Indivisible FL-13 Weekly Newsletter February 15, 2021

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NEWS & UPDATES

Oppose Florida SB90

The Florida GOP wants you make you sign up for mail ballots every single year. This is naked voter suppression.

Florida Senate bill SB90 is on the agenda for consideration on Tuesday February 16 in the Ethics and Election Committee.

Under current law, a mail ballot request is valid through two election cycles, or up to four years. The bill would require voters to ask for a mail ballot over and over, every calendar year! And to make matters worse, SB90 is RETROACTIVE to the next election in 2022. This means everyone with a request on file for a mail ballot in the NEXT election would have to request it all over again. This will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for every Supervisor Of Elections in Florida.

Committee Chair is Baxley.Dennis@flsenate.gov  Republican
Vice Chair is Taddeo.Annette@flsenate.gov  Democrat
District 24 Senator Jeff Brandes  brandes.jeff@flsenate.gov Republican


Action Alert Florida SB40

Via the Florida League Of Women Voters:

SB 48 will be presented in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on WEDNESDAY (2/17/2021) at 3:30 p.m. (EST).

A bill moving through the legislative process is attempting to divert more tax dollars away from public schools and further remove public oversight, transparency and accountability.

The League of Women Voters of Florida hosted a Lunch & Learn program dedicated soely to the detriments this legislation will cause. Click here to watch the program which features Rev. Rachel Gunter Shapard of Pastors for Florida Children.

If passed, SB 48 would expand eligibility for school-voucher programs, consolidate existing choice programs and allow parents to use taxpayer-backed education savings accounts for private schools and other costs.

Private schools that take state scholarships also do not have to meet state standards for teacher qualifications, facilities, curriculum or finances. Also, within the last calendar year, evidence has been presented that private schools that accept state money are currently able to discriminate against some of the state’s students without any repercussions.

SB 48 will outsource the oversight of Florida’s $1 billion voucher program to private organizations that will profit from the program expansion. There is no local oversight from elected officials and private organization audits are also reduced from annually to every three years.

Florida’s 3 million+ schoolchildren deserve better. Every child in Florida deserves a thriving public school – and a government that will work toward this goal.

We’re urging every Florida League member to contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and encourage them to vote “NO” on this bill!

Chair Doug Broxson (R) broxson.doug@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5001
Vice Chair Manny Diaz (R) — *Bill Sponsor diaz.manny@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5036
Sen. Janet Cruz (D) cruz.janet@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5018
Sen. Audrey Gibson (D) gibson.audrey@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5006
Sen. Joe Gruters (R) gruters.joe@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5023
Sen. Travis Hutson (R) hutson.travis@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5007
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R) passidomo.kathleen@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5028
 Sen. Tina Polsky (D) polsky.tina@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5029
Sen. Tom Wright (R) wright.tom.web@flsenate.gov (850) 487-5014


Leif Nissen Foundation Lecture Series

Zoom program with Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore. Free and open to the public.

Register here: https://www.templebeth-el.com/form/leifnissen


Oppose Florida  HB 1 / SB 484

Please help Indivisible FL-13 oppose Florida HB 1 / SB  484 which, per the ACLU “…is designed to further silence, punish, and criminalize those advocating for racial justice and an end to law enforcement’s excessive use of force against Black and brown people.”

The bill passed its first committee and is currently working its way through further House committees.

Please write your Florida House representative and senator and keep writing them as often as you can.

You can use Resistbot by texting “RESIST” to 50409.  Once you are registered with Resistbot text “LEGISLATURE” to 50409 to contact your state representatives. You can also look up their emails and phone numbers HERE.
More Info and suggested messages:
NAACP
ACLU
Southern Poverty Law Center
Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Video Of Our “From Hesitancy To Acceptance” Program

Here is the video of the From Hesitancy To Acceptance program from Monday, January 25. Thank you to all of the panelists and our presenter and thanks to everybody who watched or is watching. Indivisible FL-13 is working to bring our supporters new programs on important topics of local interest in the coming months.

VIDEO: From Hesitancy To Acceptance. The Covid-19 Vaccine


Ask Congress do their job and hold the #FloridaGOPTraitors accountable

We, the citizens of the State of Florida, call upon you to censure and expel from the House of Representatives members from Florida and others states whose craven behavior aided and abetted the lies and disinformation manufactured and perpetuated by then-President Trump that fueled the flames of insurrection and treason, leading to the January 6, 2021 assault by a violent mob upon the Capitol and upon our democracy.


Sign Up For UUJF Action Alerts

Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida founder and Indivisible Florida Network Member David Johnson keep track of the Florida Legislature and send out Action Alerts during the legislative session, which is currently in session. We’ve been passing along these on our Facebook but it is best to receive these directly.

Sign Up For UUJF Action Alerts

WEEKLY DEMONSTRATION AT SENATORS MARCO RUBIO AND RICK SCOTT’S TAMPA OFFICE

Demonstrators must wear masks and practice social distancing. Parking meters around the courthouse accept cash or credit cards. FMI on the Tuesday Demonstration and to get on John Stewart’s excellent and informative mailing contact him at sjstew@gte.net or  (727) 894-2832.
Every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 AM
Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House
801 N. Florida Ave.   Tampa, FL 33602


Indivisible FL-13 Contact Information:

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

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👉Pinellas Coalition For Immigration Justice Website

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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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