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One More Event Tomorrow

    Hi again!

    Just wanted to let you know about the Rally which is also taking place tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse from 1 to 3 PM.  Cynthia Busch, Chair of the Broward Democratic Party, has sent out the following notice:

    Dear Broward Democrats,

    Of course, we’re all devastated here in Broward County. Many of you have been reaching out asking what you can do to make a difference. We are supporting the efforts of Community Leaders, Elected Officials and Allied organizations who are focusing on legislation that is currently pending in Tallahassee. They are organizing to ensure that bills that could prevent these tragedies in the future are heard and voted upon. 

    As a first step we are encouraging anyone who wants to participate to gather for a rally tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse, 299 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33301 from 1PM – 3PM.

    Let’s work together to get these important bills heard and passed this session.

    In solidarity,

    Cynthia Busch, Chair

 

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Are You Horrified? Join Us on Saturday!

    In response to the horrific shooting in Parkland this week, a professional basketball player said this:  “It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools!”  Isn’t it past time for common sense action on our gun problem?

    Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is one of the most active movements to end gun violence and build safer communities in our country.  They are having a New Members Meeting this Saturday, February 17th at 11 AM at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. (at the intersection of Pine Island and Broward) in Plantation.  You can RSVP through the following link:  http://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/8120/signup/?akid=69519.5374385.bPfRWk&zip=&source=emne_20180215-Parkland

    Hope to see you there!

    Alan

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What Happened Yesterday in Sarasota Can Happen All Over the Place in November!

    Hello, Democrats!

    Did you see what happened in a sleepy Trump-friendly Gulf Coast community yesterday?  Florida’s House District 72 in Sarasota is a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 10,000 registered voters, and a district where Trump beat Hillary by nearly 5 points!  In yesterday’s special election, Democrat Margaret Good trounced Republican James Buchanan by a margin of 52 to 45!  This would be one thing if the election had taken place in a district where Democrats outnumbered Republicans.  It is quite something else (something very special!) for the Democrat to win in that district!  Maybe the coming Blue Wave is for real!

    Today was also a great day at the West Regional Courthouse.  Four volunteers, Emily Park, Andrew Dolberg, Jane Schwartz, and newcomer Robin Adell, came out to help, so we were able to cover the Library and the Bus Stop, as well as the Courthouse.  They did an amazing job, helping to collect 12 voter registration forms and 29 requests to vote-by-mail!

    On Saturday, February 17th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters.  He needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    And I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  How about joining me out there?

    On Friday, February 23rd, there will be a special forum sponsored by various Democratic Clubs, hosting Tallahassee Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum.  The location is the Jim Ward Community Center, 301 NW 46 Avenue in Plantation, and doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

    The Broward Democratic Party’s Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner will be at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM.  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018  Save the date!

    And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!  I will be making my world famous punch once again!

    Alan


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WONDER WOMEN RISE RALLY MARCH 3, 11 AM TO 3 PM, at POMPANO BEACH AMPHITHEATER

First, we want to thank you for your support of the two demonstrations that took place January 20 and 21. The Impeachment March to Mar-a-lago was the largest in West Palm Beach History. The Florida Women’s March emphasized power to the polls and the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. Last year, you made South Florida Women’s Rally the largest demonstration in Miami history. We are changing the U.S. culture from “Trump” culture. We need you to make it happen.

We want to inform you of another demonstration Saturday, March 3 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6 ST., POMPANO 33060. This demonstration has limited seating and has developed from the “ME TOO#” movement. Mission: With so many sexual assault and harassment survivors finally stepping forward and finding their voices, we feel that it is the appropriate time to host another event that will empower our community. Last year, we organized and executed the Women’s Rally in South Florida so that the South Florida community could stand in solidarity with the March in Washington. 25,000 South Floridians came to the South Florida rally, making it the largest sister event in the state! The Wonder Women RISE! event is being held so that we can learn how to find our inner Wonder Woman! The agenda will include what got us to this tipping point historically, what we can do when confronted with abusive and harassing situations, how to deescalate these situations, and how to best cope after the fact. We also will address where we go from here. This is our day to RISE and empower each other by embracing our beauty, compassion, intelligence, sexuality, and STRENGTH!

We hope our rally is the first step towards unifying our communities, forging new relationships, and creating change from the bottom up. Speakers who are national experts in different fields will be addressing what actions can be taken and empowerment and inspiration will be created by poets and musicians gracing our stage. We will host our event at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on March 3rd to commemorate both International Woman’s Day, March 8th and the month of March being Woman’s History Month.

Since the seating is limited, it is important that you Go to Eventbrite to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wonder-women-rise-tickets-40760326233. Parking is limited and we urge you to use Motor Coach bus transportation at https://www.facebook.com/events/146103572727326/?active_tab=discussion. 

Join Us on Tuesday Night and Ask the Editor Some Questions

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    Hi, friends!

    Yesterday, I attended the Broward League of Women Voters’ wonderful luncheon at the Hallendale Beach Community Center.  It was a celebration for two reasons.  First, it is the League’s 98th birthday.  And second, we were celebrating the League’s very successful rights restoration petition collection effort.  It was great to see so many of the volunteers who had worked so hard to make sure we had enough petitions so that the Amendment would get on the Ballot.  Broward County’s League of Women Voters, the Broward Chapter of the ACLU, and the Broward Democratic Party are three of the organizations in our county that really stepped up to make this wish come true!

     The next meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club will be at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 13th at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  Our Guest Speaker will be Rosemary O’Hara, the editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel.  As always, refreshments will be served.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Will you be my Valentine and join me out there?

    The Broward Democratic Party’s Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner will be at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM.  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018  Save the date!

    And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!

    Alan

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Somebody Has to Get That Guy a Set of Toy Soldiers

    Good evening, everybody!

    Can you believe that the Government has now been shut down for the second time in less than a month?  Can you believe that the child in the White House wants to waste our tax dollars by having a military parade through our nation’s capital?  And can you believe that the Republican Party, which throughout my life has complained about the national debt getting too high, is now following Trump down a path which may raise the deficit to two trillion dollars (which may in turn lead to calls to curtail medicare and social security!)?  Seriously?  Wow, do we live in interesting times!  Each new day with this President makes the November 6th election that much more important.

    Moveon.org has organized a petition calling on Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. City Council to reject Trump’s plans for a military parade through their city.  Here is the link if you’d like to add your name:  https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-dc-mayor-bowser?akid=198449.3356734.cYVMYy&rd=1&source=mo&t=13

    Wednesday at the West Regional Courthouse was again very productive.  We collected another 7 voter registration forms and 26 vote-by-mail requests!  Many thanks to Emily Park, Lauren Tate, and Ana Segura for coming out to help.

    On Saturday, February 10th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    And I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  How about being my Valentine and joining me out there?

    Alan

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Threats from the CRC

    Good afternoon, folks!

    Don’t forget that the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.

    Monica Espitia, the South Florida Regional Organizer for the ACLU of Florida, has sent out the following message:

    “Can you join us next Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Nova Southeastern University to tell the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) you oppose any attack on our constitutional rights?

    On Tuesday, February 6, the CRC is holding a public hearing on proposals they plan to automatically put on the November 2018 ballot. A lot of these proposals are scary — many of them would eliminate important protections we have against government intrusion into our private lives such a decisions on intimate relationships and marriage, the separation of church and state, parenting choices on educational alternatives and homeschooling, a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion, and more.

    That’s why we need your voice on the record — to help us defeat these proposals before they get placed on the November ballot. We have everything you need to be successful located on our CRC resource page, but we need you.

    Let us know if you can make it next Tuesday, Feb. 6. Even if it’s just for one hour, your presence will make a huge impact.

    Thank you for helping us defend our constitutional rights”

   
    Among the proposals cited by the ACLU as threatening civil liberties and constitutional protections are:

    Proposal 4 – Deletes the No Aid provision of our Florida Constitution and opens the door for state funding of religious institutions.
   
Proposal 29 – Requires all employers to use the error-prone E-Verify system to check the immigration status of all new employees, and provides penalties and loss of license for noncompliance.
   
Proposal 96 – Conflicts with and undermines defendants’ Constitutional Rights in criminal justice proceedings, while not meaningfully providing relief to victims.

    One of the worst, Proposal 22, which would have abolished Florida’s constitutional privacy protection, was rejected by the Judicial Committee of the CRC last Monday!

    All proposals can be viewed and tracked here: http://flcrc.gov/Proposals/Commissioner

    For further information, here is the link to the ACLU’s CRC resource page:   https://www.aclufl.org/en/campaigns/constitution-revision-commission

    Hope to see you there!

    Alan

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Exciting News About Rights Restoration!

    Good morning, friends!

    Now here’s an exciting way to start the day:  A Federal Judge has ruled that Florida’s lifetime ban on voting by people with felony convictions is unconstitutional.  (Thanks to Barbara Effman and Reuben Share for letting me know.)  In his decision, the Judge said he would rule later on how Florida should fix the system.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-02-01/floridas-ban-on-felons-voting-ruled-unconstitutional-by-judge

    And, of course, our Rights Restoration Amendment will be on the ballot in November.  YES ON 4!

    From a very happy Alan

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What a Great Speech!

    Hi, everybody!

    Did you see the speech?  I loved it!  I’m talking about Congressman Joe Kennedy III of course.  The other guy, not so much….  How exciting that our Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch had the foresight to sign Joe Kennedy up for the Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner on March 3rd before he became so well known that he would be in high demand.  Sign up at:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018 

    Another productive day at the West Regional Courthouse this week. Many thanks to the awesome women who came out to help:  Penny Cukier and a wonderful new volunteer named Emily Park!  We were able to collect 7 voter registration forms and 25 vote-by-mail requests.

    On Saturday, February 3rd, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Don’t forget that
the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    I will be back doing voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can join me out there.

    And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!

    Alan

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Come On Out, The Weather’s Fine!

    Good afternoon, friends!

    Voter registration continued at the West Regional Courthouse this week.  Janet Thompson, Ronnie Heller, and Penny Cukier came out and helped to register 7 voters and collect 12 vote-by-mail requests.  Great work!

    I will be back doing voter registration at the Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, January 31st, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Emily Park, a new volunteer, has already signed up for that day.  If you would also like to help, just let me know.

    Don’t forget that the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    Alan

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