May 2022 Meeting Recap

We had another energizing General Membership Meeting this past Monday! A huge thanks to our special guests: candidate for Florida Attorney General Aramis Ayala, and chair of Ruth's List Miami Mary Ann Ruiz, Esq.! If you missed it, you can read on for a quick recap or read the full minutes. Thank you to everyone who attended, including our new members!

The meeting was held at the Marseilles Hotel, with many folks also participating on Zoom. After several new members introduced themselves, President David Geller gave his report, giving special mention to the upcoming Gubernatorial Forum being put on by the Miami-Dade Dems. He also mentioned that the recent news concerning the overturn of Roe v Wade may very well activate more Dems for the coming election. He also also reported that we have $9,200 in the bank. Then Vice President Amanda Knapp gave a rundown of our upcoming events (see below or click here).

Then it was on to our special guests!

First up was Aramis Ayala, who is running to be the Florida Attorney General. She gave a rousting defense of basic rights, made her case for why we should support her candidacy, and then took questions from the audience. You can find her campaign online at and on Twitter: @AramisAyalaFL.

Then we had Mary Ann Ruiz, Esq., who is the chair of Ruth's List Miami. She described Ruth's List's mission (which is to elect pro-choice Democrats), spoke passionately about the current precarious state of abortion rights, and answered a bunch of questions. You can contact her at [email protected]

We also invited some other folks to speak to our members: Tania from Miami Beach United; Angel Montalvo, who is running for Congress in FL-27; and Gianna, who is the campaign manager for Janelle Perez, a candidate for State Senate.

Next we had committee chairs deliver reports on Communications, Organizing, Programming, and Voter Registration.

Come to our next General Meeting on June 20! We need your energy and support!


Upcoming Events/Important Dates

  • Strategic Planning Meeting, May 18th, 6:30 pm 
  • Days of Action
    • Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. via in-person and Zoom
    • Thursday, June 2 5pm, in person at Fat Ronnies
  • MBDC Fundraiser 
    • Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cafe Bernie, 5600 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 
    • $25.00 per person Includes appetizers and one glass of wine
    • Become a sponsor! 
  • Miami-Dade Dems Gubernatorial Forum, May 28, 6 to 8 PM at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theatre
  • Voter Registration events 
    • Friday June 3 -  George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Concert
    • Saturday, June 18 -  Juneteenth Event
  • Steven Hawes
    published this page in Blog 2022-05-19 18:11:59 -0400