Positive Images Florida Annual Luncheon, October 24

This isn’t a partisan organization, but it is one you may want to consider supporting. I understand they’ve seen a lot of their grants and other funding sources dry up in this economy.

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Positive Images Florida Annual Luncheon

Saturday October 24th 12 p.m.

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Dear Friends;

This year we are celebrating our 12th year by having a Gratitude Luncheon, on October 24, 2009 at the Tropical Acres Restaurant, located at 2500 Griffin Road, Fort (west of I-95). The tickets are $40.00. Raffle Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00. First raffle prize is a Storm Tracker; Second prize; one piece Alligator Luggage, and Third Prize a makeover. Will you help today by either attending the gratitude luncheon, purchasing a raffle ticket or sending a tax deductible donation of whatever you can, $1, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or more. If you wish you can donate online at http://www.positiveimagesflorida.com/Donate.

We are deeply grateful to your support over the years since we were established in 1997. We have been able to serve approximately 10,000 individuals either by dressing them for interviews, counseling them or providing transitional housing. We want to continue providing those services; however, we cannot do it by ourselves.

This is a very challenging time for our country and as well our local community. We know that we will weather the economic challenges that surface in our lives. As we witness lean times all around us, it is important to remember that we live in an abundant universe. We are opening ourselves to divine ideas and see new paths to prosperity opening before us. However, we know that we cannot just wait until the universe opens and provide.

Positive Images is primarily supported by volunteers, donations and grants. Many of the grants we have had in the past are non-existent; however, the individuals we serve are in more need than ever because of the economic downturn. In 2004 we began to see this downturn and had to reduce our expenses through staff layoffs and freezes on hiring. Each year the economic situation has worsened. We are faced with very tough choices and we need your help. We know that it will require courage and commitment on your part to give in a time of economic uncertainty. But we know that as you give, so you will receive and we know that blessings will flow to you as a result of your giving.

We are grateful for all you have done and continue to do for us. With your help we will continue to transform lives.

Sincerely,

Georgia Foster, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Sharon Hallback President
Judith Simonson Vice President
Andrea Allman Secretary
Bryan Favors Treasurer
Valerie Pelligrini, PhD, Member

Our signature event is October 24, 2009 at Tropical Acres, in Hollywood, around 12:00 noon. Luncheon will include a scrumptious menu, fashion show by Havalin Productions, Testimonials from our clients, raffle items and lots of fun!

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Positive Images Enterprises Inc.

2700 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 21
Oakland Park, Florida 33311
Phone: 954-484-1824

Wanted: Self Starters

I want to encourage you to go looking for events Organizing for America happening related to the health care reform push at http://www.broward4obama.com/myboevents

Just remember, if you do not see something going on in your area, there is no reason you can’t make something happen. You can organize your own event and post it to their calendar (and I encourage you to also cross-post to BlueBroward). You can find many of the informational resources you need to set up a canvass or petition drive right on the O for A website. Or you can contact the regional organizers to set up something a little more organized.

That contact information, if you need it, is:

Robyn C. Donaldson (Robby)

Regional Field Director- Broward & Palm Beach County
708-915-9385 / ofadonaldson@gmail.com
Organizing for America (OFA)
Democratic National Committee

If you lead a busy life and find it hard to make the time, I sympathize, and the truth is I’m not doing as much as my conscience would like, either. But if we all find a way to do something for the cause, we’re more likely to achieve it.

Organizing for America’s Idea of “Change”

Real change in health care comes from changes in the law, not a patchwork of temporary fixes.

The Obama campaign changed its name after the election… from Obama for America to “Organizing for America.” Its intent was to continue the momentum of the campaign by getting Americans involved, but Organizing for America does not, in fact, state a specific agenda that we should be involved in.

Organizing for America is a project of the Democratic National Committee. OFA is promoting National Health Care Day of Service, and I recently attended two health care reform meetings promoted through OFA. One was hosted by Dianne Zeller, who named her group Organizing for America, Hollywood Chapter. That meeting was held on June 13th, a week after OFA had suggested that meetings be held to discuss health care reform across the country. The first such meeting I attended had been the week prior on June 6th, which was when health care reform meetings were suggested by OFA. That meeting was hosted by Sandy Davies, a chapter head in North Miami for Progressive Democrats of America. The two health care reform meetings discussed the same agenda, but both took different approaches to reforming health care.

OFA has provided an agenda for those meetings in order to plan for National Health Care Day of Service on June 27th. It suggested community service efforts like contributing to a food bank, organizing a blood drive or starting a “victory garden.” Such efforts were discussed at the Hollywood meeting, and it was suggested that a food drive could be organized in Hollywood that could also promote what the North Miami meeting had proposed: a march and rally to support single payer health care and House Bill 676- enhancing Medicare for all Americans.

Since that meeting, however, Dianne Zeller has communicated her intent to either hold her own rally on the 27th, which she then said was not feasible, or hold food and blood drives before and after the 27th. While the North Miami meeting has planned on a National Health Care Day of Service effort that specifically promotes legislation that will reform health care and is supported by Progressive Democrats of America, the Hollywood meeting’s plan is specifically along the lines of what is suggested by Organizing for America in regards to a local charity effort.

I also attended an Organizing for America Listening Tour event in Plantation last night. The agenda there was very non-specific, and did not target any specific legislation that has been proposed in Congress. Their intent was to ensure that members of the community “support the President.” While the dialogue from the two employees of OFA was akin to corporate-speak, the dialogue from much of the audience in attendance was unsurprisingly angry and more determined to see legislative change that would benefit individual Americans rather than just huge corporations. Not only was that dichotomy evident, but the OFA representatives voiced their belief that food and blood drives and similar community efforts across the country on the 27th would get huge national attention for health care reform.

Patching the immediate problems in regards to lack of food or the need for stockpiles of blood, let alone feel-good efforts like starting a garden are vital ways of building a sense of community and helping others, but they are continuous efforts that Americans can always get involved in every day. Targeting specific legislation that is on the table in Congress right now is what really leads to reforming health care for all Americans. Progressive Democrats of America’s intent to promote legislation rather than do something like a local food drive is evidenced by the North Miami’s choice to march and rally for single payer health care.

Some of us who attended the Hollywood meeting had expected that we would hold a food drive during the day on the 27th in Hollywood that could promote the march and rally for single payer health care that evening in North Miami, but Dianne Zeller is apparently resistant to that effort. I think that Dianne’s approach is emblematic of what Organizing for America is lacking in really effecting change in America.

Change doesn’t come from promoting the continuation of a patchwork of community efforts to feed the hungry and bank pints of blood and start neighborhood gardens. Change comes from legislation that involves the heft and financing of the government to solve social problems, not a patchwork of community volunteers constantly trying to fix small and immediate problems that never end.

I was extremely disappointed in last night’s OFA Listening Tour meeting. OFA has thus far organized volunteers to ask other Americans to “sign a pledge” to support the President. Pledging support does not achieve what the last Presidential campaign was able to accomplish: getting needed votes.

Until the next election, we need votes not of “support” from Americans for an ethereal agenda of “affordable insurance premiums” and “quality health care” and “expanding coverage” as promised by OFA employees last night, but votes for legislation from our Congressional representatives. Small neighborhood food and blood drives will not promote specific legislation in Congress, and real change in health care comes from changes in the law, not a patchwork of temporary fixes.

Like many people I spoke to at the Listening Tour meeting last night, Organizing for American completely failed to inspire me to do anything that will effect change in America. I’ll stick with the very specific agenda of Progressive Democrats of America. On National Health Care Day of Service, I’ll be marching and rallying with members of North Miami’s Progressive Democrats of America to show my support and encourage the support of other Americans in the community for HR-676 or similar legislation that will effect real and tangible health care reform in the United States of America.

I expect that as time goes on, we’ll have a nearby PDA chapter in Broward County, too, and members will be coordinating efforts with PDA across the country to effect real, tangible legislative change and get more progressives elected in Washington and throughout the country. Right now, in these next few weeks and on National Health Care Day of Service, we need health care reform across America, not just temporary patches in our neighborhoods.

March & Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in North Miami June 27th

Organizing for America asked Americans to gather together on June 6th to discuss health care reform.

Progressive Democrats of North Miami Dade had a productive meeting that evening in North Miami Beach, which included attendees from Broward because there is not yet a PDA chapter here.

A march and rally supporting single payer health care was planned for a couple of weeks from now. Here is the summary of the meeting and that plan:

We had a great meeting with a lot of personal stories about the inequities, absurdities and tragedies of the U.S. for-profit medical industry, and some good analysis of the underlying political and economic culture of exploitation, corruption and inhumanity that has produced this terrible mess.

More importantly, we developed a plan of action to build support in our local community for a national, not-for profit, publicly-funded healthcare system.

Our work will climax in a March and Rally for Single Payer Healthcare on Saturday June 27th in North Miami. Here is the tentative plan. Please let me know asap if you have suggestions for changes to this plan:

– We will gather in Griffing Park in North Miami at 5 p.m. (West Dixie and NE 122nd Street).
– We will march up West Dixie Highway to NE 125th Street, and then along NE 125th Street to MOCA Plaza (before NE 8th Avenue).
– At the major intersection at NE 6th Avenue, we can pause for a honk-and-wave and to distribute flyers.
– We will hold a rally in MOCA Plaza at 6 p.m. with several speakers.

Between now and then:

* We will each write to and call our elected representatives in Congress to tell them that we support HR676 and S703. We will ask Representative Meek, who has co-sponsored HR676, to take a real leadership role on this issue. We will ask Representative Wasserman Schultz and Senator Nelson to reject plans to expand the corporate for-profit medical industry and instead sign on to HR676 and S703.

* We will each spread the word through our own contact networks, by phone, e-mail and text-messaging. Our goal is to activate others to join the single payer movement and do all the things20that we are doing. We recognize that this is a “viral” movement that is taking over the country via word-of-mouth and the internet, so we will maximize these strategies.

* And we will stay in touch with each other to organize door-to-door canvassing, leafleting in public places20and other activities. If you want to do some canvassing or leafletting at a particular place and time, let the rest of us know and hopefully you won’t be out there alone – this sort of work is easier and more fun that way. We will work as a democratic group and share initiatives and ideas with each other.

Here are some online resources that should be helpful:

PDA web site: www.pdamerica.org

To order FREE Healthcare not Warfare flyers (you only pay for the postage):
www.pdamerica.org/pdastore/index.php?act=viewProd&product Id=139

Physicians for a National Health Program web site (lots of good resources and info): www.pnhp.org

The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare (National Nurses Organizing Committee and California Nurses Association): www.guaranteedhealthcare.org

PDA board member David Swanson sends out concise and informative action alerts on healthcare and warfare issues. You can sign up at: www.afterdowningstreet.org

David’s web site currently has a link to the House Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee hearing on Single Payer Healthcare at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, hopefully with a video feed when the time comes.

For further information about the Progressive Democrats of America North Miami-Dade Chapter and the July 27th March & Rally, contact:

Sandy Davies
Progressive Democrats of North Miami Dade
peacetopower@aol.com