Last Chance to Get a Free T-shirt When You Come Out to Help

    Good evening, friends!  Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in volunteering.

    The Rights Restoration Campaign is now in the final few weeks of petition collection.  THE FINAL DAY TO TURN OVER ALL COMPLETED PETITIONS IS DECEMBER 15TH!  The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote.  As grassroots volunteers, we must make sure that we collect enough petitions, (valid, certified petitions) to get the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  If you have completed petitions, call or email me during the next week so that I can get them from you.

    Yesterday at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, Judy Ford, Tracy McNeil, Lauren Tate, and Janet Thompson helped register 4 voters and collect 67 rights restoration petitions!  Here’s how you can help during the next week or so, including Saturday’s Day of Action.  I have a new supply of free t-shirts for everyone who comes out to help collect petitions! 

    1.  Tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can come out to volunteer for a couple of hours.

    2.  On Thursday, November 30th, starting at 5 PM, the Restoration Campaign will be collecting petitions at the Lady Gaga Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  I you are interested in collecting petitions at that event, RSVP at https://secondchancesfl.nationbuilder.com/second_chances_events?utm_campaign=rsvpdayofaction&utm_campaign=rsvp_1130_122&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=secondchancesfl&utm_source=secondchancesfl

    3.  Saturday, December 2nd will be a Day of Action for petition collection!  You can choose from three different events on that day:

            I will be at the Woodstock Arts Festival at the Sunrise Athletic Facility, 11501 NW 44 Street in Sunrise, starting at 10 AM to collect rights restoration petitions.  The Festival is supposed to last until 5 PM, so please let me know the hours you would like to come and help.

            Also on Saturday, the Campaign will be collecting petitions at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood and at the Riptide Music Festival on the Fort Lauderdale Beach.  For further information and to RSVP please follow this link:  https://secondchancesfl.nationbuilder.com/second_chances_events?utm_campaign=rsvpdayofaction&utm_campaign=rsvp_1130_122&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=secondchancesfl&utm_source=secondchancesfl

    4.  On Sunday, December 3rd, the Sunday Jazz Brunch is scheduled from 11 AM to 2 PM along Riverwalk off Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  Sounds like a fun event!  Please let me know if you would like to join me in collecting petitions.

    5.  And on Monday and Wednesday, December 4th and 6th, 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. The weather is better.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Come out to help 1.6 million Floridians get back their right to vote!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Support These Two Efforts for Thanksgiving (and Then Come Out to Help!)

    Good afternoon, everybody!  Allow me to wish every single one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Many Republicans (including the President) appear to believe that it would be better to elect to the United States Senate someone who has done what Roy Moore has done than a Democrat.  Should Moore win, then the Republican Party becomes the party of Moore and Trump, and (as Jeff Flake said) it will be toast!

    I just made two contributions, first to the campaign of Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate in Alabama (https://dougjonesforsenate.com/) and second, to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (https://democraticredistricting.com/)  (This is the effort being worked on by Barack Obama and Eric Holder to fight against gerrymandering and restore fairness to elections in congressional and legislative districts.)  Let’s fix our political system!

    It was another good weekend for the collection of rights restoration petitions.  On Saturday, Janet Thompson and I collected 26 petitions at the Craft Fair in Davie before they made us leave.  The Craft Fair in Weston on Sunday was much more welcoming:  Lonnie Supnick and Mary O’Donnell helped to collect 78 petitions.  On Monday at the South Regional Courthouse, Ronnie Heller and Lauren Tate joined me to register 4 voters and collect 49 petitions.  On Tuesday, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers registered 4 voters and collected 43 more petitions.  Also yesterday at the Broward Democratic Party Meeting, several people gave me a total of another 33 petitions.  And today, at the Hollywood Courthouse, Penny Cukier and Andrew Dolberg (a wonderful brand-new volunteer) came out to help collect 51 rights restoration petitions. That’s another 280 petitions since Saturday!  Awesome!

    But the Campaign has set December 15th as the cut-off date for petition collection.  So we have less than a month to collect enough to make sure that this Amendment gets on the 2018 ballot.  Want to help?  Here’s how:  Join an event this coming weekend or just go out and collect petitions in front of your local supermarket or knock on doors in your neighborhood.  I can provide you with all the blank petitions you need.

    On Monday and Wednesday, November 27th and 29th, we will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We have the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun.   If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather has been wonderful!  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Thank you for helping to restore the right to vote to over 1.6 million Floridians!

    Alan

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Can You Join Us This Weekend in Davie or Weston?

    Good evening, everybody!

    The Rights Restoration Campaign is now within sight of the finish line.  The Campaign has set December 15th as the date by which they are hoping to have collected on million rights restoration petitions.  We need your help now more than ever!

     It was an amazing weekend at the 51st Annual Art in the Park event in Plantation.  On Saturday, we collected 186 rights restoration petitions.  And then on Sunday, we collected another 128 petitions.  That’s 314 in two days!  John Ziegler did an amazing job of organizing over 30 volunteers to cover the shifts on both days.  I’ve already recognized the Saturday helpers, so now let’s thank the Sunday volunteers, including Cindy Johnson, Steven Siegel, Cathy Bowers, Teresa Williams, Linda Gutierrez, Bev Kaufman, Maude King Bruce, Giorgina Liguori, Richard Grosso, Ellen Molrz, Dennis Henry, and Ellie Forte!

    On Monday, we were back at the Hollywood Courthouse, where Tracy McNeil and I collected 3 voter registration forms and 55 petitions.  On Monday night, I spoke at the Broward Young Democrats Meeting and asked for their help in getting to our goal of one million petitions.  On Tuesday, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers registered 8 more voters and collected 43 petitions.  And earlier today, at the Hollywood Courthouse, Ronnie Heller, Janet Thompson, and John Countryman helped to register 3 voters and collect 61 more petitions!

    Here’s how you can help during the next few days before Thanksgiving:

    1.  On Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th, from 9 AM to 4 PM, there is a Holiday Craft Festival and Green Fair at the Bergeron Rodeo located at 4271 Davie Road in Davie.  This event will have work by local artists and artisans.  Entry and parking is free.  I’m hoping we can get a good number of volunteers to join me there on Saturday at about 10 AM.  Please let me know if you can help out.

    2.  Also on Saturday, November 18th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to  PM to register voters.  He still needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    3.  On Sunday, November 19th, from 12 Noon to 6 PM, there is a Craft and Talent Show at the Weston Town Center, 1675 Market Street in Weston.   If you can join me there on Sunday for even a couple of hours, please let me know.

    4On Monday and Wednesday, November 20th and 22nd, 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 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. The weather has been wonderful!  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Please come out to help; we have only a few weeks left to collect enough petitions to get on the 2018 Ballot!

    Alan

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Fwd: Plantation Dems host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch

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Plantation Dems host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch

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Next Meeting – Tuesday, November 14th – 7PM 
Deicke Auditorium
5701 Cypress Road, Plantation 33317

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Special Request — Please bring canned goods to the meeting for inclusion in Thanksgiving baskets for Veterans.  Thank you! 
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We are excited to host Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch at our November 14th meeting,  Cynthia graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and in 2006 she earned an MA from FIU in Economic History, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 Average. 

In 2006, she joined the Plantation Democratic Club. Although a full time Mom, she continued to be an active volunteer for Democratic causes and candidates in her Community and in 2008 she won in her precinct and went on to accept the neighborhood team leader position in Plantation and later was elected Plantation’s Area Leader.  She focused on activating precinct people to gather thousands of petitions, voter registrations and Vote-by-mail requests. 

In the winter of 2012, again in response to the constant lack of activism in the local Democratic Party and also wishing to increase diversity of the Party, Cynthia originated an effort to recruit volunteers to run for precinct positions. She and others formed the Broward Blues, a grassroots group of volunteer Democratic Leaders, Organizers and Activists. Their purpose is to motivate, energize, and build an effective, dynamic movement through community activism and efficient organizing. The result: Over 400 activists filed for positions. She financed and led the effort for those who had strong competition, winning over 65% of the contested races. Cynthia won her own precinct with over 70% of the votes. 

The Broward Blues were some of the most active volunteers in the 2012 election cycle supporting President Obama and OFA as team leaders, staging location directors and voter registration captains. Her area of Plantation led the state in voter registration, voter contacts and vote by mail requests. Blues volunteers also worked tirelessly on behalf of local candidates, covering early vote sites and distributed hundreds of thousands of palm cards. They have an active online presence with their Facebook page. 

As an elected Florida Democratic Party Delegate, Cynthia M. Busch had the privilege of casting her vote for President Obama in the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is a committed community leader who works hard to move Broward and America FORWARD

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Ain’t Art in the Park Incredible? – 186 Petitions!

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   Good evening, friends!

   A great week at the South Regional Courthouse.  With the help of Tracy McNeil, Levell Strong, Ronnie Heller, Janet Thompson, and Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers, we collected 16 voter registration forms and 134 rights restoration petitions!

   And now listen to what a day we had at Liberty Tree Park in Plantation!  Art in the Park started at 9 AM and continued the whole day until 5 PM.  John Ziegler and I had an incredible roster of helpers today, including Dawn Elrad, Vicki Gelfund, Anne Toft, Michael Goldfarb, Mark Henderson, Penny Cukier, Shoshanna Ehrlich, Ronnie Heller, Stephanie Nagel, Mary Jane Stone, Cathy Bowers, Mary O’Donnell, and Ralph Rickel.  With their outstanding assistance, we registered 9 voters, helped 2 people fill out requests to vote by mail, and we collected 186 rights restoration petitions!  What an awesome Day of Action!

   We will be out at Art in the Park again tomorrow, from 10 AM until 4 PM.  For those who have signed up, see you tomorrow.

   For anyone who is interested in helping out on Monday and Wednesday, November 13th and 15th, 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 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. The weather has turned much more pleasant.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Thank you for all of your help!

    Alan


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We Need Your Help on Saturday and Sunday!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    We still need volunteers for this coming weekend!  On Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th, we will have tables for voter registration and rights restoration petition collection at the 51st Annual Art in the Park event at Liberty Tree Park, 7421 NW 5th Street, in Plantation.  We will also have a canopy for protection from the sun.

    On Saturday, the event starts at 9 AM and continues until 5 PM, and we are looking for volunteers to fill two-hour shifts starting at 9 AM.  On Sunday, it starts at 10 AM and continues until 4 PM, and we need volunteers to fill two-hour shifts starting at 10 AM.

    This event offers a first class display of fine arts and crafts and is usually very well attended.  Anyone who is interested in helping out on either or both days should contact Alan Ehrlich at 954-472-6211 or pan1@comcast.net, or John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    For anyone who is interested in helping out tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8th, 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 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. The weather has turned much more pleasant.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    Call if you have any questions.

    Alan

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We’re on the Home Stretch; Help Us Get It on the 2018 Ballot!

    Good afternoon, friends!

    It’s only 2 months now until the end of the year, when we hope to have collected on million rights restoration petitions.  We need your help now more than ever! Another decent week at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood:  Along with the help of Lauren Tate, Tracy McNeil, Deborah Rothschild, and Ronnie Heller, we registered 9 voters (5 on Monday and 4 yesterday) and we collected 131 petitions (75 on Monday and 56 yesterday.)

    Please come out and help during the next couple of weeks:

    1.  On Saturday, November 4th, 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 needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  On that same day, Saturday the 4th, you are invited to the Broward Democratic Party’s Inaugural Best in Broward Celebration at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  This Cocktail Reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 PM and tickets are $80 (in advance).  Senator Bill Nelson will be honored as the Democrat of the Year!  Other Honored Guests include Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Alcee Hastings, and Congressman Red Deutch.  Other individuals from Democratic Clubs across the County will be recognized, representing volunteers who devote time, energy, and money into making the Broward Democratic Party as successful as it is.  Tickets are available at www.browarddemocrats.org/bestinbroward2017.  For more information, please contact Travis Perron at tperron@browarddemocrats.org.

    3On Monday and Wednesday, November 6th and 8th, 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 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. The weather has turned much more pleasant.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    4.  We still need volunteers for the following event!  On Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th, we will have tables for voter registration and rights restoration petition collection at the 51st Annual Art in the Park event at Liberty Tree Park, 7421 NW 5th Street, in Plantation.  On both days, the event starts at 10 AM and continues until 4 PM, and we are looking for volunteers to fill two-hour shifts from 10 AM to 12 Noon, 12 Noon to 2 PM, or 2 PM to 4 PM.  This event offers a first class display of fine arts and crafts and is usually very well attended.  Anyone who is interested in helping out on either or both days should contact Alan Ehrlich at 954-472-6211 or pan1@comcast.net, or John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    We need your help to get the rights restoration amendment on the 2018 Ballot!

    Alan

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Can You Help Honor Some Very Special Guests?

    You are invited to the Broward Democratic Party’s Inaugural Best in Broward Celebration on Saturday evening at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, 1617 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  This Cocktail Reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 PM and tickets are $80 (in advance).

    Senator Bill Nelson will be honored as the Democrat of the Year!  Other Honored Guests include Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Alcee Hastings, and Congressman Red Deutch.  Other individuals from Democratic Clubs across the County will be recognized, representing volunteers who devote time, energy, and money into making the Broward Democratic Party as successful as it is.

    Tickets are available at www.browarddemocrats.org/bestinbroward2017.  For more information, please contact Travis Perron at tperron@browarddemocrats.org.

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We Need Your Help Next Week and the Week After

    Hi, everybody!

    As most of you know, Florida is one of only 3 states with a lifetime ban on voting by residents who have had a felony conviction.  As a result, there are over 1.6 million Floridians who cannot vote!  The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote.  In order to get this Amendment on the 2018 Ballot, the Rights Restoration Campaign must submit
over 760,000 valid, certified petitions by the beginning of January.  The word is that we now have over 650,000 petitions!  That’s good news, but the goal is 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.  Clearly, we still have a lot of work to do, and we need your help to do it!

    It’s been another good few days for voter registration and petition collection.  On Monday at the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, two brand new (and awesome) volunteers, Tracy McNeil and Deborah Rothschild, helped register 7 voters and collect 73 petitions.  Ar Tuesday’s Broward Democratic Party meeting, Ray Trachenberg and others turned over huge stacks of completed petitions.  And on Wednesday at the Hollywood Courthouse, another new (and awesome) volunteer, Lauren Tate, joined me, Lonnie Supnick, and Deborah Rothschild to collect another 53 petitions. 

    We can use your help during the next week or so:

    1.  On Saturday, October 28th, 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 needs volunteers for 2-hour 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 30th and November 1st, 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. The weather has turned much more pleasant.  Please let me know when you can join us.

    3.  On Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th, we have already registered to have tables for voter registration and rights restoration petition collection at the 51st Annual Art in the Park event at Liberty Tree Park, 7421 NW 5th Street, in Plantation.  On both days, the event starts at 10 AM and continues until 4 PM, and we are looking for volunteers to fill two-hour shifts from 10 AM to 12 Noon, 12 Noon to 2 PM, or 2 PM to 4 PM.  This event offers a first class display of fine arts and crafts and is usually very well attended.  Anyone who is interested in helping out on either or both days should contact Alan Ehrlich at 954-472-6211 or pan1@comcast.net, or John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Come out to help 1.6 million Floridians get back their right to vote!

    Alan

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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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