YOUR WEEKLY RESISTANCE NEWS LETTER WEEK OF APRIL 12, 2020
Joe still needs our help to get on the ballot!
ELECT JOE McANARNEY fo rCounty Commissioner District 1
Please made your contributions payable to Joe McAnarney Campaign.
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Help us get Joe on the ballot.
Please download the attached Candidate Petition,
sign one and have your neighbor/friend sign the other
and mail to:
Joe McAnarney Campaign
P. O. Box 600332
St. Johns, FL 32260
Please download PETITION here
This is a double petition so two people can sign and save paper.
Good news! As many of you know, the Supervisor of Elections
is now accepting electronic petitions so the signatures do not
have to be original ink. Now it’s easier for people to fill out
the form, scan it and email it to email@example.com
We still need 3 volunteers for Pct 209
You’re only stuffing and addressing envelopes from home! Go to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F49A4A82CA0F58-mail
Your 4 weekly to-do’s:
Use this resource to demand accountability and action from your state-level elected officials. The federal government has put out three coronavirus relief packages so far, but there is plenty more that your state and local governments can do to create a more robust and equitable response.
Call your senator and tell them to prioritize a Coronavirus People’s Bailout. We need a package that prioritizes protecting our democratic systems, providing accessible health care for all, and direct economic support to everyone. Call your senators now to demand they support the People’s Bailout.
Call your representative and tell them the same. Millions of people could be left behind while corporations rake in trillions of tax-payer dollars. The House needs to make this right. Call your representatives now and demand that they support the above provisions be included in the next coronavirus package.
Email your representative and two senators and demand they prioritize a People’s Bailout. Use our tool to send a letter to your three members of Congress, which outline
Last week, Indivisible launched a new partnership with Vote FWD; a nationwide letter-writing campaign to reach voters in key states before the November election, maximize impact, and increase turnout.
We fast-tracked Vote FWD because so many folks are stuck at home and looking for ways to stay engaged and active. This is a great way to focus on the things we can control, like building voter turnout in key states ahead of November.
Here’s how it works:
Sign up to write letters by clicking here. Then, VoteFWD provides you with names, addresses, and a template to write letters to voters in important states. Save your letters and send them IN SEPTEMBER so that voters receive them at the perfect, most-strategic moment and still have time to register for Vote By Mail if they choose.
Adam Morley also needs our help
District 24 constituents ONLY!
Message from Lauren Trice, the campaign manager for Adam Morley, candidate for Florida State Representative, District 24.
Due to Covid19 petition gathering efforts for Adam Morley have stalled. BUT just this week they announced that they will be accepting digital petitions as long as the signature matches the voter. Please follow this link to the petition, fill it out (select “draw” for your signature and do the best you can. DO NOT select “style”. Your signature MUST match your actual signature as closely as possible for the petition to be accepted), submit it and encourage your friends to do the same by sharing this link:
Save the US Postal Service By Ted Lam
Deadline: Now –There are reports that without an infusion of funding, the US Postal Service might have to shutter its operations by June. Without the USPS functioning properly, there’s little hope that vote by mail will be widely available between now and November’s elections.
The House of Representatives asked for money for USPS during the last stimulus negotiations, but the money was dropped from the final bill.Members of Congress are now debating whether to provide the Postal Service with money in the next round of stimulus, and Democrats are fighting back. The bicameral Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act of 2020, H.R. 6202 and S. 3440, are intended to address the risks to American voters and elections posed by COVID-19 and other natural disasters. To date, none of our Members of Congress have cosponsored these bills.
The Republican Party has long wanted to privatize USPS. The Current Occupant, having spent many a tweet criticizing the USPS, was also opposed to providing it with necessary assistance in the recent $2 trillion stimulus bill. When Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) was asked “if he believed the Trump Administration is deliberately allowing the Postal Service to fail,” he answered, “I don’t know that it’s a strategy, but I think they would not be bothered by the collapse of the Postal Service.”
Voting by mail in 2020 depends on a functioning post office. Vote by mail is not a panacea for elections. It takes time and care to set up and, improperly executed, can lead to voters being disenfranchised. But during the pandemic it’s hard to see how we can conduct elections safely without it. We risk disenfranchising people from closed polling places and enormous numbers not being able to vote in the fall.
We only have to look at the horrifying dilemma voters in Wisconsin faced this week: abandoning their right to vote or joining crowded lines with the risk of catching COVID. Allowing the USPS to fail could mean countless other states would face an equally terrible choice in November.
What you can do:Call your Senators and Representative to tell them you want them to make sure the next stimulus bill includes necessary funding for USPS, and that you want them to cosponsor the Resilient Elections bills (H.R. 6202 and S. 3440).
What to say to your Senators:My name is _____, my zip code is _____, and I’m a member of Indivisible St Johns. The next COVID stimulus bill must include the original House’s $25 billion to help fund the USPS, and eliminate its $11 billion debt and $3 billion annual borrowing cap. Without the USPS millions won’t be able to vote safely while the pandemic lasts. Don’t let the USPS be shut down or privatized – don’t let what happened in Wisconsin this week happen in the rest of the country! And please also co-sponsor the Resilient Elections During Quarantines bill, S. 3440.§
Sen. Rick Scott: (email); • DC: 202-224-5274
What to say to your Representative:My name is _____, my zip code is _____, and I’m a member of Indivisible St Johns. The next COVID stimulus bill must include the original House’s $25 billion to help fund the USPS, and eliminate its $11 billion debt and $3 billion annual borrowing cap. Without the USPS millions won’t be able to vote safely while the pandemic lasts. Don’t let the USPS be shut down or privatized – don’t let what happened in Wisconsin this week happen in the rest of the country! And please also co-sponsor the Resilient Elections During Quarantines bill, H.R. 6202.§
Rep. John Rutherford (Dist. 4) DC: (202) 225-2501§
Rep.Michael Waltz (Dist. 6) DC: (202) 225-2706
Ion Y. and Heidi Rand contributed to this article Ted Lam is retired from the USCG and currently works as a civil engineer. Ted is a member of the Indivisible East Bay Governance Committee and is co-lead of the Indivisible CA-11 team.Heidi Rand fights the evil empire with skills gained as a Ninth Circuit staff attorney and
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And, then there are those postcards from the edge!
We Are, We Are… PERSISTENT!!!
Indivisible St. Johns also Putnam & Flagler Counties.Telephone / Post Card Advocacy Topics and Talking Points April 2, 2020
Gov. DeSantis told us to stay home. What a wonderful time to…Write to progressive-leaning registered voters who are unlikely to vote. That’s about 2.7 million citizens. (612,000+ in Florida).
Receiving a hand-written Vote Forward letter will make them more likely to cast a ballot.
If you’d like to help people vote, writing letters now is a simple, effective way to volunteer
from the comfort and safety of your home. Write the letters now; mail them in September.
Data from previous Vote Forward campaigns shows this does increase turnout!
Action 1 Call: Gov. Ron DeSantis (850)-488-7146 Hunger makes Floridians vulnerable to COVID 19. • Suspend all SNAP work requirements. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamps)• Be flexible with requirements on child and senior nutrition programs.
• Make SNAP work: raise benefits, waive in-person applications.
Action 2: Sign the petition today on SNAP. It goes to federal and state decision makers tomorrow. Mazon, the Jewish response to hunger, is a leading advocacy organization.
Call St. Johns County Commissioners: Paul Waldron, Chair,
Jeb Smith, Vice-Chair, Jeremiah Ray Blocker, James Johns, Henry Dean (904) 209-0300 Call a Moratorium on BOCC Deforestation “Development” meetings
during COVID 19 crisis. You know there’s broad public anger about clear cutting.NO BOCC deforestation (development) votes when the public cannot comment. Will you please postpone the April 7 meeting until after the crisis?
ACTION 3 Call: Gov. Ron DeSantis (850)-488-7146 Sen. Bill Galvano, President, Florida Senate (850) 487-5229 Speaker Jose Oliva, Florida House of Representatives (850) 717-5110 Florida’s unemployment system should help workers; not multiply their misery!Florida’s 12 weeks benefits and $275 checks are about the stingiest in the U.S.COVID 19 jumped unemployment claims from 6,000 to 74,000 in one week! Will you immediately increase benefits and remove unnecessary barriers?Action 4: Sign the AFL-CIO petition Florida Workers Need Relief Now
FROM RECENT NATIONAL DATA, WE NOW KNOW:
Thank you Mike Konopacki for stating it so well.
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