Are You Embarrassed Yet?

    Good afternoon, friends!

    What can we say after the words that came out of our President’s mouth yesterday?  What will it take for Republican senators and congressmen to call him out for the racist that he is?  When will they recognize that his actions and words embolden some of the worst segments of society and truly harm our country?

    If there was ever a time for you to stand up and help to resist this administration and help to change things it is NOW!  Come out and help!

    At the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood on Monday, we registered 5 voters and collected 60 rights restoration petitions.  At the Broward Democratic Party meeting last night, members gave me another 95 petitions that they had collected!  And today, at the South Regional Courthouse, we registered 6 voters and collected another 49 rights restoration petitions.  That’s 204 petitions in 3 days!  Many thanks to Ron McCoy, Janet Thompson, Lonnie Supnick, Marty Ireland, and everybody else who turned over petitions to me.

    For those who would like to do something, here are the upcoming events:

    1.  On Friday night starting at 5:30, Lenora Brinson will be registering voters and collecting petitons at the Free Friday Night Sound Waves event at the Hub on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas and A1A.  This event features some of South Florida’s best musical talents, and on Friday Big Harvest will appear.  If you’d like to hear some great reggae, and collect some petitions, contact Lenora  at 469-652-4368 or lenora@myrecoverytamarac.com.

    2.  On Saturday, August 19th, starting at 12:30 PM, Indivisible Broward will be meeting at the Pride Center, 2040 Old Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.  State Senator Gary Farmer will be the featured speaker.  Learn how to actively resist the negative onslaught of the Trump Administration.  Saturday is also a Day of Action for the Rights Restoration Campaign; go out and collect as many petitions as you can!

    3.  Starting on Monday, August 21st, a new class of students arrives at Broward College.  We will be at both the Davie and Coconut Creek campuses from Monday, the 21st through Thursday the 24th, every day from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register students and collect rights restoration petitions .  We need volunteers for both campuses, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  If you have never done voter registration at Broward College at the beginning of a new semester, be prepared for a very enjoyable experience.  Please let me know when you can come out and help.

    4.  Last, but not least, save Monday, September 4th for North Broward Democratic Club’s Annual Labor Day Picnic at 1 Pm at the Pompano Beach Community Park, South Pavilion.  Bring drinks and a dish to share.

    Hope to see you at the College next week!

    Alan

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Voter Registration at Broward College is a Lot of Fun!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    A new class of students arrives at Broward College on Monday, August 21st.  We will be at both the Davie and Coconut Creek campuses from Monday, the 21st through Thursday the 24th, every day from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register students and collect rights restoration petitions .  We need volunteers for both campuses, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  If you have never done voter registration at Broward College at the beginning of a new semester, be prepared for a very enjoyable experience.  Please let me know when you can come out and help.

    We’ve had a good few days at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood.  On Monday we registered 2 voters and collected 71 rights restoration petitions.  And yesterday, we registered another 3 voters and collected 54 petitions.  Many thanks to Janet Thompson, Lonnie Supnick, Rick Scrabis, Ron McCoy, and Katy Syed for doing such a great job!

    Here’s what else is going on:

    On Saturday, August 12th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    On Monday and Wednesday, August 14th and 16th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We will have all the forms we need, a table and chairs, and an 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.

    On Saturday, August 19th, starting at 12:30 PM, Indivisible Broward will be meeting at the Pride Center, 2040 Old Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.  State Senator Gary Farmer will be the featured speaker.  Learn how to actively resist the negative onslaught of the Trump Administration.

    And don’t forget to let me know which days you can help out at either Broward College campus starting on Monday, August 21st, from 10 AM until 2 PM, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
 
    Alan
    954-472-6211
  

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Can You Help Tomorrow or Wednesday?

    Hi, friends!

    We still need your help on Monday and Wednesday this week!

    Tomorrow, Monday, August 7th, we will be setting up again at the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We will have all the forms we need, a table and chairs, and an 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.

    And also tomorrow, for those of you who can’t stand the idea of being out in the sun, Mark Henderson is offering you the opportunity to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions in the air-conditioned comfort of the Plantation 24-Hour Fitness Gym at 700 South Pine Island Road.  Volunteers are needed for the 5 to 6:30 PM and the 6:30 to 8 PM shifts.  Please contact Mark at 954-298-3849 or markrhenderson@bellsouth.net

    And on Wednesday, August 9th, I will be back again at the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood, starting at 10 AM until 2 PM. Right now, I’m all by myself.  If you’d like me not to be lonely, just let me know that you can join me.

    Alan
    954-472-6211
  

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Save the Dates to Help at Broward College!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    The new semester at Broward College begins on Monday, August 21st.  We will be registering the new class of students and collecting rights restoration petitions from Monday through Thursday the 24th, every day from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need volunteers for both the Davie and Coconut Creek campuses.  Please save those dates and let me know when you can come out and help.

    It has been a great week!  Our new location, the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, is terrific.  There  is an overhang that keeps the sun and rain off, and they even let us leave our table, chairs, and signs there!  On Monday we registered 2 voters and collected 76 rights restoration petitions.  And yesterday, we registered another 6 voters and collected another 78 petitions.  And on Tuesday, at the Wynmoor Democratic Club Meeting in Coconut Creek, we were able to collect another 37 petitions.  That makes 191 in just 3 days!  Many thanks to Ron McCoy, Janet Thompson, Mark Eckert, and Beth Mumby for coming out to help.

    Here are some of the other events during the next few weeks:

    1.  On Saturday, August 5th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  On Monday and Wednesday, August 7th and 9th, we will be setting up again at the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We will have all the forms we need, a table and chairs, and an 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.

    3.  On Monday and Wednesday, August 14th and 16th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    4.  On Saturday, August 19th, starting at 12:30 PM, Indivisible Broward will be meeting at the Pride Center, 2040 Old Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.  State Senator Gary Farmer will be the featured speaker.  Learn how to actively resist the negative onslaught of the Trump Administration.

    5.  And starting on Monday, August 21st through Thursday, August 24th, we will be back at the Davie and Coconut Creek campuses of Broward College from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know on which days and on which campuses you would like to help.
   
    And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    Alan
    954-472-6211  

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We’re Moving to a New Location! (Voter Registration / Rights Restoration Petition)

Greetings, friends!

Yes, it’s hot out there, but we continue to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  We only have until the end of the year to collect enough to get the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, July 31st, and through the summer on Mondays and Wednesdays, we will be setting up at the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood.  We will have all the forms we need, a table and chairs, and the canopy 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 date and times.

On Tuesday, August 1st, I will attend the Wynmoor Democratic Club Meeting at 2 PM in the Wynmoor Village Ballroom just north of Broward College’s Coconut Creek Campus to collect rights restoration petitions.  Let me know if you’d like to join me.

On Wednesday, August 2nd, we’ll be back at the South Regional Courthouse during the day, and in the evening, from 6 to 8 PM, there will be a “Resistance Summer” Canvassing Training at the Deicke Auditorium.

    On Saturday, August 5th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

And if you have any completed petitions, please get them to me ASAP.

Alan
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Are You Ready to Come Out and Help?

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    Even with the holiday-shortened week, July has been excellent for voter registration and petition collection.  Last Saturday, Lonnie Supnick and his team at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines registered 5 voters and collected 73 rights restoration petitions!  Anne Toft (9), Mary Jane Stone (12), and Randy Fleischer (13) collected petitions on their own, for a total of 34 more.  At the West Regional Library on Wednesday, Paulo Ayrolla, Ron McCoy, and Lonnie Supnick registered another voter and collected 44 more petitions.  On Thursday, Ron and Paulo collected 43 more.  And today, at the Swearing-In Ceremony for new citizens at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines, with the help of Lonnie Supnick, Paulo Ayrolla, Bradette Jepsen, and Ana Segura, we registered 12 brand new citizens and collected 23 more rights restoration petitions.  If my math is right, that makes 217 petitions right here in West Broward since the beginning of the month!

    The numbers are great, but we need your help during the next few weeks.  Here’s what you can do:

    Tomorrow, Saturday, July 8th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    And for the next three weeks, teams will be at the West Regional Courthouse on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Ron McCoy will be handling Mondays;
please let Ron know (rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106) if you will be coming out to help.  Paulo Ayrolla will be handling Wednesdays; please let Paulo know
(paulo_ayrolla@hotmail.com or 954-805-2815) if you can join him out there.  The canopy provides plenty of shade, which makes the summer heat more bearable, but Ron and Paulo cannot put the canopy up without the help of someone else, so please let them know that you will join them.

    If you would like to help collect petitions on Tuesdays from 11 AM to 1 PM at the West Regional Library or on Thursdays from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Broward County Central Courthouse (downtown), please contact Lenora Brinson at 469-652-4368 or lenora@myrecoverytamarac.com.

    The Rights Restoration Campaign “Convening” at the Rosen Center in Orlando will take place from July 20th to July 22nd.  The conference will address, encourage, and direct the rising enthusiasm to place the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  Here is Desmond Meade’s letter about this event:
   

    Hi everyone! We are TWO WEEKS away from the 2017 Florida Rights Restoration Coalition State Convening in Orlando.  If you have not registered yet, NOW is the time to do it!!  

    I could not be more excited about the people, the lineup, the programming and the change that is going to happen because of this Convening in Orlando. You do not want to miss this opportunity to stand up for Second Chances and help create a more inclusive Democracy in our state.

    Please, register TODAY by clicking on this link – Register Here

    Also, we have received a few questions that I would like to address.  

    One, YES, bring your signed petitions with you!! We are excited about the volunteer-led grassroots movement that is occurring, and would love to celebrate any and all petitions that get dropped off at the Convening.

    Two, reserve your hotel by calling (800) 204-7234 and get the group rate under “The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition”

    Three, at the Convening, participants will experience interactive participation with the Ballot Initiative Expert Panel; hands-on messaging training that will enrich our Public Education Program; and relationship building and collaborative planning with other FRRC partners. Additionally, all Convening participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing and petition collection toolkits.  

    Thanks again to everyone who is a part of the Second Chances movement.  We are only two weeks away from a Convening that has the potential to make lives better for millions of people in our state.  You do not want to miss this opportunity!! Register TODAY!

    Sincerely, Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition


    Alan

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The Events in West Broward Just Keep on Coming!

    As we head into this weekend just before Independence Day, I just want to let you know that at the West Regional Courthouse this week and at the Health Care Day of Action in downtown Fort Lauderdale, we registered a couple of voters and collected 168 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Paulo Ayrolla, John Countryman, Bradette Jepsen, Al Rodriguez, and Mary O’Donnell for the wonderful job they did!

    Here is a list of what we will be doing during the coming week:

    1.  On Saturday, July 1st, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  We will be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5th and 6th, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Please let me know if you would like to help out from 9 to 11 AM or from 11 AM to 1 PM.  (Note the new earlier hours; we’re trying to beat the heat.)

    3.  On Friday, July 7th, we will be registering new citizens and collecting rights restoration petitions after a Swearing-In Ceremony at the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines.  The event is  scheduled from 11 to 1, so we will be arriving shortly after 11.  Please let me know if you would like to join us for this special event.

    4.  As for the Rights Restoration Campaign, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition will be having a “Convening” at the Rosen Center in Orlando from July 20th to July 22nd.  The conference will address, encourage, and direct the rising enthusiasm to place the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  All participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing, and petition collection tool-kits.  There will also be an Awards Ceremony on the evening of July 21st, hosted by award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox.  For more information about this important event, please click of the following link:

        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/frrc-2017-state-convening-tickets-34837313342

    Happy July 4th, everybody!

    Alan

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Make Your Call Right Now!

    Good afternoon, friends!

    So Senate Republicans work behind closed doors for weeks and then come out with proposed health care legislation that would (as Organizing for Action said) cause 22 million people to lose their coverage, raise costs, decimate Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and give huge tax cuts to the rich.  Don’t wait another minute!  Call Ansley Rhyne (202-224-3041) or Ted Sacasa (202-224-3041) in Marco Rubio’s Office to tell Rubio to vote No!

    And tomorrow, Wednesday, join us at 5 PM at the Broward County Governmental Center (The Broward County Commission), 115 S. Andrews Avenue, for the Health Care Day of Action, sponsored by SEIU – Florida and Women’s March Florida – Broward.  The targets of the action will be Senator Rubio and the Republican House members who supported the House bill.

    Also tomorrow, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Please let me know if you can join us from 10 AM to 12 or from 12 to 2.

    On Saturday, July 1st, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library in one of the 2-hour shifts, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    As for the Rights Restoration Campaign, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition will be having a “Convening” at the Rosen Center in Orlando from July 20th to July 22nd.  The conference will address, encourage, and direct the rising enthusiasm to place the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  All participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing, and petition collection tool-kits.  There will also be an Awards Ceremony on the evening of July 21st, hosted by award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox.  For more information about this important event, please click of the following link:

        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/frrc-2017-state-convening-tickets-34837313342

    Hope to see you at tomorrow’s Health Care Day of Action!

    Alan

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Can You Help on Monday or Wednesday?

    Hi, everybody!

    I will be back registering voters and collecting rights restoration petitions at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM next Monday and Wednesday, June 26th and 28th, and still need the help of some volunteers!  You can come from 10 to Noon or from Noon to 2 PM.  Just let me know when you can help out.

    Thanks to Penny Cukier and Janet Thompson, at the Courthouse on Wednesday, we registered 4 voters (all Dems!), collected 2 requests to vote-by-mail, and gathered another 85 rights restoration petitions!

    Come out next week and do your part to help the 1.6 million Floridians who cannot vote because of a felony conviction get their rights back!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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