"In times when we feel lost or alone, fearful of uncertainty we must focus on a cause we believe in, a world we want to fight for or people that we care about to motivate us to show courage and be prepared to take on the challenge." - Heather Hayes
Inspiring Work in Our Community
If you missed our Zoom meeting last Thursday night, you owe it to yourself to watch the video. Speakers from BEAM,Mission House, and Feeding NE Florida described the vastly increased demand for their services in 2020 due to Covid. And all presented impressive reports on the ways they have - with increased support from government and individual donors - risen to the challenge & continued to innovate and serve.
All three programs need financial support and a wide range of volunteer help. Please visit the websites of these excellent community institutions - and consider ways you can contribute to their support for our neighbors who need it most. Including:
BEAM is looking for volunteers to help people apply for food stamps, Medicare benefits, and to interview clients requesting financial assistance. Training will be provided. To learn more, fill out a volunteer application here
Mission House is holding a Mission Market fundraiser this Saturday, May 22, 1-3 PM. 800 Shetter Ave, Jax Beach. Stop by and find something you need!
What Did and Did Not Happen in Tallahassee
The Governor is still signing bills, but a number of groups have issued their assessments of the good and bad results of this recent session. If you can find items below to applaud, take the time to thank our representatives. If you are horrified, let them know why. Contact info for all is on BAM's Get Involved page.
Florida Policy Watch - Environment, Health & Corporate Liability Bills
Florida Policy Watch - Voting & Protest Rights & Privacy Bills
Jacksonville NOW's 2021 Legislative Scorecard
Tuesday, May 18 - 7 pm - Tough Choices!
Status Report on Jacksonville Consolidation with Mandarin Indivisible
More than 50 years after consolidation, debate continues on how well it has worked and where its promises have fallen short. To inform your own opinion, join Mandarin Indivisible's May Zoom meeting for a presentation by Chris Hand, former JAX Chief of Staff and author of a recent update to the definitive chronicle of consolidation, A Quiet Revolution. RSVP & get more information here.
Biden's First 100 Days & Prospects for Progressives with Beaches Democratic
Also this Tuesday, and also at 7 pm, Beaches Democratic Club is hosting a Zoom meeting featuring UNF Professor Dr. David Jaffee. Dr. Jaffee will give an overview of the first 100 days of the Biden administration, the progress and the challenges so far, and what’s on the horizon for the Democratic Party and progressive policy. Click here to join the meeting tomorrow at 7.
Are You Ready to Meet In Person?
Adele Grage, BAM’s meeting location since we began, just announced plans to re-open in June. This stage of the pandemic is hopeful, but more complicated to navigate than the days of full lockdown. We have all missed meeting in person but our top priority remains keeping all our members safe.
As the Board discusses the options for how we meet and work together going forward, we would appreciate your feedback to guide us. Please take just a few minutes to share your views with us in a simple two-question survey.