Sarasota Stands Together

An Indivisible group working to protect democracy

Representing Florida’s 16th and 17th Congressional Districts

             Our Mission:

To create a networked community of empowered, action-oriented individuals who work to protect the well being of all citizens and who support the election of candidates that defend human rights and our democracy.

Collect Petitions For Medicaid Expansion To Low-Income Adults

Indivisible groups around Florida are helping with a massive undertaking: getting one million petitions signed to put Medicaid expansion on the November 2020 ballot.

If you haven't yet signed the petition, please download it at the end of this post. If you have already signed it, how about your family members? Your friends? Members of your organizations?

The petition calls for expanding Medicaid coverage to adults whose incomes are too low to purchase "Obamacare" coverage. Past Florida governors and legislatures have failed to act, and so far all signs point to the newly elected Florida officials taking the same position. (The 8 Democrats in Florida's Congressional delegation have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to expand Medicaid.)

Expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults can be expected to save taxpayer funds and increase state revenue, according to a Florida Policy Institute study.

If it qualifies for the ballot, this petition initiative will give the people of Florida a say.  In Maine, Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, all as red or redder than Florida, voters have passed measures to expand Medicaid. 

The downloadable petition is a 2-page PDF file, which must be printed out as a 2-sided document. (If your printer can't print or copy 2-sided, then email EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com to request printed petitions.)

Here are some pointers for circulating the petition:

  • All petitions must be filled out by voters who are registered in the state of Florida. If you talk to someone who is not registered to vote, but is eligible, direct them to online voter registration: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/en/Registration/Eligibility
  • All petitions must be filled out in blue or black ink
  • All petitions should be checked to ensure that all information is filled out, and that the information is legible 
  • Ripped, damaged, or illegible petitions are not accepted by the Supervisor of Election 
What to do when you are done collecting petitions

In Sarasota, please take completed petitions to Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236

If you are near Englewood, you can also bring the petitions you've collected to Englewood Indivisible at its weekly social events, at the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursdays or at the February 16th monthly meeting. 

Otherwise, please mail completed petitions to:

Paige Armstrong
Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida
2300 North Florida Mango Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Thank you for doing this important work!

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Norma’s Corner

May, 2019

The Florida Legislature's session ended with little good and lots of not so good done. A bill allowing importing prescription drugs from Canada needs the Governor's signature, approval by Feds and no blocking by Big Pharma lobby. The ban on assault weapons died early (thoughts and prayers will have to do!) and so did the bills banning fracking and off-shore drilling, and on toughening rules for citizen-sponsored amendments. Implementation of Amendment 4 (that added roadblocks to allowing ex-felons to vote), the bill to ban so-called “Sanctuary Cities”, the bill to allow arming teachers, and the bill to build tollroads through rural Florida (opposed by Environmentalists) await the Governor's signature. As does Florida's 5th school voucher program, this one using public dollars for middle-class as well as poor children to attend religious and private schools. If you have thoughts on any of these, the Governor's phone number is 850/717-9337 and his email is <www.firstgov.gov>.                          A grass roots effort is working to put a Ban Assault Weapons Now constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot in 2020, to ban these weapons of war in Florida. To support the effort, if you haven't already signed a petition, go to <https://bawnfl.org/amendment.html> and download, print (double-sided if possible) sign and send the petition to the address listed.                                                                                                                                      Meanwhile in Washington...The (Democrat controlled) House of Representatives took decisiveaction, passing a universal background check bill that would help keep guns out of the wrong hands. The GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked the bill in the Senate, despite the fact that 97% of Americans – Ds and Rs – support universal background checks. The House also passed reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with some improvements and stable funding for the next five years. The proposed reauthorization includes a provision to close a loophole in the original act that allowed convicted domestic abusers of dating partners to have access to firearms. Once again, opposition from the NRA is reflected in opposition by Senate Republican leadership to oppose or stall action on this bill. Let Sen. Marco Rubio (202/224-3041) and Sen. Rick Scott (202/224-5274) know what you think.      

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Our 2018/2019 meetings at Selby Library have concluded until the Autumn of 2019. 

Thanks to everyone who stays active and keeps the conversation going in the face of increasing challenges to our Democracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Information

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Federal

Senator Marco Rubio - 202/224-3041 or Tallahassee office: 866-630-7106

Senator Rick Scott - 202-224-5274

Rep. Vern Buchanan – 202-225-5015 (note corrected number) or Sarasota office: 941-951-6643)

Plymouth Harbor is in U.S.House District 16

The White House comment line – 202-456-1111

To reach a member of Congress representing another state, Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (especially if you own property or summer in another state).

To email a legislator – type in the name in Google or whatever search you use and click on contact or email.

For other US government information: 1-800-833-4636 www.firstgov.gov

State of Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis – 850-717-9337; email: www.email-the-governor/

Senator Joe Gruters – 850-487-5023 or 941-378-6309; email: www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s23

Rep. Will Robinson – 850-717-5071 or 941-708-4968

Plymouth Harbor is in Florida Senate District 23 and House District 71

To email Rep. Robinson or to reach any legislator, committee or Department: www.myflorida.com

Senate President – Bill Galvano – 850-487-5833; House Speaker – Jose Oliva – 850-717-5110.

Note: ALL positions listed above are held by Republicans.

Florida House Minority Leader is Kionne McGhee, 850-717-5117.

Senate Minority Leader is Audrey Gibson, 850-487-5833.

Sarasota County Commission

District 1-Michael Moran; District 2 – Christian Ziegler; District 3 – Nancy Detert; District 4 – Alan Maio; District 5 – Charles Hines (Chair). (All positions held by Republicans).

Sarasota City Council

Mayor Liz Alpert – 941-954-4115; email: liz.alpert@sarasotafl.gov

Other members are Jan Ahern-Koch, Hagen Brody, Shelli Freelan Eddie and Willie Shaw.

Sarasota School Board

District 1 – Bridget Ziegler; District 2 – Caroline Zucker; District 3 – Eric Robinson; District 4 Shirley Brown; District 5 – Jane Goodwin (Chair). Information call center: 941-027-9000.

Some useful numbers

Supervisor of Elections: Ron Turner. For voting information: 941-861-8600.

Sarasota County Democratic Party Headquarters: 941-330-9400...sarasotadems.org

Sarasota Democratic Club: 941-379-9233...sarasotadems.com

Longboat Key Democratic Club: 941-356-3077...lbkdems.com