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News from the FDP and DEC Most of the underlined links are press releases from FDP. Click on the link to bring it into view. See how our Party is responding to recent events. Arm yourself with talking points. Write a LTE or contact your elected officials in response to their actions. **Use Resistbot to quickly send text or letter.....Or write/email/phone elected officials on your own . For Letter to the Editor info, click here. ** ***If you click on other links and this pop-up page is no longer visible, click on Refresh to have this pop-up page reappear. *** Statement from Vice Chair of FDP on breast cancer and Medicaid expansion October 14, 2021 5 Questions every Republican must answer as they continue to obstruct Biden's popular agenda Oct 13, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz discusses upcoming election during interview on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede Oct 12, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz on Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct 11, 2021 Marco Rubio's cowardly vote against raising the debt ceiling would put Florida jobs and Social Security at risk Oct 7, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz hails the nominations and appointment of prominent Floridians to the DNC and its committees Oct 5, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz statement on Florida leading in COVID deaths since June Oct 5, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz wishes Casey DeSantis a quick and full recovery Oct 4, 2021 Florida Politics dubs Marco Rubio the "Biggest Loser" of last week Oct 4, 2021 FDP spokesperson hails today's minimum wage hike Sept 30, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz on National Voter Registration Day Sept 28, 2021 Marco Rubio caught running out of Senate vote to fund the government to attend a political fundraiser Sept 28, 2021 ICYMI: FDP Chair Manny Diaz pens Miami Herald op-ed hailing Biden administration's accomplishments despite GOP sabotage Sept 28, 2021 Statement by FDP spokesperson as DeSantis attacks immigrants to deflect scrutiny over his catastrophic management of COVID in Florida Sept 28, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz as some DeSantis-signed checks to teachers bounce Sept 24, 2021 Statement from Manny Diaz on new rule issued by Surgeon General regarding school quarantine policy Sept 23, 2021 Statement from Manny Diaz on GOP state representative's filing of a Texas-style abortion bill Sept 22, 2021 Marco Rubio's self-serving political stunts are a masterclass in hypocrisy Sept 22, 2021 Ron DeSantis hires new Surgeon General who's Anti-Vaxx and Anti-Mask Sept 21, 2021 FDP releases digital ad hitting Republicans on health-care hypocrisy and GOP legislators' reported plans to bring Texas-style anti-abortion legislation to Florida Sept 15, 2021 FDP creates Safety & Justice Task Force Sept 15, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz on the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Sept 10, 2021 ICYMI: Rep. Skidmore and Florida doctors slam Rubio and DeSantis for playing politics during recent COVID surge Sept 10, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz on Gov DeSantis's remarkable losing streak in the courts over the last weeks Sept 10, 2021 Florida Senate President confirms plans to pursue Texas-style anti-choice law in Florida Sept 3, 2021 Statement by FDP Chair as Labor Dept reports US jobless claims hit a new pandemic-era low last week Sept 2, 2021 ICYMI: Marco Rubio refuses to commit to serving a full Senate term Sept 2, 2021 Texas's new anti-abortion law is a page out of Marco Rubio's playbook Sept 1, 2021 ICYMI: Marco Rubio is focused on 2024 while Florida suffers worst Covid--19 outbreak yet August 31, 2021 FDP Chair reacts to Commisioner of Education illegally withholding salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward Counties August 31, 2021 N ew video: Rubio in Iowa chasing failed presidential dream while Florida faces worst COVID spike yet August 30, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz reacts to judge ruling DeSantis overreached by imposing ban on school mask protocols August 27, 2021 FDP Executive Director calls out Marco Rubio for upcoming self-serving trip to Iowa August 27, 2021 Statement by FDP Chair Manny Diaz as FDA grants full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine August 24, 2021 Floridians won't forget Marco Rubio's vote against good-paying jobs and vital infrastructure investment August 24, 2021 Unemployment in Florida is down 6.4% since July 2020 August 23, 2021 Marco Rubio must answer questions about ties to indicted child sex trafficker August 16, 2021 Statement by FDP Chair Manny Diaz in reaction to the earthquake in Haiti today August 14, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz one month after massive freedom protests in Cuba August 11, 2021 Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board slams Marco Rubio and Rick Scott for opposing bipartisan infrastructure deal August 11, 2021 Marco Rubio & Rick Scott reject bipartisan plan to create millions of jobs and fix Florida's infrastructure August 10, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz's statement on the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report August 9, 2021 Florida election officials face possible federal penalties for destroying ballot images under Justice Department rules August 9, 2021 FDP postpones Leadership Blue weekend due to DeSantis-enabled Covid-19 spike in the state August 9, 2021 ICYMI: Miami Herald columnist Fbiola Santiago rejects DeSantis's claim that immigrants are causing Covid surge August 6, 2021 By the Numbers: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver for Florida August 5, 2021 Statement by FDP Spokesman Jose Dante Parra on Florida leading the nation in pediatric Covid Hospital Admissions on Tuesday August 5, 2021 Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz in response to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's visit to Miami on August 4 August 4, 2021 Statement by FDP Chair Manny Diaz as Florida shatters all-time record for Covid-19 hospitalizations August 3, 2021 Statement by FDP Chairman Manny Diaz on last Friday's meeting between President Biden and leaders of the Cuban American community August 1, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz hails planned nomination of Francisco O. Mora to the post of Ambassador to the Organization of American States July 29, 2021 FDP Spokesperson Jose Dante Parra on the alarming increase of new Covd-19 cases in the state July 23, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz on Trump's hypocritical comments on the Cuba situation July 21, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz statement on federal judge blocking new DACA applications July 16, 2021 FDP: Florida families start receiving monthly tax cut today, thanks to President Biden and Democrats July 15, 2021 ICYMI: FDP Chair Manny Diaz discusses situation in Cuba on Spanish radio July 12, 2021 FDP Chair Manny Diaz responds to protests in Cuba July 11, 2021 FDP Leadership Blue 2021 July 8, 2021 FDP Weekly Talking Points July 6, 2021 4th of July Social Toolkit celebrating progress July 2, 2021 FDP statement on Cuban censorship July 2, 2021 FDP statement on the tragic building collapse in Surfside June 25, 2021 FDP statement on historic bipartisan infrastructure framework June 24, 2021 FDP Chair welcomes First Lady Jill Biden to Florida June 24, 2021 Florida Democrats are making early investments in grassroots organizin g June 24, 2021 ICYMI: Biden's pandemic recovery is bringing back the little things for students June 23 FDP recognizes Child Tax Credit Awareness Day June 21 FDP Celebrates Juneteenth June19 FDP calls out Florida Republicans in light of Supreme Court decision to uphold the ACA June 17, 2021 FDP announces Leadership Blue Gala on August 21, 2021 in Orlando June 17, 2021 ICYMI: Marco Rubio caught violating Senate ethics laws, campaigns in official office June 15, 2021 FDP calls out Gov. DeSantis for failure of leadership on Covid-19 vaccine distribution June 14, 2021 FDP commemorates 5 years since Pulse nightclub shooting June 12, 2021 FDP applauds benefits of Expanded Child Tax Credit June 10, 2021 FDP criticizes DeSantis for not mentioning the American Rescue Plan when signing budget June 2, 2021 FDP slams DeSantis for signing bigoted Anti-trans Student Bill SB 1028 on First Day of Pride Month June 1, 2021 FDP calls out Rubio and Scott for voting against January 6th Commission May 28, 2021 FDP slams Attorney General Ashley Moody for focusing on political games instead of her job May 27, 2021 FDP slams DeSantis for signing SB 7072 to block 'deplatforming' of Florida politicians by Big Tech May 24, 2021
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This Martin County Democrat All-Stars page is meant to be a place where individuals who have made significant contributions to Martin County Democrats throughout the years can be celebrated....a place where we can put a face on Martin County Democrats and recognize those who have made a difference. Our first All-Star profile celebrates Jackie Trancynger. An activist who is not afraid to be seen and heard, she has inspired many over the years. Click on to read her story. JackieT
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CALL TO ACTION Please note: For your convenience, the items below are grouped into the following categories: Prewritten Letters Petitions Original Letter-Writing Ideas Learning Opportunities/Miscellaneous items The prewritten letters and petitions are quick and easy ways to make your voice heard--just sign and submit. Please note that in some cases you will be put on the sponsoring environmental group's email subscription list when you submit your letter/petition, so be sure to uncheck the subscription box (if it's there) before you submit it if you don't want to be on their distribution list. If you forget to do that, you can always unsubscribe later. Items are ordered within each category by date as to when the item came to our attention. If on a desktop, use your mouse wheel to scroll down this page so you can see all the Call to Action items. If on a phone or tablet, scroll down using your touch screen. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PREWRITTEN LETTERS (Added 10-8-2021) Friends of the Everglades discusses harmful effects of sugarcane burning and concludes with an opportunity to send a letter to Commissioner Fried asking her to ban the burning. Go here for the informative discussion. At the bottom of the article is a link to the prewritten letter that you can send. (Added 9/29/2021) Friends of the Earth has a letter going to EPA about banning neonicotinoids, which are pesticides that harm humans and invertebrate pollinator species, including bees and butterflies. (If you don't want to remain on their email list, unsubscribe after submitting letter.) The Everglades Trust has a letter that will go to state and local officials asking them to proactively support clean water initiatives, including the complete restoration of the Everglades. After you sign and submit, the letter goes to the governor, 2 members of the FL cabinet, your senator, and your representative. Friends of the Earth has a letter to Home Depot and Lowe's asking them to stop selling Roundup NOW. This letter was written in response to recent news that Bayer-Monsanto will remove glyphosate sold to US consumers starting in 2023, and so the letter is demanding action now, not in two more years. Go here for details and to sign the letter. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization recently announced plans to strengthen ties with Croplife International, which is a trade association representing pesticide manufacturers like Bayer-Monsanto and Syngenta. Friends of the Earth is a progressive environmental rights group which has written a form letter to the UN asking the UN to prioritize people, pollinators and the planet over the harmful pesticide industry. Go here for details and to sign their letter to the UN. Send prewritten letter to Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried asking her to end the practice of Big Sugar's burning of their sugarcane crops. This practice is bad for human health and bad for the environment. The solution? Green cane harvesting. For details and to complete the form letter written by The Everglades Trust , go here . Last year the Trump administration weakened the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by rolling back provisions that allowed communities to know about and provide input on proposed infrastructure projects. At the time, many considered this one of the biggest assaults on environmental law we've seen. The Biden administration has not yet reversed this change. Friends of the Earth , a grassroots environmental group, has an online letter you can send to the administration asking for this to be reversed. It is important that funding for Everglades restoration be approved. The American Jobs Plan includes $5 billion for the Everglades , but as we all know, often those figures are adjusted during the negotiations to get bills passed. Send a letter to President Biden asking that full funding for the Everglades be included in the bill . Also scroll to bottom and send a separate letter to Scott, Rubio, and Mast asking for their support for this bill. These letters were put together by the Everglades Trust. Friends of the Everglades has a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers ready for you to sign. The message is to modify Plan CC by sending more water from Lake O south . Click here for letter . Captains for Clean Water has letter to USACE about improving LOSOM Plan CC. Click here for letter . Contact the Dept of the Interior about Florida manatees dying at record levels and ask that manatees be put back on the Endangered Species list. The current secretary is Deb Haaland. Go here for contact info and to complete online letter. You may also want to contact other officials about this and can get a list of federal, state, and local officials and their addresses here . Florida Conservation Voters has an email you can send Gov DeSantis and elected officials about water quality and blue-green algae. It lists multiple ways to prevent pollution of our waterways and urges government to focus on these recommendations. Complete the form and submit your letter . Contact your Florida legislator to ask that they play fair during the redistricting process. Stop gerrymandering!! Florida Conservation Voters has a Fair Districts pledge you can send your legislator. For maximum impact, personalize for each of your legislators. Click here for form letter . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PETITIONS Disney is planning to build a half-mile long pier at Lighthouse Point in the Bahamas. Environmentalists say this will be detrimental to the coral reefs and sea creatures that inhabit this biologically diverse habitat. Friends of the Earth has a petition you can sign asking Disney to stop going forward with this plan. (By completing the petition, FoE will put you on their email list, but you can later unsubscribe.) President Biden: Be a #PlasticFreePresident.. .A diverse coaltion of 550+ organizations has created a petition asking President Biden to use his executive powers to fight the plastic pollution crisis. To sign the petition, go here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/president-biden-be-a-plasticfreepresident To read in depth about the executive actions asked for in the petition, go here: https://www.plasticfreepresident.org/ Friends of the Everglades is urging USACE, SFWMD, and elected officials to send more clean water south during the dry season. Citing public health issues, harm to marine life, and harm to Florida's economy due to the polluted waters, Friends has a FIX THE FLO petition you can sign which asks these groups to stop toxic discharges by sending clean water south. Click here....See the petition at the bottom of their webpage . Sign the "Stop Overdevelopment in Martin County" petition! http://chng.it/MRZYCqsDPD Go to FL5.org to sign petitions for putting 5 conservation amendments on the 2022 ballot. The petitions are for the Right to Clean Water, Florida Iconic Species Protection, Captive Wildlife Hunting Ban, FL Wetlands Protection, and Stop New Toll Roads. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER To write your own letter to USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) about the changes you want to see in Plan CC, send your email to LakeOComments@usace.army.mil Contact Gov DeSantis to urge him to declare a state of emergency over the cyanobacteria bloom in Lake O. Tell DeSantis to request USACE and SFWMD to move excess water in Lake O south now so that discharges to the St. Lucie, Lake Worth, and Caloosahatchee estuaries will not be needed. Governorron.desantis@ oeg.myflorida.com 850-717-9337 Educate and influence the public. Choose a topic and write a Letter to the Editor to the Stuart News and/or Palm Beach Post. See this for links to each newspaper's online LTE form. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES/MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS A recent Protecting Paradise segment on WPTV focused on the need to complete the building of STAs so that toxic water can be cleaned and then sent south to the Everglades. Read The Everglades Review , put together by Everglades Trust, for detailed articles on such subjects as objections to LOSOM Plan CC by Big Sugar, the economic value of strong ecosystems, and helping the manatees survive. Friends of the Everglades periodically hosts webinars on various environment-related topics. View their archives of these Clean Water Conversations here . Topics include red tide, LOSOM, toxic algae, the legislative session for 2021, the Roads to Ruin, drilling in the Everglades, and much more. . Support the work of saving our Florida manatees . For an explanation of why the manatee situation is so dire, see this email that Carol Ann and Ginny sen t . At the end of the article is a link to an organization that is working to find and rehabilitate starving manatees. Donate to this group if you'd like to support this endeavor . Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the group's webpage for the Donate link.