We Need You on Monday and Wednesday

    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 johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    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!

    Alan

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How You Can Help and How You Can Register to Vote Online

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    My wife and I have returned from an awesome trip to Vietnam and China.  It was amazing to see the changes in China since the last time we were there 18 years ago.  Back then there were no cars, everyone rode a bicycle.  Now everyone has a car and everywhere you look they are building new bridges and highways!

     I want to thank Ron McCoy and everyone else who continued the effort to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions while I was gone. Just yesterday at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, Ron and Lonnie Supnick and a new volunteer, Deborah Rothschild, collected another 54 petitions.  And during the time I was gone, our Hollywood teammates organized by Jackie and Daniella collected 59 more petitions!  Great job, everybody!

    Now it’s time for me (and you) to get back to work.  More about that in a minute.

    While I was gone, on October 6th, the following article appeared in the Sun-Sentinel announcing that it was now possible to register online, WITHOUT PRINTING ANYTHING OUT AND WITHOUT HAVING TO MAIL ANYTHING BACK!  Cindy Kent wrote that:  “The Florida Department of State has launched the new online voter registration website, RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, providing Florida residents another way to register to vote or update an existing registration.  The website for the online voter registration is offered in English and Spanish and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  To register to vote online, Florida residents will need a Florida driver license or state identification card and the last four digits of their social security number to complete and submit the voter registration application electronically.”  Florida residents must also provide the date the license was issued.  So, a bit more information than is required on the official voter registration form, but still, this is a step forward.

    And here are some of the events you can attend and help out with during the next few weeks:

    1.  Tomorrow, Friday, October 13th, starting at 7 PM, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is hosting an event remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shootings at the River of Grass Universalist Congregation, 11850 W. State Rd. 84, Suite 1, in Davie.  I have been told that Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be attending this event!

    2.  On Monday and Wednesday, October 16th and 18th, 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 needed, 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.

    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.

    We are now in the home stretch for rights restoration petition collection.  Let’s get it done!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Let’s Get Back to Work!

    Good evening, Survivors of Irma!

    Now that the storm is gone and we dodged a really big bullet, I’m hoping that you are ready to join us in registering voters and collecting rights restoration petitions at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, at the West Regional Library in Plantation, at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines, or at the 24-Hour Fitness Gym in Plantation.

    On Mondays and Wednesdays, we have the South Regional Courthouse, 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood, all to ourselves.  Ron Mccoy will have all the forms, a table and chairs, and there is an overhang for protection from the sun.   If you’d like to help out please contact Ron at rmccoyohfl@gmail.com or 954-790-3106 to verify which days he will be out there and what hours.  If you would like to go the Hollywood Courthouse on a day (like Monday the 18th) when Ron won’t be there, please contact him about getting the materials you will need.

    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 if you’d like to help.

    On Saturdays, 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.

    Also on Saturdays, we usually have a team at the Southwest Regional Library 35 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines on Saturday, September 2ndeptember 2nd, please contact Lonnie Supnick at lsupnick99@myacc.net or 954-895-3192.at 16835 Sheridan St.If you are interested in collecting rights restoration petitions at the Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines on Saturday, September 2ndeptember 2nd, please contact Lonnie Supnick at lsupnick99@myacc.net or 954-895-3192. at 16835 Sheridan St.in Pembroke Pines, . If you are interested in collecting rights restoration petitions at the Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines on Saturday, September 2ndeptember 2nd, please contact Lonnie Supnick at lsupnick99@myacc.net or 954-895-3192. If you would like to help out there, please contact Lonnie Supnick at lsupnick99@myacc.net or 954-895-3192.

    Thank you for everything that you can do to help us turn Florida blue!

    Alan
at 16835 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines

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Cancellations Due to Irma

    Well, Irma has not cooperated at all and now threatens a devastating strike where we all live.

    I suppose it’s obvious, but all events for Saturday’s Day of Action and Monday at the Hollywood Courthouse are cancelled.

    Depending on how bad the hit to our County is, I still hope to go back to the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood on Wednesday the 13th.

    Stay safe, everybody!

    Alan

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Can You Join Me in Hollywood on Wednesday?

    Hi, friends!

    Earlier today (Monday) I attended the North Broward Democratic Club’s Annual Labor Day Picnic in Pompano Beach.  It was a wonderful event and very well attended.  It was great to see so many Democrats having a ball.  And I even collected another 44 rights restoration petitions and gave out some t-shirts!

    On Wednesday, I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and get petitions signed.  Please let me know if you are able to join me there for all or even part of the 4 hours.

    The rest of this message will be totally dependent on a little storm named Irma and what she does this coming weekend.

    Saturday, September 9th, is a supposed to be a Day of Action for the rights restoration campaign.  So, I am planning to visit the Fort Lauderdale Craft Beer Summer Games at 1 PM in Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. (right across the street from the Museum of Discovery and Science.)  And at 5 PM, I will attend the ART/MUSIC/POWER AMPing Up Women’s Health event at the Pride Center at Equality Park, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Fort Lauderdale.  If you can join me at either of these locations (hurricane permitting!), please let me know.

    And then on Monday and Wednesday, September 11th and 13th, I will be back at the Hollywood Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Want to help?

    Here’s hoping that we dodge a bullet this weekend!

    Alan

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Good News/Bad News

    Hi, everybody!

    Which do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news?

    The good news is that we did not have to compete with any paid solicitor at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, that the Courthouse overhang provides wonderful shade, and that the Courthouse staff lets us leave the table, chairs, and signs right there in the area where we work.  So, on Monday and Wednesday of this week, we registered 12 new voters and collected 140 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Lonnie Supnick, Jane Schwartz, and John Countryman for coming out and helping!

    The bad news is that those were the only people who joined me this week, so for a time, I was all by myself.  I don’t like to be all by myself!  We always register more voters and collect more rights restoration petitions when we have more volunteers.  So I need you to step up and join us out there!

    Here’s where you can join us during the next week or so:

    1.  On Saturday, September 2nd, 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.  If you are interested in collecting rights restoration petitions at the Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan St. in Pembroke Pines on Saturday, September 2ndeptember 2nd, please contact Lonnie Supnick at lsupnick99@myacc.net or 954-895-3192.

    3.  On Labor Day, Monday, September 4th, the North Broward Democratic Club’s will have its Annual Labor Day Picnic at 1 Pm at the Pompano Beach Community Park, South Pavilion.  If you’ve never been, this is a wonderful annual event and chance to meet like-minded Democrats and Democratic candidates.  Bring drinks and a dish to share. (I-95 to Atlantic Blvd, east to U.S. 1, left and go north to 10th St., Take 1st left into park.)  I will be there with rights restoration petitions; let me know if you’d like to help collect them.

    4.  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 if you’d like to help.

    5.  And on Wednesday, September 6th, I will be back 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. Please let me know when you can join me; I don’t want to work alone!

    Hope to see you at the Labor Day Picnic on Monday or at the Hollywood Courthouse on Wednesday.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Stop Complaining and Start Doing!

    Hello, everybody!

    Are you concerned that Donald Trump has neither the temperament nor the intelligence to do the job as President?  Are you afraid that his insistence on doing away with environmental regulations will only make the effects of global warming worse?  Are you in disbelief at his divisive rhetoric and his support for racists?  Are you as shocked as I am that most Republicans do not seem to have the integrity to challenge his crazy antics and continue to support him?

    Well, don’t just complain about it!  Come out and do something about it!  If you can help to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions  for just a few hours each week, you can help change the course of politics in Florida.  And changing the political climate in Florida will resonate throughout the country.

    We had a great week at Broward College, even though we had to contend with a lot of rain and a whole bunch of paid solicitors.  Our wonderful volunteers were able to register 94 students and collect 334 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Karen and Phil Fortman from the Davie Democratic Club, Kathryn Reeve, Cristina Arroyo, Michael Goldfarb, Janet Thompson, Ellen Moltz, Victoria Olson, Maida Genser, Ron McCoy, Jackie Braun, Leah Jafee, Anne Toft, Lonnie Supnick, Dave Michaelson, Janet Heier (?), Beth Mumby, Miro Morfa, and Laurel Geller!  If I have left anyone out, please forgive me.

    Here’s how you can help during the next week or so:

    On Saturday, August 26th, 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.

    Also on Saturday, August 26th, a team will be registering voters and collecting rights restoration petitions at the Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan St. on Pembroke Pines from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you are available.
 
    On Monday and Wednesday, August 28th and 30th, 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.

    And on Monday, September 4th, the North Broward Democratic Club’s will have its Annual Labor Day Picnic at 1 Pm at the Pompano Beach Community Park, South Pavilion.  Bring drinks and a dish to share. (I-95 to Atlantic Blvd, east to U.S. 1, left and go north to 10th St., Take 1st left into park.)

    Hope to see you next week or on Labor Day!

    Alan

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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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