An eagerly awaited petition to expand health coverage to over 700,000 low-income Floridian adults is ready to circulate! You can download it at the end of this post.
The petition calls for expanding Medicaid coverage to adults whose incomes are too low to purchase "Obamacare" coverage. Past Florida governors and legislatures have failed to act, and so far all signs point to the newly elected Florida officials taking the same position. (The 8 Democrats in Florida's Congressional delegation have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to expand Medicaid.)
Expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults can be expected to save taxpayer funds and increase state revenue, according to a Florida Policy Institute study.
This ballot initiative will give the people of Florida a say. In Maine, Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, all as red or redder than Florida, voters have passed measures to expand Medicaid.
The downloadable petition is a 2-page PDF file, which must be printed out as a 2-sided document. (If your printer can't print or copy 2-sided, then email EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com to request printed petitions.)
Here are some pointers for circulating the petition:
Please mail completed petitions to:
Paige ArmstrongPlanned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida2300 North Florida Mango RoadWest Palm Beach, Florida 33409
If you are near Englewood, you can also bring the petitions you've collected to Englewood Indivisible at its weekly social events, at the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursdays or at the February 16th monthly meeting.
Thank you for doing this important work!
Indivisible groups throughout Florida have signed onto a letter to elected representatives, calling on them to issue strong statements refuting recent “irresponsible and inflammatory” statements by President Donald Trump that are being amplified by elected Republicans, Fox News and other right-wing media. “His attacks on anyone supporting the Democratic Party (or seeking to oppose his increasing authoritarianism) are now painting us as an angry mob of radical, violent anarchists,” the letter continues.
Englewood Indivisible sent the letter (full text below) on October 29th via tweet to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, Rep. Tom Rooney and Governor Rick Scott.
A news release announcing the letter to local media outlets stated: “Although written last week, the letter is particularly poignant today, following the massacre at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs sent to Democrats by a man inspired by Donald Trump’s rhetoric.”
The letter describes how the hundreds of thousands of Indivisible and other activists have found and used their voices for peaceful protest: “We know how to direct our anger into constructive action, lawful protest and winning elections. We’ve been doing it for two years. We will not apologize for it and we will not be deterred.“
In the letter, the Indivisible groups tell their elected representatives “We need you to come forward with definitive and unflinching rebuttal of these hateful and cynical assertions. We urge you and all responsible elected officials to firmly refute this attempt to further divide our country which creates a dangerous environment for the open expression of political views.”
This is the text of the letter:
October 27 2018
To our elected representatives:
We are writing to you on behalf of our Indivisible group members because we are alarmed and frightened by the current wave of propaganda manufactured by POTUS, GOP strategists, politicians and the right wing spin machine. Fox News, GOP politicians, and right-wing pundits are parroting President’s Trump irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric. His attacks on anyone supporting the Democratic Party (or seeking to oppose his increasing authoritarianism) are now painting us as an angry mob of radical, violent anarchists.
We need you to come forward with definitive and unflinching rebuttal of these hateful and cynical assertions. We urge you and all responsible elected officials to firmly refute this attempt to further divide our country which creates a dangerous environment for the open expression of political views.
This is who we ARE. Nationwide, we are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, aunts and grandmothers – and the men who love us and join us in a sincere effort to protect our democracy and our democratic values. Our efforts are local as well as national, and in the effort to protect the environment, we are world wide.
In Florida, we are joined by the wait staff who had no income this summer as the red tide kept diners away from our shoreline restaurants. We are the captains whose boats were never booked for sunset cruises and fishing expeditions all summer. We are the homeowners who live on the coastline and could not open a window or walk the beach all summer. We are the parents and teachers who watch our children wear masks to walk to school.
We have formed activist groups from our living rooms, phone-banked, met with our elected representatives, marched peacefully, registered voters, canvassed, and written letters to the editor. Over ten million of us marched in the two Women’s Marches - peacefully. Our engagement in the political process has changed the political landscape. It is this change that the GOP fears and seeks to undermine and destroy.
Many Englewood voters are finding handwritten postcards in mailboxes this week. The cards, which remind voters how important it is to vote in the November 6th election, are a striking contrast to the slick campaign mailers that are filling mailboxes this month.
The cards are a grassroots effort by Indivisible Hawaii and Indivisible San Jose, exemplifying this year’s phenomenon of activists in “blue” areas pitching in to help activists working to change “red” areas -- like Englewood.
Englewood Indivisible members have also been writing postcards to local voters, reminding them that it takes a blue wave to turn the red tide. The cards from Indivisible Hawaii note that “In Hawaii, we love our beaches too!”
Altogether, more than 3,000 handwritten postcards are going to both Democrats and independents (voters registered “NPA”) in the 34223 and 34224 zip codes.
Englewood Indivisible thanks the postcard writers of Indivisible Hawaii and Indivisible San Jose!
There are more photos of our postcarding collaboration here.
Englewood Indivisible members have voted to endorse a slate of Democratic candidates for election in November. Members also voted to endorse Amendments that will appear on the ballot.
The endorsed candidates include:
Earlier, Englewood Indivisible members endorsed:
Indivisible members endorsed Amendments 3, 4, 9, 12 and 13.
Englewood Indivisible is a nonpartisan group and members were offered a ballot that included both Democratic and Republican candidates for all the statewide offices, and for United States Senator and Representative in Congress. Nevertheless members voted unanimously for the Democratic candidates for federal and statewide offices.
There are printable voting guides at the end of this post.
We used this list of resources for information about candidates and amendments.
*April Freeman passed away on September 24th. The Florida Democratic Party has named Allen Ellison of Sebring to replace her. Freeman's name will remain on the ballot but votes for her will go to Ellison.