"The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better." Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Georgia On Our Minds
While early voting has started in Georgia, there's still time to help re-elect Senator Raphael Warnock. We appreciate the many of you who've been postcarding, texting, phoning, donating, and even driving into south Georgia to canvass. More options for this week:
Canvass for Warnock in Brunswick GA. Thanks to our friends at Mandarin Indivisible, we're in touch with a group of Georgia Dems running daily canvasses there. Click here to sign up with them directly. If you want to join a Beaches group heading up there this week, email Nancy Staats for more information.
Comedy Fundraiser for GA - 7-8 PM 12/29: A Zoom hour of comedy & politics featuring The Daily Show’s Roy Wood, Jr.; Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me’s Alonzo Bodden; and comedian/pundit Keith Price. All to raise money for Movement Voter Project’s GA Partners who are busy getting out the vote. Click here to register or if you simply want to donate, click here.
Join the Warnock Campaign's Million Dial Day of Action Tuesday, 11/29, the campaign aims for 1 million phone calls to 1 million GA voters. This is a virtual event so you can join from home 10 AM - 8:30 PM EST. Click here to claim your shift.
Help Protect Duval Schools - 12/1 Zoom
If you're concerned about what DeSantis & Moms For Liberty are doing to our pubic schools, you likely already know about Public School Defenders, a local coalition of parents, teachers & concerned citizens working to "ensure Duval County School Students are in the safe and inclusive learning environment they deserve." Join their organizational Zoom meeting on Thursday, December 1 to prepare for the December School Board meeting & discuss organizing tactics moving forward. Click here to register.
Thursday, 12/1 - Donna Deegan Fundraiser
Join Tracye Polson and additional hosts to hear more about Mayoral candidate Donna Deegan's vision for Jacksonville's future and contribute to the warchest she needs to win in 2023. Click here to donate & get location info.
Atlantic Beach Permitting Survey
Atlantic Beach is considering changes to its permitting process and wants the public to weigh in on a survey of your experience. If you've had work permitted recently and want to provide feedback, take their survey between now and December 15.
Holiday Festivities & Giving
While we all wanted more Florida-based victories at the polls than we got this year, one obvious 2022 bright spot was our growing collaborations with other groups. Working with WEN & DWIN, BAM helped create a Citizens Guide to Redistricting which provided information & questions used by more than half the people who testified at public hearings here in Duval - testimony that helped lay the legal groundwork for the continuing court challenges to the County's biased redistricting maps. We held Zoom meetings with Mandarin Indivisible, registered voters with the League of Women Voters, NOW, and others; waved signs with Moms Demand Action, Equality Florida & others, canvassed with Beaches Democratic Club - and too much more to list.
So it made sense to BAM's Board and the leaders of many of these other groups to join forces and celebrate this vibrant network we are part of and the work we've done together this year. Please plan to join the festivities on Friday, December 16. Party with old friends & make new ones. We'll have many cars going from the Beach, so email if you want a ride. And bring a contribution of food or drink (we'll provide a bit more guidance next week) - and a toy for a kid whose Christmas needs a boost. RSVP here.
If you can't make it to the party on the 16th, but would like to donate a toy, we'll have some BAM members at Adele Grage the evening of Thursday, December 8, from 7-8 PM who can take your donation and deliver it to the event on the 16th. New items, unwrapped please.
Reasons to Be Thankful
Reasons to be Thankful - A litany of uplifting events that starts with the Midterms and goes well beyond.
Florida Voters in Six Counties Vote to Raise Taxes to Protect Environment. Legislature, are you listening?