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Date June 17, 2021 4:29 PM
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** Happy Thursday Democrats!


Senator Rick Scott Introduces Resolution Condemning Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools

Senator Rick Scott, joined by Senators Mike Braun and Marsha Blackburn, introduced a resolution condemning the use of Critical Race Theory in K-12 schools and teacher training.

Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that racism is a social construct, and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

Scott says Critical Race Theory is an academic concept based on the belief that racism is embedded in American society, highlighting the differences between Americans instead of the many commonalities that unite them.

You can become better informed about Critical Race Theory by reading here:
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In April, Senator Scott joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and more than 30 of his colleagues in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona requesting the withdrawal of the Department’s “Proposed Priorities” on American history and civics education, which included the teaching of radical and divisive curriculum like Critical Race Theory.

Senator Rick Scott said, “Since America’s founding, our nation has strived to be a land of opportunity for all. While we cannot ignore the scars of our past, we also cannot tolerate the attempts of the woke left to weaponize our history in radical curriculums that teach our children to see America only for its worst days, and the American people only for their darkest hours. The far-left wants Americans to believe that our nation is inherently racist and bad. They want to discredit the values America was founded on. They’re wrong. We can’t stand by and allow ’woke’ liberals to divide our nation. Students in Florida and every state across this nation deserve better and I’m proud to lead my colleagues today in a resolution to stand up against this dangerous policy.”

Scott sure loves to use words like “woke” to try and divide us, the very thing he claims Critical Race Theory does. Hypocrisy is clearly his superpower.

U.S. Capitol

Val Demings!

U.S. Representative Val Demings is running to unseat Marco Rubio. She’s just released her new video to give voters some background information on her. You can check it out in the link below - it’s great!

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Congresswoman Demings is one of several Democratic candidates running for the Senatorial nomination in the Democratic primary. She is well known throughout the United States because of her role in the first Donald Trump impeachment hearing and was considered by President Biden as a Vice Presidential running mate.


Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist

So far, there are two Democratic Candidates competing for the Governorship in 2022. They are Nikki Fried, Florida’s current Agriculture Commissioner, and Charlie Crist, Florida’s U.S. House of Representative for the 13^th District. It’s important to stay informed and knowledgeable about these candidates. We will vote for one of them to face off against DeSantis and we need to make sure it is the strongest candidate to beat him!

You can learn more about Nikki here: ** [link removed] ([link removed])

You can learn more about Charlie here: ** [link removed] ([link removed])

Governor DeSantis Website

Governor Ron DeSantis does a lot of things every day that may not make it into the news and affect the well being of all of us. One important way to keep track of what he is doing is to check out his website. His staff puts out numerous press releases about what he is doing each day. You can look at his website here: ** [link removed] ([link removed])


Far Right Fringe Set to Meet on New Student Curriculum

Susan Miheil, a local far-right reactionary, has set up a meeting to rail against the new language arts curriculum being adopted in Florida and Indian River County. In the ashes of activities like the trashing of the Common Core, Miheil and her colleagues have now set their sights on the K-5 reading curricula. They will be holding an “informational” meeting whose purpose is, according to her Letter to the Editor in the TCPalm, will be targeted against the curriculum: “If you’d like to learn more about how your kids are being taught or how your tax dollars are being spent, we’re holding a town hall meeting — Save Our Students! — at 6 p.m. June 21, at the Heritage Center in Vero Beach. Join us.” The Democrats of Indian River encourage parents and others who support the new curriculum to also be present for this meeting so there is a balance of opinions.

Gifford Youth Achievement Center

The GYAC is looking for school supply donations, starting June 7^th through August 6^th, for children in Gifford. Donations can be dropped off at the GYAC, 4875 43^rd Ave., Vero Beach, 32967. Or you can drop them off at Democratic Headquarters at 2345 14^th Ave., Suite 7, Downtown Vero Beach, 32960 on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All school supplies are needed.

The students in Fellsmere also need our help with school supplies. If you can donate, please drop off supplies by July 23, 2021, at Democratic Headquarters at 2345 14^th Ave., Suite 7, Downtown Vero Beach, 32960 on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All school supplies are needed.


The Democratic Executive Committee of Indian River County is looking for volunteers to fill two positions on the board. If you are interested in one of these positions below, please email Stacey at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Chief Executive Officer of the IRC County Committee, working in cooperation with the Steering Committee (officers of the Committee). Presides at all meetings of the DEC and of the Steering Committee (3 meetings per month); advises the Secretary of any special meetings in sufficient time for proper notice; approves all expenses; serves as ex-officio member of all committees; promulgates an annual precinct organization activity plan, a campaign schedule, plan and budget for each election cycle; serves as primary official spokesperson for the DEC; attend FDP trainings and workshops; and delegate these and other duties as the need arises.


Attend and keep minutes and record of all meetings of the DEC (3 per month); submit copies of minutes and records for the DEC files to the FDP; keep roll at all DEC meetings; accept applications of new members; take minutes at DEC Steering Committee meetings; and perform other such duties as the Chair shall direct.

Florida Young Democrats of Indian River (FYDIR)

Are you between the ages of 18 to 40? Want to get more involved in your local Democrat party? We are looking for new leadership and membership for our Young Democrats. To learn more about the Young Dems, you can check out their website at
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If you are interested on getting involved, email Stacey at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


The Democratic Club of Indian River

Volunteers Needed for Juneteenth!

The Club is also looking for volunteers to man the booth for Juneteenth at Gifford Park on Saturday, June 19^th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you are interested in helping at the booth, please contact Al at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
to schedule a shift.

Volunteers Needed for Downtown Friday!

The Club also needs volunteers to man the booth at June’s Downtown Friday on June 25^th.
We would like to have at least four volunteers for each shift. There are 2 shifts – 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please arrive at the beginning time of your shift. The 5:00 pm volunteers will meet the setup crew at 5:00 pm to assist in setup. The 7:00 pm volunteers will meet the take down crew at 9:00 pm to assist in the take down. We will email you the numbered curb assignment with the location when we receive it from MSVB (Main Street Vero Beach).

Club News

The first in-person post COVID meeting, on Tuesday June 8th of the Democratic Club of IRC, was a success! We had 76 attendees. 32 new members joined at the meeting, 11 new members joined just prior to the meeting, for a total of 43 new members. Welcome new Members!

Our membership renewal and recruitment drive is working! We currently have 150 members of which 110 are paid through 06/30/22. We have 40 members whose current dues will expire on 06/30/2021. We expect the majority of them to renew. We have a new member who has volunteered to be Secretary. Welcome and thank you for stepping up, Wendy McDaniel!

Upcoming Club events, mark your calendar:

Juneteenth on 6/19, 10-6 pm Victor Hart Park, Gifford
Downtown Friday on 6/25, 6-9 pm
4th of July Parade Sebastian on 7/3

The next in-person Club Members meeting will be on Tuesday, 7/13 at 6:00 pm. It will be an Ice Cream Social and a general organizational meeting to discuss future events and speakers. Claudia Martino and Bob Bruner will co-chair the meeting.

For those who wish to join the Democratic Club of IRC, contact Al Griffiths, [email protected], 203-537-1762 (voice/text).

Stay tuned and never forget the motto of the Washington Post, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”.

Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River

There will be no membership meeting in June.

The next book group meeting will be June 25^th at 2:00 p.m. The book is Bagman: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz. If you are not a Book Group member and would like to attend, please contact Rita Milelli at
** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])


Thursday, June 17, 2021

6:00 p.m. - Democrats of Indian River, DEC Meeting
via Zoom. Contact Stacey at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
for meeting link.

7:00 p.m. - Fellsmere City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to ** ([link removed])

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. – IRC County Commission
For agenda and meeting information go to
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1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Superintendent Workshop, School District of Indian River County
For agenda and meeting information go to
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5:00 p.m. - Democrats of Indian River, DEC Steering Committee Meeting via Zoom. Contact Stacey at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
for meeting link.

6:00 p.m. - School Board Business Meeting, School District of Indian River County
For agenda and meeting information go to
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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

6:00 p.m. - Sebastian City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to ** [link removed] ([link removed])

Thursday, June 24, 2021

9:00 a.m. - Indian River Shores City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to
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Friday, June 25, 2021

2:00 p.m. - Democratic Women's Club Book Club
If you aren't a book group member and would like to join in the discussion contact Rita Milelli at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Downtown Friday, Downtown Vero Beach, 14th Avenue


Retail Vaccinations

CVS – ** [link removed] ([link removed])

Walgreens--** [link removed] ([link removed])

Winn-Dixie –
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Publix -- ** [link removed] ([link removed])

Walmart and Sam's Club – ** [link removed] ([link removed])
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Sharecare Statewide System

Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting ** [link removed] ([link removed])

This website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available through your local health department.

Covid Testing
Go to:
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for a complete listing of Covid testing sites. Home testing kits are also available at local pharmacies.


That’s all!

See you next week!

Stay Safe and Well!
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