Dateline: April 3, 2017

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and for the first time in history, the way was paved for the census to change the way it tracks same-sex households. "Last year, various federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to include sexual orientation and gender in their data as it was crucial to their role in enforcing the law. Their logic was simple: With more focused questions law makers would be better equipped to ensure appropriate legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens." (from “Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census,” Glenn Garner,

One of the most important functions of the census is to ensure that the federal government knows its constituents and can provide the services they need. This White House cares so little about doing its job of LGBTQ Americans that it won't even bother to count them. (from “The Trump White House Is Quietly Destroying That ‘LGBT-Friendly’ Agenda It Loves to Talk About,”Jay Willis,

The LGBTQ community needs our help. Please click on the above graphic and sign the MoveOn petition to add your voice to those asking the current administration to reverse the egregious decision not to collect census data about LGBTQ people and their families NOW.  Feel free to share this link/petition, as its importance can't be stated enough.

US Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) has proposed a Medicare for All bill in Congress every session since 2003.In the wake of the failure of Trumpcare, this bill is gaining momentum, currently sporting 80 sponsors, including local legislator Representative Kathy Castor.

To help bolster this bill, known as H.R. 676, we need to contact the House Energy and Commerce Committee; the House Ways and Means Committee; and the House Natural Resources Committee to ask that it be put on meeting agendas for discussion.

All contact details are included in the Call to Action below. This piece was designed to be SHARED on FB timelines, Twitter feeds and other social media – so please post it anywhere and everywhere you think it would be helpful and gain traction!

On the ATTB FB Group page, there is a more detailed Call to Action, with additional phone numbers and contacts for these committees.

Go forth – call, write, tweet and share!

Leah Bauer Booker, ATTB member and Free Play advocate, talks about the vitally important recess mandate bills currently in both chambers of the Florida legislature.

You may have heard some of the buzz surrounding Florida’s Senate Bill 78 and its companion House Bill 67. Both bills would establish a recess mandate for Florida’s schoolchildren. Though some changes have recently been made to the House bill, ATTB as well as Recess Moms and the Florida PTA support the Senate version of the bill, which would require a minimum of 20 minutes of free play recess daily (for a total of 100 minutes a week) for every K-5th grader in the state.

This bill is of paramount importance. Currently, only four counties in Florida have a recess mandate. This means that children in counties like Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough may or may not have recess at all, and any recess can be discontinued at any time per the school’s discretion.

Recess has been shown to benefit the social, mental, emotional and physical needs of children. Schoolchildren who receive regular recess are better adept at reading the emotions of their peers, develop better conflict resolution skills, have superior fine and gross motor coordination, are more creative, have more brain plasticity, and are better able to adapt to new situations. In short, they develop the skills they need to become well-rounded, productive citizens. This isn’t just an issue for parents; this is an issue for every citizen.

We need a recess mandate in Florida, and we can make it happen. As I write this there are over 5,400 members of ATTB. Someday we are going to call on every one of you to make phone calls of behalf of Florida’s children. That day will be soon. When the Call to Actions come, we will need 5,400 phone calls to key representatives to insure recess for our kids. And, if we trust in the moms in Tallahassee who have been lobbying so hard for these bills for the past four years, and really focus our energy, it will pass. Please help us make Florida better for all our citizens!


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.

Events You Should Know About...

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

St. Pete Sustainability Summit

Tuesday, April 4th

5:30 - 8 pm

Enoch Davis Center

1111 18th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, 33701

Hosted by City of St. Petersburg, FL

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

Call-to-Action III:

Ban Conversion Therapy of Minors in Tampa

Thursday, April 6th

9 am

315 E John F Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602,

Please join us in PURPLE at another Tampa City Council meeting on the morning of Thursday, April 6th at the Old Tampa City Hall to support the ban of conversion therapy in minors.

We are specifically requesting new speakers from medical, professional, or academic backgrounds to share why conversion therapy should be banned in minors.

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

South St. Petersburg Democratic Club with Mayor Andrew Gillum

Saturday, April 8th

12 - 1:30 pm

Enoch Davis Center

1111 18th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, 33701

Hosted by the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club.

Meet Gubernatorial Candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the April 8th meeting of the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club.

Please RSVP!

Learn more and support Mayor Gillum:

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!

Mark your calendars for these events coming up later in April!

Lawyers for the Arts

Friday, April 21st

Tampa Museum of Art

William W. “Terry” Fisher III, Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School, will discuss his role in litigation between artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press surrounding Fairey’s appropriation of an AP-owned image to create the iconic “Hope” Poster in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

5:30pm, reception (cash bar)

6-8pm, presentation

$15 registration fee per guest; free for Museum members and Partner in Art employees

Saturday, April 22nd

March for Science

Poynter Park to Williams Park, St. Petersburg

10 am

The March for Science will begin at Poynter Park and head to Williams Park, site of the Earth Day activities. Earth Day St. Pete website.

For more information:

Saturday, April 29th

People's Climate March Tampa Bay

10 am

Lykes Gaslight Square Park. Tampa

The Trump Administration's all-out assault on the environment, science, and our nation's most vulnerable communities will not stop us from moving forward! On April 29, we will unite for our climate and rights, and declare that Tampa is ready for 100% renewable energy! Tampa's Day of Climate Action is in solidarity with the People's Climate March on DC.

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!

Good Things!

In the midst of the atrocities perpetuated upon us by the White House and its cohorts in Congress, there are some bright spots... (click on the captions for links to in-depth articles)

There IS hope and progress when it comes to climate change, despite the best efforts of the current administration to thwart it.

Large companies, such as Apple and Wal-Mart are planning and taking action when it comes to climate change, all politics aside.

Senator Bill Nelson publicly announced he will vote against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is continuing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

Maxine Waters. No particular reason, other than that she’s, well, awesome. A gift to us all.

Juvenile Justice reform is moving forward in the Florida legislature because it is actually bipartisan.

A rally in Tallahassee convened in support of Aramis Ayala was held and was attended by proponents from around the state.

For a comprehensive listing of progressive meetings, activities, and events, hit up ATTB's Google Calendar. There truly is something for every interest, location and availability to be found there.

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

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