💙 Broward for Progress Newsletter: July 2021💙
Shoutout to everyone who joined us for our monthly meeting last night. If you missed it, no worries. Here is a recap of what's happening at Broward for Progress/Florida Voices for Progress and how you can help build progressive power in our community:
Progressive Democrats of America is one of our allies in our fight here in Florida to lead on progressive issues. Every month this organization issues a letter to Representative and Senators to educate congress on issues. If you want to join this team, please join us for an informational meeting, Monday, July 19th from 8 – 9pm EDT, sign-up here: https://www.mobilize.us/floridavoicesforprogress/event/398042/
Join PDA Progressive Democrats of America in welcoming progressive powerhouse Nina Turner to the Healthcare Emergency Town Hall. Sunday, July 18
4 – 5pm EDT Sign-up here: https://www.mobilize.us/floridavoicesforprogress/event/399493/
Last week Florida Voices for Progress and Broward for Progress helped to mobilize a letter drop and rally at the offices of Senator Rubio and Senator Scott in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Tallahassee. Occupy Democrats picked up the story of how his office called Security on us for dropping off letters in Miami: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/4017910244952405 . Not deterred, Laurie joined others a few days later to visit Senator Marco Rubio’s house to a do a letter drop: https://www.facebook.com/venezuelanamericanalliance/videos/617589012968864
Lastly, Laurie wrote a letter to the editor about the experience, check it out: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/letters/fl-op-letters-marco-rubio-ignores-constituents-20210711-u5y3grecwzh75bjja2nsis3lx4-story.html
Join a Good Trouble: Candlelight Vigil for Democracy near you.
Happening around the country next Saturday night. Sign-up for the one in Broward here:
Medicaid Expansion in Florida
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis turned down billions of dollars and left out millions of people when given a chance at Medicaid expansion. We now have a real opportunity to bring Medicaid expansion to Florida but need your help.
Congress can use the process of budget reconciliation with a majority vote to expand Medicaid in Florida. Can you please sign this letter of support and share with your networks:
https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-on-and-support-medicaid-expansion-now/?source=group-broward-for-progress&referrer=group-broward-for-progress&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.browardforprogress.org%2Fprogressives-in-florida or https://bit.ly/FL-Medicaid-Now
Immigration Update in Florida
We can walk the walk by showing up or sending support to help the situation at ICE Miramar. Please join the Circle of Protection every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at ICE Miramar (park at 14475 Miramar Parkway, Miramar FL) to hand out water and snacks to people doing their check-ins. We have an Amazon wishlist that you can also make a donation to, and we deliver everything we get when we go there every Wednesday. You can also make a donation via Paypal to help with our expense of water and juices (we will send you a reciept).
The immigration update in Florida: we still are fighting for TPS, for dreamers, for respect and dignity at ICE Miramar and other facilities, we still have people stuck in Mexico under Title 42. Enough is enough.
Here is the video of activists being threatened with arrest for handing out water: https://www.facebook.com/tomas.kennedy.3/videos/4472337016123680
Last week we were threatened with having our cars towed by Royal Carribean despite them allowing us to park there for the past few years. https://www.facebook.com/tomas.kennedy.3/videos/4511966492160732
Children are still being held in unacceptable conditions in detention. Join us tonight for a candlelight vigil from your home.
When: Monday, 7/12/2021, 8 PM
Where: In your homes, hearts & communities.
Why: Children seeking legal asylum are still being held in detention in 'Heartbreaking' conditions in US migrant child camp
Please share a picture with your light on your social media posts with the hashtags #DontlookAway and #LightsforLiberty so that we can amplify each other and demonstrate to the Biden Administration, and the world, that we will not stop fighting until all migrant children are treated humanely.
Here is the place to post your pictures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1046730139195231/?ti=ls
Article about conditions:
Thank you to everyone who helped our Broward for Progress cereal drive. Our goal for May was 100 boxes, Ana and Laurie dropped off over 1000 boxes and packages of cereal to the food bank. Thank you everyone who donated!! https://www.facebook.com/lauriewg/posts/4020877527947646
For the month of June and July we are collecting items to donate to teachers at schools in need. Please feel free to drop off items with Laurie or Ana, or you can purchase on our Amazon wishlist and it will be delivered directly to us. We will be delivering these items in early August. We thank you for your generousity.
Call, click, post, and share. Can you commit to once a day to make 1 call, make 1 click, 1 social media post, and 1 share? Our daily campaigns vary: one day it could be fighting the filibuster, the next day we are advocating for voting rights. We are asking for a daily commitment of about 5-10 minutes per day. Please join us to build collective power. Sign-up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/call-click-post-and-share/
In September we are starting up our neighborhood canvassing. Please sign-up here: https://www.browardforprogress.org/progressives-in-florida
Speaking of walking the walk, we are also starting up a Team Phonebank session Sundays at 6pm. We can help our partners and our partners can help us. Please sign-up here for our next phonebank:
Happy dance! We are starting up again with postcards to voters. Sign-up here:
NON-PARTISAN EVENT: Advocacy for home rule and why some state preemption is hurting Florida
Thursday, August 12th 7 – 8pm EDT Sign-up: https://www.mobilize.us/indivisiblefloridanetwork/event/391985/
Florida: My Story by Rebekah Jones
Thursday, September 9th 7 – 8pm EDT Signup here: https://www.mobilize.us/indivisiblefloridanetwork/event/400033/
To connect with Broward for Progress, please follow us at: