained as a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and spent 26 years at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University where he served in several senior positions in Pediatric Medicine. He was the Thomas B. and Doris E. Black Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia, and has authored scholarly articles for various publications. 

+ Howard Simon, Ph.D. is a Board member of the Florida Policy Institute and was formerly the longest serving state director for the American Civil Liberties Union. A CCNY graduate, he earned a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Minnesota. At the ACLU, he helped draft the constitutional amendment to restore the right to vote, challenged restrictions on voter registration and efforts to restrict early and Sunday voting, and helped secure passage of the Fair Districts Amendments curbing partisan Gerrymandering. Following his retirement from the ACLU, Dr. Simon created the Clean Okeechobee Waters Foundation to work with biomedical scientists and physicians who have linked toxins produced by harmful algae blooms to neurological diseases, including ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Moderated by Brent Schillinger, MD, co-chair of LWVPBC’s Health Committee. A past president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society who currently chairs the society’s Opioid Healthcare Response Initiative, he received his MD at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  He has chaired the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for both the Palm Beach County Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association, represents the medical community on the Palm Beach Ethics Coalition and serves as vice chair of the Florida Policy Institute a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on the fiscal impact of education, affordable housing, food supply, and health care issues. He holds clinical academic appointments at Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami.

Link to Connect:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84141526298?pwd=RmJsenpBa0lYV1hsbU1Pc2JaZzRIdz09#success

Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 am

New Member Online Orientation

Targeted to both new LWVPBC members and those thinking about joining, this Zoom event is for anyone interested in knowing more about the League’s work on such critical issues as the environment, civics education, voting rights, gun safety, voter services, education, health care, and the national popular vote. There will also be special presentations on the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s ongoing efforts on behalf of voter protection, as well as diversity and equity.

Link to Register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodu-hqjsjGNbJGHWdmKFpSF_HJTH_q3Im

Wednesday, March 16 at Noon

Hot Topic Discussion

Legislative Update

Guest Speaker:

Cecile Scoon, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, who will summarize the just-completed 2022 Legislative Session, including redistricting and League’s efforts to ensure Fair Districts as required by the Florida Constitution. A practicing civil rights attorney who previously served as chair of the Florida League’s  efforts on Restoration of Rights (including passage of Florida’s 2018 Amendment 4), she also headed the Health Care Action Team and was on the legal teams in the fight for fair districts following the 2010 Census.

Link to Register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SpDYfky9SOS4FwPhC-rehg

Tuesday, March 29 at 2 pm

Spotlight Event

The Gun Crisis in Florida and the United States

Presented by LWVPBC’s Gun Safety Issue Group

Guest Speaker:

Tom Gabor is an internationally recognized criminologist and sociologist will discuss the myths and misunderstandings about guns and gun violence. Through his books, articles, and presentations, he makes the gun crisis easy to comprehend while offering positive action steps that concerned people can take.

Link to Register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UqGO4EksSLinXC3uH-5CAw

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County:

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. For more information, please visit www.lwvpbc.org or 

www.facebook.com/lwvpbc.

Brent Schillinger, MD  (February 24)