Indivisible FL-13 Weekly Email Newsletter July 13, 2020

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NEWS & UPDATES

Indivisible FL-13 Zoom Event:
Everything You Need to Know About Voting By Mail in Pinellas County

An historic number of people are expected to vote by mail in the coming months – and you can play a part in making sure those votes count.

Join the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area for an online presentation and Q&A session that’s all about voting by mail in Pinellas County. We’ll dig into the details of how voting by mail works, as well as key concerns and controversies. We’ll also share a few simple steps you can take to protect your vote and what you can do to help others protect theirs.

Amy Keith and Caitlin Constantine are Voter Services Co-Chairs for the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area and the Pinellas County Co-Leads for the nationwide Election Protection Coalition.

Caitlin is a journalist and editor who has lived in Pinellas County for nearly 20 years. A recent transplant to Florida, Amy has been a humanitarian aid worker for most of the past 20 years, advocating for people’s rights and needs in international crises. They’ve used their journalism and advocacy skills to educate Pinellas County voters about what they need to do to ensure their votes count since 2018.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that has been empowering voters and defending democracy in the U.S. since 1920 and in St. Petersburg since 1939. The Voter Services team works year-round to register, educate, mobilize and protect voters.

To Register: Send an email to sdbrown998@gmail.com. A link will be emailed to you on the day of the event.


Indivisible FL-13 supports the Community Remembrance Project Coalition proposal for a marker honoring lynching victims in Pinellas County

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL adopted the final wording for a marker to honor the memory of victims of lynching in Pinellas County. EJI worked closely with the Research Committee of the Community Remembrance Project Coalition on the drafting. 

The proposal is to install the marker at the corner of Dr. King Street and Second Avenue South, where John Evans was lynched in 1914. The marker proposal is to go before the City Of St. Petersburg Planning and Preservation Commission (CPPC) on Tuesday, 14 July.

Indivisible FL-13 wishes to express strong support for the Community Remembrance Project Coalition’s proposal for the installation of a marker honoring lynching victims John Evans, Parker Watson, and John Thomas.

We understand the power of truth-telling as an element of reconciliation and peace-building. Our community has turned a blind eye to the harms our Black neighbors have suffered for too long, and we look forward to being a part of the solution to the inequities that cast a shadow on our city.

A marker is only one step. Indivisible FL-13 will continue to promote informed voting to achieve broader political participation and equitable policies that work for all Floridians, not just a select few. We will continue to witness and protest abuses of power which too often reflect the workings of white supremacy. We will amplify the voices and stories that have gone unheard. We are proud to lend our support to the Coalition’s proposal.

Historical Plaque Proposed Text (PDF)

Draft Letter To Commission (final may vary slightly)


Write Postcards To Voters!

Our new campaign involves preparing cards for vote by mail Democrats who haven’t sent in their ballots two weeks after they received them. We are preparing and stamping the cards now and will put labels on them two weeks before election day. By doing this we hope to drive up voter participation among vote by mail Democrats.

We’d love for you to join us. If you want to learn more about the campaign please go to our website via this link:

Pinellas County Postcard Project – https://tinyurl.com/pinellaspostcards

This is the most important election of our lives. Help us turn Pinellas County the brightest shade of BLUE ever!


Weekly Demonstrations at Scott and Rubio’s office Go Virtual During Pandemic

Contact John Stewart at sjstew@gte.net for information on the weekly virtual demonstration. Every Monday or Tuesday he is sending out the current week’s topic and virtual protest signs to his direct contacts. 

Or just contact your Senators every Tuesday with your current concerns: 

Below is contact information for the Senators’ offices in the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa where we protest every Tuesday. Once a week you help stage a virtual demonstration by contacting the offices by phone and/or e-mail to let them know your concerns.  You can let them know this is part of the Tuesday morning virtual demonstration. 

We can keep a regular presence on line, even if we don’t in the flesh.

One request: the staff in the two offices have always been professional and courteous to us.  No matter what you think of their bosses’ morals and policies, please be polite to the staff when you communicate.  We have nothing to gain by being hostile or rude.

Here is the contact information:

Senator Rubio’s office: (813) 853-1099
Taylor_Sanchez@rubio.senate.gov

Senator Scott’s office: (813) 225-7040
luis_laracuente@rickscott.senate.gov

This will be a great way to keep active and, once the crisis has passed, to amplify the voices of those demonstrating.  Not everyone has the ability or inclination to demonstrate, so we can let the senators know that there are countless people who agree with those who are in front of their offices every week.

Stay safe. 
via John Stewart
sjstew@gte.net


Indivisible FL-13 Contact Information:

Indivisible FL-13 is a member of the Indivisible Florida Network and the Pinellas Coalition For Immigration Justice.

👉Indivisible Florida Network

👉Pinellas Coalition For Immigration Justice Website

👉Indivisible FL-13 Website

👉Email Indivisible FL-13 at info@indivisiblefl13.com

Useful Tools:

Pinellas County Progressive Calendar

Resist Bot, fax your representatives via text message. Text RESIST to 50409

Fax your congressperson for free at FaxZero.com

Get action alerts from Countable.us

Register to vote, vote by mail!

Florida 13 Congressperson Phone Numbers:

Senator Marco Rubio (R): DC (202)224-3041 Local (813)287-5035
Senator Rick Scott (R): DC (202) 224-5274
Representative Charlie Crist (D): DC (202) 225-5961 Local (888)205-5569


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