Welcome to the Blue Letter, Vol. 2, brought to you by the Miami-Dade Dems. 
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August 26, 2013 marked just one year out until the Florida primary elections. In under a year, we will have our Democratic gubernatorial candidate — and be sprinting toward Election Day.

There is much to do between now and then to make sure we're ready for 2014.

In this email you'll find lots of information about how to get involved: by phonebanking or canvassing for Amanda Murphy in State House District 36, attending an upcoming (free!) training or event, joining our new digital Rapid Response Team, and much more. 

You can also read about some of the amazing things happening in Miami now: public libraries' big win — a powerful example of what a community organized and united for action can achieve — and great work by our elected officials

This community is going to accomplish incredible things this year and next.

Ready to get started? Read on!

Annette Taddeo-Goldstein
Chair, Miami-Dade Dems
Vice-Chair, Florida Democratic Party

P.S. Catch me on the Ed Show talking Scott tonight at 5 pm. 

This week, a group of library advocates and allies took on county hall — and won.

When county commissioners met Tuesday to consider Mayor Gimenez's budget — which would have laid off more than a third of all library staff and a fourth of operating hours, gutting the Miami-Dade library system — hundreds of people took to the podium to tell the board, powerfully and personally, why investing in libraries matters. 

After over 8 hours of public comment and deliberation, the commissioners voted — to fully fund the libraries! Read more about this amazing community action.

Want to get involved with issues like this? Click here to sign up for our Rapid Response TeamWhen we need to take immediate online action, you'll be the first to know — and your combined voices will help frame the narrative and change the outcome on issues that matter.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 14th, 11:30 am
The Democratic Women's Club of Miami is proud to honor Venghan "Winnie" Tang as its 2013 "Woman of Action." Senator Nan Rich is the special guest speaker. RSVP here.

Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Hello, Miami! New Leaders Council Recruitment Kick-off for 2014 Fellows. Join the kickoff to learn more about this great organization dedicated to training emerging progressive leaders. RSVP here.

Thursday, September 19th, 5 - 8 pm
Hurricane of Change Phonebank for Amanda Murphy. The Miami Dems are phonebanking into Amanda Murphy's race for State House in the District 36 special election! RSVP here.

Or you can hit the streets for Amanda MurphyIf you can't make it to the phonebank, we are very excited to offer an opportunity for Miami Democrats to canvass in Pasco County during GOTV. Learn more and contact Roy Aguillon to sign up. 

Sunday, September 22nd, 2 pm
SAVE Dade TransEquality Faith Rally at the Torch of Friendship. Join people of faith, community partners, and all who support ending discrimination in Miami-Dade. RSVP here.

Saturday, September 28th, 9 - 10:30 am
Countdown to Obamacare: our first Blue Breakfast Forum. Join us to hear from experts across a range of disciplines about how health care will change — for patients, doctors, the law, and more — once enrollment begins October 1. $20 for DEC members and $25 for non-members (tickets include breakfast). RSVP here.

Monday, October 7, 6 pm
Miami Dems general meeting. Potluck begins at 6 pm and the meeting starts at 7 pm sharp. RSVP hereIf you're not a member and want to learn more, click here

Upcoming club meetingsFind out when the local Democratic Club in your area is meeting. 

Check out even more upcoming events on our community calendar.

Getting ready for election season? Come learn from experts in campaign field work!

The Miami Dems are hosting a series of upcoming (totally free) certification trainings on key campaign skills, such as voter registration, turf cutting, and more. Learn more and RSVP here.

We are delighted that Representative Sharon Pritchett was presented with the 2013 Service Award from the Women Elected to Municipal Government in Florida.

Sharon PritchettThe group encourages active involvement of women officials in the policy-making process and programs concerned with municipal government or importance to women. 

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. Read more.

Want to know more about your elected leaders? Read about our elected Miami Democrats


November 2013 elections are coming up! Make sure you register or update your voter registration by Monday, October 7th and request your absentee ballot by Wednesday, October 20th.  

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