Dateline: April 20, 2017

Jon Ossoff, a Democrat making his first bid for elective office, just barely missed winning outright in a heavily conservative House district in Georgia this past Tuesday. The seat, which represents three counties in the metro Atlanta area, has been held by a Republican for decades and was once filled by Newt Gingrich. The June runoff, which pits Ossoff against seasoned Georgia politician Karen Handel, will garner a lot of attention and a lot of money. Republicans most assuredly will be focusing on this race -- and the Dems must continue to hammer away.

NPR: Georgia Republican, At Center Of Planned Parenthood Controversy, Back In Spotlight

New York Times: Who is Jon Ossoff?

The Week: What Democrats can learn from Jon Ossoff

Florida State Senator Frank Artiles (R) from Miami is facing pressure to resign after he used the n-word to criticize several of his colleagues during an alcohol-fueled rant in front of two black lawmakers earlier this week. Over drinks at a private club in downtown Tallahassee, Artiles referred to six white senators as “n‑‑‑ers” and spewed other obscenities while complaining about the chamber’s GOP leadership. Although he’s made a public apology on the Senate floor, an investigation is in process. Stay tuned…

Miami Herald: Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate over ‘racist rant’

Florida Politics: Senate sets tight timeline on Frank Artiles investigation

Sign the Petition: Artiles Must Resign!

The Russia Situation is still a hot ticket item. Despite the best efforts of the current administration to divert attention from the mounting evidence of tampering and collusion, it’s not going away – and may be gaining even more substance.

Reuters: Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents

Wall Street Journal: Exxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume Russia Oil Venture

Misogynistic Bullhorn Bill O’Reilly was relieved of his duties at Fox News earlier this week. That’s two big names (the first being Roger Ailes) at the network ousted because of myriad sexual harassment allegations. There may be fallout from this; there may not be. Regardless, it should be interesting to watch.

The Nation: Bye-Bye, Bill O’Reilly

New York Times: Bill O'Reilly and the Upside of Corporate Cowardice

We have a great activism opportunity this coming Saturday!  We are looking for IATTB volunteers to help St. Petersburg residents complete a survey of their priorities for how the St Pete City Council creates its budget at the March for Science this Saturday, April 22nd in Poynter Park. This is an important way for residents to have their voice heard and help impact their city's spending. Volunteers would use clipboards or tablets with wifi hotspots (volunteers would need to provide their own tablets and hotspots) and gather surveys from as many people as possible during the March for Science. Interested? Please leave a message on the ATTB FB group page and we'll hook you up!

Organize Florida Criminal Justice Committee of Tampa

Juvenile Justice Rally

Sunday, April 30th

2-4 pm

Centennial Park (Ybor)

1800 E 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33605

Come join Organize Florida's Criminal Justice Committee's Rally for Juvenile Justice in Centennial Park (Ybor) where we will have speakers from the community to discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and ways that the justice system impacts all of ours lives. We will discuss ways to solve these problems, and discuss the legislation currently working its way through the Florida House and Senate.

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

We have a new feature here at The Shake-Up called Whatchu Think? Each week, we'll be posing a poll on the IATTB FB Group page to see what members think about issues, actions and current events -- people will contribute answers and then results will be shared here in the newsletter.

Here's the pulse of IATTB for this week:

Wipe Up the Right Wing!

Sunday, April 23rd

2-5 pm

Fodder and Shine

5910 N Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33604

Come out for a fun get-together with your fellow progressive activists! Fodder & Shine has great food and craft beverages and is conveniently located off the Hillsborough exit of 275 in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa. We are asking everyone to BRING SOME TOILET PAPER to stick with our theme of wiping up the right wing! 😀

Clean Up the Causeway

Sunday, May 7th

9 am - 12 noon

North Causeway, near the boat ramp

Come join your friends in Indivisible Action Together Tampa Bay and help clean up the Causeway. We are partnering with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, who will provide all of the supplies we need, and getting out hands dirty to clean up Tampa Bay.

We have been doing the work on the phones and emails but felt the need to roll up our sleeves and show some love for the earth by cleaning it up. We are considering making this an ongoing event in different areas around Tampa Bay a couple of times a year so if you can't make it please tell us if you're interested in future events.

Parking and day of info will be updated on this event page so keep your eyes on it for details but for now, save the date, plan on bringing water, sunblock, hats, whatever will keep you cool!

Hope you'll join us!

I’ve been thinking a lot about science lately, mostly thanks to the impending March for Science, happening in venues all over the country on Saturday, April 22 (and here locally in St Petersburg.)

If you’d asked me, say a month ago, I’d have told you that science is cool and important, but it’s not that big a deal for me. Sure, I’ve watched my share of Bill Nye the Science Guy. And no one narrates a documentary like Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But I’m an English major.  Science is for other people with giant left brains and such.


How incorrect my thinking was.

Science is all around us... the medication we take to keep us healthy. the way ingredients are combined in such a precise way to create a sumptuous loaf of homemade bread. the mechanisms that make your car run, your lights turn on, your phone work, your computer hum.

... in how the crock-pot lid vacuum-seals to the kitchen counter when steam is trapped in it after taking it off to smell dinner. OK. Maybe that’s just me.

I could go on and on, but I suspect you get the picture.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve rather taken science for granted. Because it’s always there. And by the time science gets to me, regular old Jane, it’s tested. Reliable. Trustworthy. Factual. It just is.

But. In retrospect, I’ve realized that I owe so very much to science. I had to trust it with the most precious thing in my life. Which is my child.

My kiddo was born at 24 weeks gestation 16 years ago, completely and utterly unexpectedly. Since we’re talking about science here, I’ll do the math for you – that’s a whole trimester early. He weighed 750 grams. About 1 pound, 10 ounces. That’s two good-sized baking potatoes. Or maybe a running shoe.

Fortunately, I delivered at a hospital that was connected via tunnel to the premiere children’s hospital on the west coast of Florida. Before I even had time to shake the morphine haze I’d been put in when I arrived at the emergency room, the kiddo was off to the NICU across the street, under the expert care of doctors and technicians.


Now, I’m a person of faith (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a politically progressive Christian) and I began to pray, because that’s just what I do. And the peace I gained gave me the ability to trust in the knowledge and skill of medical personnel to do what was best for my child. I had no choice but to relinquish control to others to care for my baby. There was not an alternative.

I could not hold my child in my arms. I could not comfort him when he cried. I was a mother from a distance.  My position had been usurped by hospital personnel, machines and medicine. Science.

My son had a major health crisis about 36 hours after birth that was unavoidable and that changed the course of his (and my) life irreparably. And to be honest, it was very touch and go for the next two weeks following.

I had to put my faith in science because it was the collaboration of so many professionals, who were both hands-on with my kiddo and who had developed machines and techniques and medicines, which saved his life.

We defined better living through chemistry. Still do.

And I am forever grateful. Science.


The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets across the country on Saturday, April 22 in a visual effort to remind public officials that science matters and that evidence-based policies and supported scientific discovery is critical to the common good.

Not everyone will have a science story as dramatic as mine. But each and every one of us has depended upon science for something. Every day.

And just as we advocate for other issues such as women’s rights and marriage equality, we must advocate for the rights of research and studies and facts. We are currently living in a society in which public officials continue to distort the legitimate meaning of facts and present them as things one wants to be true, rather than things that are actually true. Facts aren’t lies. Ask any scientist working diligently to make a case for climate change. Or any high school student in a chemistry lab studying acids and bases.

We owe it to the facts of life to speak out for research and experiments and discoveries. Because we wouldn’t be here without them. In some cases, quite literally.


Events You Should Know About...

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

Saturday, April 29th

People's Climate March Tampa Bay

10 am

Lykes Gaslight Square Park. Tampa

Organize Florida member and Communications Director for the People's Climate March Kelsey Tressler writes:

Ready to fight for our planet? Then come out to the Tampa Bay People's Climate March at Lykes Gaslight Park on April 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. for a rally, march and day of action.

Our planet is in more danger than ever before. Under the current administration, we've seen dramatic rollbacks of environmental regulations and protections. But climate change doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's a justice issue that has devastating consequences for front-line communities that include low-income communities of color; women and families; people with disabilities; and more. Tampa Bay is one of the top ten cities most vulnerable to climate change in the world. This is our home, and if we don't do something, we could see all of this washed away faster than we can imagine. We could lose our homes, our health and our lives as a result of long-term and unmitigated climate change.

It's time to stand up and make a statement -- that Tampa Bay is ready to move toward renewable energy sources in an equitable way. So come out this month, invite your friends and stand up for our planet with us.

Organize Florida's Climate Justice Committee is a group working to get legislation passed locally to protect frontline communities from climate change.

May Day Tampa March and Rally

Monday, May 1

5 pm - 8 pm

Sociedad La Union Marti Maceo Cuban Club

1226 E 7th Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605

Join with other concerned citizens and activists to celebrate May Day -- International Workers Day -- with a march and tour of Ybor City's historic labor movement battles. This experience will connect the dots from yesterday's immigrant movements that helped to build unions and the middle class to today's fights for worker's rights and against the rising tide of racist, xenophobic, anti-worker politicians and policies that seek to divide and oppress us.

We will begin at Sociedad La Union Marti Maceo Cuban Club at 5pm and conclude at Centennial Park. More info TBA...

More info, including after-party details, TBA...

Bring colorful signs, banners and puppets; drums and musical instruments; your hopes, dreams, and indignation, and all your friends. We will be loud and proud and hold a joyful, defiant march and rally!

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

Welcoming City Resolution Canvassing

Saturday, May 6th

9:45 am - 12:45 pm

449 Central Avenue, Suite 104

On Saturday, May 6th, the St. Petersburg Community Protection Coalition is asking people to come canvass and spread the word about the Welcoming City Resolution. There will be a brief training on messaging prior to heading out;  canvassers will have clipboards and posters to disseminate to publicly show support. Please meet us at 449 Central Ave Suite 104, St. Petersburg.

The full language of the Welcoming City Resolution is as follows: A resolution declaring the City of St. Petersburg as an inclusive and welcoming city for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status, religion, country of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability; declaring that the City will work with law enforcement to ensure that the City is prepared to respond to hate crimes or other requests for services from immigrant communities.

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

IATTB May Planning Meeting

Saturday, May 6th

3-5 pm

John F. Germany Library

900 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

The next IATTB Planning Meeting will take place on Saturday, 6th from 3 -5 pm in Hillsborough County at John F. Germany Library in Tampa. We have planning meetings every other month. This meeting will focus on upcoming elections, such as the Mayoral/City Council races in St. Petersburg later this year, and how we as an organization can make an impact. After the meeting, there will be a social to celebrate the merger of ATTB and Indivisible Tampa. Mark your calendars and come work a little, learn a little and play a little with us on May 6th.

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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