It’s hard to believe, but January is over. We've endured one of the most hate-filled State of the Union addresses, and watched the Senate abdicate its constitutional responsibility. It's now on us to protect our democracy. There are just nine months until the November election, fewer than 200 days til the all-important August primary, and just over 40 days til Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary in March. Every moment counts in our fight to restore our democracy. Read on to hear what we’ve been doing this month and how you can get involved.
The Florida legislature convened on January 14th for its 2020 session, and the Miami-Dade Dems held a legislative sendoff on January 7th at Gramps in Wynwood. The sendoff was a great success, and we were honored by the presence of State Senators Annette Taddeo and Jason Pizzo, as well as State Representatives Joe Geller, Nick Duran, Dotie Joseph, Michael Grieco as well as Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and several candidates for state legislative office.
One of the worst-kept secrets in Miami-Dade was Carlos Gimenez’s plan to run for Congress. On January 10, the Florida Democratic Party launched a must-watch web ad detailing some of Corrupt Carlos’s shady activities. On January 16, leaders from the Miami-Dade Democratic Party held a news conference calling out Corrupt Carlos for his failures as Miami-Dade’s mayor. Corrupt Carlos finally stopped waffling and did file for Congress on January 23, tweeting his praise of President Trump for his supposed fight against socialism. And with that, Corrupt Carlos completed his transformation from 2016 #NeverTrumper to 2020 #MAGA Republican.
To be 100% clear, our Congresswoman, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is doing a remarkable job for the families of Florida’s 26th District, and we will fight to keep this seat Blue in 2020.
Martin Luther King Day Parade in Liberty City
Our Voter Registration Chair and our Voter Registration volunteers have been working tirelessly in January to register new voters. Working with the Miami-Dade Democratic Black Caucus, the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Liberty City was one of our biggest voter registration events this month and our team registered almost 200 voters.
Want to help us register voters?
We’re holding several trainings this month: go to https://www.miamidadedems.org/events to find one near you and sign up.
Environmental Caucus Successes
The Miami-Dade Democratic Environmental Caucus worked hard this month to prevent an expansion of the Urban Development Boundary. The Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee approved a resolution from the Environmental Caucus declaring that we should not breach the Urban Development Boundary, and Adrian Madriz, chair of the DEC's Affordable Housing Issues subcommittee, wrote an eloquent op-ed in the Miami Herald shooting down the false argument that we need to develop sensitive agricultural land near the Everglades to fix our housing crisis. He wrote: "[The developers are] forgetting: An affordable life isn’t really made feasible by spreading farther onto distant farmland or sensitive wilderness, then using more and more gas, money and time driving. Housing and transportation costs have to be taken into account together, not separately."
The Environmental Caucus, chaired by Zac Cosner, mobilized many people to call and write their county commissioners. And on the morning of January 23rd, dozens of activists showed up to the Commission hearing to voice their concerns that we #HoldTheLine.
In the end, the hard work paid off, and the County Commission voted not to expand the Urban Development Boundary at this time. Thank you to the Environmental Caucus for all your hard work in preserving the environment of South Florida and fighting for affordable housing that is in the urban core.
We have an ambitious plan to flip the county mayor's office, win more Democratic seats in Florida’s legislature, in our County Commission, in offices of our 34 local municipalities, and of course, Miami-Dade will be instrumental in beating Trump in 2020. To do that, we are hiring several important roles right away.
We’re hiring a Field Director. Click here to read the job description and pass it along to anyone you know who would be a good fit.
And we’re hiring several Field Organizers. Please take a look at the job description and pass it along to anyone you know who would be a good fit. We especially prefer folks who are Miami-Dade locals and who are bilingual.
The Miami-Dade Dems Need Your Support
In addition to the paid staff we are bringing on board, it will take many volunteers to organize the 600,000 Democrats and 450,000 NPA’s in Miami-Dade County. Here are some key areas where we need additional help.
Are you a trained voter registration volunteer? The more trained voter registration volunteers we have, the more events we can cover, and the more people we can register every month. Find the next voter registration training session here.
Office Space. We are looking for donated or inexpensive office space for our field offices in different parts of Miami-Dade County. If you can help us in this area, please reach out to our Facilities Chair, Steve Dloogoff at email@example.com.
Are you a sustaining donor? We rely on our sustaining donor program to plan out key areas of our budget for the year. The more sustaining donors we have now, the easier it will be to put more boots on the ground in the key districts we need them in 2020. Please make a sustaining donation in any amount here.
With over 600K registered Democrats in Miami-Dade, we represent the largest number of Democrats of any county in the state of Florida. We want to work with all Democrats to organize and effect change around the issues that will improve lives of those in our community. We invite you to sign up for email updates, and join us at county and local club meetings to learn how to get more involved.
Please consider becoming a sustaining member on the road to victory in 2020