Indivisible FL-13 Weekly Newsletter August 10, 2021

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NEWS & UPDATES

Indivisible Florida Network Event:
Advocacy for home rule and why state preemption is hurting Florida

Thursday, August 12, 7 – 8pm EDT

Online Event
DeSantis is doing it again, preempting local school boards from requiring masks. This is only one example of how the legislators in Tallahassee are stepping on the rights of local communities.

Join us to hear from Carlos Guillermo Smith a Florida lawmaker and Ben Wilcox with Integrity Florida to learn more about advocacy for home rule and why some state preemption is hurting Florida.

We will break down home rule and preemption and why do they matter?

Presented by the Indivisible Florida Network.

https://www.mobilize.us/indivisiblefloridanetwork/event/391985/

Florida Preemption Tracker:
https://www.fl-counties.com/2021-preemption-tracker

VIDEO: Commissioner Nikki Fried, State & Local Leaders Call on Florida Supreme Court to Hear Gun Preemption Case


Parents over Politicians Letter Campaign

As Floridians, we elect local school board members to decide how to best educate and protect our children. Why do we do this, if the Governor can simply threaten them and take the power we have entrusted in them? Tom Grady, the chairman of the Board of Education, recently stated “You can’t have more local control than control by the parent”. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has recently issued an executive order which threatens local school boards with defunding if they mandated mask compliance in their school districts, thus holding local school boards hostage and forcing compliance with his own partisan positions which is directly opposite of what the CDC and other experts are suggesting to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and opposite of what our local school board members have decided is in the best interests of their students, our children. This bears repeating – Governor DeSantis is threatening to withhold school funding, which directly impacts their school, education and safety, unless the local schools follow his politically-driven mandates.   Please, today, take one minute (1) to send a message to support masking in schools for as long as it takes to keep our community safe.

As Floridians, we elect local school board members to decide how to best educate and protect our children. Why do we do this, if the Governor can simply threaten them and take the power we have entrusted in them? Tom Grady, the chairman of the Board of Education, recently stated “You can’t have more local control than control by the parent”. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has recently issued an executive order which threatens local school boards with defunding if they mandated mask compliance in their school districts, thus holding local school boards hostage and forcing compliance with his own partisan positions which is directly opposite of what the CDC and other experts are suggesting to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and opposite of what our local school board members have decided is in the best interests of their students, our children. This bears repeating – Governor DeSantis is threatening to withhold school funding, which directly impacts their school, education and safety, unless the local schools follow his politically-driven mandates.   Please, today, take one minute (1) to send a message to support masking in schools for as long as it takes to keep our community safe.

As Floridians, we elect local school board members to decide how to best educate and protect our children. Why do we do this, if the Governor can simply threaten them and take the power we have entrusted in them? Tom Grady, the chairman of the Board of Education, recently stated “You can’t have more local control than control by the parent”. However, Governor Ron DeSantis has recently issued an executive order which threatens local school boards with defunding if they mandated mask compliance in their school districts, thus holding local school boards hostage and forcing compliance with his own partisan positions which is directly opposite of what the CDC and other experts are suggesting to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and opposite of what our local school board members have decided is in the best interests of their students, our children. This bears repeating – Governor DeSantis is threatening to withhold school funding, which directly impacts their school, education and safety, unless the local schools follow his politically-driven mandates.   Please, today, take one minute (1) to send a message to support masking in schools for as long as it takes to keep our community safe.

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March On For Voting Rights Tampa Bay

Saturday, August 28, 2021, Noon
St. Petersburg City Hall
175 5th St N, St.
Petersburg, FL 33701

March On for Voting Rights is a mass mobilization to demand that elected officials stop hijacking democracy, denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all.

On August 28, the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s historic March on Washington, we will march on cities across America to demand that the vision of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech be deferred no longer. We invite all Americans who believe in the power of democracy and free elections to join us. Marches will take place in states where voter suppression efforts are already imperiling our democracy: Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Houston, Texas; in Washington, D.C.; and across the country.

Join us in St Petersburg, FL at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Due to the increasing rise in cases of the Delta variant and the new mask guidelines the CDC has issued, masks are required to be worn by attendees.

RSVP HERE

This event is sponsored by Indivisible Safety Harbor North Pinellas, Indivisible FL-13, Keep Pinellas Blue, St Pete for Change and Fired Up Pinellas.


FL5 Environmental Conservation Amendment Drive

FL5.org is a non-partisan effort seeking to put five conservation amendments on the 2022 ballot. In order to do this, their goal is 900,000 signed and dated petitions by November 30, 2021.

Read And Sign The Amendments at FL5.org


Florida: My Story by Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones is a Florida scientist and whistleblower who became a national cause célèbre when she exposed the state of Florida for manipulating data during the COVID-19 crisis. Since her ousting by the Florida Governor, Jones has been recognized by professional, academic and medical leaders across the country for her efforts in combating misinformation online.

​With a background in climate science, geography and disaster response, Jones’ research and work centers on scientific research and communication about how climate change impacts extreme weather.

​Jones fought against personal attacks and smear campaigns orchestrated by the Republican governor, and won international awards and recognition for refusing to be silenced – even after the governor sent state police to raid her family home at gunpoint. She is currently running for US House District 1 against Matt Gaetz.

​Join us to hear her story. Presented by the Indivisible Florida Network.

https://www.mobilize.us/indivisiblefloridanetwork/event/400033/


Indivsible Florida T-Shirts Available

We have men’s and women’s Indivisible Florida t-shirts available in most sizes for a $25 donation. We can arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Contact Mike at mike.indivisiblefl13@gmail.com if you are interested.


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.

👉Indivisible Florida Network

👉Pinellas Coalition For Immigration Justice Website

👉Indivisible FL-13 Website

Useful Tools:

Pinellas County Progressive Calendar

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

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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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