May 13 2019. Sixteen Indivisibles and fellow activists from Charlotte County and Venice went to Homestead yesterday to participate in a march protesting imprisonment of immigrant children there.
Meanwhile, in Englewood, 25 members of Englewood Indivisible held up signs protesting child detention in Homestead at the intersection of West Dearborn Street and Indiana Avenue (SR 776).
In St. Petersburg, over 200 activists from Indivisible FL-13, the ACLU and the Quakers held a protest and program that finished with a musical performance by Mexican children.
Lee OFA Indivisible held a protest in Lehigh Acres. All three actions got very positive response from passing mototirsts.
News media covered the march in Homestead and Englewood Indivisible's action. The Miami Herald reported on the action in Homestead. The Englewood and Charlotte Sun papers also reported on the action in Homestead, adding a photo of the local protest to their front-page story. SNN News, the Sarasota television station, reported on the protest in Englewood.
In Englewood, two motorists stopped, parked and asked for information about Homestead. They hadn't known children were confined there.
Despite the heat, Englewood participants were eager to repeat the protest.
There is a photo slideshow of the Englewood protest here.
Opponents of Mosaic Fertilizer's plans to mine phosphate on 14,000 acres of rural DeSoto County filled the DeSoto County Commission's Boardroom in Arcadia for a second time on April 23rd.
For three hours, the commissioners heard testimony from local property owners, environmental experts and activists from DeSoto and neighboring counties. All but two of the speakers passionately urged the Commission to reject a proposed agreement that would allow Mosaic Mining Company to reopen a denied re-zoning proposal in 2023.
"No means no," repeated many who spoke, urging commissioners to reject the agreement and stand by its July 2018 refusal to allow Mosaic to rezone and mine 14,000 acres of agricultural land for phosphates. Residents of Hardee and Polk Counties spoke of the permanent destruction Mosaic's mining had done in their counties.
At the end of the testimony, the Commissioners quickly voted unanimously to accept the mediation agreement. Many opposed to that course of action worry that Mosaic will use that time to wear down the Commissioners' resistance.
Englewood Indivisible has made the cause of preventing such destruction in DeSoto County its own and plans to work with local and regional opponents of the mining for as long as it takes. Twenty-two members of Englewood Indivisible were at the April 23rd hearing.
On April 3rd, about 15 members of Englewood Indivisible were present in Arcadia when DeSoto County and Mosaic engaged in a formal dispute resolution session with a professional mediator. Under consideration was the County's proposal that Mosaic wait until 2023 and then begin anew its request to rezone 14,000 agricultural acres to mining. Mosaic ultimately accepted the proposal.
If permitted, the mining would allow Mosaic to pour millions of gallons of waste into Horse Creek which flows into the Peace River, a source of our drinking water. Mosaic would also cover huge tracts of a rezoned area with slightly radioactive clay byproduct, making the beautiful rural landscape a barren moonscape.
Last July, when the DeSoto County Commission denied Mosaic's zoning request. Mosaic countered with the request for the mediated dispute resolution.
Punta Gorda FL - February 19 2019: One hundred protesters lined the sidewalks of Olympia Street at Taylor outside the Old Courthouse this morning, raising alarm about the state of emergency declared last Friday by President Trump.
Area residents were prompted to join the protest by concern that the “Trumped-up emergency” is an assault on our Constitution’s system of checks and balances. Englewood Indivisible and Indivisible Action Southwest Florida led the protest.
Motorists honked approval of the protesters' signs, which found numerous ways to debunk the "emergency" as an end-run around Congress. Some signs opposed the border wall for which Trump declared the emergency after Congress denied it funding.
Two people in a jeep with a Trump flag and an aggressively used megaphone got almost as much news coverage as the hundred protesters.
You can see photos of the protest here.
During the protest members of Englewood Indivisible delivered three petitions to Congressman Greg Steube to his office in the Old Courthouse. The three petitions, signed by hundreds of Englewood residents, call on Rep. Steube: to vote for measures to mitigate red tide; to vote for common-sense gun legislation; to tell President Trump to stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” A copy of the cover letter delivered with the petitions can be seen here.
It was disappointing that Congressman Steube issued a statement to the Sun newspapers in support of the wall. His statement repeated Trump's false claim connecting a border wall with stopping drugs coming into the country. Drugs come mainly through the legal ports of entry.
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!