From Democrats of Indian River <[email protected]>
Subject Weekly News!
Date July 15, 2021 4:32 PM
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FEDERAL

Rick Scott in Fox News: Real Police Reform – Ignore Dems' Radical Policies and Start With This Commonsense Step

In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for his favorite news outlet, Fox News, on his support for police reform. Senator Scott outlines how effective police reform should start with professional accreditation to help hold officers accountable. Professional accreditation doesn’t remedy the hidden biases seen through police violence. Nor does it provide the knowledge about mental health, disabilities and income disparities and how to address those issues that our police officers are faced with daily.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote that needed changes in law enforcement won’t come from the Democrats’ radical proposals like defunding the police. Scott emphasized that cities and police agencies across our nation retreat from effective policing and, as a result, violent crime is spiking.
In contrast to Scott’s claims, and a check in reality, President Biden has indeed opened up the Covid relief funds so that communities can use the money to hire more police officers to curb violent crimes, address the root causes of crimes, supplement over time costs, increase overtime pay and work on community policing strategies. Eric Adams, New York City’s Democratic Mayoral Candidate, joined Biden this week to discuss these strategies. You can read about that meeting and watch an interview with Mr. Adams about policing here:

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This op-ed is from Scott is pretty shocking considering he didn’t support the Capitol Police after the January 6^th insurrection. He clearly hasn’t backed the blue!

You can read the op-ed in Fox News here: [link removed]


Postcard to Voters

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STATE

Teacher Responds to DeSantis’ Far Reaching Attempt to “Register” Political Beliefs of Teachers and Students

As reported a couple of weeks ago, Governor DeSantis signed a bill requiring that students and faculty at Florida universities report their political beliefs to the state. Below is an op-ed from a teacher responding to this clear violation.

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DeSantis Selling Anti-Fauci Beverage Coolers

Our Governor has decided to sell Covid mocking merchandise. DeSantis should not be making money for his political campaign on the backs of the hundreds of thousands of Americans dying from Covid and the rapid spread of the Delta variant in Florida.

You can read more about DeSantis’ absolute nonsense here:

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The State of Florida is no longer gathering Covid data on a daily basis, but here are couple of websites and organizations that are:

** Florida Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Trends - Mayo Clinic ([link removed])


** Home | Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Outbreak (floridahealthcovid19.gov) ([link removed])



LOCAL

Indian River County Commission Unanimously Votes to Make IRC a Second Amendment Sanctuary


Commissioner Joe Flescher proposed the resolution and worked for months searching for the appropriate one for Indian River County. Sheriff Eric Flowers said "As long as I am your sheriff, there are no concerns about your local law enforcement coming to take your guns. I want to make that abundantly clear."

Indian River County is the 45^th County in Florida to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

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LAST WEEK TO DONATE - School Supply Drive!



Both the Gifford and Fellsmere students are looking for school supply donations. Some suggestions are: pencils, pens, erasers, highlighters, notebooks, paper, art supplies, and backpacks. Donations can be dropped off at Democratic Headquarters at 2345 14^th Ave., Suite 7, Downtown Vero Beach, 32960, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adopt a Classroom


As the new school year approaches, teachers and students need our support more than ever. The Education Foundation of Indian River County is currently looking for donors to Adopt-A-Class. If you would like to do that, you can go to their website here ** [link removed] ([link removed])
to pick a classroom.

Once school starts, the opportunity to fund a project will also be an option.


GET INVOLVED


If we are going to be successful in 2022, we need to ensure that our organization is strong. We are currently looking for leaders to step into the following position. If you are interested, and want to learn more about these positions, please email Stacey at
** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])



Chair

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.


Secretary

Attend and keep minutes, attendance and record of the monthly DEC meeting; submit copies of minutes and records for the DEC files to the Florida Democratic Party; 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 ** [link removed] ([link removed])


If you are interested on getting involved, email Stacey at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])




DEMOCRATS OF INDIAN RIVER




Democratic Club of Indian River – Downtown Friday

We are looking for July’s Downtown Friday Booth Volunteers on Friday, July 30^th.

We need one more person for the 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. shift.

The 5:30 p.m. volunteers will meet the setup crew at 5:30 p.m. to assist in setup. The 7:00 p.m. volunteers will stay and help the take down crew at 9:00 p.m.

If you would like to sign up for a shift, email Stacey at [email protected]


Democratic Club of Indian River – Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help check in members and guests at the Democratic Club meetings. It is a fun way to meet like-minded people and make them feel welcome. If you are available, please contact Valerie Daley at [email protected]

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



Democratic Women’s Club

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos is the next Book Group selection. The virtual meeting will start at 2:00 p.m. on July 23rd. If you are not a Book Group member and would like to attend, please contact Rita Milelli at [email protected]

CALENDAR

Thursday, July 15, 2021

6:00 p.m. – Democrats of Indian River, DEC Meeting
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
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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

8:30 a.m. – Vero Beach City Council
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12:00 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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6:00 – 8:30 p.m. – School Board Business Meeting, School District of Indian River County
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. - Indian River Shores City Council
For agenda and meeting information go to
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COVID VACCINATIONS

You can search for vaccination locations and details by clicking here:

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TIDBITS

Everyone just wants to be included!

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See you next week!

Stay Safe and Well!
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