"We have been through a difficult time. We wanted and expected it to be over — challenges overcome, perpetrators brought to justice, pandemic ended, nation healed, politics transformed. But none of it is over....Yet we must continue the fight....The greatest enemy of positive social change is cynicism about what can be changed."
GOTV for the Special Election!
Mail-in ballots for the December 7 Special Election to fill Tommy Hazouri's At-large Council seat are now in voters' hands. If you've received one, vote it and mail it today. If you're unsure, the SOE's video shows exactly how to use it.
GOTV Text Bank Every Wednesday 11:30 am-2 pm - Our friends at DWIN, the Democratic Women's Information Network, are hosting text banks every Wednesday to reach out to new, warm and cold Democrats and make sure they know about this election and plan to vote in it. This week's target, the 6,000 new Dems who have registered since the 2020 election. To join this week's effort click here. And if you want the company of other Texters while you work, plan to join this Zoom (Passcode 529689).
If You Support Tracye Polson, Here's How to Help
The candidate in the race who best reflects BAM's values of transparent, inclusive governance and equal justice & opportunity for all is Tracye Polson. For even the busiest supporter, the Polson campaign suggests if you have:
30 Seconds: Use this email template to tell your network to vote for Tracye!
1 Minute: Post this graphic to your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag @polsonforjacksonville
5 Minutes: Text 15 people in your phone reminding them to vote in the special election for City Council At-Large Group 3.
Wednesday, Nov 3 @6:30 PM - Zoom Conversation with Nikki Fried
DWIN is hosting a conversation with Ag Commissioner & candidate for Governor, Nikki Fried. Fried will join a DWIN meeting in progress at 6:30 and speak for 15 minutes, then take questions for another 15. To register click here.
Wednesday, Nov 3 @ 7 pm - State of the St. Johns River
Thanks to Zoom, you can catch a second important meeting on Wednesday. Beaches Watch is hosting a discussion of the recently released St. Johns River Report. Speakers will be Jimmy Orth of St. Johns Riverkeepers, and Dr. Gerry Pinto, a member of the research team whose seven-year effort created the report. Zoom link provided below:
BAM Kudos & November Meeting Plans
Congratulations are in order for two important groups of BAM members.
More than 25 members of our postcarding group sent out 1,500 cards to area voters whose VBM status had lapsed - the first of many efforts to be sure progressive turnout is strong in December & in next year's midterms. Thanks to you all!
The BAM Letters to the Editor (LTE) group has also been on a winning streak. Since the group began writing in mid-May, their letters have been published 23 times - very close to a letter a week. We appreciate all these varied & eloquent voices!
Learn more about these BAM action groups and others at our November kick-off to action on Thursday, November 11. Duval Dems' Chairman Daniel Henry will brief us on the Dems' field plans for victory this year and next. After Q&A with Daniel we'll have information on a host of ways you can get involved in building progressive victories here in Duval. Save the date & click here to RSVP and get your Zoom link.
Tell City Council the Statues Need to Go
On November 1 & 2 several committees of the Jacksonville City Council were due to vote on the Mayor's proposal to remove the Confederate statue from Springfield park. The two committees meeting today (11/1) both voted against removal. The FInance committee will vote tomorrow and the full Council is likely to vote on the proposal on November 9. If you support removal of these statues, now is the time to add your name to this petition. You can use the pre-written content or adapt it to reflect your personal message to the full Council urging them to rethink.
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