Sick of Being Angry? Time to Act!
If you expected last year's Presidential victory to deliver happier times than these, you are not alone. Between continuing assaults on Voting Rights, gridlock in Washington, and Tallehassee's handling of Covid, reproductive rights, redistricting, and more, we all need alternatives to rants at the TV and sleepless nights.
BAM is a great place to meet like-minded friends and act on our shared values. If you believe in the importance of educated & engaged citizens, mutual respect, fair elections, and responsive, transparent government, join us. Together, we can make a real difference.
Since the November election, Republican legislators in 19 states have passed 33 bills to make voting & voter registration harder. Two pieces of legislation now before Congress would set national standards to protect voters across the nation.
One crucial provision of For the People is the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act with strong safeguards against racial discrimination and voter suppression.
Act Now: Write or call Rubio, Scott & Rutherford and urge them to support these essential voter protections.
Then share what you've learned with a Letter to the Editor.
What You Can Do Now to Secure YOUR Vote for 2022
1. Update your voter registration signature.
If your signature on file is more than 10 years old, complete a voter registration form to update your signature. Use this link for the Florida Online Voter Registration System. Print the pre-filled voter registration, sign it and mail it to: Duval Supervisor of Elections, 105 East Monroe St., Jax 32202.
2. Re-enroll in Vote-By-Mail.
The Florida 2021 Legislature changed vote-by-mail to require re-enrollment every general elections cycle. NOW, is the time to use the convenient online system to ensure your voting alternatives for the 2022 elections.
3. Remember to check your party registration!
There are important primaries coming up. Florida is a closed primary state. Your party registration determines your ability to participate in these primaries.
4. Help Spread the Word!
Share this information with your like-minded family, friends and colleagues. Voter turnout can be low during mid-term elections - we need your help to inform your network(s) and engage voter action!
On September 22, Florida Rep. Webster Barnaby introduced HB 167, a Texas-style abortion law that would ban abortion six weeks into pregnancy and deputize private citizens to sue anyone who performs or "aids and abets" an abortion. Neither state offers any exemptions for rape or incest.
The Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) now being considered in Washington would prevent these kinds of abortion bans and restrictions.
If you support access to quality healthcare for all women - from contraception & abortion to pre- and post-natal care, tell state & federal policymakers:
Call or email your FL Rep. (Suggested script:) “My name is ______ and I am calling to express my opposition to HB 167, Rep. Barnaby’s extreme abortion ban. A majority of Floridians support Roe v. Wade and will not tolerate this unconstitutional attack on our freedoms. Please urge Representative _____ to focus on important issues facing our state, not banning abortion.”
Urge your Washington Rep to vote yes on WHPA. (Suggested script:) "My name is ______ and I am calling to express my support for HR 3755, the
Women’s Health Protection Act. This legislation would protect women’s access to reproductive healthcare and protect our constitutional right to abortion. Please vote yes.”
Help Fund School Name Changes
The Duval County School Board has announced plans to rename six public schools. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has established a fund to help defray the cost of the name changes. You can contribute here.
Fight for Fair Voting Districts
In 2022, lawmakers at the state and local level will redraw voting districts based on new census data. Florida voters in 2010 passed two constitutional amendments prohibiting the establishment of partisan districts. These amendments were ignored by legislators and, following lengthy lawsuits, the courts ultimately redrew Florida's maps.
Despite assurances by legislative leaders that 2022 will be different, the redistricting process is not off to a good start. Find out more about what's ahead and how you can join the fight for fair voting districts by watching Watch Redistricting 101, featuring Ellen Freidin, founder & CEO of FairDistrictsNow. Then share what you learn with friends & family. Learn about how the Jax City Council is redistricting Council & School Board districts and how you can get involved here.
Building Momentum for the Midterms
Get involved with BAM! Advocate for progressive ideas and help us create a strong ground game for elections in 2022.
Join our Social Media team: Last year, BAM's Facebook posts drew hundreds of new people to our website to consult our 2020 Election guide. The broader audience we can attract on social media, the more effectively we can reach voters across Duval County. If you're a regular on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, join the BAM social media team and post regularly about the issues you care about. Email John Weldon to learn more.
Join our Letters-to-the Editor team: BAM members have published more than 18 LTEs since May of this year in the Beaches Leader and Jacksonville Times-Union. Join this dynamic group for fellowship, advice, and a chance to speak out. Email Nancy Staats to learn more.
Join our Voter Outreach team: It's time to reach out to register new voters, sign people up for Vote-by-Mail, and educate ourselves & our neighbors on the candidates and issues. We'll be post-carding, phone- and text-banking, Covid-permitting even canvassing. Watch this page for specific signups. If you're not on our regular email list, join here.
Help us build BAM. Attend our meetings and events, invite your friends & forward our emails. BAM holds monthly gatherings with guest speakers on national, state and local topics of importance to progressive voters. Check out our upcoming events.
Reach out. Make Your Voice Heard!
The single best way to influence elected officials is to reach out and tell them what you think. From School Board & City Council all the way up to the US House & Senate, politicians keep track of what their constituents say. Speak up any time an issue matters to you. The links below will take you to lists that make this easy and quick.