The Events in West Broward Just Keep on Coming!

    As we head into this weekend just before Independence Day, I just want to let you know that at the West Regional Courthouse this week and at the Health Care Day of Action in downtown Fort Lauderdale, we registered a couple of voters and collected 168 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Paulo Ayrolla, John Countryman, Bradette Jepsen, Al Rodriguez, and Mary O’Donnell for the wonderful job they did!

    Here is a list of what we will be doing during the coming week:

    1.  On Saturday, July 1st, 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.  We will be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday and Thursday, July 5th and 6th, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Please let me know if you would like to help out from 9 to 11 AM or from 11 AM to 1 PM.  (Note the new earlier hours; we’re trying to beat the heat.)

    3.  On Friday, July 7th, we will be registering new citizens and collecting rights restoration petitions after a Swearing-In Ceremony at the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines.  The event is  scheduled from 11 to 1, so we will be arriving shortly after 11.  Please let me know if you would like to join us for this special event.

    4.  As for the Rights Restoration Campaign, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition will be having a “Convening” at the Rosen Center in Orlando from July 20th to July 22nd.  The conference will address, encourage, and direct the rising enthusiasm to place the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  All participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing, and petition collection tool-kits.  There will also be an Awards Ceremony on the evening of July 21st, hosted by award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox.  For more information about this important event, please click of the following link:

        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/frrc-2017-state-convening-tickets-34837313342

    Happy July 4th, everybody!

    Alan

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Make Your Call Right Now!

    Good afternoon, friends!

    So Senate Republicans work behind closed doors for weeks and then come out with proposed health care legislation that would (as Organizing for Action said) cause 22 million people to lose their coverage, raise costs, decimate Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and give huge tax cuts to the rich.  Don’t wait another minute!  Call Ansley Rhyne (202-224-3041) or Ted Sacasa (202-224-3041) in Marco Rubio’s Office to tell Rubio to vote No!

    And tomorrow, Wednesday, join us at 5 PM at the Broward County Governmental Center (The Broward County Commission), 115 S. Andrews Avenue, for the Health Care Day of Action, sponsored by SEIU – Florida and Women’s March Florida – Broward.  The targets of the action will be Senator Rubio and the Republican House members who supported the House bill.

    Also tomorrow, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM, to register voters and collect rights restoration petitions.  Please let me know if you can join us from 10 AM to 12 or from 12 to 2.

    On Saturday, July 1st, 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.

    As for the Rights Restoration Campaign, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition will be having a “Convening” at the Rosen Center in Orlando from July 20th to July 22nd.  The conference will address, encourage, and direct the rising enthusiasm to place the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot.  All participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing, and petition collection tool-kits.  There will also be an Awards Ceremony on the evening of July 21st, hosted by award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox.  For more information about this important event, please click of the following link:

        https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/frrc-2017-state-convening-tickets-34837313342

    Hope to see you at tomorrow’s Health Care Day of Action!

    Alan

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Can You Help on Monday or Wednesday?

    Hi, everybody!

    I will be back registering voters and collecting rights restoration petitions at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM next Monday and Wednesday, June 26th and 28th, and still need the help of some volunteers!  You can come from 10 to Noon or from Noon to 2 PM.  Just let me know when you can help out.

    Thanks to Penny Cukier and Janet Thompson, at the Courthouse on Wednesday, we registered 4 voters (all Dems!), collected 2 requests to vote-by-mail, and gathered another 85 rights restoration petitions!

    Come out next week and do your part to help the 1.6 million Floridians who cannot vote because of a felony conviction get their rights back!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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We Only Have Until the End of the Year!

    Good afternoon, Rights Restoration Campaign Supporters!

    That’s right!  We only have until the end of this year to collect enough petitions to get the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot to help turn Florida reliably blue in the 2020 Presidential Election.  So if you agree that it’s time for the 1.6 million Floridians who have felony convictions to get their rights back, then right now is the time for you to help.

    The last few days were fairly productive.  At Friday’s Juneteenth Celebration at the African-American Research Library, I was able to collect 46 petitions.  At Saturday night’s Leadership Blue Gala Dinner at which Joe Biden gave a great speech, I collected another 35.  At the West Regional Courthouse yesterday, Paulo Ayrolla, John Countryman, and I got another 65 petitions!  And today, at the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Paulo Ayrolla was all by himself, and still managed to collect another 40 rights restoration petitions.

    HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
 

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21st,
we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need your help!  Please let us know if you will be able to join us.

   
On Saturday, June 24th, 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 Sunday, June 25th, starting at 3 PM, Indivisible South Florida will be having its monthly meeting at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  I will not be able to attend.  So please let me know if you can go and collect rights restoration petitions.

    And on Monday and Wednesday, June 26th and 28th, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can join us.

    We also need to collect petitions in other Florida counties.  So, of you know anyone who lives in another county and would sign the petition, please send them the following link so they can print out and mail back the petition.  And they can mail it to me at the address shown below.

        http://media.wix.com/ugd/3ecbf8_3ba4d6758f154f839954e38eb612b87a.pdf

    Thanks for all that you are doing.

    Alan Ehrlich
    9411 NW 10 Street
    Plantation, FL 33322
    954-472-6211

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Here’s How to Help Over the Next Few Days

    Good morning, friends!

    Another couple of good days for rights restoration petition collection.  At the West Regional Courthouse on Wednesday, we registered 2 voters and collected 53 petitions; thanks to Paulo Ayrolla and Penny Cukier for coming out.  And yesterday, at the African American Library, Paylo Ayrolla, Katy Syed, Janet Thompson, and Ellen Moltz joined me to collect 7 voter registration forms and gather another 75 petitions!  And at last night’s Broward Progressive Caucus meeting, I collect 4 more petitions.

    Later today, at 4:30, I will return to the African-American Research Library and join Dale Holness and others for the Juneteenth Celebration “Unveiling Broard Black Action Plan”.  Join us there for this special event.

    On Saturday, June 17th, 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.

    Next Monday, June 19th, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need your help!  Please let us know if you will be able to join us.

    On Tuesday, June 20th, Paulo Ayrolla will be at the Broward County Courthouse, 201 SE 6th Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need volunteers who can join him.  Please let me know if you can help.

    And on Wednesday, June 21st, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need your help!  Please let us know if you will be able to join us.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Great Few Days, But We Need Your Help!

    Good evening, everybody!

    It has been an amazing few days.  On Saturday, Lonnie Supnick and his team of volunteers (Andy Culberson and Al & Mary Mizell) set a new record at the Southwest Regional Library, when they collected 112 rights restoration petitions!  And yesterday at the Equality and Pride Rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale, there were about a dozen volunteers from different organizations and in less than 3 hours, almost 500 petitions were signed!  And today, at the West Regional Courthouse, with the help of Ron McCoy, Paulo Ayrolla, and Lonnie Supnick, we collected another 106 rights restoration petitions!  Libraries, and Rallies and Courthouses are great places to collect petitions!

    This evening (Monday night), the Broward ACLU held a training session for volunteers who were eager to help collect rights restoration petitions.  We gave t-shirts to almost all of the people who attended and promised to collect petitions.  We also provided sheets that say “Restore Voter Rights, Sign Petition” for the back of clipboards.

     But we cannot get the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot without your help.  By the end of this year, 766,200 petitions must be submitted!  Since we now already have something over 100,000, and since there will be duplicates and ineligible petitions, we need to collect another 650,000 petitions to make sure we have enough.  The petitions are being collected all across the State of Florida, but we in South Florida can have the biggest effect in this campaign.  We can potentially have more volunteers than any other part of the State, and really maximize out efforts.  BUT THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN WITH YOUR HELP!  Here are some of what’s going on during the next week of so.  Check out the list and let me know when you can join us.

    1.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 13th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium,  5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  Our speaker will be Sarah Osborne, a senior level Diversion Investigator with te DEA, who will discuss the growing opioid crisis.  Hope to see you there.

    2.  On Wednesday, June 14th, we’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Broward & Pine Island) from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need help on Wednesday; can you join us?

    3.  Also on Wednesday, Indivisible is calling for a National Senate Call-In Day, to ask Senators to reject the health care proposal they are working on behind closed doors, which would leave 23 million people without coverage.  Let’s call Marco Rubio at 202-224-3041 and let him know what we think.

    4.  On Thursday, June 15th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, for the first time, we will be collecting rights restoration petitions at the African American Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. (NW 27th Street south of Sunrise Blvd.) in Fort Lauderdale.  Please let me know if you can help out on that day.

    5.  Also on Thursday, June 15th, starting at 6:30 PM, the Broward County Progressive Caucus will be hosting The People Summit General Meeting at the Broward AFL-CIO Office, 1700 NW 66th Avenue in Plantation.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/browardprogressives/

    6.  On Saturday, June 17th, 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.

    7.  And, next Monday and Wednesday, June 19th and 21st, we will be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need your help!  Please let us know if you will be able to join us.

    It would also be great if we can get a regular team of volunteers at the Main Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  They would probably collect more petitions than we get at the West Regional Courthouse!  And don’t forget:  if you are collecting rights restoration petitions, I have free t-shirts for you!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Have They No Shame?

    Good afternoon, friends!

    So, Trump asks everyone else to leave the Oval Office and then tells the head of the FBI to drop the FBI investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  From my perspective as an attorney, this is the very definition of obstruction of justice.  So how do Paul Ryan and other Republicans react?  Ryan actually said the following “…The President’s new at this.  He’s new to government, and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI, and White House.  He’s just new to this.”  Have they no shame?

    That may be what Republicans are saying, but Indivisible is calling for impeachment hearings!  Here’s a link to their impeachment primer:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/truth-or-trump/

    Here in Florida we can continue to register people to vote and continue collecting rights restoration petitions to restore the right to vote to the 1.6 million Floridians who cannot vote because of a felony conviction.

    On Wednesday, Ron McCoy, Janet Thompson, Paulo Ayrolla, and I registered 5 voters and collected another 83 petitions!  Here’s how you can help:
  
    1.  Tomorrow, Saturday, 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.  On Sunday, June 11th, starting at 4 PM, Equality Florida, working with a group of community leaders and organizations, is sponsoring the Equality Rally for Unity and Pride at Huizenga Plaza, 1 East Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Would you like to join  me there to collect petitions?

    3.  We’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, June 12th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Can you come out to help?

    4.  Also on Monday, June 12th, starting at 6:30 PM sharp, the Broward ACLU will have a Petition Gathering Training at the Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36 Avenue in Pompano Beach.  Please RSVP to browardchapteraclu@gmail.com.

    5.  On Tuesday, June 13th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium,  5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  Our speaker will be Sarah Osborne, a senior level Diversion Investigator with the DEA, who will discuss the growing opioid crisis.  Hope to see you there.

    6.  On Wednesday, June 14th, we’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Can you join us?

    7.  And on Thursday, June 15th, starting at 6:30 PM, the Broward County Progressive Caucus will be hosting The People Summit General Meeting at the Broward AFL-CIO Office, 1700 NW 66th Avenue in Plantation.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/browardprogressives/

    And don’t forget:  if you are collecting rights restoration petitions, I have free t-shirts for you!

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Check Out the Photo with Alcee and John Lewis

    Good evening, folks!

    I’m not sure where you were today (Monday) when the skies opened up, but at the West Regional Courthouse we got completely soaked.  And yet, we still managed to register 4 voters and collect 85 rights restoration petitions!  Many thanks to Ron McCoy, Jane Schwartz, Paulo Ayrolla, Katy Syed, and Lonnie Supnick for coming out and working in the rain!

    Over the past few days with visits to the Davie Democratic Club, the South Florida Women Rise Up Meeting, the March for Truth on Saturday, and the Alcee Hastings/John Lewis event in West Palm Beach, we collected another 104 petitions.  And on Saturday, Lonnie Supnick and his volunteers were able to collect another 86 petitions.  When you include today’s total, that makes 275 in just 5 days!

    But we can’t let up.  If we are going to get the Rights Restoration Amendment on the 2018 Ballot, we’ve got to continue collecting at full blast!  Here’s what’s coming up:

    1.  On Wednesday, we will be back at the Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can help on that day.

    2.  On Saturday, June 10th, 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.

    3.  On Sunday, June 11th, starting at 4 PM, Equality Florida, working with a group of community leaders and organizations, is sponsoring the Equality Rally for Unity and Pride at Huizenga Plaza, 1 East Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    4.  We’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday, June 12th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Can you come out to help?

    5.  Also on Monday, June 12th, starting at 6:30 PM sharp, the Broward ACLU will have a Petition Gathering Training at the Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36 Avenue in Pompano Beach.  Please RSVP to browardchapteraclu@gmail.com.

    6.  On Tuesday, June 13th, at 7 PM, the Plantation Democratic Club will have its next meeting at the Deicke Auditorium.

    7.  On Wednesday, June 14th, we’ll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Can you come out to help?

    8.  And on Thursday, June 15th, starting at 6:30 PM, the Broward County Progressive Caucus will be hosting The People Summit General Meeting at the Broward AFL-CIO Office, 1700 NW 66th Avenue in Plantation.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/browardprogressives/

    Alan
   

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Do You Know Someone Who Might be Helped by Getting Hearing Aids?

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    I wanted to let you know about Hear for Good, Inc., a local nonprofit founded by volunteers, including my wife, Shoshanna, and my audiologist daughter, Sherry.  Hear for Good, Inc. provides hearing aids on a sliding scale fee schedule to adults and children in need in South Florida and beyond.  It was founded in part to address the fact that hearing aids are often not covered by insurance.  Hear for Good, Inc. now offers outreach services at the Soref Jewish Community Center in Plantation.  There is no charge for hearing tests and consultations.  Appointments are available on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.  If you know someone who could use this service, or if you want to come in yourself for a free consultation, just call 954-998-3277 or email hear@hearforgood.org to schedule an appointment.

    Alan

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What a Great Day it Was!

    Good evening, friends!

    Yesterday (Wednesday) was an awesome day for rights restoration petition collection.  First, at the West Regional Courthouse, with the help of Lonnie Supnick, Ron McCoy, Paulo Ayrolla, and Penny Cukier, we registered 6 voters and collected 110 rights restoration petitions.  In addition, Penny and Paulo brought in 29 more petitions that they had collected on their own.  And then, in the evening, at the Islamic Foundation of South Florida’s dinner, I was able to collect another 41 petitions.  That’s 180 rights restoration petitions in one day!  If every day were like yesterday, we would have the number we need in no time.

     Here’s what’s going on:  This evening (Thursday), starting at 7 PM at the Pine Island Park Multipurpose Center at 3801 S. Pine Island Road in Davie, the Davie Democratic Club will be hosting the first general meeting of the Broward Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida.  Speakers include Florida Representative Evan Jenne and Florida Senator Lauren Book.  Hope to see you there.

   
On Saturday, June 3rd, there are two events that I will attend  The first, the Orange Wear Celebration, is in Esplanade Park, 401 SW 2nd Street, in downtown Fort Lauderdale, sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and other community partners, starts at 1 PM and is an event to raise gun violence awareness.  The second, starting at 5 PM at the Huizenga Plaza Park Bandshell, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., is the March for Truth, sponsored by the ACLU, the Women’s March Broward Chapter, and other partners, to protect our democracy, fight for real criminal justice reform, and stand in solidarity with communities being targeted by Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump.   I will attend both events and collect as many rights restoration petitions as possible.  Please let me know if you will be able to join me at those events on that day.

    Also on Saturday, June 3rd, 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.

    We will also be back at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday, June 5th and 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Yes, it will be hot, but we will have our shady canopy and don’t forget to bring water and a hat.  Please let me know if you will be able to join us on those days.

    Alan

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