So much is at stake right now. And there is so much to be done…[T]he important thing is to keep pushing for a better future. And never lose hope.” Adam Schiff
Find Inspiration In the January 6 Hearings
With each installment of the televised January 6 proceedings what's at stake in the political life of this country becomes more apparent. The President of the United States plotted to derail the peaceful transfer of power, despite warnings from his advisors that his claims of election fraud were false. The party that put him in power still refuses to condemn him. The state we live in still loves him. It can be very discouraging.
But this excellent piece from the Atlantic makes a compelling case the hearings should inspire us to more action. The nation stood on a knife edge of danger on January 6, 2021 and did not fall because "brave and patriotic people stood up and stopped him at the time. Brave and patriotic people are seeking to hold him to account now. Be one of them."
If you've not been watching the hearings, you can catch up here. Take heart from the serious, work that's been done to uncover the truth. Share what you learn with friends & neighbors. And remember every one of the actions each of us takes now to support democracy truly matters. Thanks to you BAM has grown to more than 450 concerned and committed citizens. Find something below that speaks to you and help us make a difference!
Thursday, June 16 @ 5:30 PM - Let Duval Vote!
BAM, the ACLU, and a broad coalition of other groups have gathered more than 500 petitions urging reopening early voting sites at Edward Waters University and the University of North Florida - a move supported by both university presidents. Register here to rally this Thursday as we deliver these petitions to Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan and advocate for restoring early voting sites so critical to enfranchising young voters who could sway the midterms!
June 16 - Help Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot
Our friends at Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida (UUJF) are joining Healthcare for Florida to support a 2024 ballot measure expanding Floridians' access to Medicaid. Nearly half a million of our fellow citizens currently have little or no access to healthcare. Register now for this virtual meeting to learn more about this issue and how you can help.
More Key Action Options This Week
Whether you have an hour, a day, eager walking shoes, or just a phone or computer, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the work needed to win the 2022 midterms!
Tracie Davis Fundraiser. Tonight, June 14, at 7 pm. Representative Tracie Davis spoke out for our values in the Florida House and is now running for FL Senate. Come to Mandarin & meet her and hear about her priorities. RSVP here.
Happy Hour Canvassing at the Beach. Join the Beaches Democratic Club on Wednesdays & Thursdays this week and next from 4:45 - 6 p.m. to knock on doors encouraging GOTV and support for School Board candidate Elizabeth Andersen. Ten houses, one hour & a happy hour celebration! Sign up here.
Community Canvass for Elizabeth Andersen: Duval DEMS are canvassing weekly for School Board candidate Elizabeth Andersen - who faces opposition from a Moms for Liberty member. Sunday, June 19 @2:30 p.m (note new time). Sign up here.
Text-out the Vote! Join our partners at DWIN on Thursday, June 16 from 6-7 p.m. from the comfort of your own home and text fellow DEMS to remind them what's at stake in the upcoming elections! Sign up here.
Melanin Market Juneteenth Celebration. Saturday, June 18, 3-9pm: Back for the first time since Covid! Come celebrate the rich history & culture of Black people in America and explore more than 200 vendors. Our partners at Jax NOW will be there registering & motivating voters. If you can help staff a 2-hour shift, or if you just want to carpool from the Beaches, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Move for Change 5K & Concert. Sunday, June 19. Josh Hicks' team is sponsoring this 3rd annual race in Jax Beach. Concert 3-7pm; Race @ 5:30. If you can sign up for a 2 hour shift to help collect signatures to put Josh on the ballot and talk to interested voters, click here for details.
Getting Out the Vote in Duval: Save These Two Dates
-- Tuesday, June 21 @ 6:30 pm Next week the Beaches Democratic Club will meet in person (note the new time) at the Beaches Branch Library (600 3rd St. Neptune Beach). Dr. Jennifer Cowart, Chair of the Duval Dems' Campaign Committee, will offer specific info on how to help motivate and turn out voters for the August primary. Beaches Dems VP Josh Hicks, now running for an At-Large seat on the JAX City Council, will provide updates on City Council, Mayoral & state legislative races. Registration & more info here. -- Thursday, June 23 @ 7 pm - WEN Zoom Briefing
W.E.N., the Win Elections Network of groups working to educate and motivate progressives across Duval County is holding its next Zoom meeting next week. Meet like-minded people from across the area, and learn how you can get involved in voter outreach in this critical year. Click here for Zoom link.