Good evening, friends!
My wife, Shoshanna, and I attended an ACLU “Lawyers and Resistance: Free Speech, Protest, & How to Help” forum today at Nova’s Law School. It was an excellent presentation on how to resist new laws and other attacks on free expression and the right to protest and peacefully assemble. Once again, allow me to suggest that of you are not yet a member of the ACLU, you should go online and become one!
The latest update from Desmond Meade and the Rights Restoration Campaign is that we now have over 600,000 petitions! That’s good news, but remember that they are trying to collect a million petitions by the end of the year, so that there is a buffer to cover all the petitions that will be thrown out for one reason or another. In order to get this amendment on the 2018 ballot, we need to submit over 760,000 valid, certified petitions by the beginning of January. Clearly, we still have a lot of work to do.
It’s been a good week for rights restoration petition collection. First, I was given 38 petitions collected at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood by Jackie Braun, Darlene Pistocchi, and their volunteers. On Monday at the same Courthouse, Beth Mumby and Penny Cukier helped me register 2 voters and collect 50 petitions. On Wednesday, Lonnie Supnick came out and helped to register 2 more voters and collect another 64 petitions. And today, at the ACLU Forum, Richard Grosso turned over 9 petitions that he had collected on his own, and we collected 12 more petitions from the lawyers in attendance. So in just a few days, we received another 173 petitions to add to our totals! Thanks to everyone who helped this week.
The South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood has been a great location for voter registration and petition collection. There is an overhang that provides wonderful shade, and that the Courthouse staff lets us leave the table, chairs, and signs right there in the area where we work. And since the summer heat is less and less, it’s almost pleasant to be out there on Mondays and Wednesdays fighting the good fight!
Here’s how you can help during the next week or so:
1. On Saturday, October 21st, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters. He still need volunteers for the 10 AM and 12 Noon shifts. If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. On Monday and Wednesday, October 23rd and 25th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood. We have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and that overhang to protect us from the sun. We will start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM. If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. Please let me know when you can join us.
3. On Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12, the Plantation Democratic Club and the Broward Democratic Party Area 8 Group will be at the Art in the Park event at Liberty Tree Park, 7421 NW 5th St., in Plantation from 10 AM until 4 PM. Save the date and if you’d like to sign up for a 2-hour (or longer) shift, please let me or John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 know.
Come out to help 1.6 million Floridians get back their right to vote!