Erin Vilardi Presents - What Will It Take? Strategies For Building The Democracy We Deserve

To View the video for the January 5th Noon Web Meeting Featuring Erin Vilardi Click HERE

 

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Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. She first launched the program as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project. She has also served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives, and the U.S. Department of State, reaching women leaders in a dozen international cities. Vilardi is the co-author of the Athena CORE10©, an innovative set of leadership competencies for 21st century women leaders based on the latest research and gender analysis for the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. She has appeared on the mainstage at Personal Democracy Forum, on CNN, BBC, and Fox News and her work was featured in *O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Magazine* as well as numerous international and domestic articles on women and leadership. She is an Executive Producer of Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary about the late pioneering governor.

 

To View the video for the January 5th Noon Web Meeting Featuring Erin Vilardi Click HERE

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Ambassador Christopher Hill on Biden's Cabinet Picks and the Impact on U.S. National Security

Ambassador_Chris_Hill.pngOn Tuesday December 15th at noon Ambassador Christopher Hill, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq discussed:

President-Elect Biden's cabinet picks and their Impact on U.S. National Security

 

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE AMBASSADOR HILL WEB MEETING 

CLICK HERE

Ambassador Hill covered a wide range of foreign policy issues including our need for a better dialogue with China, the U.S. and China working together on climate change and controlling nuclear weapons development in North Korea.  He discussed rebuilding our relations with NATO, and how we might reduce the mixed messages that prevail regarding our relationship with Russia.   He discussed the complex issues regarding our relationship with Iran, and how to handle the Iran Nuclear Deal going forward, plus much more. 

 

Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010.  Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.   Until July 2020, he was the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.  In the spring 2021, Ambassador Hill is joining the School of International Public Policy at Columbia University’s faculty as the George W. Ball Adjunct Professor.  

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE AMBASSADOR WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarasota County Democratic Party Event Calendar

Georgia Senate Run-off Election - Volunteer

Democratic Party of Georgia Phone Bank - Details & Sign up here
Fair Fight 2020 GOTV - Details & Sign up here


A Time For Giving

Please consider helping out these causes during this holiday season. Thank you so much for your generosity.

ALSOYouth of Sarasota - a non-profit drop-in center for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies offering support services through a myriad of programs, projects, and diverse activities. Donations can be made at alsoyouth.org or call 941-951-2576.

The South County Food Pantry - During 2020, all monetary donations will be matched 100% by visiting www.Flanzertrust.org, then click on DONATE NOW and choose South County Food Pantry. Food donations, especially cereal (no cornflakes) and canned fruit / vegetables, can be dropped off weekdays from 9am-noon at 121 Warfield Ave, Venice, FL or call 941-408-2911.

EVENT CALENDAR - The Next Three Weeks ...

December 17, 2020 ★ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ★ Online

North Port Democratic Club - Monthly Meeting

JoAnne DeVries, Chair of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, will be our Guest Speaker. Join us! Details & Sign up here.




December 19, 2020  11:00 am to 12:30 pm  Online

Venice Area Democratic Club - Monthly Meeting

The Year In Review. Get perspective from Club leadership and local Democratic Elected Officials as 2020 comes to an end and we set strategic direction for 2021 and beyond. Details & Sign up here.


December 21, 2020  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm  Online

Sarasota County Democratic Veterans Caucus

We will be debrief on the 2020 election and plan to work on issues for 2021. All Veteran, Active Military, Friends and Families of Veterans are welcome to attend. Details & Sign up here.


December 28, 2020  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm  Online

Environmental Caucus - Annual Meeting

The membership of the Environmental Caucus of Sarasota County Democrats will be voting for a new Board Directors. Only paid up members can vote but all may attend. Details & RSVP here.

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

Join Us on Friday November 13 at noon for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

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Join Us on Friday November 13 at noon for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEB MEETING CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Election 2020: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly plus candidates Norman and Mele

 

TO WATCH A VIDEO OUR OCTOBER 20 WEB MEETING

WITH BRENDAN GOFF, PH.D. AND CANDIDATES KATHERINE NORMAN AND ANDY MELE

 PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

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TO WATCH A VIDEO OUR OCTOBER 20 WEB MEETING

WITH BRENDAN GOFF, PH.D. AND CANDIDATES KATHERINE NORMAN AND ANDY MELE

 PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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Margaret Good & Florida Representatives from the Biden/Harris Campaign

 

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF OUR OCTOBER 6 WEB MEETING WITH MARGARET GOOD AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BIDEN/HARRIS CAMPAIGN

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(Please note that the first two minutes of the video is damaged. Please skip ahead and start at minute 2)

 

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TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF OUR OCTOBER 6 WEB MEETING WITH MARGARET GOOD AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BIDEN/HARRIS CAMPAIGN

CLICK HERE.

(Please note that the first two minutes of the video is damaged. Please skip ahead and start at minute 2)

 

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Covid-19 and the Challenge for Global Health Cooperation

 

TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE SEPTEMBER 22 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE.

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TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE SEPTEMBER 22 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE.

 

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Norma Schatz September 2020 Newsletter


To Plymouth Harbor Residents…and others who care                                         September 2020                                       

The nitty gritty on the November 3rd election -

        Vote by Mail ballots are going to be sent out the week of September 21st. Note: They are not forwarded.  There’s much to be filled out - Biden-Harris, of course. And let’s send Margaret Good to Congress from Florida’s 16th District to replace Vern Buchanan.  Democrat candidates for the Florida legislature are Andy Mele for the state House District 71 and Katherine Norman for the state Senate District 23.  You can find out more about these fine candidates and donate if you want to at   <andymeleforflhouse@gmail.com>, <katherinenorman202.com> and <margaretgood.com>.

        And then there are six Amendments to the Florida constitution for you to vote on; amendments 1 through 4 were proposed by different citizen groups, 5 and 6 by the state legislature. (Unfortunately
a proposed amendment banning assault weapons was rejected by the court because of wording. )
Am’t 1 - Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents of Florida, will be qualified to vote.
Am’t 2 - Raising Florida’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in Sept. 2021, then by $1 an hour each year
to $15 an hour on Sept 30, 2026. (Florida’s current minimum wage is $8.46 an hour.)
Am’t 3 - Voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primaries for all candidates for state legislature, governor and cabinet regardless of candidates’ party,  The two highest vote getters advance to the general election. If only two candidates qualify or an office, there is no primary and the winner is decided in the general election. (This is a major change in the election process.)
Am’t 4 - Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by voters in two elections, instead of one. (While many proposals could or should be laws, constitutional
amendments give citizens an opportunity to have a voice.  This amendment makes it more difficult.)
Am’t 5 - Limitation on Homestead Assessments changes from two to three years benefit transfer.
Am’t 6 - Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities makes some changes to current practice.
        Remember to send in your VBM ballot early, properly marked, the envelope signed and with
a 55 cent stamp - unless you take it  or someone takes it for you - to the Supervisor of Elections office. After mailing your ballot you can go to www.sarasota votes.com, then to Track My Florida Ballot. (FYI - The reason for mailing your ballot early: 59 mail sorting machines have been removed from Florida by Trump’s Postmaster General DeJoy, more than from any other state.)

        Interested in being a much needed Poll Watcher on election day?  Call Barbara Katz at 703/768-3488 or email <katz.barbara@gmail.com> for information (and no obligation).  If you speak Spanish, you could be particularly helpful. Call Dem HQ at 941/330-9400 about volunteering.   Do you have children or grandchildren 18-35.? That's the group that's being targeted to be sure they know how to – and then get -Vote By Mail ballots  and then fill them out and mail them or go to their polling place and vote.

        Sept 8   - LBK Dem Club Web meeting, 12 noon, with Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections on voting questions and Joanne DeVries and Tracy Pratt on upcoming races. For info: lbkdems.com
        Sept 10  - Zoom event to meet Andy Mele; 5 p.m.  Info at <andymeleforflhouse@gmail.com>
        Sept 17 - Margaret Good virtual event on Climate.  Info or RSVP: sophia@margaretgood.com   
        Sept 23 - Fundraiser event for Margaret Good  for Precincts 213 and 109.     
        Sept 29 - The first Trump-Biden debate at Case Western Reserve, Cleveland at 9 p.m. Two more Presidential debates are scheduled and one Pence-Harris VP debate on Oct. 7.

        The Republicans have opted for no platform, only for Trump’s agenda of the moment.  For the
Democratic platform, go to <https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/>.
        This election season will get nastier with much misinformation, distortion and outright lies. You can fact check (or challenge your Trumpster friends to) at  slopes/com, Politifact.com, or  Factcheck.org,   
        For a better America…better for ALL…vote…vote Democrat.
        Norma H. Schatz…ext 360…T 1501…nrma520@yahoo.com

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September 8, 2020 - Voting as if Your Life Depended Upon It

TO VIEW THE VIDEO FOR OUR SEPTEMBER 8 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

 

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TO VIES THE VIDEO OUR SEPTEMBER 8 WEB MEETING CLICK HERE

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Former Ambassadors James McGee and Charles Ray Webinar

LBKDC was fortunate to have two Board members, Bob Gary, prosecutor, and Michael Boorstein, former senior Foreign Service Officer, serve as co-hosts for two distinguished military and diplomatic officers. Click HERE for a link to the video of our August 11 webinar.  

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James McGee served in the US Air Force during Vietnam. He was a member of the Foreign Service  in Africa, South Asia, Europe and the Americas, and Ambassador to Swaziland, Madagascar, the Comoros, and Zimbabwe. 

 

 

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Charles Ray had 20 years of distinguished service in the Army including Vietnam.  Joining the Foreign Service, he served in Asia, Africa and as Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe.

 

 

A key message emerged from their topic The Use of Military for Civilian Law and Order.   One of the lynchpins of our democracy is that the military is not to be used to control our civilian population except in rare instances.  Trump’s administration has potentially violated this.

James McGee explained that our current situation is exacerbated by the fact that uniformed officers take an oath to uphold the Constitution and speaking out against the President unless he has done something illegal.  is punishable up to court marshal.  Also, the average American citizen isn’t aware of the potential consequences of the President using the military to quell peaceful protests. 

In closing, our guests were asked if the military could fight back if the President acted to the detriment of the country and democracy.   Charles Ray responded that it shouldn’t come to that if Congress and the Senate took the lead to stop it.   He warned that our country could fail like the Roman and British Empires if we elect a President who doesn’t put the needs of the country above his own needs.   It is the role of Congress, the courts, and Americans to exercise their right to vote to change things.   We can’t afford to think about what is good for us in the next few years.   We need to ask what we want the world to be like for our grandchildren.

Also discussed and you can see at (link to video)

• Enablers of President Trump

• Militarization of police forces

• Defunding the police

• Role of the media

•US image abroad

 

 

 

 

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