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From: Alan G. Ehrlich <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2015 at 2:54 AM
Subject: Are You Going to Help Elect the First Woman President This Country Has Ever Had?
Greetings and best wishes for a great weekend! IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN AN AMAZING WEEK!
Yesterday’s Hillary House Party at Ralph and Mary Rickel’s home was wonderful. Special Guest Craig Smith, former White House Political Director, and someone who has known Bill and Hillary Clinton for 40 years gave an outstanding talk. He made it clear that, once again, Florida will be ground zero in the 2016 Presidential Election. That the Republican candidate, whoever that turns out to be, cannot win unless he wins Florida. And, as all of us who live in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties know, we have the power right here in South Florida to make sure that that person does not win this state! So if you are ready for Hillary and would like to get involved in her campaign right now, please let me know. There are many ways for you to help.
It’s been an inspiring few days. Yesterday (Thursday), the United States Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and made it clear that it is and will continue to be the law of the land, providing affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Also yesterday, the Court handed down a decision strongly endorsing the 1968 Fair Housing Act, making it clear that racial discrimination in housing can be proven by statistics showing the disparate impact a particular practice has on minorities, as well as by proving overt racial bias.
And then today (Friday), the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that just a few years ago (like the idea of an African-American being elected President) would have seemed unbelievable. The Court held that the constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states may not ban same-sex marriage. Here’s what Justice Kennedy said in his majority opinion: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Then, also on Friday, our President, Barack Obama gave one of the best speeches he has ever given, in eulogizing the Reverend Clementa Pinckney. If you have not yet seen this talk, either live or on Rachel Maddow, you owe it to yourself to watch and listen. It’s a bit over 30 minutes long, but you should take the time; it’s amazing! Here’s a link to watch:
Now, if you are at all moved to help out with voter registration, we will be at the West Regional Library (at Broward & Pine Island) on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8th & 9th, from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Please let me know if you can volunteer either from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM or from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. If you’d like to help out with voter registration at the West Regional Library on weekends, contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’d like to register students at Broward College, either in Davie or Coconut Creek, please let me know. The Fall Semester starts on August 24th with a whole new crop of students, and we will need volunteers for several days at that time. So please put it on your calendar and let me know that we can count on you to help.
As always, thanks for all you do!