Libraries Win Hard Victory at County Budget Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Contact: Rachel Johnson, 305.771.2167
Email: rachel@miamidadedemocrats.org

Libraries Win Hard Victory at County Budget Meeting

Thanks to weeks of hard work by public library advocates and allies, Miami-Dade county commissioners voted last night — at the end of an eight-hour-long meeting during which they heard from hundreds of community members — on a compromise that will use budgetary reserves to fully fund our library system this year.

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We did it: We saved our libraries!

libraries.JPGThis week, library advocates took on County Hall — and won.

After a long, hard fight for public libraries, the county commissioners finally heard us: 251 jobs, 22 libraries, two bookmobiles, and the core of the Miami-Dade public library system were saved in a late-night vote at the county budget meeting.

Hundreds of people took to the podium — during a meeting that lasted more than 8 hours — to speak powerfully and eloquently about the need to invest in our public libraries. Students, teachers, seniors, librarians, library staff, advocates, local mayors, and our own chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein and executive director Juan Cuba all stressed the vital role of libraries in the life of the community.

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2014 is here! Get trained

Join one of our upcoming trainings on voter registration or our voter database (the VAN). Find dates and times and RSVP below.

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Ask the Florida House to Meet on Stand Your Ground

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Senator Dwight Bullard needs our help asking these Florida Representatives to call a hearing on the Stand Your Ground law during the first committee week (the week of September 23) or immediately after.

Starting Tuesday, September 10th, please call these two representatives:

Representative Matt Gaetz (850) 833-9328

Representative Dennis Baxley (352) 732-1313

 

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Congratulations to Representative Pritchett

PRITCHETT_-_NEW_PHOTO_RIGHT.jpgWe are delighted that Representative Sharon Pritchett was honored with the 2013 Service Award from Women Elected to Municipal Government (WEMG) in Florida.

At the award ceremony (August 16 in Orlando), Rep. Pritchett stressed the importance of supporting, uplifting and encouraging women of all walks of life and expressed her eagerness to make a significant and positive contribution to the constituents she represents in Florida House District 102.

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