Threats from the CRC

    Good afternoon, folks!

    Don’t forget that the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.

    Monica Espitia, the South Florida Regional Organizer for the ACLU of Florida, has sent out the following message:

    “Can you join us next Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Nova Southeastern University to tell the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) you oppose any attack on our constitutional rights?

    On Tuesday, February 6, the CRC is holding a public hearing on proposals they plan to automatically put on the November 2018 ballot. A lot of these proposals are scary — many of them would eliminate important protections we have against government intrusion into our private lives such a decisions on intimate relationships and marriage, the separation of church and state, parenting choices on educational alternatives and homeschooling, a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion, and more.

    That’s why we need your voice on the record — to help us defeat these proposals before they get placed on the November ballot. We have everything you need to be successful located on our CRC resource page, but we need you.

    Let us know if you can make it next Tuesday, Feb. 6. Even if it’s just for one hour, your presence will make a huge impact.

    Thank you for helping us defend our constitutional rights”

   
    Among the proposals cited by the ACLU as threatening civil liberties and constitutional protections are:

    Proposal 4 – Deletes the No Aid provision of our Florida Constitution and opens the door for state funding of religious institutions.
   
Proposal 29 – Requires all employers to use the error-prone E-Verify system to check the immigration status of all new employees, and provides penalties and loss of license for noncompliance.
   
Proposal 96 – Conflicts with and undermines defendants’ Constitutional Rights in criminal justice proceedings, while not meaningfully providing relief to victims.

    One of the worst, Proposal 22, which would have abolished Florida’s constitutional privacy protection, was rejected by the Judicial Committee of the CRC last Monday!

    All proposals can be viewed and tracked here: http://flcrc.gov/Proposals/Commissioner

    For further information, here is the link to the ACLU’s CRC resource page:   https://www.aclufl.org/en/campaigns/constitution-revision-commission

    Hope to see you there!

    Alan

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Exciting News About Rights Restoration!

    Good morning, friends!

    Now here’s an exciting way to start the day:  A Federal Judge has ruled that Florida’s lifetime ban on voting by people with felony convictions is unconstitutional.  (Thanks to Barbara Effman and Reuben Share for letting me know.)  In his decision, the Judge said he would rule later on how Florida should fix the system.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-02-01/floridas-ban-on-felons-voting-ruled-unconstitutional-by-judge

    And, of course, our Rights Restoration Amendment will be on the ballot in November.  YES ON 4!

    From a very happy Alan

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What a Great Speech!

    Hi, everybody!

    Did you see the speech?  I loved it!  I’m talking about Congressman Joe Kennedy III of course.  The other guy, not so much….  How exciting that our Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch had the foresight to sign Joe Kennedy up for the Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner on March 3rd before he became so well known that he would be in high demand.  Sign up at:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018 

    Another productive day at the West Regional Courthouse this week. Many thanks to the awesome women who came out to help:  Penny Cukier and a wonderful new volunteer named Emily Park!  We were able to collect 7 voter registration forms and 25 vote-by-mail requests.

    On Saturday, February 3rd, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library on Saturday, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    Don’t forget that
the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    I will be back doing voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, February 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can join me out there.

    And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!

    Alan

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Come On Out, The Weather’s Fine!

    Good afternoon, friends!

    Voter registration continued at the West Regional Courthouse this week.  Janet Thompson, Ronnie Heller, and Penny Cukier came out and helped to register 7 voters and collect 12 vote-by-mail requests.  Great work!

    I will be back doing voter registration at the Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, January 31st, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Emily Park, a new volunteer, has already signed up for that day.  If you would also like to help, just let me know.

    Don’t forget that the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    Alan

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I Want You to Imagine the Smile on My Face! YES ON 4!

    Great news, everybody!

    The Rights Restoration Amendment qualified today to be on the 2018 Ballot!  It will be Constitutional Amendment Number 4 on the ballot in November.  Check out this link to BallotPedia:  https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_4,_Voting_Rights_Restoration_for_Felons_Initiative_(2018)

    I spoke with Desmond Meade earlier this evening, and he confirmed that the Amendment will be on the ballot and that no further petitions are required in Broward or anyplace else.  He is very excited about our success and looks forward to involving everyone in the campaign to secure a 60%+ vote in November.  I am including below the message that he sent out earlier today.

    I want to thank everyone who participated in the collection of what ended up being over 1.1 million rights restoration petitions.  You have helped to accomplish what many people thought was impossible in Florida.  Take some time to congratulate yourselves on taking the first step in accomplishing something that was long overdue: restoring the right to vote to 1.5 million of our neighbors!  And then prepare to help with the job of getting everyone you know to vote for it.

    So let’s get used to our chant right from this instant:  “YES ON 4!”

    Alan

Alan,

Over the past three years, through the hard work and unwavering dedication demonstrated by our grassroots movement, Floridians across the Sunshine State signed and submitted more than 1.1 million petitions and put the Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment on the November ballot.

Florida voters from all walks of life took matters into their own hands to ensure that their fellow Floridians, family members, and friends who made past mistakes and have repaid their debts to society, are given the opportunity to have their voices heard. Now, in November, Floridians can vote YES on 4 to make sure that Florida law does too. It’s simply the right thing to do.

Can you spread the word about the Second Chances Florida campaign? Send this email to 5 friends and invite them to sign up and join the grassroots movement!

Florida has the most restrictive policies in the nation with respect to permanently banning voting, but many citizens have earned the opportunity to participate in elections and give back to their communities once again.  The Voting Restoration Amendment will restore the vote to 1.5 million Floridians who have been convicted of a felony and have fully completed their sentence. This Amendment excludes individuals who have been convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses.

Please ask your friends and family to join our grassroots movement.

As a person who is directly impacted, your support takes on an even greater appreciation. Thank you for working side by side with those of us who are directly impacted toward liberation, restoration, and a more inclusive democracy. We could not have achieved this historic moment without you.

Thank you,

Desmond Meade, Chair
Floridians for Fair Democracy

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Let’s Register As Many New Voters As We Can!

    Good evening, everybody!

    It was a weekend full of incredible marches and rallys, and the importance of registering new voters was stressed at almost every event.

    That’s exactly what we are trying to do every week from now until the election.  Many thanks to Barbara O’Keefe and Barbara Kaufman for coming out last week and helping to register 5 voters and collect 8 vote-by-mail requests

    I will be back doing voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, January 24th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Janet Thompson and Ronnie Heller have already promised to join me.  If anyone else would like to help just let me know.

    On Saturday, January 27th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    And finally, don’t forget that the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida on Tuesday, February 6th,  from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    Alan

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An Exciting Weekend is Ahead!

    Hi, friends!

    A very Happy Martin Luther King Day to everybody!  If you have not yet seen the Barack Obama interview on the new David Letterman show, try to catch it; it will bring you to tears!  At the end of this message I will include the latest news from Desmond Meade and the Rights Restoration Campaign.

    I will be back doing voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, January 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Will you join me?

    On Saturday, January 20th, there will be marches in Washington, DC and participating cities across the country, to show the world that Donald Trump has no mandate and that Americans will come out to defend our democracy.  In our area, the march will take place at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach from 12 to 3 PM.  All you have to do is take Tri-Rail (Train P668) to the West Palm Beach Station for $5 round-trip, and then take the free shuttle bus service from the train station to and from the march.  For Tri-Rail stations and times, go to http://www.tri-rail.com/stations/west-palm-beach-station/   And for more information about this event, go to https://www.pbcsharedresistance.org/

    On Sunday, January 21st, The Women’s Day of Action Rally will take place at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23 Street
in Miami from 11 AM to 4 PM.  This will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression, and harnessing our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values.  Motor coach transportation will also be available for this event.  For further information and to register for this incredible event, check this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-anniversary-womens-march-power-to-the-polls-miami-day-of-action-tickets-41740941279

    On Tuesday, February 6th, the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    Alan

    Here is a link to a New York Times Article on the Rights Restoration Campaign: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/opinion/florida-missing-voters.html

    And here is Desmond Meade’s latest message:

    “To Friends of the Second Chances Grassroots Movement:    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    With the help of our committed grassroots partners and volunteers, the Second Chances campaign has submitted more than 1.1 million petitions for verification and we are confident we will qualify in the coming weeks.  This is a monumental achievement. And it was only made possible through the hard work and unwavering dedication demonstrated by the grassroots movement for over 5 years.  We cannot thank you enough for all your sacrifices and support. Together we are transitioning into the next phase of this amazing journey; and it is our honor to walk this path of liberation and restoration with you to restore the vote to 1.5 million Floridians from all walks of life.  Let’s take a moment to celebrate our hard work and ready ourselves for the next challenge. Victory is on the horizon, and we need each one of you to be part of this historic fight.”


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Thank Goodness for Our Federal Judges!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    Did you hear about the Federal Judge in the Northern District of California who blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to do away with the protections for “Dreamers”?  He ordered that the DACA program must be maintained throughout the country on the dame terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission was announced.  And did you hear about the panel of three Federal Judges who ruled that North Carolina’s congressional district map had been illegally gerrymandered by Republicans who were “motivated by invidious partisan intent”?  The panel gave state lawmakers until January 29th to draw up a new map.  Aren’t you thankful that the Federal Judiciary is still (at least for now) independent?   
 
    In only 10 months, one of the most important mid-term elections of our lives will take place!  Voters all across our country will have the opportunity to transform Congress and put a real check on the daily childlike and embarrassing behavior of Donald Trump.  And nowhere will the opportunity be greater than in Florida where we will elect a Governor and a United States Senator!  Our neighbors are motivated right now to bring about change, and we must do what we can to maintain that motivation and take action to ensure a record turnout in the 2018 elections.  That means registering voters, knocking on doors, attending meetings and rallys, and donating to organizations.

    1On Saturday, January 13th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He still needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    2.  Also on Saturday, January 13th, Mary O’Donnell and I will be knocking on Democratic doors in Jacaranda Lakes in Plantation.  If you would like join us and see what is involved, just let me know.

    3.  If you would like to help with voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday, January 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, please let me know that as well.

    4.  On Saturday, January 20th, there will be marches in Washington, DC and participating cities across the country, demanding the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from the Presidency.  In our area, the march will take place at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, and there will be motor coach buses taking paying passengers from Fort Lauderdale to the site of the march.  For further information:  https://www.facebook.com/Impeachment-March-Palm-Beach-1916929525230789/  and https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11341

    5. The Women’s Day of Action Sunday, January 21st, will be a rally in Miami from 11 AM to 4 PM.  This will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression, and harnessing our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values.  Motor coach transportation will also be available for this event.  For further information check this link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1256072497832630/

    6.  On Tuesday, February 6th, the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission will hold its only hearing in South Florida from 1 to 7 PM in the Rick Case Auditorium at Nova University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie.  Among the proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution are many terrible ideas, including a deceptively-worded proposal that would weaken the Privacy Clause and restrict privacy rights instead of protecting them!

    If you are unhappy with the direction of the Trump Administration, come out and help to change it!

    Alan
    954-472-6211
 

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Actions to Take and Dates to Save!

    Happy New Year to one and all!

    We are still waiting to hear whether there are enough valid and certified rights restoration petitions to put the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  In the meantime, there are actions that we can take and dates that we can save to help make sure that 2018 turns out to be the year that our country gives a clear and resounding response to the embarrassing presidency of Donald Trump and to the Republican Party that has supports him.

    1.  The recent repeal of all existing net neutrality protections by the FCC can ruin the fundamentally open nature of the internet.  83% of voters on both sides of the aisle oppose the repeal of net neutrality.  Dr. Dan Isaacson, editor of The Enlightened Voter out of Palm Beach County, suggests that the fight is not over because there is a new campaign to demand that Congress use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to step in, overrule the FCC action, and restore net neutrality.  The CRA only requires a simple majority in the House and the Senate to pass, but such a vote must happen within 60 legislative days of the repeal order going into effect.  Here’s what you can do:  On Thursday, January 4th, you will be able to shout to Congress loud and clear while you’re still at home in your pajamas.  Here in Florida, there will be a #AmericansMarchIYP to put pressure on Republican Senator Marco Rubio.  Instructions from Dr. Isaacson for how to do this are in the attachment to this message.  You can also go to The Enlightened Voter website for more information:  https://theenlightenedvoter.com/2018/01/01/two-days-to-go/

    2.  On Saturday, January 6th, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 4 PM to register voters.  He still needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts.  If you’d like to help with voter registration at the Library, please contact John at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.

    3.  The next meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club will be at 7 PM on Tuesday, January 9th at the Deicke Auditorium.

    4.  On Saturday, January 20th, there will be marches in Washington, DC and participating cities across the country, demanding the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from the Presidency.  In our area, the march will take place at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, and there will be motor coach buses taking paying passengers from Fort Lauderdale to the site of the march.  For further information:  https://www.facebook.com/Impeachment-March-Palm-Beach-1916929525230789/  and https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11341

     5. The Women’s Day of Action Sunday, January 21st, will be a rally in Miami from 11 AM to 4 PM.  This will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression, and harnessing our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values.  Motor coach transportation will also be available for this event.  For further information check this link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1256072497832630/

    6.  The Broward Democratic Party’s Obama Roosevelt Legacy Dinner will be at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 PM.  For more information and tickets, go to:  www.browarddemocrats.org/ORL2018  Save the date!

    7.  And finally, save the date Saturday, May 5th for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service our our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!


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