October Membership Meeting with State Attorney Jack Campbell

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 6:30pm. We’ll be continuing our discussion on DIRECT FILE, a statutory provision that allows prosecutors to choose whether a case will be heard in juvenile or adult court, and the impact this has on Florida’s youth. This month’s special guests include State Attorney Jack Campbell and Victor Williams of the 2nd Circuit Public Defender’s Office.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Fall 2017 Endorsements

St Petersburg Matters to All Pinellas!

Party Oct 9th at Queen’s Head

 The government of the City of St Petersburg matters to everyone in Pinellas, both because of the influence that extends beyond the City limits and because St Pete is a crucial partner to the work of the Pinellas County Commission. The progress we have made as an LGBT community in the past few years has been outstanding, and we don’t want to slide backwards into darker days. For these reasons, the Stonewall Dems urge everyone in Pinellas County and beyond to lend a hand to elect our endorsed candidates

The membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County have voted to endorse a slate of candidates in the St Petersburg Municipal races. All candidates completed written surveys on equality issues and were interviewed at length by the organization’s Elections committee. We count on members, allies, and the public to support these candidates and assist in their campaigns.

 Endorsed Candidates Are:

 For Mayor—Rick Kriseman

For City Council:

Darden Rice

Barclay Harless

Gina Driscoll

 These candidates need your help, including your financial contributions, to stay competitive. Please come out to our fundraiser at The Queens Head on Oct 9th. Come by early and drop off a check and still make the TIGLFF movie @ 7:00 at AMC Sundail. If you attend, please, please consider a donation….even $5.00 will help.

 

Rick Kriseman – Mayor

Background: Rick has been a long-time supporter of Equality issues; he helped passed the first Human Rights Ordinance in St. Petersburg in 2002, and promoted pro-LGBT legislation while in the FL House of Representatives. He will continue to take a stand to protect the rights of the LGBT community within city government and in partnership with other Florida municipal leaders. He’s conducting a positive campaign focusing on issues rather than opponents and hopes to lead the city council as a team to get more done than in the past. He’s a Stonewall Dems Professional Member thru his law firm, Lucas Green & Magazine.

 

Darden Rice – City Council, District 4

Background: Darden has been active in politics and public life for many years. She was the first openly gay candidate for St. Pete City Council in 2005, and has just stepped down as president of the League of Women Voters to run in this race. She hopes to strengthen the city’s ability to attract high-paying jobs and to address the concerns of the various neighborhoods, to ensure that all citizens and constituencies are represented. She is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and has long been active in progressive political organizations.

 

 

 

Capital Equality Democratic Caucus Statement on Leon County Schools Handling of a Teacher Requesting to be Addressed with Gender-Neutral Title

The Capital Equality Democratic Caucus is disappointed in how Leon County Schools and Superintendent Rocky Hanna have handled the issue of a teacher’s request to be addressed by a gender-neutral title and pronouns. The school district had an opportunity to demonstrate one of their core values – compassion and respect – and failed to do so.

We hope that the resolution that has been reached is appeasing to all parties, and that the teacher was not in any way pressured to accept a transfer as an alternative to punishment or termination. It would be a poor example for students, teachers, and staff if Leon County Schools violated their own nondiscrimination policy which enumerates protection from discrimination on the basis of “sex (including transgender, gender nonconforming and gender identity).”

September Membership Meeting Cancellation

Due to the threat and expected impacts of Hurricane Irma on the Tallahassee area, the September 13th general membership meeting with guests Victor Williams and State Attorney Jack Campbell has been cancelled. We will attempt to reschedule these speakers for a future date.

Hurricane Irma: Prepare and Stay Aware

Recent updates have suggested that Hurricane Irma may bring hurricane-strength winds to North Florida. For latest updates, shelter information, evacuation maps and important contacts, visit FloridaDisaster.org.

Phone Bank for Rick Kriseman for Mayor & Annette Taddeo for State Senate

This month the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus endorsed two candidates:

Rick Kriseman for St. Petersburg Mayor
Annette Taddeo for State Senate 40

We encourage Caucus members, allies and supporters across the state to help elect these candidates. Below are links where you can go to phone banking to help these strong Democrats.

Annette Taddeo
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/426D22M-6353

Rick Kriseman
https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/11CE22P-3862

If you need a Fast Action ID for the voter file:
https://accounts.ngpvan.com/Account/RegisterPrivate

October 2017 General Membership Meeting

October 2017 General Membership Meeting
 
4500 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL  33607
September 13, 2017
Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
 Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

Guest Speaker – Gina Leigh Duncan

Gina chairs Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Initiative,TransAction Florida, which is comprised of a 30-member advisory board from all over the state of Florida. TransAction advocates for transgender rights and protections through public policy, advocacy and education efforts statewide.

FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING ON CONGRESSIONAL CENSURE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

The membership of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, meeting in Tallahassee for its Summer Conference, adopted a resolution calling on Congress to censure President Trump for his anti-lgbt actions, his erratic and destabilizing rhetoric, and his support for white supremacist groups.

“If anyone had any doubt before, events of the past week have made clear that President Trump is a danger to our community and our country,” said Terry Fleming, president of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. “We urge the Florida Congressional delegation to take steps to counter the harmful actions of the Trump administration.”

The text of the resolution follows:

RESOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA LGBTA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS REGARDING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

August 19, 2017

Whereas the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus was formed in 2005 to promote diversity, inclusion, and the celebration of Florida’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community;

Whereas, as an arm of the Florida Democratic Party, the LGBTA Democratic Caucus declares its vision is to be “a voice that seeks to instill awareness of the freedoms of a democratic society, educate future leaders, support the community at large, and maintain an ongoing rapport and increasing viability with political entities”;

Whereas President Donald J. Trump’s administration has taken actions intended to harm and minimize the contributions and participation of the LGBT community, including:

announcing a reinstatement of the ban on transgender military personnel;

filing a legal brief at a federal appeals court arguing that anti-gay discrimination is legal under federal law;

reversing guidance from the Obama administration that protected transgender children from discrimination in public schools;

appointing a Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, who opposes LGBT rights;
failing to recognize Pride Month in June 2017;

signaling that he would support the First Amendment Defense Act which would allow discrimination against LGBT people on a religious basis; and

nominating Gov, Sam Brownback of Kansas, a vocal opponent of gay rights, as ambassador at large for international religious freedom;

Whereas the president’s erratic behavior and misguided, inaccurate and misleading statements create an environment of uncertainty for American leadership on the world stage; and

Whereas the president’s vocal support for white supremacist groups, organizations and individuals in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville represents a shameful stain on the presidency and makes all Americans less safe; now, therefore be it

Resolved that the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus

1. urges Florida Members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to sign onto, support and push for passage of a Congressional motion to censure the President of the United States;

2. demands that Florida Members of Congress continue to forcefully speak out in opposition to the divisive words and actions of the Trump administration as a way to shine a light on and counter the dangerous environment being fostered; and

3. demands that Florida Members of Congress introduce and support legislation requiring that transgender service members be allowed to serve openly in the military.

Passed unanimously by the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus August 19, 2017

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Endorses Annette Taddeo

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has announced their endorsement of Annette Taddeo for State Senate, District 40. The endorsement letters can be viewed at the following link:

August Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 6:30pm. This month’s special guest is Carla Laroche, Criminal Justice Reform Law Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus is pleased to announce plans for the 2017 Summer Membership Meeting and Conference, including the 3rd Annual Leadership Gala. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded Democrats from all over Florida, as well as elected leaders from federal, state, and local levels of government, including appearances by all three of Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

August 18 – 20, 2017
Hotel Duval
415 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tentative Schedule
Friday, August 18th, 2017

Welcome Reception: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (included in registration)
At the Home of Steven Hall (address to be provided)

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
8:30am
Registration
Horizon A

9:00am
Breakfast Speaker: Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum
Remarks and Q&A
Horizon A

10:00am
Membership Meeting
Horizon A

11:00am
FDP Data Team Votebuilder Training
Horizon B

Noon
Lunch Speaker: Gubernatorial Candidate Chris King
Remarks and Q&A
Shula’s Grill

1:00pm
Florida Issues and Advocates
Horizon B

  • Florida’s Voting Rights Restoration Amendment
    Barry Munroe, Program Chair, Capital Equality
    Anders Croy, Communications Director, Florida House Democratic Caucus
  • Pride Fund to End Gun Violence Announces the Billy Manes Memorial Fellowship
    Brandon Wolf, Pulse Survivor and Pride Fund Board Member
  • Status of Marijuana Legalization in Florida
    NORML Tallahassee

2:00pm
Voter Registration Taining
Presented by Leon County Young Democrats
Horizon B

4:00pm
Caucus Strategic Plan Update
Horizon B

7:00pm
Leadership Gala Dinner with Speakers FDP President Sally Boynton Brown, State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, and Gubernatorial Candidate Gwen Graham
Remarks and Q&A
Horizon Ballroom

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Farewell Brunch: 10:00am (not included in conference registration)
Centrale Parlor, 815 W. Madison Street

Conference Registration
Conference registration has closed.

Gala Tickets
Gala ticket sales have closed.

Hotel Information
Our room block at Hotel Duval has closed and the hotel is sold out. Click here for a list of alternate accommodations.

Join us as we prepare for victory in 2018! Additional event details will be announced as they become available.

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