Three of the Most Admired Women in South Florida Will Be There on May 6th!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    The resistance continues!  Here’s what’s happening during the next couple of weeks:

    1.  John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, April 29nth 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.  Also on Saturday, April 29th, from 2
to 6 PM at George English Park, 1101 Bayview Drive in Fort Lauderdale, join the People’s Climate March sponsored by  the Women’s March, the Sierra Club, Progress for All, the People’s Climate Movement, front-line community groups, and hundreds of others as we march together all around the country for strong and swift action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.  Ted Deutsch and Time Canova will be in attendance.

    3.  The next meeting of Indivisible South Florida will be on Sunday, April 30th from 3 to 5 PM, at The Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be speaking, as will Terry Preuss, Vice President of the Broward Teacher’s Union.

    4.  On Monday, May 1st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, we will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Can you join us? 
If you’d like to help out, please contact Ron McCoy at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106.

    5.  Also on Monday, May 1st, from 5 to 7:30 PM, there will be a rally and march in support of immigrant and worker’s rights at Bubier Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, sponsored by the Broward Teacher’s Union and the Immigrant Coalition.  This is a multicultural event with speakers, entertainment, and food.

    6.  And also on Monday, May 1st, Broward County MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (http://momsdemandaction.org) and the Broward County League of Women Voters Gun Safety Committee (http://www.lwvbcfl.org) present a discussion on gun safety, with Author Tom Gabor, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and Dr. Jorge Luis Sotelo.  This event starts a 7 PM at the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 11850 W. State Road 84, Suite 3, in Davie.
 
    7.  And finally, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th, in the Banquet Room of Volunteer Park, 12050 West Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, three of the most admired women in South Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Broward Democratic Party Cynthia Busch, and former State Senator Nan Rich will be joining us at the Plantation Democratic Party’s cocktail party.  We will be honoring Nan Rich with the Bill Kling Community Service Award, and former Broward Clerk of the Courts Howard Forman with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  There will be a delicious menu (see below) and an open bar.  Tickets purchased in advance are $50 and can be paid with PayPal by using the Payments button at www.plantationdems.org  Buy your tickets or ads today!

    Alan
    954-472-6211



   

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The Florida Supreme Court Has Finally Spoken and the News is Great!

    BREAKING NEWS:  The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously approved the ballot language for the rights restoration amendment, which would automatically restore voting rights to many of the more than 1.5 million Floridians with past felony convictions!

    Here is the actual Florida Supreme Court ruling:

    http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2017/sc16-1785.pdf

    Here is the ACLU’s statement on the ruling (Thanks, Ronnie!):

    https://www.facebook.com/ACLUFL/photos/a.324141264969.46857.78120879969/10150832261799970/?type=3&theater

    And here is Desmond Meade’s reaction to this very welcome news:

    “Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!!!
  We Made History!!!!

    Because of your efforts, today the Florida Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that clears the way for the Voting Restoration Amendment to be placed on the ballot for 2018! (Read here)

    YOUR hard work made this possible!

    YOUR unwavering support game me the energy to keep pressing forward!

    Now we need your support more than ever.  Not only do we have to collect 700,000 petitions by the end of the year, but we also need to ensure that this movement remains as grassroots as possible.

    I am asking each of you to become a monthly sustainer to this campaign or make a one-time donation to support our efforts. (Donate Here)  Please share the donation link with your family, friends, and social networks.

    As for our petition collection efforts, we have our work cut out for us, but I am confident that we will get to the finish line together.

    Please expect to see an uptick in communications as we are putting together a comprehensive coordinated volunteer petition collection effort.  Until then, please keep up the great work and support.

    I love you all!”

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Respectfully yours,
Desmond B. Meade

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
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Let’s Keep Up the Momentum!

    Hi, everybody!

    Another great day at the West Regional Courthouse this past Monday, when we collected 91 rights restoration petitions.  I was joined by a brand new bilingual volunteer named Paolo Ayrolla.  Paolo was filled with energy and had just the right touch with people.

    We won’t be back out at the West Regional Courthouse until Monday, May 1st, but there are all sorts of other events to participate in:

    1.  On Friday, April 21st, at 2:30 PM, there will be a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Ted Deutch hosted by the Service Employees International Union and Planned Parenthood at the Pride Center at Equality Park, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, in Wilton Manors.

    2.  John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, April 22nd, 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.
 
    3.  Also on Saturday, April 22nd, from 11 AM to 5 PM, at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale,  there will be a family-oriented Earth Day event and speakers on how to heal the planet.  And then at 5 PM, at the same location, there will be a March for Science, co-sponsored by Rise Up!, Indivisible South Florida, and the Women’s March of Florida, to celebrate and support science and the scientific community.  https://www.facebook.com/events/396716634019007/

    4.  On Tuesday, April 25th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  (The meeting night had to be changed due to unavailability of space at the Deicke.)  Our speaker will be immigration law attorney Denise Mendez.

    5.  On Saturday, April 29th, from 1 to 4 PM at Jose Marti Park, 351 SW 4th St. in Miami, join the Miami Climate Alliance, the Women’s March, New Florida Majority, SEIU, Union of Concerned Scientists, front-line community groups, and hundreds of thousands of others as we march together all around the country for strong and swift action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

    6.  On Monday, May 1st, from 10 AM to 2 PM, we will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Can you join us?

    7.  Also on Monday, May 1st, Broward County MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (http://momsdemandaction.org) and the Broward County League of Women Voters Gun Safety Committee (http://www.lwvbcfl.org) present a discussion on gun safety, with Author Tom Gabor, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and Dr. Jorge Luis Sotelo.  This event starts a 7 PM at the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 11850 W. State Road 84, Suite 3, in Davie.
 
    8.  And finally, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th, in the Banquet Room of Volunteer Park, 12050 West Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be joining us at the Plantation Democratic Party’s cocktail party to honor former State Senator Nan Rich with the Bill Kling Community Service Award.  There will be a delicious menu (see below or attached) and an open bar.  Tickets purchased in advance are $50 and can be paid with PayPal by using the Payments button at www.plantationdems.org.  Buy your tickets or ads today!

    Alan
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Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz will Join Us on May 6th!

    Good morning, everybody!

    Just a quick note about upcoming events:

    1.  I will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward & Pine Island) on Monday, April 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Please let me know if you can help out.

    2.  John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, April 22nd, 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.
 
    3.  Also on Saturday, April 22nd, starting at 5 PM, at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale, there will be a March for Science, co-sponsored by Rise Up!, Indivisible South Florida, and the Women’s March of Florida, to celebrate and support science and the scientific community.  https://www.facebook.com/events/396716634019007/

    4.  On Tuesday, April 25th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  (The meeting night had to be changed due to unavailability of space at the Deicke.)  Our speaker will be immigration law attorney Denise Mendez.

    5.  On Monday, May 1st, Broward County MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (http://momsdemandaction.org) and the Broward County League of Women Voters Gun Safety Committee (http://www.lwvbcfl.org) present a discussion on gun safety, with Author Tom Gabor, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and Dr. Jorge Luis Sotelo.  This event starts a 7 PM at the River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 11850 W. State Road 84, Suite 3, in Davie.
 
    6.  And finally, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th, in the Banquet Room of Volunteer Park, 12050 West Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be joining us at the Plantation Democratic Party’s cocktail party to honor former State Senator Nan Rich with the Bill Kling Community Service Award.  There will be a delicious menu (see below or attached) and an open bar.  Tickets purchased in advance are $50 and can be paid with PayPal by using the Payments button at www.plantationdems.org.  Buy your tickets or ads today!

    One last encouraging bit of news (Thanks, Mark Henderson, for sharing this.).  If you have not seen this yet, take a look.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has shattered all fundraising records in the first 3 months of the year!

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/amp/trump-effect-dems-shatter-fundraising-records-n746591#scso=uid_WPD_iAAMVxcKY_UB-wQxnA_1:0

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We Need to Register More Democrats!

    Good evening, friends!

    We had another great day at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday.  Collected another 10 voter registration forms, 3 vote-by-mail requests, and 79 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Ron McCoy, and our brand new volunteers, Cristina Arroyo and Cyd Sterling, for learning fast and doing an awesome job!

    Republican senators today (Thursday) ended the longstanding requirement that a Supreme Court nominee must receive the consent of at least 60 votes in the Senate.  This will ensure that Donald Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will be confirmed and will serve on the Court for decades.  From now on, any president’s nominee will need only 51 votes to be confirmed.  With this incredible increase in the importance of whether Democrats or Republicans have the majority in the United States Senate, we have to redouble our efforts to register more Democrats and restore the vote to those Floridians who have a felony conviction!

    Here’s what’s going on during the next few weeks and how you can help:

    1.  Next Monday, April 10th, Ron McCoy will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM for more voter registration and petition collection.  Please let him know at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106 if you would like to help out.

    2.  On Thursday, April 13th, at 1:30 PM, there will be an Indivisible Broward #Resist Meeting at the Pride Center, 2040 North Dixie Highway, on Wilton Manors (954-463-9005).  Congressman Ted Deutch will be one of the speakers.

    3.  On Saturday, April 15th, there will be two amazing events:  First join the Tax Day March and Rally at 9:30 AM at the Trump Tower, 2711 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood.  Join the Indivisible Groups and demand that Trump releases his tax returns.  And then at 12 Noon, join Rise Up!, Indivisible South Florida, Women’s March, and South Florida Activism at Trump Plaza at 525 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, for the “Show Us Your Taxes March-a-Lago”.  This non-violent demonstration of our First Amendment rights will begin in front of Trump Plaza and the march will lead to Bingham Island, directly adjacent to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Winter White House.  Bring your passion, your energy, signs, flags, and noise-makers!

    4.  At 2 PM on Sunday, April 16th, there will be a Freedom Cities event sponsored by ACLU/People Power at Temple Shaarei Shalom, 9085 Hagen Ranch Road, in Boynton Beach.  The purpose of these events is to help turn our community into a Freedom City that protects and respects the rights of immigrant families in this country.  This will be a family friendly event Celebrating Jewish/Muslim Unity Against Hate, and it will include a march to a nearby mosque (Al Amin Mosque).

    5.  I will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward & Pine Island) on Monday, April 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Please let me know if you can help out.

    6.  On Saturday, April 22nd, starting at 5 PM, at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale, there will be a March for Science, co-sponsored by Rise Up!, Indivisible South Florida, and the Women’s March of Florida, to celebrate and support science and the scientific community.  https://www.facebook.com/events/396716634019007/

    7.  On Tuesday, April 25th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  (The meeting night had to be changed due to unavailability of space at the Deicke.)  Our speaker will be immigration law attorney Denise Mendez.

    8.  And finally, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 6th, in the Banquet Room of Volunteer Park, 12050 West Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, the Plantation Democratic Party will be having a cocktail party to honor former State Senator Nan Rich with the Bill Kling Community Service Award.  There will be a delicious menu (see below or attached) and an open bar.  Tickets purchased in advance are $50 and can be paid with PayPal by using the Payments button at www.plantationdems.org.

    Alan
    954-472-6211


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The Supreme Court is At Stake!

    Hi, everybody!

    Ir was an awesome day at the West Regional Courthouse.  We only collected 6 voter registration forms, but we also managed to collect 100 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Welker Mitchell, Barbara O’Keefe, Lonnie Supnick, John Countryman, Beth Mumby, and Al Rodriguez for doing such a great job!  And between John Ziegler and the Library volunteers on Saturday (especially Lori & David Walters) and Janet Thompson another 124 rights restoration petitions were collected in just the past few days!

    There’s a lot going on and a lot I have to mention, so this will be a little longer than usual.  Here are some actions you can take during the next few weeks:

    1.  There will be a Resist Trump Tuesday Rally tomorrow at 12 Noon at Senator Marco Rubio’s Office in Miami, 8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 110, Doral, FL 33166, 305-418-8553.
 
    2.  We will be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday, April 5th, from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and collect more rights restoration petitions.  Please let me know if you can join us.

    3.  There are now more than enough Democratic Senators opposing Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch to block consent.  Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is threatening to change the rules (the “nuclear option”), so that Gorsuch’s nomination can be confirmed by a simple majority vote.  If you agree that this would be an extreme violation of democratic principles, take a few minutes and call McConnell’s Office at 202-224-2541 to let him know how you feel!   

    Or as Indivisible says, “After their embarrassing failure on TrumpCare, Republicans really want a win. Their plan? To get an extreme, unpopular nominee confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court this Friday, before they have to answer to you over the upcoming recess. But there are a couple of flaws in this scheme: first, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is short on the votes he needs, and second, you’re going to use recess to hold them accountable, no matter what happens this week.

    Gorsuch’s extreme record has left him short of the 60 votes traditionally required to close debate and vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Instead of admitting defeat and requesting a more mainstream nominee, McConnell is now threatening to invoke the incredibly unpopular “nuclear option” and change 230 years of Senate precedent to eliminate the filibuster and ram Gorsuch through with fewer than 60 votes.     Many Republicans are very nervous about blowing up the rules over this one vote—and they should be. If you have Democratic senators, tell them to stand strong, and if you have Republican senators, tell them to back away from the nuclear option. The message is simple: if your Supreme Court nominee is so extreme that he can’t get to 60 votes, you don’t change the rules, you change the nominee!

    Tell Republican Senators:  Nuclear is not an option!  Change the nominee, not the rules!

    You can also express your displeasure at the following websites for Daily Kos, Organizing for Action, and People for the American Way:

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/3/1649881/-Disarm-the-Nuclear-Option-Use-9-For-a-Spine-Donations-to-Reward-GOP-Senators-That-Say-They-ll-Opp

    https://www.ofa.us/speak-out-against-senate-recklessness/?source=em_x_jud_20170403_x_x_sn_ar&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=em_x_jud_20170403_x_x_sn_ar

    https://secure.pfaw.org/site/SPageNavigator/action.html?survey_id=11726&autologin=true

    4.  And next Monday, Ron McCoy will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM for more voter registration and petition collection.  Please let him know
at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106 if you would like to help out.

    5.  And don’t forget to save Saturday, April 15th for two amazing events:  First join the Tax Day March and Rally at 9:30 AM at the Trump Tower, 2711 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood.  Join the Indivisible Groups and demand that Trump releases his tax returns.  And then at 12 Noon, join Rise Up!, Indivisible south Florida, Women’s March, and South Florida Activism at Trump Plaza at 525 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, for the “Show Us Your Taxes March-a-Lago”.  This non-violent demonstration of our First Amendment rights will begin in front of Trump Plaza and the march will lead to Bingham Island, directly adjacent to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Winter White House.  Bring your passion, your energy, signs, flags, and noise-makers!

    Thanks for all of your help!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Not a Bad Week. Now Let’s Keep It Going!

    Greetings, everybody!  What a week!

    So, it took the Republican healthcare proposal only 17 days to wither and die.  For now, Obamacare remains the law of the land.  Hooray and congratulations to all the Indivisible groups that made their voices heard in support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act!

    Speaking of Indivisible groups, I attended Sunday’s meeting of Indivisible South Florida and collected another 55 rights restoration petitions.  The meeting was great, packed with a whole bunch of enthusiastic activists and a lot of energy.

    Here’s something else that happened during the past week.  (Thanks to Barbara Effman for sharing this with me.)  When this becomes law, it will go a long way towards solving the unsettling potential problem of mismatched signatures on vote-by-mail ballots.

Bill Standardizing Vote-by-Mail Passes After FDP Lawsuit Combating Voter Disenfranchisement

 
    Tallahassee, FL — Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed Democratic Leader Janet Cruz’s House Bill 105 which will solve serious voter disenfranchisement issues throughout the state. The bill creates a uniform standard for curing vote by mail ballots by offering the voter a chance to fix a ballot that was rejected due to a mismatched signature. This common sense solution to our voting system comes after the Florida Democratic Party won a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. 

    ******

    ******   The bill, put forth by Democrats, will put into statute that the local Supervisor of Elections must offer a voter the chance to cure a ballot that was rejected due to a mismatched signature by signing an affidavit attributing to the validity of the ballot by 5pm on the day before Election Day.

    And then there was this wonderful news from our own Senator Bill Nelson.  (Thanks to John Ziegler for sharing this with the rest of us.):

    Re: My vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch


    John,
 
    I will vote “no” on the motion to invoke cloture and, if that succeeds, I will vote “no” on the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. 

 
    I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns. In addition, the judge has consistently sided with corporations over employees, as in the case of a freezing truck driver who, contrary to common sense, Judge Gorsuch would have allowed to be fired for abandoning his disabled rig during extreme weather conditions.
 
    This is a responsibility I take very seriously. 
 
    I appreciate your support and input.

 
    Sincerely,
 
    Bill Nelson

    Ron McCoy was back out at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, and collected 5 voter registration forms and 29 rights restoration petitions.  Many thanks to Ron and all the volunteers who were out there with him!

    And here’s how you can help during the next couple of weeks:

    1.  John Ziegler still needs a couple of volunteers at the West Regional Library in Plantation on Saturday, April 1st (No kidding!) to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  I will be back out at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can help out.

    3.  The next meeting of South Florida Women Rise Up will be on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM, at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 620 NW 3rd Street in Pompano Beach.

    4.  And don’t forget to save Saturday, April 15th for two amazing events:  First join the Tax Day March and Rally at 9:30 AM at the Trump Tower, 2711 S. Ocean Drive
in Hollywood.  Join the Indivisible Groups and demand that Trump releases his tax returns.  And then at 12 Noon, join Rise Up!, Indivisible south Florida, Women’s March, and South Florida Activism at Trump Plaza at 525 S. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, for the “Show Us Your Taxes March-a-Lago”.  This non-violent demonstration of our First Amendment rights will begin in front of Trump Plaza and the march will lead to Bingham Island, directly adjacent to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Winter White House.  Bring your passion, your energy, signs, flags, and noise-makers!

    Hope to see you out at the West Regional Courthouse next week!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Now is the Time!

    Greetings, everybody!

    Now is the time to keep the pressure on our members of Congress.  The hearings on Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court are ongoing and we must tell Senator Nelson to hang tough in opposition.  His office number is 954-693-4851.

    Now is the time to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Now is the time to protest.  Now is the time to get involved.

    Here are a few of the things that are ongoing and happening during the next few weeks:

    1.  On Saturdays, you can help to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions all day at the West Regional Library in Plantation.  If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  On Sunday, March 26th, at 3 PM, there will be a general meeting of Indivisible South Florida at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale.

    3.  On Mondays, you can help to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward & Pine Island) from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you’d like to help out, please contact Ron McCoy at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106.

    4.  On Monday evening, March 27th, at 7:15 PM, there will be an action meeting of a group called Bold Justice at St. David’s Catholic Church, 3900 S. University Drive in Davie.  Bold Justice concentrates on juvenile arrests, mental health, and senior care in Broward County.  They are expecting Sheriff Scott Israel to attend.  To RSVP or for further information, please contact Ron McCoy at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106.

    5.  I am looking for volunteers to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you would like to help organize and set this up.

    6.  The next meeting of South Florida Women Rise Up will be on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 PM, at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 620 NW 3rd Street in Pompano Beach.

    7.  On Wednesdays,
from 4 to 6 PM, there are resistance rallies at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, 299 E. Broward Blvd. (Broward & NE 3rd Ave.)

    8.  On Saturday, April 15th, there will be marches and demonstrations in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties at 12 noon.  More information about the locations will be forthcoming.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Help Us Welcome DWS on Tuesday Night! (Plantation Democratic Club)

Good evening, friends!

You are not going to want to miss the Plantation Democratic Club Meeting on Tuesday night, October 25th. Our guest speaker will be our own Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz! I can’t wait to hear what she says about the Debate and Donald unbelievably refusing to support the outcome of the election! The Meeting starts at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road (just north of Broward) in Plantation.

And please join us in knocking on doors this weekend to make sure we get out every single Democratic and Independent vote for Hillary Clinton!

Now, even before the Donald shocked everyone in the Country with his latest craziness: that he will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election……….if he wins, the Miami Herald endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. It is such a clear and persuasive statement that I just wanted to share it with you:

Enjoy this and then do something to make sure we get out every vote in Broward County!

Alan

Voter Registration Push and Reasons to Vote No On Amendment 1

So, we really dodged a bullet with Matthew.  But it has put a dent in our voter registration efforts.  Remember all voter registration forms must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections Office by Tuesday at 5 PM.

My wife and I have received our ballots by mail, and are using this time to complete them.  If you have received your ballots, and need any help with any of the races, just give me a call.  I will be voting NO on Constitutional Amendment No. 1, the Solar Energy Amendment, and YES on Constitutional Amendment No. 2, the Medical Marijuana Amendment.  (I have included at the end of this message the reasoning for my no vote on the Solar Energy Amendment. – Please share.)

I will be delivering our ballots in person to the Supervisor of Elections Office.  If you would like me to deliver yours as well, just give me a call and drop off your ballot(s).

John Ziegler has also organized shifts for voter registration at the West Regional Library on Saturday and Sunday.  If you can help out, please contact John at johnjoeziegler@aol.com or 954-232-3918.

There will also be canvassing once again this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Let me know if you’d like to help.

There will be a MiniVan Training on Sunday October 9th, at 6:00PM and 7:00PM at the Broward Democratic Party Headquarters, 8320 West Sunrise Blvd, Suite 203, Plantation, FL 33322.  This will prepare you to use your smartphone to knock on Democratic doors in your neighborhood.  Please RSVP HERE!

On Monday, October 10th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, there will be a friend-raiser Rally for Hillary Clinton, sponsored by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nan Rich, at Scuotto’s Pizza & Pasta, 3455 N. Hiatus Road (& Oakland Park), in Sunrise.  The chairs for this event are Steven Schultz, Caryn Grainer Dunn, and Elaine Geller.  Please RSVP to Caryn Grainer Dunn at 954-483-6372 or caryn.grainer@gmail.com.

Finally, save the date for the Plantation Democratic Club meeting which has been changed this month to Tuesday, October 25th.  We have very exciting news about that meeting.  We will be welcoming back to the Club our own Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz!  The meeting will start at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium.

It’s time to start getting out the vote.  Please help!

Alan
954-472-6211

Vote No on Amendment 1 (Solar Energy proposal)

Here is my take on the Solar Amendment.  Please share with all people on your lists:

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 was put on the ballot, as Phil Busey has pointed out, “because the utility companies and right-wing political groups such as Ralph Reed’s Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition paid over $7 million to put it on the ballot.”  This amendment is designed to really “put one over” on unsuspecting voters by using deceptive language to make voters think it’s something it isn’t.  Called the “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice ” Amendment, it is nothing of the sort.  While it gives consumers the right to own or lease solar equipment on their property, the real point of this amendment is contained in the last sentence which days that “consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electrical grid access to those who do.”  As I understand it, up until now, people generating more energy than they need with solar equipment, could sell the excess to the grid, meaning less revenue for the utility companies.  What the amendment will do to that kind of subsidy is unclear.

When the Florida Supreme Court barely approved the ballot language by a 4 to 3 vote, Justice Barbara Pariente wrote a very sharp dissent: “Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware.  Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida’s major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.  The ballot title is affirmatively misleading by its focus on ‘Solar Energy Choice”, when no real choice exists for those who favor expansion of solar energy.”  Pariente goes on to emphasize that the word “subsidize” is vague and open to wildly different interpretations.  She is suggesting that utility companies could use the amendment to block cheaper competitors, by claiming that they are insufficiently regulated or that they somehow impose a subsidy.

There is a rival proposal that is much better, sponsored by Floridians for Solar Choice.  That group said an amendment was, as a Sun-Sentinel Editorial put it, “necessary to allow solar firms and individuals with rooftop solar to provide alternatives to Florida’s big utilities, which have been using their economic and political clout to squelch competition.”  They were not, however, able to collect enough signatures to get that proposed amendment on the ballot.

So, in summary, vote NO on Amendment 1!