Indivisible FL-13 Weekly Email Newsletter September 13, 2022

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NEWS & UPDATES

Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Candidates Forum

A virtual candidate forum for State Attorney 6th Judicial Circuit will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

Participating candidates are incumbent Bruce Bartlett (R) and Allison Miller (D); Rob Lorei, well-known host/managing editor of Florida This Week on WEDU, will moderate. The candidates will take turns addressing identical questions posed by the moderator, and then each will conclude with a personal statement.

This virtual forum will be a Zoom event and streamed on the ACLU of Florida Facebook page. This online forum is free to the public and no registration is necessary. For those who can’t view the forum live, a recording will be posted at the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Event sponsors are the Pinellas and Greater Tampa Bay Chapters of the ACLU of Florida, League of Women Voters chapters from St. Petersburg and North Pinellas, as well as the Pasco Unit of the Hillsborough County League. Other non-partisan co-sponsors include LULAC Pinellas, NAACP Clearwater Upper Pinellas County Branch, NAACP St. Petersburg Branch, and the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/599005038396259


Support The Do No Harm Act

In the years since the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was enacted in 1993, the far-right has been misusing it to weaponize religion. Today the law is being insidiously used to undermine nondiscrimination laws and to manipulate our country’s longstanding definition of religious freedom–a freedom that should ensure all people can practice their faith or philosophy, so long as they do not inflict harm on others.

Companies, individuals, and taxpayer-funded organizations–from foster care agencies to universities–have used religion as a sword against LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and nontheists, often when they are seeking public services or healthcare.

The American Humanist Association has never tolerated such harm, and now is our chance to make sure that no one can deny others a public service, a fair wage, reproductive healthcare, and so much more by claiming religious exemptions.

The Do No Harm Act would restore the do no harm principle of the First Amendment to make sure no one can use their religion as an excuse to justify discrimination and deny people their civil rights.
Link To Take Action Page

Public Hearings – Redistricting in St. Pete

Redistricting is happening now in St. Pete. This could change how you vote in City Council primary elections – and now is your opportunity to share your thoughts on how the new City Council districts should be drawn. The Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold two public hearings in Council Chambers on Monday September 12th at City Hall (175 5th Street N). The public is invited to attend the meeting and share their thoughts on the proposed redistricting.
 
Public Hearing #1 – Redistricting in St. Pete
Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, 9-11 a.m.
 
Public Hearing #2 – Redistricting in St. Pete
Monday Sept. 12, 2022, 5-7 p.m.

 Link To Redistricting Page

A Poem By Indivisible FL-13 Co-organizer Cynthia Lippert

Governor “D”
He knows for many, finding an affordable home is a hopeless expectation.
Why does he disregard that fact while exclaiming : “Florida – the freest state in our nation,”

He knows many schools lack adequate certified teachers and staff,
Why does he deflect by claiming some school text books belong in the trash?

He knows citizens are burdened by soaring home and flood insurance rates, Why did he delay legislative relief for home owners until help was too late?

He knows that guns are causing death,violence and serious harm,
Why does he deny it is about bullets but rather the freedom to bear arms?

He knows they fear the Covid virus and are unsure what to do next,
Why did he dictate that following medical science was too much to expect?

He knows they will vote for a government which will improve their daily lives. So he deploys election police, redraws maps and declares that fraud thrives.

He believes that LGQBT letters should not be uttered in any school house, Why did he deliver a retaliatory blow to the jaw of our Disney mouse?

When he disagreed with our elected official’s policy, belief or statement, Why did he devise a strategy to remove him and appoint an “ R” replacement?

He knows history has shown these “D” tactics effectively control the masses, No need to solve problems if he keeps them divided , angry and impassive.

Distracting, Deflecting Denying , Delaying , Dictating,Deploying ,Dividing All Floridians deserve solutions; not one man’s dogma and tactics.
Now it is Your Decision 2022 ….. Vote Blue!

Yom Kippur Social Justice Forum 2022:
Reproductive Rights are Human Rights

Temple Beth-El’s Social Justice Committee presents Yom Kippur Social Justice Forum 2022: Reproductive Rights are Human rights.

Wednesday, October 5 in the APR (All Purpose Room) from 2pm to 3:30pm.

This year’s Social Justice Forum is a reflection on how we are all impacted by access to reproductive health care, albeit in different ways. Let’s explore traditional wisdom on reproductive health and the ongoing work in the political and religious worlds vis-a-vis advocating for just access, all the while knowing that our own stories matter. Your story matters.

Amy Weintraub, our Guest Speaker, is the Reproductive Rights Program Director for Progress Florida and chairs the Reproductive Rights Task Force for Florida NOW. A seasoned organizer, Amy has worked most of her adult life identifying, educating, and activating citizens toward social justice. Amy lives in St. Petersburg with her husband; they have two children in college.

Registration is required as space is limited.

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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.

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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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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