STATEMENT FROM THE MIAMI-DADE DEMOCRATIC PARTY REGARDING TUESDAY NIGHT’S ELECTION
On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party held elections for our chair and programs vice chair positions. After a well-run campaign from multiple candidates, the Democratic Executive Committee elected Robert Dempster (D-North Miami Beach) and Allison Sardinas (D-Homestead) as the new chair and programs vice chair, respectively.
Under Robert’s leadership, the party will move forward with preparing for the 2022 midterm election, while simultaneously building an infrastructure that will allow Miami-Dade County to stay blue for decades to come.
Party Chair Robert Dempster issued the following statement: "I am deeply humbled and honored to receive the support from my fellow Democrats to lead the party in 2022 and beyond. Now is the time for our Party to come together and get down to the hard work of electing good Democrats who will fight to materially improve the lives of the people of Miami-Dade county. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I am confident that our team is up to the task."
Programs Vice Chair Allison Sardinas issued the following statement: “I’m excited for the opportunity to organize communities at every corner of the county. I look forward to empowering our volunteers to take back Miami-Dade in 2022.”
Thank you. Thank you for all the volunteer hours. Thank you for voting in record numbers. Thank you for your record-breaking donations. Thank you for breaking the glass ceiling and electing Daniella Levine Cava as county mayor - the first democrat in 20 years and first woman ever.
I’ve provided notice to the state party and the Supervisor of Elections that I will be stepping down as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party at the end of the month.
It has been an honor to lead such a diverse and dedicated group of individuals and a privilege to fight for working class people. Stepping down is not an easy thing to do – but it is time to pass the torch.
While rewarding, being party chair is demanding both personally and professionally. And it should be - it’s a tough job. But that’s just it. It should be a job - not a volunteer position.
The largest local party in the biggest swing state in the nation should not be led over lunch, after work and on weekends.
It deserves a full time, elected leader.
While I’m taking a step back, I remain fully committed to the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and the movement they help lead.
I leave you in the very capable hands of our First Vice Chair Maria-Elena Lopez until a new chair is elected at our next meeting, now scheduled for August 17, 2021.
Yours in the Fight,
Statement regarding the protests in Cuba
The Miami-Dade Democratic Party stands firmly in support of, and in solidarity with, all Cuban people as they continue their decades-long struggle for freedom.
The brutal repression of the Cuban people by the current regime has reached an unprecedented tipping point as Cubans take to the streets of Havana by the thousands. Not since August 1994, when Cubans took to the Malecón in Havana to protest against repressive government policies, has a major uprising like this taken place. We find ourselves decades later watching history unfold--only this time we are witnessing perhaps the beginning of the regime’s end. We offer our full-throated support for this historical call for freedom and recognize the extreme care with which foreign political parties must tread when addressing this issue. The people of Cuba deserve their own voice, and we owe them our support.
The Miami-Dade Democratic party acknowledges that the US embargo against Cuba restricts travel, imports and commercial trade, all of which would significantly improve the lives of Cubans if, and when, lifted. However, the Cuban regime imposes limitations that go beyond the scope of the embargo and are central to the Cuban people’s protest. Some of these limitations are narrowing how Cubans can start their own businesses; making vital food and supplies purchasable only with foreign currency instead of the national currency with which most Cubans are paid; arresting and disappearing dissidents who are deemed too critical; prohibiting multi-party elections; and so many more damaging measures not imposed by the US. The Cuban people’s cries to lift all limitations on their agency must be heard--and we call on all sympathetic parties to center the stories of those directly affected.
Party Chair Steve Simeonidis offered the following statement: “We continue to stand with the Cuban people and support their calls for an end to their brutal dictatorship.We further condemn all violence against these peaceful protestors. Let the people speak!”
El Partido Demócrata de Miami-Dade apoya firmemente y se solidariza con todo el pueblo cubano mientras continúan su lucha de décadas por la libertad.
La brutal represión del pueblo cubano por parte del régimen castrista ha alcanzado un punto de inflexión sin precedente cuando miles de cubanos salieron a las calles. Desde agosto de 1994, cuando los cubanos salieron al Malecón de La Habana para protestar contra las políticas represivas del gobierno, no se había producido un levantamiento importante como este. Nos encontramos décadas después viendo cómo se desarrolla la historia, solo que esta vez estamos presenciando quizás el comienzo del fin del régimen. Ofrecemos nuestro pleno apoyo a este histórico llamado a la libertad y reconocemos el extremo cuidado con el que los partidos políticos extranjeros deben actuar al abordar este tema. El pueblo de Cuba merece tener voz propia y le debemos nuestro apoyo.
El Partido Demócrata de Miami-Dade reconoce que el embargo de Estados Unidos contra Cuba restringe los viajes, las importaciones y el comercio comercial, todo lo cual mejoraría significativamente la vida de los cubanos si se levantara y cuándo lo hiciera. Sin embargo, el régimen cubano impone limitaciones que van más allá del alcance del bloqueo y también forman parte de la protesta del pueblo cubano. Algunas de estas limitaciones están reduciendo la forma en que los cubanos pueden iniciar sus propios negocios; hacer que los alimentos y suministros vitales se puedan comprar solo con moneda extranjera en lugar de la moneda nacional con la que se paga a la mayoría de los cubanos; arrestar y desaparecer a disidentes que se consideren demasiado críticos; prohibir las elecciones multipartidistas; y muchas más medidas dañinas no impuestas por Estados Unidos. Se deben escuchar los gritos del pueblo cubano para que se eliminen todas las limitaciones a sus derechos, y hacemos un llamado a todos para que centren las historias de los directamente afectados.
El presidente del partido, Steve Simeonidis, ofreció la siguiente declaración: “Seguimos apoyando al pueblo cubano y respaldando sus llamados a poner fin a su brutal dictadura. Además, condenamos toda la violencia contra estos manifestantes pacíficos. ¡Que hable la gente! "
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Miami-Dade Democrats' Statement on Biden's EOs for Gun Reform
The Miami Dade Democratic Party commends President Biden for his Executive Orders, which represent a significant step forward towards the reduction of gun violence in our country. We hope Congress will follow suit by taking action to enact meaningful gun safety measures.
When announcing this legislation, President Biden stated: “They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress, but they’ve passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence Enough prayers. Time for some action.” We agree with the President. Executive Orders are merely a start but cannot be a finish.
These Executive Orders, in summary, work to stop the proliferation of ghost guns, regulate pistols modified with stabilizing braces, help states enact red flag laws, and support community violence interventions.
Ghost guns are guns that can be built from kits or with a 3-D printer. This weaponry has no serial numbers making them almost untraceable. Currently, a background check is not required to purchase the kits used to build them.
Red Flag or Extreme Risk Laws allow family or law enforcement to petition a court to prohibit a person exhibiting symptoms of a desire to commit violence against themselves or others from being able to purchase a firearm.
President Biden’s executive order directs the Department of Justice to draft a model statute for states to enact, one model that will survive court challenges. We support such laws, so long as they afford individuals the opportunity for due process under the law.
Finally, a stabilizing brace allows pistols to be used in the same manner as a rifle and circumvents regulations on short-barreled rifles. These often make a pistol easier to conceal than a rifle.
The text of the 2nd Amendment permits the regulation of the right to bear arms. President Biden’s common-sense measures are constitutional and will withstand judicial scrutiny.
We urge Congress to also consider other rules that will protect us all from gun violence, such as closing the Charleston loophole, which allows persons to purchase firearms without a completed background check, making waiting periods effective, and banning high-capacity magazines, bump stocks, and other such conversion devices.
We stand in solidarity with all the victims, families, activists and organizations in Florida who have stepped up to bring these issues forward and are grateful to the Administration for taking action that is long overdue. It is now on Congress to act. We need gun reform now.
Miami-Dade Democrats' Statement on the Chauvin Verdict
"The Miami-Dade Democratic Party supports the Minnesota jury’s decision to find officer Derek Chauvin guilty to the fullest extent of the charges filed. While no court ruling will ultimately reverse this injustice, we are encouraged by the outcome. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party believes that while this is a step in the right direction, the struggle to defeat systemic racism at all levels of government must continue. We commit to fighting for a day when a badge does not allow you to get away with murder, as it has so many times before."
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis issued the following statement: "I'm thankful that Mr. Floyd and his family received some measure of justice, but I still feel for the countless others who are still looking for theirs. We must continue to fight for equality and equal justice under the law. Black Lives Matter."
Steve Simeonidis, Presidente del DEC: "Estoy agradecido de que el Sr. Floyd y su familia hayan recibido cierta medida de justicia, pero todavía siento por los otros innumerables que persiguen la suya. Debemos seguir luchando por la justicia e igualdad la de condiciones bajo la ley. Black Lives Matter."
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