Fed, State and Local Activity May 5 – 12

LOCAL

TUESDAY
Alachua County School Board Regular Meeting. Agenda can be found here.
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Boardroom at the District Office, 620 East University Avenue.

SATURDAY
Green New Deal Town Hall Put on by the Suwannee St. John’s Sierra Club, this Town Hall will introduce the Green New Deal, a comprehensive and bold new strategy to channel government resources (with the private sector) take on the urgent challenges that face us (and future generations) thanks to climate change. Click here to watch a very informative video that introduces the basic concept.
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Cypress & Grove Brewing Company. 1001 NW 4th Street

SUNDAY
Mother’s Day Protest Families Broken by Child Detention!
Indivisible chapters down south, along with other activists, are actively protesting the Homestead detention center, where the
Feds are holding child immigrant prisoners. (Here is an NPR piece from earlier this year.) Mothers and others rallying in solidarity with all immigrant families who have been ripped apart.
Time: 6 to 8pm
Location: Gainesville City Hall – 200 E University Ave

STATE

The Florida Legislative Session closed over the weekend. And it was just about as bad as we feared it would be.

A summary of the budget, which was passed over the weekend, can be found (here).

A thorough list of the bills that passed and failed can be found here.

Here is a rundown of the fate of some of the bills we opposed that we followed during the session:

Arming Classroom Teachers – PASSED

Restricting the Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felons – PASSED

Ban on “Sanctuary Cities” – PASSED

Unconstitutional Expansion of Public Funds Going to Private Schools – PASSED

Three New (Toll) Highways – PASSED

Abortion Restrictions for Young People – FAILED

Pre-emption of local regulations – FAILED

FEDERAL

The We Are Indivisible Pledge

As the primary season heats up, Indivisible has introduced a pledge that is intended to underscore unity going into the 2020. Watch this video of Indivisible co-founder, Ezra Levin, on The Rachel Maddow Show explain what the pledge is here.

Here are the three tenets:

Make the primary constructive. We’ll make the primary election about our hopes for the future, and a robust debate of values, vision and the contest of ideas. We’ll remain grounded in our shared values, even if we support different candidates.

Rally behind the winner. We’ll support the ultimate Democratic nominee, whomever it is — period. No Monday morning quarterbacking. No third-party threats.

Do the work to beat Trump. We’re the grassroots army that’s going to power the nominee to victory, and we’ll show up to make calls, knock doors, and do whatever it takes.

As of this writing,15 out of 22 presidential hopefuls have taken the pledge.See who they are and sign up for the pledge here.

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