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Action Alert - March 18, 2024

2024 is No Rematch

President Biden and his predecessor emerged from party primaries and caucuses last week with enough delegates to claim the Democratic and GOP nominations for the 2024 Presidential elections. But as historian Heather Cox Richardson reminds us, while the two will likely square off again as they did in 2020, the election is not a replay of four years ago. Both candidates are now known quantities, and they have clearly laid out very different plans for America’s future. One is focused on making America work economically for ordinary people while safeguarding their rights and freedoms. The other embraces authoritarianism and an upheaval of long-established democratic values. The 2024 election is 232 days away. The most important thing we can do right now is to cut through the noise and talk to our neighbors, friends, and families about the importance of voting and what's at stake.  Start the conversation this week!

Sine Die Brings Sigh of Relief

Florida legislators ended their 60-day Session a little over a week ago after passing a $117.4 billion budget, and thankfully, failing to pass a host of egregious bills impacting survivors of domestic violence, abortion access, LGBTQ+ rights and healthcare, press freedom, gun regulation, and local government's ability to take down Confederate statutes. Among the most satisfying outcomes was the Senate Republicans' refusal to confirm a co-founder of the Moms for Liberty to serve on an ethics commission. Despite this success, some bad bills advanced, including reductions in worker protections, and the addition of volunteer school chaplains. The outcome of this session stands in sharp contrast to 2023 when lawmakers passed a tsunami of legislation driven by the culture wars and DeSantis' presidential ambitions. Credit goes to Senate President Kathleen Passidomo who put the brakes on anti-woke efforts and back-stopped many of the most extreme bills. BAM and Indivisible Mandarin will host a virtual review of the 2024 Legislative Session & More on June 5th at 7 p.m. with special guest Pamela Burch Fort, a veteran lobbyist and social justice advocate. Fort was involved in the state redistricting fight and most recently, participated in state Supreme Court arguments on the wording of the proposed abortion ballot measure. Mark your calendar and watch for details soon! 

Join BAM at Paws in the Park!

Community events are a great way to meet voters and discuss what's at stake in the 2024 elections! Join us at Paws in the Park this Saturday (March 23) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jordan Park on Francis Avenue for voter outreach and fun!  We'll be collecting signatures for Rachel Grage, candidate for State House District 16, encouraging people to sign up for vote-by-mail, registering new voters, and more!  And, back by popular demand, we'll be holding a Presidential Pet Contest, challenging participants to match presidents with their pets for bragging rights and prizes.  We'll also have BAM dog bandanas! Email us if you'd like to help or stop by with your pooch to say hello!

U. S. Senate Candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Takes Aim at Scott

U. S. Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell took aim at incumbent Rick Scott during a

virtual conversation hosted last week by BAM and Indivisible Mandarin. Powell cited examples of Scott's lack of leadership and disregard for the needs of Floridians. She described her experience and background as advantages in this highly competitive statewide race and responded to audience questions. If you missed the informative meeting, you can find a recording here. If you'd like to donate or get involved with DMP's campaign click here.The webinar is part of a collaborative effort between the two groups supported by a GROW grant from national Indivisible.

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