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I write today knowing full well the gravity of the moment we are in, and the responsibility we have to organize our communities for change. Here in Miami-Dade, we know all too well the words “ground zero.”
We are ground zero for the effects of climate change and sea level rise in the United States. We have to get organized to face this by embracing science and the facts.
We are ground zero for the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, which has disproportionately hit assisted living facilities, Black and Hispanic communities in Florida. We have to get organized to demand a real medical response to this crisis that provides our frontline healthcare workers with the equipment, support, and pay they deserve.
We are ground zero for the unemployment crisis that has gripped our state in the wake of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, which has only been exacerbated by our governor’s incompetence and denial. We have to get organized to fix our unemployment system so that struggling Floridians can keep food on the table.
And now we are one of the many sites around the country that has seen an outpouring of grief, anger and protest calling for change in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have said “Black Lives Matter.” We have to turn this cry into real change. We have to get organized and demand once and for all an end to police brutality in our country, so we can make the words “freedom and justice for all” a reality to all of our citizens, regardless of race.
We organize our party around the principle that we are a democratic party, in the truest sense of the word. We rely on ordinary citizens rising to positions of leadership and this year, we are calling for people to take on more responsibility than ever before.
This year, Democrats across Miami-Dade will be electing 110 ordinary citizens to make up the new Democratic Executive Committee of Miami-Dade. Representing roughly 25,000 voters per district, one committeewoman and one committeeman will organize a team of volunteers in their designated precincts to help educate and turn out the vote.
In addition to organizing local neighborhoods and supporting Democratic candidates, the executive committee votes on local party resolutions and approves the budget used for local campaign efforts.
It’s in our hands to hold our elected officials accountable and to push for meaningful legislation that can provide more opportunity for those who have been struggling.
Learn more about the executive committee and how you can appear on the ballot this August. Not for you? Please share with a friend. Deadline to register is June 12.
Yours in the fight,
Chair, Miami-Dade Democratic Party
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