The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) meets every 20 years and has just begun its current convocation, which will be completed in 2018. Anything the CRC proposes is AUTOMATICALLY added to the ballot in November 2018 and will require 60% approval to pass. Given the political composition of Florida state government, expect a SLEW of Republican dream proposals, since the CRC is staffed with a large majority of Republicans.
This press release provides an overview of CRC activity so far, and ATTB's take on it:
We anticipate the "Floridians Talk, We Listen" tour to come to Hillsborough County in mid-May (date/time/location TBA). Preparing for and attending this meeting will be an ATTB priority; look for forthcoming information on the issues and meeting logistics. Objective: to present a united front against the worst ideas, and some progressive suggestions. So stay tuned...
Coming next week: a new spin on the Social Advocacy Top Three where we feature in-depth looks at pending legislation that needs constituent action. It’s not just important to contact legislators – it’s important to understand what the issues are.
PS: Look for a critical Call to Action regarding Medicare on the ATTB FB group page later today that will not only ask for your involvement, but also for you to share far and wide.
Last year was the deadliest on record for transgender people, with 27 reported murders. This year, eight trans people, all women of color, have been killed so far. Earlier this month, local LGBTQIA intersectionality activist group Out and Loud FL held a vigil in their honor on 7th Avenue in Ybor City.
This Friday, March 31st, is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate and honor the lives of trans people and their accomplishments and contributions to society. Out and Loud, in partnership with Black Lives Matter Tampa, will hold a rally and march at 7pm in Centennial Park on 8th Avenue in Ybor City, where multiple members of the local trans community, particularly trans people of color, will be speaking from their hearts and experiences.
The group will read the names of the trans women killed this year, but will honor them for the way they lived rather than the way they died.
The rally will end in a march from Centennial Park to the Centro Ybor area on 7th Avenue at 16th Street, where the Wall of Love takes place every Friday night to serve as a blockade from homophobic hate preachers. Please note: civil disobedience might be used by some participants during the Wall of Love.
For more information check out Out and Loud FL on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/event s/284092625358531/?ti=cl
International Transgender Day Of Visibility Rally & March, Followed By Wall Of Love
Events You Should Know About...
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In light of the assault on immigrant communities and the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, we will gather to make cards (or write notes/letters) filled with messages of love and welcome for the Jewish and Refugee community. It has become incumbent upon us to exercise the principles of "Loving Thy Neighbor" in order to highlight our shared humanity and be a light of good in the darkness of hate. We hope to fill their mailboxes and hearts with messages of love and feelings of support. All cards/letters will be collected on site and distributed locally. The cards for the Jewish Community will be delivered for Passover.
•Everyone is welcome!
•Children encouraged to participate
•Lunch will be served.
•Event will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room.
•Card stock, scrapbook paper, note cards, and construction paper are being supplied along with markers, crayons, and colored pencils for the children to use, however, if you have any to share/donate, that would be great!
•Items needed: if you have scissors, glue sticks, embellishments, etc... that you'd like to share and/or donate, please indicate so in the comments and thank you in advance. :)
Please join Mayor Rick Kriseman and the St. Petersburg City Council for a Sustainability Summit. Come celebrate sustainability milestones, learn from local scientists and more. *Refreshments will be available
What is the Sustainability Summit?
You and your elected officials will have local climate, marine and environmental scientists presenting recent local research related to extreme weather, local flooding, sea level rise, Tampa Bay Estuary and more. An open forum of Q&A will follow.
Special thanks to the St. Petersburg City Council Energy, Natural Resources, & Sustainability (ENRS) Committee: Chairperson Darden Rice, Vice-Chair Steve Kornell, Councilmembers Karl Nurse, Ed Montanari, & Lisa Wheeler- Bowman.
For all ATTB events, please RSVP on the Events tab located on the ATTB FB Group page.
Meet Gubernatorial Candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the April 8th meeting of the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club.
Please RSVP! https://tinyurl.com/ljbsdxj
Learn more and support Mayor Gillum: https://AndrewGillum.com/
Join the friendly and welcoming South St Pete Democratic Club for our monthly meeting. Learn about actions taking place locally where YOU can make a difference. All are welcome. Bring your friends!
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.
The ATTB Daily Resistance Calendar is a solution to all that nonsense! 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!
Volunteers are needed to drive families in the Muslim refugee community to/from the Refugees' Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 8th at Wharton High School, 20105 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa. This is a terrific opportunity for ATTB to provide community support in an easy yet tangible way! If you are able to participate, send a text message to Br. Zeyad at 813-503-8094. Include why you're texting, your name, phone number and number of people you can take in your vehicle. You will be asked to provide a picture of your driver's license.
This is a great way for those who have a car/can drive , but can't always stand for hours and protest to serve and make an impact. You'll meet new people in our community and have a change to actually BE the WELCOMING CITY we're asking Tampa and St. Petersburg to be.
The ATTB Technology for Progressive Activism Meeting is an opportunity for anyone who's interested in how technology (apps, GPS, software, smart phones etc) can help with progressive activism. You do not need to be a developer or systems engineer to attend -- all skill levels welcome!
Out of 50 state legislatures in this country, 32 are GOP-led. Thirty-two. In this era of hourly national calamities, the dreadful decisions made by GOP-helmed state legislatures are often both under the radar and equally damaging. The founders of Campaign Zero, a post-Ferguson organization working to reduce or end police violence and mass incarceration, have created an online tool to help progressive constituents resist on their home turf.
Our States provides a very interactive way to not only see what critical legislation is being bandied about in your home state but in other states as well. Per the progressive website Common Dreams, “Our States offers an inter-active, state-by-state breakdown of dozens of pending bills on key issues, from immigration to voting rights to LGBTQ protections. Click on the map for details, say, on the 26 states considering legislation to ban sanctuary cities/campuses and the 15 states considering protection for immigrants; the 19 states considering restricting reproductive rights and the 7 states seeking to protect them; the 4 states that want to block minimum wage increases and the 29 states that support them. The tool can thus help people mobilize to block laws that could effectively enact Trump's agenda regardless of what happens in D.C.”
Here's a sample of what an Our States page provides in the way of content:
ATTB’s Political and Social Advocacy Task Forces are closely following the Florida legislative bills also featured on Our States; we provide tailored Calls to Action when responses and constituent voices are needed. However, in these turbulent times, every bit of information and organization is welcomed. Our States (and its very cool interface) is a solid partner when it comes to bird-dogging bills and actions that affect Florida. It’s grassroots resistance at its best.