#WOMENSMARCHFLORIDA MONDAY APRIL 10th Daily ACTION
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WE SAID NEVER AGAIN. HERE WE ARE. SYRIA.
In the past 6 years, over 500,000 Syrians have been killed and over 6 million displaced within Syria and throughout the world. On Thursday, April 13, we call for a Day of Action for Syria.
We recently saw horrific images of dead Syrian babies, mothers crying, fathers begging for death after the murders of their family members. When asked, Syrians have often said they feel alone. They feel like no one in the world cares about them or their plight for freedom, safety and security.
We mourn for and with the people of Syria. We are outraged that the President and his cabinet are banning the very refugees that are escaping the same terrorism we are claiming to fight.
The United States has taken in a very small number of Syrian refugees. We demand that we be a sanctuary and safe haven for Syrian refugees. We call on the administration to let in at least 75,000 refugees. This will help alleviate some of the suffering of the children and their families. There is no easy solution – but providing Syrians with a life of safety and security is the least we can do.
Here are three ways you can participate in our Day of Action for Syria on Thursday, April 13:
1. Attend a vigil or action near you. Demand that the United States allow in more refugees. This is not the ultimate solution to the Syrian crisis but it’s the least we can do in the interim. There are millions of displaced refugees within Syria and across the globe in refugee camps and we welcome them here.
Women's March Florida Vigils Can Be Found Across The State Please Find Them Here:
WM_FL Central Florida: https://www.facebook.com/events/435270576817006/
WM_FL St. Petersburg/Pinellas: https://www.facebook.com/events/760953370733270/
WM_FL South West Florida: https://www.facebook.com/events/413149075718089/
WM_FL Broward: https://www.facebook.com/events/144202906110761/
WM_FL Miami: https://www.facebook.com/events/211410942680019/
WM_FL Hernando: https://www.facebook.com/events/438184106532521/
WM_FL Key West: https://www.facebook.com/events/1762969260699067/
WM_FL Manatee/Sarasota: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785749021752674/
WM_FL St. Augustine: https://www.facebook.com/events/282825218834535/
WM_FL Jacksonville: https://www.facebook.com/247015772407183/photos/gm.1291059027656591/283446778764082/?type=3
2. Educate yourself about the conflict. Here are some resources:
The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news. It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news content by Syria’s official press, opposition groups, activists and civil society.
Sarabiany Blog is the blog of a well-respected New York-based Syrian American activist aggregating news, analysis and think pieces.
Ezra Klein details the Syrian war in this 5-minute video from 2015.
Maytha Alhassen,Syrian American journalist and scholar, answers questions about the crisis in Syria in this Facebook Live video.
Twitter feeds to follow: @sarabiany, @amalhanano, @mayalhassen, @karamfoundation, @observesyria @suzanneakhras
3. Donate. Refugees are suffering in camps across the globe. They need medical supplies, medical attention and basic necessities. Below is a list of U.S.-based organizations working with Syrian refugees to consider supporting.
Karam Foundation develops Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes Smart Aid to Syrian families, and funds Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. They have committed significant resources and staff to Syrian Humanitarian aid and services.
Syrian Community Network works to resettle/support Syrian refugees with basic necessities, access to language appropriate services in the Chicagoland Area.
Smile for Charity is an organization based in New Jersey working with Syrian refugees in need.
We are in contact with several organizations and Syrian American women who are working on the front line of the refugee crisis both in Syria and in the United States. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
#womensmarchflorida honors and reflects upon the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4th 2017.
Today we reflect on the great life of the tremendous Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated on this day 49 years ago his spirit and vision continues to speak to millions who have heard his rallying cry "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Today your action is to practice #reflectandresist.
Find a quite moment and listen to Dr. King's Iconic I Had A Dream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0yP4aLyq1g
As we move forward on our journey as grassroots activism in this intersectional movement read this article on Intersectional Feminism Spaces and reflect on our mission and intention of raising up the most marginalized voices in our community in order to achieve Dr. King's Dream: https://crossknit.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/so-you-wanna-be-an-intersectional-feminist/
#WomensMarchFlorida with #Everytown and #MomsDemandAction March 28 2017 Emergency Daily Action!
The Florida Senate recently passed a bill intended to make its already robust Stand Your Ground law even more friendly to people who say they killed in self-defense.
Under the current law, someone in this situation can avoid a trial if he proves at a pretrial hearing that he was acting in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm. The new Republican-sponsored bill would flip the burden of proof. It would make the prosecution responsible for proving that someone who used deadly force instead of retreating from an attack was not behaving reasonably. If the prosecution could not do so, the killer would walk free.
The American legal system’s handling of violent self-defense has long favored white, property-owning men. Nonwhite, female, poor or gender-nonconforming people have always been more likely to be punished for defending themselves and less likely to see the courts come to their aid when they are harmed.
Today, our moms will be testifying in opposition to Open Carry in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We feel like we may have the votes for the bill to fail in committee. The meeting is at 3pm today and we have been driving calls to Senate Judiciary members since yesterday.
An incredibly urgent matter is the expansion of Stand Your Ground in FL. This has passed committees in both chambers and has been voted on by the Senate. Its next stop is the house. Read more about it : https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/opinion/a-stand-your-ground-expansion-that-expands-inequality.html?_r=0
We are trying to convince house leadership to send the bill to appropriations for review. This is our best chance to derail the bill. We have testified in every committee that this expansion of SYG will burden prosecutors and overwhelm the courts costing taxpayers money while exacerbating the disproportionate impact SYG has on communities of color.
Today, RIGHT NOW, text FLORIDA to 644-33 will connect callers to a recording explaining that we want to ask house leadership to send the bill to appropriations for review and then connect them￼ to either the Speaker of the House, the Minority Leader or the chair of the appropriations committee.
Follow up by tweeting this : @WMW_Florida stands w @MomsDemand txt 64433 to send Stand Your Ground Bill to appropriations cease injustice against vulnerable communities
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#womensmarchfl MARCH 27: CALL TO ACTION: Proposed Energy Bill *Bad* for All Floridians
From our partners at AARP Florida! Seeking to Protect All Ratepayers
The proposed Utility Investment in Gas Reserves legislation (House Bill 1043) by Rep. Brodeur could cost residential ratepayers millions. If passed, this bill would set up a regulatory framework that would allow public utilities (Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power) to invest in oil and gas exploration (which involves fracking) in other states and recoup the cost from residential customers.
Under this legislation, utilities would have to rely on natural gas to generate at least 65 percent of their electricity to be eligible to recover money from customers for such investments. Currently, Florida Power & Light is the only electric utility that uses that much natural gas.
Last year, the Florida Supreme Court rejected a move by Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayer money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project. Justices ruled that the Florida Public Service Commission didn't have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL's request to invest in the drilling and production of natural gas in what is known as the Oklahoma Woodford Gas Reserves Project.
If passed, this legislation would allow public utilities to charge you for the cost of risky investments. This is bad public policy and a risky business venture that would be funded by you, the residential ratepayers. This bill is up for a vote in the House Energy, and Utilities Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 28 at noon ET. Call the Representatives on the committee today and tell them to vote NO!
Tell the Committee Members:
- Florida electric companies shouldn't be allowed to use ratepayer dollars to invest in risky natural gas reserve development (much less in Oklahoma).
- FPL has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars on this venture that was struck down by the courts.
- Gas exploration is the purview of private companies and developers, not investor owned electric utilities.
- We should not let a regulated monopoly use our electric bill as a source of financing for risky business ventures.
- We should not have to pay to support fracking in other states.
- This is not allowed anywhere else in the country.
STEP ONE: CALL/EMAIL Representatives on the 2017 House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee TODAY! *You do not have to live in their district! Committee members are accountable to ALL Floridians! **
Kathleen Peters (Chair) (R) 850.717.5069 Kathleen.Peters@myfloridahouse.gov
Eric Eisnaugle (Vice Chair)(R) 850.717.5044 Eric.Eisnaugle@myfloridahouse.gov
Lori Berman (D) 805.717.5090 email@example.com
Bryan Avila (R) 850.717.5111 Bryan.Avila@myfloridahouse.gov
Kimberly Daniels (D) 850.717.5014 Kimberly.Daniels@myfloridahouse.gov
Bobby DuBose (D) 850.717.5094 Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov
Nicholas Duran (D) 850.717.5112 Nicholas.Duran@myfloridahouse.gov
Jason Fischer (R) 850.717.5016 Jason.Fischer@myfloridahouse.gov
Erin Grall (R) 850.717.5054 Erin.Grall@myfloridahouse.gov
Joe Gruters (R) 850.717.5073 Joe.Gruters@myfloridahouse.gov
Stan McClain(R) 850.717.5023 Stan.McClain@myfloridahouse.gov
Bobby Payne (R) 850.717.5019 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Shaw (D) 850.717.5061 Sean.Shaw@myfloridahouse.gov
Jackie Toledo (R) 850.717.5060 Jackie.Toledo@myfloridahouse.gov
Frank White (R) 850.717.5002 email@example.com
STEP TWO: Stay involved in Environmental Protection across the state and in your local area by joining your chapter Environmental Issue Group! (Ask your Chapter captain how to join!)
Urgent action Sunday 3/26!!#womensmarchfl MARCH 26: URGENT CALL TO ACTION!!!
BOOK BANNING IN OUR SCHOOLS?? NOT ON OUR WATCH!!
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Florida House Bill 989 and Senate Bill 1210 will enable community members to ban books from school libraries and censor classroom materials.
If this bill passes:
1. ANY county resident can challenge a textbook that contains information he doesn’t believe is “factual and accurate” or any library book that she considers pornographic.
2. The school board will appoint an “objective and unbiased” hearing officer to hear challenges. School district employees cannot serve as hearing officers.
3. The District will have to maintain a website and give the public access to all instructional materials.
4. Parents already have input in adoption decisions and can challenge materials they don’t like.
TAKE ACTION TODAY! Florida Senate and House K-12 Education Committees will vote midday on MONDAY, March 27.
STEP 1- CALL/EMAIL/TWEET THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE and urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill 1210 (first phone number is in Tallahassee; second is home district) **You do NOT have to live in their district! Committee members are accountable to ALL Floridians!! **
Florida Senate Education Committee Members:
Gary Farmer (District 34, Broward) – (850) 487-5034, Fort Lauderdale (954) 467-4227. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GaryMFarmer
Anitere Flores (District 39, Monroe, Miami-Dade) - (850) 487-5039, Miami (305) 222-4117. Email: email@example.com. On Facebook, search for @anitere. Twitter: @AnitereFlores
Bill Galvano (District 21, Manatee, Hillsborough) - (850) 487-5021, Bradenton (941) 741-3401. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook, search for @BillGalvano. Twitter: @BillGalvano
Dorothy Hukill (District 14, Brevard, Volusia) - (850) 487-5014, Port Orange (386) 304-7630. Email: email@example.com. Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/dorothylhukill. Twitter: @DorothyHukill
Tom Lee (District 20, Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk) - (850) 487-5020, Brandon (813) 653-7061, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook, search for: @TomLeeFlorida. Twitter: @TomLeeFL
Debbie Mayfield (District 17, Indian River, Brevard) – (850) 487-5017, Melbourne (321) 409-2025. Email: email@example.com. Facebook, search for: @senatordebbiemayfield. Twitter: @debbie_mayfield
David Simmons (District 9, Seminole, Volusia) - (850) 487-5009, Longwood (407) 262-7578. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook, search for: @DSimmonsFL, Twitter: @DSimmonsFL
Wilton Simpson (District 10, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco) - (850) 487-5010, Spring Hill (352) 540-6074. Email: email@example.com. Facebook, search for: @SimpsonWilton. Twitter: @WiltonSimpson
Linda Stewart (District 13, Orange) - (850) 487-5013, Orlando (407) 893-2422. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/linda.stewart. Twitter: @LindaStewartFL
Perry Thurston, Jr. (District 33, Broward) - (850) 487-5033, Fort Lauderdale (954) 321-2705. Email: email@example.com. Facebook, search for: @SenatorPerryThurston. Twitter: @SenatorThurston
STEP 2- CALL/EMAIL/TWEET THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE and demand they vote NO on House Bill 989 (first phone number is in Tallahassee; second is home district) ** You do NOT have to live in their district! Committee members are accountable to ALL Floridians!! **
Florida House of Representatives Education Committee Members:
Larry Ahern (District 66, Pinellas) - 850-717-5066; Seminole 727-395-2512. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook, search for @electlarryahern. Twitter: @Larry_Ahern
Bruce Antone (District 46, Orange) – (850) 717-5046, Orlando (407) 445-5313. Email: email@example.com.
Robert Asencio (District 118, Miami-Dade) – (850) 717-5118, Miami (305) 222-4122. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook, search for @RepAsencio. Twitter: @ascencio2016
Michael Bileca (District 115, Miami-Dade) – (850) 717-5115, Miami (305) 273-3235. Email: email@example.com. Facebook, search for @mbileca. Twitter: @mbileca
Kamia Brown (District 45, Orange) – (850) 717-5045, Ocoee (407) 905-3806 or (407) 905-3807. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @kamiabrownfl45
Bob Cortes (District 30, Orange, Seminole) - (850) 717-5030, Altamonte Springs (407) 262-7420. Email: email@example.com.
Manny Diaz, Jr. (District 103, Broward, Miami-Dade) – (850) 717-5103, Hialeah Gardens (305) 364-3072. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook, search for @MannyDiazJr. Twitter: @RepMannyDiazJr
Byron Donalds (District 80, Hendry, Collier) – (850) 717-5080, Naples (239) 417-6270, LaBelle (863) 675-5267 Email: email@example.com. On Facebook, search for @ByronDonalds. Twitter: @ByronDonalds
Shev Jones (District 101, Broward) - (850) 717-5101, West Park (954) 893-5010. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. On Facebook, search for @RepShevrinJones. Twitter: @ShevrinJones.
Chris Latvala (District 67, Pinellas) – (850) 717-5067, Clearwater (727) 724-3000. Email: email@example.com. On Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/chris.latvala. Twitter: @ChrisLatvala.
Larry Lee, Jr. (District 84, St. Lucie) - (850) 717-5084, Fort Pierce (772) 595-1391. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rene Plasencia (District 50, Brevard, Orange) – (850) 717-5050, Titusville (321) 383-5151. Email: email@example.com.
Mel Ponder (District 4, Okaloosa) – (850) 717-5004, Fort Walton Beach (850) 833-3713. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Porter (District 10, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, Alachua) – (850) 717-5010, Lake City (386) 719-4600. Email: email@example.com.
Jake Raburn (District 57, Hillsborough) – (850) 717-5057, Valrico (813) 653-7097. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @JakeRaburn
Barry Russell (District 95, Broward) – (850) 717-5095, Lauderhill (954) 497-3367. Email: email@example.com.
Charlie Stone (District 22, Marion) – (850) 717-5022, Ocala (352) 291-4436. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Sullivan (District 21, Lake, Orange) – (850) 717-5031, Eustis (352) 742-6275. Email: email@example.com. On Facebook, search for @voteforjennifer. Twitter: @voteforjennifer
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#womensmarchflorida Friday March 24, 2017 the fight isn't over continue to resist! The GOP promises to hold the vote to repeal the ACA today after their failed attempt yesterday.
Call your House representative NOW to make sure Congress opposes the #AHCA: (202) 224-3121. #HealthCare should not be a congressional bargaining chip! #savetheaca
#womensmarchflorida Thursday 23,2017 Today's #SignOfResistance The House is voting on Thursday to repeal the #AffordableCareAct and replace it with the #AmericanHealthCareAct, which, if implemented, would be disastrous for millions of Americans. Call your House representative NOW to make sure Congress opposes the #AHCA: (202) 224-3121. #HealthCare should not be a congressional bargaining chip! #savetheaca
*** VERY URGENT CALL TO ACTION FROM THE FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION! ***
Tell legislators to VOTE NO on HB 373!!! CALL BEFORE 9AM THURSDAY!! LEAVE A VOICEMAIL IF THE OFFICE IS NOT OPEN.
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 23, the House Education Committee will meet at 9:00 am to vote on HB 373. HB 373 threatens superintendents’ ability to offer job stability to highly effective and effective teachers. The bill interferes with local decision-making by prohibiting school districts and local unions from providing any annual contract teacher job stability based upon teachers’ performance evaluations.
WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION. If your state representative is on the House Education Committee, please take a moment to contact them. This issue is critical, and it is imperative that we try everything in our power to stop it.
It's easy. Click on the FEA Action Center link and type in your home address. You will either have the option to call or email them. You can click on the "call" button to find out your rep's district office phone number, or you can click the "email" button to send them a short email. Tell your representative to vote NO on HB 373.
FEA Action Center - http://feaactioncenter.org/act/retain-good-teachers/
NOT SURE IF YOUR REP IS ON THE COMMITTEE? Find your Representative: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx
Committee Members (Tallahassee phone, home district phone):
Larry Ahern (District 66) - (850)717-5066; Seminole (727)395-2512
Bruce Antone (District 46) – (850) 717-5046, Orlando (407) 445-5313
Robert Asencio (District 118) – (850) 717-5118, Miami (305) 222-4122
Kamia Brown (District 45) – (850) 717-5045, Ocoee (407) 905-3806
Manny Diaz, Jr. (District 103) – (850) 717-5103, Hialeah Gardens (305) 364-3072
Byron Donalds (District 80) – (850) 717-5080, Naples (239) 417-6270, LaBelle (863) 675-5267
Chris Latvala (District 67) – (850) 717-5067, Clearwater (727) 724-3000
Larry Lee, Jr. (District 84) - (850) 717-5084, Fort Pierce (772) 595-1391
Rene Plasencia (District 50) – (850) 717-5050, Titusville (321) 383-5151
Mel Ponder (District 4) – (850) 717-5004, Fort Walton Beach (850) 833-3713
Elizabeth Porter (District 10) – (850) 717-5010, Lake City (386) 719-4600
Jake Raburn (District 57) – (850) 717-5057, Valrico (813) 653-7097
Barry Russell (District 95) – (850) 717-5095, Lauderhill (954) 497-3367
Charlie Stone (District 22) – (850) 717-5022, Ocala (352) 291-4436
Jennifer Sullivan (District 21) – (850) 717-5031, Eustis (352) 742-6275
#4EveryStudent #womensmarchflorida #whyimarch
#womensMARCHfl MARCH 22: #ReflectandResist
The feminist movement has a complex history. It is a powerful movement that has gained monumental victories, yet one cannot speak about feminism without acknowledging the dismal lack of representation for, and at times an active sidelining and silencing of the issues facing women of color, women with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Women's March is committed to learning from this history in order to guide our collective work with an intentionally intersectional approach, which is why "Action 5" is titled "Reflect and Resist." The ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and perpetuate oppression cannot be examined separately from one another. When we examine issues of oppression in silos, people fall through the cracks and into the margins. We commit to focusing on those cracks and margins. In doing so, we strive to unfurl an umbrella under which individually powerful movements - racial justice, gender justice, disability justice, labor justice, and more - can unite, with a collective emphasis on the people and communities that are so often left behind or treated as an afterthought. We ask you to commit to this as well.
Today, PLEASE SHARE your book, article and film selections related to this topic, and let us know how you’re participating in the "ReflectAndResist" Action. Use the hashtag #ReflectAndResist #womensmarchflorida on social media- don't forget to tag us on Instagram and Twitter! (@WMW_Florida)