Updated: Jul 5
“Frankly there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” - Mike Pence
January 6 Hearings Continue to Impress
Last week's third Congressional hearing by the January 6 gave "chilling" new inside details of how close the Vice President came to the violent mob and how few of the people advising the President believed in his claims of election fraud or the legitimacy of his plan to challenge the results. If you've missed this chance to see democracy in action, catch the sessions you've missed on Youtube. Or check out AP's summary of key findings.
Two more hearings are scheduled for this week. The first tomorrow, June 21, at 1 pm EST, with another starting the same time on Thursday, June 23. The Tuesday hearing will include testimony from GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy. If you like the idea of watching in company with other progressives, Broward for Progress is hosting Zoom Watch Parties. Sign up here.
According to a recent ABC News poll 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump should be charged for his role in the Jan 6 violence. Tempting and justified as that may be, this thought-provoking opinion piece will make you sympathize with Merritt Garland's tough decision.
Tuesday, June 21 - Two Ways to Get Active! 1. How To GOTV for August Primary
If you want to know how to help Get Out the Vote for this August's primary, join the Beaches Democratic Club this Tuesday at 6:30 pm. They are meeting in person at the Beaches Library (600 3rd St.).
Dr. Jennifer Cowart, Chair of the DEC Campaign Committee, will present practical tips and tools to engage & motivate our local community in these critical elections. Josh Hicks, Beaches Dems VP and candidate for Jax City Council At-Large Seat #2, will offer an update on City Council, Mayoral & State Legislative Races. Masks are optional & hand sanitizer will be provided. RSVP here.
2. Zoom Voter Registration Training
If you've registered voters in the past, or wanted to do it but worried about how recent Florida legislation may have complicated the process, this Zoom's for you. Our local League of Women Voters is leading a massive voter registration effort and their president, Lanelle Phillimon, knows all the ins and outs of the current process. Join her and our friends at DWIN at 6:30 pm for a detailed briefing. Click here to register and receive the zoom link.
Wednesday, June 22 - Truth Brigade Fights Election Disinformation
The fight against false claims of election fraud needs you! Indivisible, Common Cause, the Union of Concerned Scientists and several other groups are sponsoring a nation-wide effort to combat election disinformation. Join this free webinar at 6:30 pm EST to hear their strategic voter protection message and learn how to share it effectively both online and in one-on-one conversations. Additional sessions are being offered. Click here for more info, alternate times, & registration.
Thursday, June 23 - Win Elections Network Meets
WEN - the Duval-wide coalition of groups working together to support progressive values & candidates has created several terrific resources for all of us trying to find ways to effectively reach out to our friends, neighbors and fellow voters. Feel free to download, print, read & distribute these excellent guides. If you'd like to contact the authors, or request a messaging training for your group, email us and we'll put you in touch.
Words that Win: A Messaging Guide for Connecting with Voters
For more on how to mobilize & turn out Duval voters, join WEN's 4th general meeting this week at 7 pm via Zoom. Get your Zoom link here.
Wednesday & Thursday - June 22 & 23 Happy Hour Canvasses at the Beach
Come join us for a short evening canvass followed by some pleasant social interaction with fellow Dems out at the beaches in District 13. We'll register voters, get them signed up to Vote by Mail, and talk to them about our candidates, including Elizabeth Andersen for School Board. Her race will be decided in the August primary, so it's time to get the word out on the importance of re-electing her. Bring a friend & register here.
More Upcoming Events! Save These Dates
Sunday, 6/26 - Community Canvass for Elizabeth Andersen with Duval Dems. Elizabeth brings a progressive vision to an increasingly politicized local educational environment. It's critical to keep her on the Duval County school board! Details & sign up here.
Monday, 6/27 - The Race for Jacksonville's Sheriff: Where does it go from here? The Tributary, which broke the news that Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams no longer lived in Duval, is hosting a panel of experts to discuss the future of policing here at the Jesse Ball Dupont Center downtown at 5:30 pm. To join the conversation register here.
Tuesday, 6/28 - Josh Hicks Fundraiser @ 7 pm. Susan Hughes & Katherine Davidson are hosting meet & greet with City Council At-Large candidate Josh Hicks as he shares his fresh ideas, inspiration & hope for Jacksonville's future. 544 Atlantic Beach Court, in the Atlantic Beach Country Club. RSVP here. Or call 904-465-1761 for more information. To donate click here.
Thursday, 6/30 - Text out the Vote with Duval Dems. Turnout is critical to the midterm primary & election. Help get out the vote from the comfort of your own home. Register here.
Saturday, June 25 - Proud to Say Gay Rally
Last week Texas Republicans adopted a party platform that referred to homosexuality as "an abnormal lifestyle choice." With LGBTQ rights under attack here in Florida as well, it's especially important to say no to hate.