Remember February 14, 2018

I hope that no member of our community lets February 14 pass without remembering the 17 deaths that followed when a maladjusted young man with an assault rifle invaded the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Photo credit: Lorie Shaull

If you are lucky to have someone to love, I would not wish to deprive you of Valentine’s Day — we need more love in the world, and we should not allow anyone to steal it from us if we can help it.

Yet in honor of those who lost friends and family a year ago and will never experience February 14 the same way again, this is a good time to do something large or small to make a difference. The students and parents who turned to activism have made a real difference, even as much more remains to be done.

MarchForOurLives needs your voice, your vote, and your support.

Com Join Us; It’s Nice at the Courthouse!

  	 Good afternoon, friends!    	We had another productive week at the West Regional Courthouse, collecting 9 voter registration forms, 6 vote-by-mail requests, and 160  petitions for the proposed amendment for medicaid expansion in Florida.  Many thanks to John Underhill, Lonnie Supnick, Lauren Tate,  and Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help!  We can do even better if more of you could come out and join us, so no more hesitation.    	We will be out at the West Regional Courthouse again on Monday and Wednesday, February 11th and 13th, between 10 AM and 2 PM.  We can definitely use your help.  The more volunteers we have, the more forms we collect!.  Please let me know which days you can join us.    	 And on Saturdays, John Ziegler's team is at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer  for one of those shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.     	Come on out and help us register more Democrats!    	Alan  

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We Need Your Help!

  	Hi, everybody!    	Ever since the Voting Rights Restoration Amendment became effective, our team of volunteers in West Broward have registered 8 returning citizens  (people who could not vote because of a felony conviction.)  Think about how many more we could register if we could get out the word more widely in  Broward County.  If these neighbors and colleagues knew where and when they could register to vote, many more would take advantage and come out.    	The restoration of voting rights went into effect on January 8, 2019.  Returning citizens who have completed all of the terms of their  sentences, can register to vote at the following locations and times:    	Every Monday and Wednesday (except for holidays) from 10 AM to 2 PM at the West Regional Courthouse, 100 N. Pine Island Rd., in  Plantation (at the intersection of Broward Blvd. & Pine Island Road.)  	  	Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except for holidays) from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Main Broward County Courthouse, 201 SE  6th Street, in Fort Lauderdale.    	Every Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. in Plantation (at the intersection of Broward  Blvd. & Pine Island Road.)    	This past week at the West Regional Courthouse, we collected 9 voter registration forms (including 3 new voters with prior felony  convictions), and 161 petitions for the proposed amendment for medicaid expansion in Florida.  Many thanks to John Underhill, Lonnie  Supnick, Lauren Tate, Penny Cukier, and Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help.    	I will be out at the West Regional Courthouse again on Monday and Wednesday, February 4th and 6th, between 10 AM and 2 PM.  I can  definitely use your help.  The more volunteers we have, the more forms we collect!.  Please let me know which days you can join me.    	 And on Saturday, February 9th, John Ziegler's team will be back at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.     	Hope to see you out there!    	Alan    

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Green New Deal Lifestream Watch Party!

Dear Democratic Friends of the Environment,
 Hope your 2019 is off to a good start! I’m writing to invite you to an event DECF is hosting with Sunrise Movement next week — the Green New Deal Livestream Watch Party.  On Tuesday, February 5th, Sunrise and the Democratic Environmental Caucus will be hosting a livestream event with special guests to lay out the movement’s collective plans to win back power in the 2020 elections and secure the lasting change on climate we need — a Green New Deal. (Watch this video. . . .)

 The event will be livestreamed to Watch Parties all across the country, including right here in Davie. After the livestream, our group — Sunrise and the Broward Chapter of the DECF — will talk to you about how we’re going to bring the Green New Deal and Sunrise to our community.
We will hear from Citzen’s Climate Lobby about The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), “the most aggressive climate legislation *ever* introduced in the USA and the only plan on track with IPCC targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”  This seems like something you might be interested in, and we would love to have you join us! Do you think you can make it?  You can RSVP here adrienne.kaltman@environmentalcaucusfl.com and feel free to reach out with any questions you have.  We’re excited to hear from such inspiring leaders and talk with people from our community about what we can do together!
Please join us from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at 9170 W. State Road 84, Davie , FL 33324, Dunkin Donuts Conference Center. Hope you can make it and that you are well! Space is limited. RSVP’s are required.  Best regards, Adrienne Kaltman, Chair, Broward Chapter Democratic Environmental Caucus

Sometimes Things Just Go Right!

  	Hi, everybody!    	What an incredible week we have had:  First, Trump agrees with Speaker Pelosi to postpone the State of the Union, then Trump agrees to reopen the Federal Government  without getting any money for a border wall, and then, the Special Counsel indicts Roger Stone!  So, what did Trump accomplish by shutting down the Government?    	It was a also great week for voter registration.  On Monday, with the help of Kathy and Steve DiBenedetto and Marcia Kirshner at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at  Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, we collected 9 voter registration forms, including 2 from people with former felony convictions!  And then on Wednesday, at the West  Regional Courthouse, we collected 12 voter registration forms (including 2 whose rights were just restored), 2 vote-by-mail requests, and 88 petitions for a new  constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income adults in Florida.  Many thanks to Lonnie Supnick, Lauren Tate, Debra Longberg, and  Marsha Eisenberg for coming out to help!    	Here's the upcoming schedule for voter registration.  Let us know when you can join us.    	1.  Tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th, John Ziegler's team will be at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com.    	2.  On Monday and Wednesday, January 28th and 30th, I'll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM until 2 PM.  The weather has been spectacular!  Let me  know when you can join me.    	Alan  

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Democratic Women’s Club of East Broward
Thursday Feb 21, 2019
Modern Sixties Wine
1828 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Now that Amendment 4 has passed, what’s next……………….
Our Guest Speaker, Dexter Gunn, will discuss helping ex-felons reenter society and making voting important to them. Mr. Gunn is the former Broward Organizer for Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He is a paralegal and owner of Legal Documents & Research by D. Gunn, a business that provides legal documents for pro se’ litigants. He is also the founder of SOARS RESET INC, a 501c3 that counsels juveniles about the dangers of receiving a felony conviction at a young age and assists youthful offenders who are homeless, without funds and family support. For decades, Florida had the highest juvenile conviction rate in the nation. Many of those children entering plea deals just to get out of jail on probation.

Join us at 6:30pm to Meet & Greet new friends. Meeting starts at 7:00pm

Help Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Registering Voters!

  	Good afternoon, everybody!    	Wednesday was the first day for voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse in 2019.  With the help of Marsha Eisenberg, we collected 8 voter registration forms,  including one from a neighbor whose right to vote was just restored by the passage of Amendment 4!  The breakdown of the 8 forms collected was also very encouraging:  7 Democrats and 1 No Party Affiliation!    	Here's the upcoming schedule for voter registration.  Let us know when you can join us.    	1.  The Courthouse is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we will be registering voters from 10 AM to 2 PM at the King Celebration of Unity &  Multicultural Festival.  The location is Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale (next to the Performing Arts Center just south of Broward Blvd.)  Please let me  know if you'd like to help out.    	2.  On Wednesday, January 23rd, I'll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM until 2 PM.  Let me know if you can join me on Wednesday.  For the past  few days, the weather has been wonderful!    	3.  And on Saturday, January 26th, John Ziegler's team will be at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com    	Alan  

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I Should Never Have Left the Country!

       Happy New Year, friends!    	My wife and I no sooner leave the country, and Trump shuts down the Government.  What a child we have for a President!  And still the Republicans  say nothing.  They have no shame!    	We just got back today, but while we were gone, on January 8th, felons who have completed all of the terms of their sentences became eligible to  register to vote, and we will be delighted to register every single one of them!    	So, on Wednesday, January 16th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island and Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters  and hopefully a lot of people who have felony convictions in their past.    	Let me know if you can join me out at the Courthouse, and also let anyone you know with a felony conviction in their past, that they can register to  vote at the West Regional Courthouse on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 AM and 2 PM.    	Alan      


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On Thursday, January 24, the Democratic Environmental Caucus presents “Eating Animals,” a special film event at the Davie Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Palm Room, Davie, Florida 33328 at 6:45-9:00 PM. “The book Eating Animals offers the kind of wisdom that, in all its humanity and clarity, deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers.”- Los Angeles Times. Please join us for this thought provoking film co-produced and narrated by Natalie Portman.

How much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, and directed by Christopher Quinn, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.



Democratic Women’s Club of East Broward

Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:30pm-8pm Mod Sixties Wine: 1828 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Stop Human Trafficking in South Florida


Dr. Briana Kent, Director of the CREATE Center at NOVA Southeastern, will share her work and how Democrats can get involved to make a difference. We have a voice and we can use that voice to stop this abuse taking place right in our communities everyday. Come and learn about the warnings signs to look for in victims and actions you can take to save a life.