Time to Get Your Tickets for May 5th and Time to Help With Voter Registration

    Good evening, everybody!

    It’s time to buy your tickets for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at 5:30 on Saturday, May 5th, at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel!  From the day he was elected as Broward county Sheriff, Scott Israel has served with honor, integrity, and distinction.  He immediately instituted an innovative common-sense program to keep youngsters out if the prison pipeline, saying “Our success will be measured by the number of kids we keep out of jail, not the number we put in jail.”  He also established the wearing of body cameras for Broward County deputies.  He has always promoted common-sense gun safety proposals, opposing open-carry legislation and the idea of allowing concealed weapons on campuses.  Check out the mouth-watering menu for this event and the fact that I will once again serve as bartender!  Print out the attached flyer or click here for more information.  Let’s show our support for the Sheriff and for the Plantation Democratic Club!

    A recent Indivisible posting pointed out the following:  (1) One in five eligible voters in the U.S. isn’t registered to vote; (2) 40% of eligible voters sat out the 2016 election; and (3) 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for grabs in November (not to mention governors, state representatives, judges, school boards, city councils, and constitutional amendments) all across the country.  If you would like to help change the direction in our nation, you have to do more than just sit back and complain.  You’ve got to help register voters, you’ve got to sign voters up to vote-by-mail, and you’ve got to knock on doors and talk to your neighbors about getting out and voting in August and November!

    Here’s how you can help:

    John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation tomorrow from 10 AM to 6 PM and next Saturday, April 28th.  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.

    I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, April 18th, from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know whether you can join me on Wednesday.

    Alan
    954-472-6211

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Join Us on Thursday Evening to Meet Andrew Dolberg

     Hi, everybody!

     As a member of the Host Committee for the Andrew Dolberg for State House Campaign, I want to invite you to join us on Thursday, April 19th for the Campaign Kickoff Party.  This event will start at 5:30 PM at Bokampers, 1280 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation.  You can find more information and RSVP at www.AndrewDolberg.com/kickoff.

    Andrew is young and full of energy, and that’s one of the reasons why I am supporting him.  We need more young Democrats running for office and fighting for bold progressive change!  Andrew wants to give teachers raises, not guns.  He believes that all Floridians should have access to affordable healthcare.  He will fight to stop any proposals that would allow fracking in the Everglades.  And Andrew will call for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and other common sense gun reform! 

    I am convinced that, when elected, he will serve with honor, integrity, and distinction.  I hope you will join me in supporting Andrew Dolberg in the race for the next State Representative from District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)  To learn more about Andrew, just go to the following website:  https://andrewdolberg.com/

    Hope to see you on Thursday evening!

    Alan

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Join the PDC Tomorrow Night and Join Me on Wednesday

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    The next meeting of the Plantation Democratic Club is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10th,
at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation.  State Senator Lauren Book us the featured speaker.  Senator Book is a nationally acclaimed advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness and to help survivors to heal with guidance and support.  As a strong and active voice for abused children she has worked for tougher laws to make sure repeat violent offenders are kept off the streets and away from their intended victims.  As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served; As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served;
   
    On Wednesday, April 11th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know if you can join on Wednesday.

    Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the annual William “Bill” Kling Awards Dinner on May 5th!  Click here for more information.

    Alan

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Two Victories and Lots of Events For You to Know About!

    Good evening, friends!

    Two things to talk about before listing upcoming events that you can participate in:

    First, last Friday Federal Judge Beth Bloom rejected arguments made in a lawsuit filed by a conservative legal group that sought to purge voter lists in Broward County, which could have resulted in the removal of eligible voters from the voter rolls.  As reported in Mother Jones, Judge Bloom ruled that the Broward County Supervisor of Elections was already adequately fulfilling her voter list maintenance responsibilities.  In 2016, this conservative legal group filed lawsuits against large, Democratic-leaning jurisdictions in swing states, including Broward County.  Ours was the first jurisdiction to get to trial.  Hooray!

    Second, last week the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) surprised many people in Florida by not advancing 2 harmful proposals.  Proposal 4, which would have repealed the No-Aid to Religion Provision (maintaining the separation of church and state In Florida) was debated but not voted on.  And Proposal 45, which would have repealed the Uniform Public Education Provision and allowed more private school vouchers in Florida, was withdrawn.  As a result, neither proposal moved to the next stage in the process, and so neither will be on the ballot in November.  Hooray again!

    Another good Wednesday at the Courthouse.  Many thanks to Lauren Tate, John Underhill, and Errol Brown for coming out and helping to collect 6 voter registration forms and 12 vote-by-mail requests.  There’s lots going on during the next few weeks, so here’s a list:

    1.  At tonight’s (Thursday’s) meeting of the Davie Cooper City Democratic Club at 7 PM at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center, they will be showing Al Gore’s feature length documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power”.  This event is free and the movie is definitely worth seeing;

    2.  On Saturday, April 7th, starting at 9:45 AM, the Andrew Dolberg Campaign for State Representative in District 98 will have its first orientation and day of action in Room 4 of the Plantation Central Park Multipurpose Center, 9151 NW 2nd Street in Plantation;

    3.  Also on Saturday, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 PM.  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;

    4.  Also on Saturday, there will be a Town Hall Meeting from 2 to 4 PM on Gun Violence and School Safety at the SW Focal Point Community Center, 301 MW 103 Avenue in Pembroke Pines.  The Town Hall will be hosted by Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  Rick Stark and others will be in attendance.  RSVP: http://gunviolencetownhall.eventbrite.com;

    5.  On Tuesday, April 10th, at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation, the Plantation Democratic is very happy to welcome State Senator Lauren Book as its featured speaker.  As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served;
   
    6.  On Wednesday, April 11th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island & Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters and sign people up to vote by mail.  Please let me know if you can join me next Wednesday;

    7.  And finally, don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Plantation Democratic Club’s annual celebration and open bar at 5:30 on Saturday, May 5th, at Volunteer Park’s Banquet Room, this year honoring the service of our own Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel!

    Alan

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WE NEED YOUR HELP – A REQUEST FROM CONGRESSMAN DEUTCH

Congressman Ted Deutch had a Town Hall Tuesday night with a capacity crowd at Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Students, parents, and teachers from MSD HS were there for a discussion on gun safety. The congressman received many standing ovations for his leadership. Congressman Deutch  requested everybody to tweet this:

 

@SpeakerRyan. Over 90% of U.S citizens, both Rs,Ds & NRA members want universal background checks. Pls bring it to the floor for a vote NOW. #TownHallForOurLives.

 

Just copy and paste and start a tweet storm today. FOR those who don’t twitter – call : (202) 225-3031 and leave the message

Why I Am Endorsing Andrew Dolberg

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    When State Representative Katie Edwards announced that she would not run for re-election this year, I was delighted to announce my support for Louis Reinstein for that State House seat in District 98 (representing voters in Sunrise, Plantation, and Davie.)  As most of you know, Louis decided that for the good of his family, this was not the time for him to run and he withdrew from that race.  As soon as he did, another friend of mine announced that he would file and run for that seat.

    Andrew Dolberg is a Board Member of the Broward Young Democrats and a member of the Plantation Democratic Club.  He is Broward County native and a community activist.  As founder and CEO of Champion Briefs, an education resources company teaching students public speaking and debate skills, he has helped thousands of students find their voices.  In addition to providing classroom materials to every school in Broward County and 1,500 schools across the country, Andrew hosts a summer camp welcoming about 400 high school students each year to practice critical thinking, media literacy, civic education, and public advocacy.

    Andrew is also extremely active in the Broward political community.  Like Louis, Andrew firmly believes that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place.  Andrew has also helped to register voters, canvassed, supported Democratic candidates up and down the ticket, and helped to collect petitions to put the Rights Restoration Amendment on the November Ballot.  As a Board Member of the Broward Young Democrats, Andrew helps to develop educational panels about political issues, to organize days of action to activate new volunteers, and to create opportunities for millennials to engage with local politics.

    Andrew is running for this State House seat because he wants to find long term solutions to problems, rather than the kinds of ineffective band-aids that legislators often implement.  He believes that we can reverse the divisiveness of our political landscape by working together to find pragmatic, progressive solutions to the problems that Floridians face every day.  Andrew talks a lot about how his generation was the first to be told that a four-year degree might not be enough to be successful, the first to see and worry about the consequences of failing to protect the environment, and the first to grow up afraid of gun violence in schools.

   On February 16th, two days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Sun-Sentinel published Andrew’s Op-Ed on how to curb gun violence in our country.  I urge you to read it and pay particular attention to his list of common sense proposals that should become the law of the land:
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-viewpoint-parkland-school-shooting-end-gun-violence-20180215-story.html 

    I am convinced that, when elected, he will serve with honor, integrity, and distinction.  I am delighted to say that I endorse Andrew Dolberg in the race for the next State Representative from District 98 and will do everything I can to help him get elected!  If you would like to donate to Andrew’s Campaign, just go to the following website:  https://andrewdolberg.com/

    On Saturday, April 7th, starting at 9:45 AM, there will be a kickoff day of action for his campaign.  We will meet in Room 4 of the Plantation Central Park Multipurpose Center, 9151 NW 2nd Street in Plantation.  After a quick training session, volunteers will be canvassing to talk with neighbors, hand out flyers, and collect petitions designed to help get Andrew’s name on the ballot.  If you’d like to join me in supporting Andrew’s Campaign, check out and sign up at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/179340506023763/   The more volunteers that turn out, the more effective the campaign.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

    Alan

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Were You at a March? Can You Join Me on Wednesday?

    Hi, friends!

    In August of 1963, I attended the March on Washington and listened to Martin Luther King give his famous speech.  It was a life-changing event.  Attending the March for Our Lives in Parkland yesterday, and watching the other marches, especially the huge march in Washington, makes me think that it will be just as much of a life-changing event for all of the students who were there.  Just as the 1963 March led to a major change in civil rights in the country, I cannot help but feel that yesterday’s marches will lead to a major change in gun safety legislation in the country.  The kids deserve a major shout-out!

    And if you have not yet seen Emma Gonzalez’s powerful speech in Washington, check it out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDEc4ImIVHk
 
   I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse and Library (Pine Island & Broward) on Wednesday, March 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, registering voters and collecting requests to vote-by-mail.  Please let me know if you can join me out there on that day?

   And on Saturday, March 31st, John Ziegler’s team will be back at the West Regional Library in Plantation from 10 AM to 6 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.

    Alan

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Will You March on Saturday? Watch the Video and Get Motivated!

    Hello, everybody!

    Did you see what John Brennan, the former Director of the CIA said to Donald Trump in response to the beyond outrageous firing of Andrew McCabe:  “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.  You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…  America will triumph over you. I could not have said it better myself!     Slow day at the West Regional Courthouse today.  With the help of Lauren Tate and Robin Adell, we collected 5 voter registration forms and 11 vote-by-mail requests.

    I’ll be at the Courthouse again next Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Please let me know if you can join me.

    This Saturday, March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  There will be marches all over Broward County, in North Lauderdale, in Fort Lauderdale, in Weston, and in Pembroke Pines.  For further information, check out https://marchforourlives.com/   But the biggest march in Broward County will probably be the one in Parkland, where the shooting took place.  This march is set for 10 AM at the  Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End in Parkland.  Many streets in Parkland will be closed.  Check out the Parkland link:  https://www.cityofparkland.org/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=March-for-Our-Lives-24.  There are shuttle buses but not so convenient.  So, I’ve decided to take a Lyft from my house up to Parkland, probably at about 9:30 AM.  If you do this, be sure to tell the driver to go up University Drive, since Pine Island Road will be closed.

    And lastly, if you have not yet watched Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt sing “Found Tonight” in honor of the kids who are leading us to a safer country, please watch it right away.  (Thank you, Lynn, for sharing!)  I’m sure it will move you as much as it did me:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aQykuIaJVI&feature=youtu.be  

    It’s less than 8 months until Election Day.  Let me know if you are ready to come out and help!

    Alan

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IT’S TIME FOR US TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED – JOIN A MARCH

OVER 4 MILLION HAVE JOINED OVER 819 MARCHES/RALLIES  OVER 500,000 ARE EXPECTED IN WASHINGTON, DC                                                   OVER 1 MILLION STUDENTS WALKED OUT WEDNESDAY

WE NEED YOU TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS – JOIN THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES EVENT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 24 NEAR YOU

IT’S TIME TO END GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES

Broward County

Coral Springs: 10 AM at Coral Springs High School, 7201 W. Sample Rd.

Pompano Beach March for Our Lives Walk 10 AM  100 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach

Weston March For Our Lives  9 AM location to be announced

North Lauderdale March for our Lives 10:30 AM  701 SW 71st Avenue, North Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale March For Our Lives 9 AM location to be announced

Pembroke Pines 10 AM at 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines

PARKLAND, BROWARD

**DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT PARKLAND MARCH FOR OUR LIVES***
There will be street closures, shuttle buses from Lockhart Stadium/FAU, drop-off locations etc. so if you are going, please read as this is a very organized event.Information on 3/24 March in Parkland – The link to the City website at the bottom will continue to be updated.March for Our Lives
Event Date: March 24, 2018
Event Organizers
Everytown
For media and general inquires send an
email to the event organizers

Event Information and Updates
Date and Time: March 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Event Location: Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End Boulevard, Parkland

Parking and Shuttle Services
Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the event
Shuttles will begin at 7:00am
Last shuttle to the event will depart at 10:00am
Post-event shuttles can be picked-up at pre-event drop-off location

Park-and-shuttle locations
Lockhart Stadium, 1350 Northwest 55th Street, Fort Lauderdale
CLICK https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lockhart+Stadium/@26.1931127,-80.1610244,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb818163d6d07a4f5!8m2!3d26.1931127!4d-80.1610244 to view Lockhart Stadium.

Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Parking Lots: 1, 2, 4, 5, 27, and 28
Parking Garages: 1, 2, and 3
CLICK https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=26.372899252656445%2C-80.09971350000001&spn=0.00942%2C0.016512&t=h&vpsrc=6&msa=0&z=19&ie=UTF8&mid=1fkzcPI2hHR0rJPWpQd2KZ_Qjszk to view the FAU Parking Lot Map

Limited parking for Parkland residents only at the Parkland Equestrian Center

Out-of-Town Bus Drop-Off Area
Exit Sawgrass Expressway on Coral Ridge Drive (Exit 14)
North on Coral Ridge Drive (turns into Nob Hill Road)
Turn east (right) on Trails End Boulevard to drop-off area
or Proceed to Heron Heights Elementary School

Parent Drop-Off (Uber and Lyft)
Trails End Boulevard east of Pine Trails Park Entrance (MUST ENTER FROM THE EAST)

Need to Know
No bags or backpacks
Food trucks will be on-site
Absolutely no golf carts permitted on public streets, sidewalks, swales, parks, etc.
Stay hydrated
Be prepared for a 2-mile march
If you cannot walk two miles, do not attempt
Use sunblock
Wear comfortable shoes

The March Route
The march route is approximately 2 miles.
CLICK https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hvpy72oocjlke0/WALK%20MAP.pdf?dl=0 view the March route map.

Road Closures
Road closures are expected to begin at 6 a.m. on March 24, 2018.

Pine Island Road from Westview Drive to Nob Hill Road

Trails End Boulevard from Pine Island Road to just east of Pine Trails Park

Holmberg Road from the Westglades Middle School roundabout to just east of Pine Island Road

North Community Park in Coral Springs will be open to recreational activities only. Event parking will not be permitted. The Coral Springs Drive entrance to the park will be closed. The park can be accessed from the Westview Drive entrance.

Garbage Collection Suspended March 24th
Due to the unusually heavy traffic conditions expected on Saturday, March 24th, Waste Management is suspending its garbage collection on that day. Garbage collection will be on your next regularly-scheduled day.

Event Information Desk
An information desk will be located at the west end of the great lawn of the Amphitheatre adjacent to Pine Island Road. This area will also house lost and found and can be used as a centralized meeting point.

http://www.cityofparkland.org/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=March-for-Our-Lives-24

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