Sandy Gilbert, CEO and founder of Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START), will be the guest speaker at Englewood Indivisible’s December 14th meeting. The public is invited to hear Mr. Gilbert speak on what we can do as individuals and as a community to avoid red tide. The presentation will be at 3:00 PM at Elsie Quirk Library in Englewood.
Founded in 1996 in response to a devastating 10-month-long red tide bloom that ravaged a wide area along the West Coast of Florida, START (Start1.org) is a grass roots, non-profit organization based in Manatee County with membership throughout southwest Florida. START focuses on reducing nutrients in the water that feed red tide. Its projects include oyster and clam restoration.
Sandy Gilbert is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in economics. He worked for 35 years as an advertising executive with TIME and Smithsonian Magazine and retired to Longboat Key in 2000.
Our meeting place, Elsie Quirk Library, is at 100 West Dearborn Street in Englewood (34223). Newcomers are always welcomed at our meetings.
We'll get ready for an action when the House schedules a vote on impeachment of the president.
You can pick up a list of voters in your neighborhood in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties and start contacting voters registered as independent, looking for those who will not vote for Trump in 2020. (We will find you a partner if you don't want to do this alone.)
We have new, re-designed business cards for you to stock up on. And as always, we'll have our Indivisible Florida t-shirts for sale.
Florida elections are usually knife’s-edge close. Winner and loser are seldom more than one percent apart. A few hundred votes can mean the difference between winning and losing. And denying Trump Florida’s electoral college votes could mean the difference in 2020.
So Englewood Indivisible is starting to contact voters now. Our goal: to find every independent Englewood voter opposed to Trump and make sure they all cast a vote against him in November 2020. Please join us in this important effort. Click here to get started.
Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to visit voters registered as independents (known as NPAs in Florida for “No Party Affiliation”) and identify those who share our opposition to Trump. We will talk with them to understand what matters to them and make sure they are ready to vote. We will visit the same voters again several times before the November 2020 election.
We use the Neighborhood Leader model, where each of us establishes a relationship with a small number of households in our own neighborhoods. This model, where we take the time for in-depth conversations with voters, has been shown to be more effective in motivating people to vote than high-volume door knocking.
We provide all the training and coaching you need. We will never ask anyone to go out knocking on doors alone! (Of course, those who want to go alone are totally free to do so.) An experienced canvasser will go with beginners as many times as needed. Alternatively, we will help you team up with another canvasser so you can visit both of your lists together.
As you can see from the screenshots in this post, the Republicans are already organizing their grassroots campaign to re-elect Trump. We know from the news that Trump’s campaign is mobilizing his voters with hateful rallies, tweets and merchandise. We wouldn’t do that if we could.
But so much depends on what we will do. Please sign up here to make the difference in the 2020 election.
A new state law requires volunteer petition circulators to use a new form designed specifically for volunteers. You can download the new forms for the Medicaid Expansion petition and the petition to Ban Assault Weapons at the end of this post.
The new petitions are one-page, single-sided, making them simple to print and copy. The language of the amendments they seek to put on the 2020 ballot is now in separate documents. Those are at the end of this post, too, and it is recommended that you keep them with you when you are gathering signatures.
Another part of the new state law requires petitions to be turned in within 30 days of being signed. So please bring your completed petitions to any Englewood Indivisible gathering. Check your email newsletter or the calendar on this website for times and places of meetings, social gatherings and actions. If you are unable to deliver the petitions, please email us at EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com to arrange for pickup.
In Sarasota, please take completed petitions to Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236.
This law was aimed at making it more difficult to qualify ballot measures by petition -- the only means Florida citizens have to affect rule in our one-party state. But these measures would bring important changes to people's lives, so they're worth the extra work.
The Medicaid expansion amendment would extend health coverage to adults who earn too little to purchase "Obamacare" on the health exchange. 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.
The assault weapons ban would remove repeat-firing military-style weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips from our communities.
Here are some pointers for circulating the petition:
Please recycle any of the old two-sided petitions you still have.
Indivisible groups around Florida are helping with a massive undertaking: getting one million petitions signed to put Medicaid expansion on the November 2020 ballot.
If you haven't yet signed the petition, please download it at the end of this post. If you have already signed it, how about your family members? Your friends? Members of your organizations?
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.
If it qualifies for the ballot, this petition 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:
In Sarasota, please take completed petitions to Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236
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.
Otherwise, please mail completed petitions to:
Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida
2300 North Florida Mango Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Thank you for doing this important work!