Couldn't make it to our February membership meeting? We've got you covered!
Here's what went down:
Aurelie Colon Larrauri, our guest speaker from Planned Parenthood, with board member and outreach chair Amanda Knapp.
Welcome New Members!
We had about 50 attendees at our February membership meeting. We had 71 members in January and have since added 7 more for a total of 78. Welcome to our new members!
President's and Vice President's Reports
Club President Dan Royles reported on recent efforts to expand our email list and reach more Democrats who live on Miami Beach.
Club Vice President Ariel Morel also reported on his work revising the club bylaws with the executive board. The revised bylaws will come before the general membership at a later meeting.
Non-Profit Spotlight: Planned Parenthood
We were pleased to welcome Aurelie Colon Larrauri, the Miami-Dade Regional Organizer for Planned Parenthood.
She briefed members about the petition to put Medicaid expansion on the statewide ballot in 2020. If it passes, the measure will extend overage to those 850,000 state residents caught in the healthcare "coverage gap." During the meeting we collected eighteen signatures supporting this important initiative!
She also highlighted several bills that Planned Parenthood is fighting against:
- HB 235, a six-week abortion ban that would criminalize providers
- SB 558, a dangerous attempt to restrict access to reproductive care
She also mentioned a bill that Planned Parenthood is fighting for:
- HB 227 / SB 412: the Clinic Protection Act, which would protect facilities and workers who provide reproductive health care
- HB 576 / SB 410: would start pilot programs in Duval, Hillsborough and Palm Beach to expand access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
- HB 49 / SB 332: the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act (filed by our own state senator Jason Pizzo!), would require correctional facilities to provide incarcerated women with necessary feminine hygiene products, and would restrict male correctional facility employees from conducting pat-down searches or body cavity searches on incarcerated women
Commissioner Michael Góngora
We were pleased to welcome Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora.
Commissioner Góngora urged members to be in touch:
Don't miss our next meeting!
Monday, March 18 at 7pm
Pridelines Boardroom, 1130 Washington Avenue
Voter Registration Drive with Rep. Shalala
We will be holding a voter registration drive at Finnegan's Road on Lincoln Road on March 17 from 11 AM to 3 PM. We will then be joined Congresswoman Donna Shalala at 3 PM.
- Finnegan's Road — 942 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
- Sunday, March 17, 11am - 3pm
- Congresswoman Donna Shalala will join us afterward for a social event at 3pm
Reminder: March Meeting Location Moved to 1130 Washington Ave.
We are growing so big that we will be trying a different space for our next meeting at the Pridelines Boardroom at 1130 Washington Avenue (the old Miami Beach City Hall next to the police station). This is a trial move to the new location, and if it is successful, it will become our new meeting location.
Dues! Dues! Dues!
Your dues payments keep the club running, so that we can help elect Democrats to all levels of political office. You can pay your $25 annual dues in person (cash, check, or credit) at our meetings, or on our website. Not sure if you're paid up? Email our club secretary Ileana Oroza ([email protected]) to find out.
We are a club of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, which is a self-funded, membership-driven organization of dedicated volunteers. Thanks to their hard work over the past two years, we have won three special elections, flipped two congressional seats, and built up a tremendous local infrastructure. But to win in 2020 and remove Trump from office, we need to get even more organized with paid staff, increasing efforts in voter registration, outreach, events, and marketing.
You can help by becoming a sustaining donor of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party today:
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