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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“Resistance” Summer Training Schedule

The Broward Democratic party is organizing training on effective door-to-door campaigning and the use of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) software used to organize campaigns. This information is adapted from a handout distributed at the June meeting of the Broward Democratic Party. To register, contact the party office at (954) 423-2200 or info@browarddemocrats.org. Register to volunteer as part of #ResistanceSummer at browarddemocrats.org/resistance2017/

Canvassing:
This training is a 3-part sequential series. Sign up for one each month.

Thursday July 6 Herb Skolnick Center, Pompano Canvassing 1 6-8 pm
Saturday July 8 Stirling Road library, Hollywood Canvassing 1 2-4 pm
Monday, July 10 Deicke Auditorium, Plantation Canvassing 1 6-8 pm
Wednesday, Aug. 2 Deicke Auditorium, Plantation Canvassing 2 6-8 pm
Thursday Aug. 3 Herb Skolnick Center, Pompano Canvassing 2 6-8 pm
 Saturday Aug. 5 Dania Library, Dania Beach Canvassing 2 1-3 pm
Wednesday Sept. 6 Herb Skolnick Center, Pompano Canvassing 3 6-8 pm
Friday, Sept. 8 Deicke Auditorium, Plantation Canvassing 3 6-8 pm
Saturday Sept. 9 Stirling Road Library, Hollywood Canvassing 3 3-5 pm

Voter Activation Network software training (pick one date)

Sunday, July 9 Pride Center, Wilton Manors VAN 2-4 pm
Thursday, Aug 3 Pride Center, Wilton Manors VAN 6-8 pm
Sunday, Sept. 10 Pride Center, Wilton Manors VAN 2-4 pm

An App for Activists from the Broward Democratic Party

Amplify for iPhone

The Broward Democrats are excited to announce a new tool to increase our collective impact. You can now access our team’s calls to action via
Amplify, a free app that makes it easy to act in concert with all of our members.

We all want to be in the habit of taking political action, but it’s hard to do that if it feels like we’re each acting alone. With Amplify, we can see that our fellow members are taking action as well, and cheer each other on. You can view scripts and call members of Congress right from the app, and it will be easy to find our calls to action whenever you have a few minutes.

To join our team on Amplify:

1. Install the app for iPhone or Android (getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android)

2. Sign up for a new account

3. Enter the Broward Democrats team code: 009-565-000

4. Take an action & cheer others on!

Note: We suggest putting Amplify on the first page of your home screen so you can access it easily.

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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Make that phone call

Instead of a March or Rally, we need you to make phone calls. The vote is coming up in the Senate for the Healthcare bill ACA. Our Senator, Bill Nelson, is fighting hard for us. Call him to say thank you and most important CALL, TEXT, FAX the GOP Senators on this list even if they do not represent you. Their vote affects you.

 Please call even if you get a busy signal. That means it’s working – We want to jam up their switchboards with so many calls because it shows that the majority of Americans do not want TRUMPCARE.  WE WANT A VOICE.

 BROWARD DEMOCRATS HAVE A NEW TOOL AND EASY WAY TO MAKE THOSE CALLS – AMPLIFY, a free app that makes it easy to call with other members.

  • Install the app for iPhone or Android at getamplify.org/iphone or getamplify.org/android
  • Sign up for a new account
  • Enter the Broward Democrats team code 009-565=000
  • Or use the list of phone numbers on the bottom from Indivisible Miami.

 There is a National Impeachment March in Washington, DC and West Palm Beach July 2. We will keep you informed.

 WE REALLY NEED YOU TO MAKE THAT CALL

 Effect of Trumpcare on Florida
The AHCA would shift $7 billion in Medicaid costs to Florida over the coming decade. State lawmakers would inevitably have to choose between making massive cuts to education, transportation, or other areas of the budget OR cutting off residents from much-needed healthcare coverage. Who will be hit the hardest if Florida rations healthcare spending? Low-income children, mothers, seniors, and people with disabilities will be hit the hardest.

  • 2 million Floridians stand to lose coverage if this bill becomes law.
  • 1.4 million Floridians who currently get financial assistance to help pay for their health coverage will lose this help.
  • 7.8 million Floridians with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, and cancer could once again be denied affordable, comprehensive, life-saving coverage.
  • Florida lawmakers would have to scramble to come up with $2.8 billion annually in state funds for the high-risk pool.
  • The AARP analysis found an estimated 450,000 Floridians between 50 and 64 would face higher premiums under the AHCA—more than any other state.
  • More Florida healthcare stats can be found here.

What You Can Do!

It’s CRITICAL that you reach out to Marco Rubio every day until the vote. You can find contact info attached.

  • Call, email, fax, and Tweet@ your MoCs again and again.
  • Post a #SAVETHEACA message with a call to action everyday on Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat.
  • Visit your MoCs offices in person.

What to Say
The Senators must VOTE NO on any healthcare bill that—

  • Decreases the number of insured Americans.
  • Increases premiums to purchase healthcare.
  • Cuts or caps Medicaid.
  • Caps lifetime benefits or excludes people with preexisting conditions.
  • Increases costs for the elderly.
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood.

STOP TRUMPCARE CONTACTS 

To Fax your MoCs by text message, use ResistBot. 
To start, just text resist to 504-09.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R):
Miami-Dade office: (305) 418-8553 / D.C. office: (202) 224-3041

Ansley Rhyne, Legislative Assistant
ansley_rhyne@rubio.senate.gov
202-224-3041

Ted Sacasa, Legislative Aide
eduardo_sacasa@rubio.senate.go v
202-224-3041

Sen. Bill Nelson (D):
Miami-Dade office: 305-536-5999 / D.C office 202-224-5274

Corey Malmgren, Health Counsel
corey_malmgren@billnelson.sena te.gov
202-224-5274

Capitol Switchboard to call all MoCs
202-224-3121
House phone list
Senate phone list

Tweet and Call GOP Senators that will play an important role in this vote:
Senator Marco Rubio FL (202) 224-3041                    @marcorubio
Senator Shelley Moore Capito WV (202) 224-6472      @SenCapito
Senator Lisa Murkowski AK (202) 224-6665                @lisamurkowski
Senator Dean Heller NV (202) 224-6665                     @SenDeanHeller
Senator Dan Sullivan AK (202) 224-3004                    @SenDanSullivan
Senator Jeff Flake AZ (202) 224- 4521                       @JeffFlake
Senator Susan Collins ME (202) 224-2523                  @SenatorCollins
Senator Bill Cassidy LA (202) 224-5824                      @BillCassidy
Senator Bob Corker TN (202) 224-3344                     @SenBobCorker
Senator Rob Portman OH (202) 224- 3353                 @SenRobPortman
Senator Cory Gardner CO (202) 224-5941                 @SenCoryGardner
Senator Lindsey Graham SC (202) 224- 5972             @LindseyGrahamSC
Senator Tom Cotton AR (202) 224-2353                     @SenTomCotton
Senator Pat Toomey PA (202) 224- 4254                   @SenToomey
Senator Lamar Alexander TN (202) 224-4944             @SenAlexander

Yours in resistance,
Indivisible Miami

 

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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Joe Biden’s Message of Optimism

As the headliner at last night’s Leadership Blue Gala in Hollywood, former Vice President Joe Biden articulated a refreshing, positive vision for getting the party and the nation back on track.

He said it was understandable for Democrats to be disoriented and discouraged following a November election that “churned up some of the ugliest realities that persist in our country.” But he added: “The state the nation is today will not be sustained by the American people. We are better than this.”

He argued we need to acknowledge that too many voters have been motivated by by fear — fear of the future of the economy, fear of immigrants and more generally of “the other, the outsider,” fear of American decline — which Democrats need to counter with a positive vision of overcoming the real problems and capturing the opportunities of the future. “We have to make it clear what we stand for,” he said.

The Miami Herald story captured a key point:

Biden implored the party to stop thinking it can’t appeal to Trump’s working-class base without spurning progressive values.

“We can’t get bogged down — and I hope I don’t offend anyone here — in this phony debate in the Democratic Party,” he said, likening the false choice to saving your soul by cutting out your heart. “There is no need to choose. They are not inconsistent.”

Working people elected him for decades, Biden noted. “They voted for a black man named Barack Obama!” But they fear losing jobs to automation, digitalization and globalization.

“We didn’t talk much to those people lately,” he said. “We have to let them know we understand their fears, their concerns and that we have some real answers.”

It was certainly possible to hear this as an election speech, given that Biden recently formed a PAC, American Possibilities.

As noted in The Hill:

“I have no intention of running for president but I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden told NPR’s “Fresh Air.” “I don’t have any plans to do it, but I’m not promising I wouldn’t do it.”

One political consultant I ran into in the hallway characterized it as less a campaign speech and more of a “get your act together” speech.

No doubt Biden and his admirers have spent some time wondering whether the results have been different if he had been the candidate instead of Hillary, just as that debate continues among Bernie Sanders believers. Unless you have a time machine handy, I think that’s a useless argument (and if you know your time machine stories, you know changing one big thing in the past changes everything else in unpredictable ways).

Whether he ought to run in 2020 is a harder question. Given that he would be 77 to Trump’s 74, it might be better to make room for a fresher face on the Presidential debate stage. Maybe after electing a second Bush and being presented with Hillary Clinton as a proposed successor to Bill, Americans are getting tired of sequels. I’m not eager to see Hillary or Bernie run again, either.

On the other hand, Biden is one of the best people to elevate the quality of the debate and the tone of the Democratic message, either as a candidate (win or lose) or as an adviser and coach to other candidates.

Biden at the Florida Democratic Party dinner

Fear of the future is misplaced, given that America still attracts the world’s best talent (immigration!) and generates most of its technological innovation, Biden said. “We always have been a nation of optimism, and for good reason.” We may need to do a better job of adjusting to technological change and other changes, but we have the capacity to make the future work for us. First, we need to be confident rather than timid and fearful.

“We are so well positioned as a nation if we could just get out of our own way,” he said.

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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