Early voting has started, and some of you have asked for the club's position on the six ballot questions put before Miami Beach voters. At this Monday's membership meeting, the Club decided not to take a formal position on these questions, but we nevertheless want to help everyone make an informed decision.
The remainder of this blog post lays out arguments for and against each ballot question. It also gives the results of an email survey distributed to active members, for which we received 17 responses.
You can also check out the video of October's membership meeting, which includes Commissioner Michael Góngora discussing the ballot questions at around 16:00.Read more
We were thrilled to host a forum for the Democratic candidates for City of Miami Beach Commission on September 23 at the Betsy Hotel. You can watch the full video of the forum on Facebook here.
Prior to the forum, we invited all the candidates to respond to a questionnaire to help voters get to know them better. Read on for their responses.Read more
Vote By Mail is an important part of the Florida Democratic Party's strategy as we head into 2020, but some folks are understandably wary of signing up for the program after hearing stories in 2018 about ballots being held up at postal facilities or disqualified because of signature-match issues. Thankfully, recent changes to Florida state law will help fix some of these problems for elections to come.Read more
On Sunday, July 28, The Miami Beach Democratic Club held our annual summer barbecue, and thanks to our host and the many generous attendees and donors, it was a huge success in our efforts to build organizing power for 2020.Read more
On Friday, July 12, 2019, at hundreds of locations across the United States, people gathered at Lights for Liberty demonstrations to protest the outrageous, inhumane conditions people are experiencing in detention camps run by the Trump administration.
Pence visited an over-crowded and foul-smelling border facility in McAllen packed with nearly 400 immigrant men held in sweltering cages without mats or pillows where some said they had been detained for more than 40 days. https://t.co/3hrSOhY3mT— Adolfo Flores (@aflores) July 13, 2019
Members of the Miami Beach Democratic Club, organized by the Program Committee, traveled together to the Homestead Child Detention Center in Homestead, Florida to protest the Trump administration’s family separation policies, the grotesque human rights violations that we are hearing about in border patrol facilities at other locations, and to call for a return to basic human rights in our treatment of those who are seeking a better life for themselves and their children.Read more
The Miami-Dade Democratic Party announced on Monday, July 8, that Aaron Bos-Lun has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. Aaron Bos-Lun takes on this new role, having served as a member of the board of directors of the Miami Beach Democratic Club.
In a separate letter to Dan Royles, President of the Miami Beach Democratic Club, Aaron announced that he was resigning from the Board of Directors of the Club, effective immediately, in order to commit fully to his new role as Executive Director of the county Democratic Party.
President Dan Royles congratulated Aaron on his new position, writing, "in this case, our loss is the DEC's gain, which in the end is good for all of us. We look forward to seeing what you do in your new role."Read more