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YOUR WEEKLY RESISTANCE NEWSLETTER
WEEK OF AUG. 9, 2020
Visit their website HERE.
Blue Wave Coalition has a new logo and a new look. Want to know who the progressive and democratic candidates are? BWC tells you. Be sure to watch the video they made with many of their kids–We the People Pledge. Do you want to know what YOU can be doing to get the results we want in this election and rescue our democracy? BWC tells you.
HERE is a chart showing the various texting and phoning activities Blue Wave has scheduled to get out the vote for the Primary Election, including links for signing up volunteers. We need 55 texters and 40 phoners to complete this work within the next two weeks, so we need volunteers from every Blue Wave organization and affiliate to participate. HERE is the chart again! This will in effect be a very important dry run for November’s GOTV. It’s our opportunity to ensure we have a core of trained volunteers all set to go in October. Please share the Sign-Up links with your organization’s members and strongly encourage them to get involved now. Only 91 days to the big finish line!
Thanks, Robin Dion
Ed. note: I just participated in texting — it’s easy and fun–you can text 500 people within 10 minutes! You can also make phone calls. Do check out the chart of volunteers needed.
The pen is mightier than the sword–even when it is applied to postcards–so join in in sending a few. Warren Clark, the group’s leader, said he has some blank postcards available at the Grower’s Alliance. You can also buy stamped postcards at the post office — and help it out at the same time! In the Talking Points he shows you how to show the postal service some love!
The current Topics and Talking Points is HERE.
WE MUST BE ABLE TO VOTE BY MAIL DURING THE PANDEMIC!
KEEP THIS ISSUE FRONT AND CENTER FOR OUR SENATORS,
ESPECIALLY AFTER THE RECENT FRIDAY NIGHT MASSACRE!
We need the post office! Sign the petition, and, better yet, write and/or call your senators:
Sen. Marco Rubio 202-224-3041
Sen Rick Scott 202-224-5274
FLORIDA HAS AN ELECTION PROBLEM! HELP US SAVE THE BALLOT IMAGES FOR OVER 11 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS IN FLORIDA
Join our Letter Writing Campaign to Save the Ballot Images of Over 11 Million Registered Voters in Florida!
Think of it like this. Your high school has an election for student body officers and they use paper ballots. The principal scans the ballots and declares a winner. Students want to see all the ballots and the photos of the scans that were used to count the ballots and the principal denies both. You can “audit” some of the ballots and you are denied looking at any of the photo scans. Would you expect the students to stand for this? In Florida, there are currently 36 Supervisors of Elections (SOE’s) that are refusing to save all ES&S machine ballot images as they are required to by law. There is a lawsuit under litigation on this matter but we are hoping public pressure will compel these SOE’s to join the other 30 Florida counties that are already saving all ES&S machine ballot images. As of 8/3/20, attorneys representing these wayward SOE’s filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. We need a public outcry! Can you sign on to our letter campaign? If we are to have fair and transparent elections, we need to have a machine accuracy test, to save all paper ballots, and to save all ballot images. We must do all three to ensure our elections have proper checks and balances. This will serve to reduce cynicism about Florida elections, increase voter confidence in election results, and ensure that Florida elections are being conducted according to federal and state law. As of 8/7/20, the decision on this lawsuit is still pending. “The defendant is trying to get a dismissal, the judge will hear the motions and our response. However, he has stated that he wants to hear the whole case so there will be a mini-trial on Friday, August 14th.”We still may be able to influence a decision in favor of retaining images of ballots, which is what we are seeking to help ensure transparency of elections.
HERE is where you can take action.
MEET YOUR CANDIDATES
St. Augustine Airport Authority, Group 5
Click HERE for his candidate statement.
Florida House 17
(Taking Cyndi Stevenson’s place)
Check him out HERE
State Rep. Anna Eskamani gave a most informative subject on a wonky subject–Public Budgeting. If you would like to visit her workshop it is available HERE on Facebook Live. Here are some of her favorite links when working to better understand budgets and economic policy :
- Florida Policy Institute https://www.floridapolicy.org
- Center for Budget & Policy Priorities https://www.cbpp.org
- Urban Institute https://www.urban.org
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