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.

Thanks For Coming!

On Tuesday, February 5th, more than 92 participants attended a presentation by Dr. Dale Anderson sponsored by Sarasota Stands Together (SST) held at the Selby Library entitled “How Fascism Works.” The presentation was followed by a lively  discussion about the vulnerablility of our democracy to a non violent takeover. Opportunities for networking abounded and refreshments were enjoyed by all.

SST would like to thank all who attended for your participation and generous donations. Please join us on March 5, 2019, 6PM-7:30PM at Selby Library for Part II of Dr Anderson’s presentation which will focus on what we can do as citizens to protect ourselves and our democracy.

Many who attended wanted copies of the presentation. We hope to be able to link to it here in the near future, but you can obtain a copy right now from Dr. Anderson by requesting it from him at dale.p.anderson@gmail.com 

Check back soon to our “Recommended Reading” section for a list of suggested books relating to this topic.

 

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Medicaid Expansion Petitions Ready For Circulation

An eagerly awaited petition to expand health coverage to over 700,000 low-income Floridian adults is ready to circulate! You can download it at the end of this post. 

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.

This ballot 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

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

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. 

Thank you for doing this important work!

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Our 2019 Meetings
Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
March 5, April 2, May 7 at Selby Library

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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