The Shake-Up:

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☎️ Urgent Call to Action / Thursday, March 9th ☎️

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As with all ATTB events, please RSVP to these events on the Events tab located on the ATTB FB Group page.

Appreciation Luncheon at New Tampa Masjid

Sunday, March 12th from 12-3 pm

15830 Morris Bridge Rd, Thonotosassa, FL 33592-2245

ATTB hosts: Nadia Ismail and Shari Kelley Akram

Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your moral and monetary support over the past week. The Islamic Society of New Tampa is immensely humbled by the overwhelming support it received from literally all across the nation.

As a token of appreciation for your solidarity after the unfortunate arson attempt, the Islamic Society of New Tampa will be hosting an appreciation lunch at the mosque. This will enable us to express our gratitude in person and to allow our collective communities to get better acquainted with our allies in the Tampa Bay area. The mosque community will be honored to have you there.

Greetings of peace from your Muslim friends and neighbors,
The Islamic Society of New Tampa

Rally in Tally -- Equal Pay for Equal Work!

Tuesday, March 14th at 2 - 5 pm

Every Floridian deserves the chance to get a good-paying job that provides economic security for them and their families.

That’s why Rep. Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) is a prime co-sponsor with Rep. Lori Berman (D-Lantana) of the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Act to guarantee Florida’s women receive equal pay for equal work. This isn’t a controversial proposal. Preventing wage discrimination based on a person’s gender should be something that garners bipartisan agreement. They are joined by State Senator Linda Stewart for this important piece of legislation (D-Orlando) who is sponsoring the companion bill in the Senate.

Ensuring every mother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter earns equal and fair pay not only strengthens Florida’s working families, but is the right thing do. Let’s get it done.

You can read more about it here: Sen. Stewart, House Democratic Leader Cruz and Rep. Berman Propose Bill to Eliminate Gender Pay Gap

St Pete Post-March Surge

Saturday, March 18th at 12 - 5 pm

Quaker Religious Society of Friends

130-19th Avenue SE, St. Petersburg

Surge is an activist flash mob organized to channel outrage into action after the Jan 21st Women's March.

Come to Surge if you're ready to work. We'll be at the St Petersburg Quaker Meeting House to make phone calls for LGBT equality, recruit progressives to town hall meetings, knock on doors for new candidates, set up teams to track legislators, as well as to recruit more volunteers.

Childcare will be provided. An anonymous donor is contributing lunch. Surge is an all-volunteer project that is unaffiliated.

If you have a campaign that needs volunteers come with a pitch! Bring materials for an action that inspires and find a crew to take on the challenge. Projects can be brought by organizations seeking volunteers for local or statewide campaigns, or by individuals on fire with a brand new idea that needs a team to help develop it. Plan to have available your walk lists, call sheets and training materials so people who join your team can get to work right after lunch. Volunteers could be making patch-through calls to restore the Everglades, or to pass LGBT workplace protections. Or spend the afternoon getting the word out about a town hall meeting. Or help plan the first fundraiser for a progressive running for school board.

As with all ATTB events, please RSVP on the Events tab located on the ATTB FB Group page.

One of our wonderful partner organizations, Surly Feminists for the Revolution, Tampa Bay Chapter, is hosting a family-friendly, family-encouraged-to-come event, Postcards to the White House, on Tuesday evening, March 14th from 6-8 pm at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd, Tampa.

The invitation reads:
"Hey there parents looking to get involved... let's get together for a political play date! We're taking action, and the kids are invited!

The Ides of Trump is a postcard movement set for March 15 intended to flood the white house with our collective concerns. To prepare we are hosting a postcard making event the evening of 3/14. In addition to making postcards, we will have a speaker from our local OFA chapter there to discuss how to be active and get involved.

We request you bring the family, especially the kids. It's more important now than ever that we don't just engage our community and representatives, but that we show our kids the values we represent and how to defend them.

We are hoping to have the event at the Upper Tampa Bay Library, and are currently finalizing the room reservation."

So, pack your bag of tricks - hello leap pad and goldfish! - and let's meet, make some postcards and learn how to become effective Parents Organizing for Action!"

To RSVP to this fun event, check the Events tab on the ATTB FB Group page!

Fire Up!

It happens to all of us. Every day, we open our newspaper, scroll through our Twitter feed, turn on the morning news -- all only to find that something ELSE has transpired, thanks to the machinations and horrible intentions of the current administration.  And every day, it all seems so overwhelming -- where to start sharing our displeasure; who to call with our righteous indignation.

Here's a solution... introducing The ATTB Daily Resistance Calendar! Created by ATTB's terrific Social Advocacy Task Force, this calendar gives suggestions for one simple item you can do a day to help with The Resistance. Some items are geared just for the individual; some are action items that can be done with your family, friends, neighbors or even people you've not met yet! PDF and JPG copies will be available for download under the Files tab on the ATTB FB Group page.

Everyone can use a little dose of daily resistance -- it's good for what ails our country!

Read Up!

The Republicans have finally gone public with their proposed Affordable Care Act replacement. It's not great, to put it mildly. As expected. As with any big piece of legislation, it's bulky and wieldy to read through. Here are some analysis pieces to help with your understanding about the proposal.

From the Washington Post: How the House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement compares

From Reuters: Medical providers oppose Trump-backed health plan, Democrats take aim

From Vox: Republicans are now paying the price for a years-long campaign of Obamacare lies

Charge Up! Social Advocacy

Social Advocacy Update – Top 3:

(1)   We just wanted to take a minute to THANK EVERYONE who called or emailed their federal representatives re: H.R. 610 (the school voucher program). We’ve had members confirm that this bill is dead as the committee has no plans to put it on any upcoming agendas. We will continue to monitor the bill for updates/changes as that status could always change, but this is a definite victory for education.

(2)   We have two great SA/PA events this weekend for those that are interested: (a) for anyone who is so passionate about progressive causes that they’re thinking of running for office, check out the invite to the Ruth’s List “You Should Run” event (note there is a fee):  (b) for anyone who knows they’re going to be politically active at town halls, rallies and involved in future candidate campaigns, consider attending the Let’s Get Political: Citizen Lobbying Training by Organize Florida (limited number of seats):

(3)   Do you care about homelessness & hunger in our local community? We’re currently working on a project to research the homeless work program that the City of Albuquerque has implemented to see if that program could be duplicated in the Cities of Tampa/St. Pete (and greater Hillsborough/Pinellas Counties). If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, please email us or reach out to Jessica Galle directly via FB PM.

Any and all social advocacy related issues: email us at

Show Up!

Action Together Tampa Bay  has a Google Calendar for all its events and activities. The calendar for March has filled in already with a plethora of progressive meetings, action items and activities. Go check it out!

Remember: you can RSVP for any event on the parallel Events calendar on the ATTB Facebook Group page.

Walk Up!

Tampa Pride Parade

Saturday March 25th, 12 pm

Join ATTB while we walk in support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We will have our banner and be wearing our AATTB t-shirts. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids!

The 3rd annual Tampa Pride Parade will be in historic Ybor City, also known as the GaYBOR District. This is becoming an historical and annual spring event when Florida weather is most envied!

Once again the parade will wind its way east from the corner of Nuccio Parkway and 7th Avenue, down 7th Avenue to 20th Street where it will turn north to end at our new Street Festival location around historic Centennial Park. We even will be announcing the parade from the balcony of Hamburger Mary’s Tampa for more added excitement!

While the parade will start at 1 pm, we will begin at noon in front of Centro Ybor with a special tribute to Orlando Pulse tragedy victims and a display of a section of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag originally from Key West.

Come be part of the ATTB crew as we spend the afternoon celebrating Pride!

As with all ATTB events, please RSVP on the Events tab located on the ATTB FB Group page.

Wise Up!

The Florida State Legislative Session started this past Tuesday, and business for our legislators started immediately. As session only lasts 60 days, work moves at a brisk pace. To make it easier to contact YOUR state senator and representative during this busy time, there are three new resources available on the ATTB FB Group page, in the photo album section: Calls to Action; Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation; and Pinellas County Legislative Delegation.

The Calls to Action provide all the details about an action to take regarding a bill or other decisions made by legislators. Included are specifics about the action; suggestions for what to say/write/tweet in support/opposition and relevant phones numbers/addresses/Twitter handles.

The Hillsborough and Pinellas County Legislative Delegations albums each have a page dedicated to a legislator (senator or representative); included are phone numbers; addresses; email; Twitter handle; a list of committees on which they serve; and a map of his/her district for reference.

Below are samples/example of pages in each album. These references can be found in the Photo tab under Albums on the ATTB FB Group page.

Calls to Action

Hillsborough Legislative Delegation Information

Pinellas County Legislative Delegation

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