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It's not just Trumps fault

It's easy to lay blame on Trump for the attacks on our healthcare system, but the reality is that these attacks are also coming from political opportunists throughout Congress and our own state government.

In fact, Florida's governor and legislature have turned down millions of dollars in aid that would have expanded Medicaid, and given thousands more access to affordable healthcare.  

Now, they're desperately working to reduce the number of Americans able to access care. 

I believe affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I will fight for that right every chance I get in Tallahassee, and be the loudest voice towards this cause everywhere else. 

I know what it means to be one illness away from financial disaster. I also know that we need the cooperation of Republicans and Independents to improve the current laws—but it MUST be based on patients, not the needs of Big Insurance. 

Help me fight this fight on our behalf: Please donate to our campaign today. 

Thank you for all your help. 

- Emma


We're failing our schools and need to fight back

Last month, I wrote you about HB7069, which Governor Scott signed, would severely hurt our public schools, forcing them to give an even split of locally derived capital outlay funds to charter schools. Also included in that bill were huge breaks and benefits to charter school corporations and developers.

Now, school districts are filing suit to try and stop it, and I fully support those efforts.

Districts and parents struggling with underperforming schools should be given more resources... not watch as their tax dollars get bled into a for-profit enterprise with even less accountability and incentive. Nor should parents hope that if they're lucky, their kid *might* get into one of these new charter schools, knowing that if they don't, the school they're in will be that much more strained.

I'm hopeful the courts will stop this bill—but regardless, the fight for public education is in full force. When I get to Tallahassee, I am going to fight like cats and dogs to reverse any remaining negative effects of this bill and stand up for public school teachers and students.

Thank you so much for your support. If you're able to make a donation to the campaign, please contribute here. Whether it's $5, $10, $25, or $250—every little bit helps. We must all work together to get the message out.


Please do it for Daisy

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My dog Daisy is one of the most important beings in my life. So as we sit, side by side, making fundraising calls at all hours in advance of tonight’s deadline, it’s important to keep her motivated.

Unfortunately she is getting a little frustrated. I’m not sure if it’s because we still need to raise a few thousand dollars before midnight, or if it’s because I’ve run out of treats.

There is only one way to find out: Please donate if you haven’t already before midnight tonight.

Yes, I could test this theory and just go buy treats, but honestly there’s no time. We HAVE to get to our goal before midnight if we’re going to get other donors and the party super excited.

And honestly… even if it turns out to be the treats, I still have to hit my goal.

Anything you can do before midnight (and I mean anything) would be most appreciated.

Daisy and I thank you.

- Emma


I need your help before tomorrow ends.

Tomorrow night marks our first fundraising deadline—and what we do this month will very much determine the support we get from other donors, organizations, and the party itself.

It’s a critical moment for me.

Many of you have generously donated already and for that I am so thankful.

If you haven’t yet donated, please, if you would, donate here ASAP.

You can donate any amount up to $1,000, but even $5 will get us closer to our goal. 

A great showing this month will open new doors and add fuel to the momentum we’ve already shown. 

Please contribute here before 11:59pm tomorrow.

Your support means so much to me.

- Emma


Emma on Florida Action Cast

emma-FL-action-cast.jpgEmma recently took part in Florida Action Casts "How to Run 101" episode. On the panel were Joshua Simmons, Candidate for Coral Springs City Commission and Marley Wilkes of Ruth's List. 

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes (Mac) and Stitcher (Android).

 


They were turning off grandmothers' heat in snowstorms.

It was 2010 and I had just graduated law school at what might have been the absolute worst time in human history to do so.

Undaunted by the job market, I was honored to receive a paid fellowship in the New York court system, assigned to help out those living in poverty with landlord disputes. And when I say paid, I mean a metro card for the subway and enough cash for a bagged lunch.

What I saw and experienced changed me forever.

I’m sure there are many very honest and fair landlords working in Brooklyn. However, there were ones whose greed, inhumanity, and general awfulness transcended even my own low expectations.

My clients were often working grandmothers, taking care of multiple members of their families, living in rent-controlled apartments. The landlords, eager to take advantage of rising rents in the city, wanted my clients out.

To get them to leave, they’d turn off the heat during snowstorms and bang on their doors at all hours. They’d come in, unannounced. They’d leave stoves and refrigerators unfixed.

Then, if a tenant was even one day late on the rent, they’d move to evict, not take payment, and start (illegally) charging legal fees as part of the evictions process.

It was, of course, all a bet that these tenants could not get adequate representation to fight them.

BUT FIGHT THEM I DID. I proudly took them on at every opportunity… even getting sanctions against the lawyers for their behavior. We were able to make sure many tenants who were the subjects of these abusive practices got to stay in their homes.

In the process, I was deeply affected by their strength and resolve. These were people that were doing anything and everything just to get by. My own debts and the extra jobs I was taking to pay for subway fare and my apartment paled in comparison. I had faith I would eventually get a reasonable paying job and a good home. My clients’ had no such hope. They were simply fighting to not be homeless.

That experience informs so much of my candidacy and activism. There are way too many people who live on the edge of disaster, just one illness or car problem away from a financial death spiral… and whose lives are made worse on a daily basis by the greed of some landlords and developers. For a lot of people, having a safety net doesn’t mean a handout. It means simply having someone who will stand for you and ensure that the laws written by and for the people ACTUALLY PROTECT THE PEOPLE.

That’s the kind of thing I’ll be fighting for in Tallahassee. I am so grateful you’re with me.

If you can make a contribution to the campaign before the end of the month, here, it would be enormously helpful.

Thank you,

Emma


I am just as inspired as ever

Democrats may have come short in last night’s special elections, it’s still hard not to draw inspiration from their performances in overwhelmingly conservative districts.

People got to work, donated, and turned their anger and disappointment into tangible results, making people work hard for seats they used to take for granted.

The same thing happened when we did the Women’s March: We channeled our fear and disappointment with November’s result and got to work.

The same features that made the Women’s March so successful were the ones that led to the close margins of last night’s races: huge organizing, donations from all over the map, a massive amount of volunteers, and a candidate that did. not. quit.

I’m going to carry this race in my heart as we move to next year. District 93 is a much more winnable race and turnout will be guided by many more factors. But if we can inspire people to take time out of their busy schedules to think about this race and what it means for this community, we will do amazing things.

Please take a moment and if you can:

Contribute to the campaign if you haven’t already.
Sign up as a volunteer.
Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

I’m glad you’re with me.

- Emma


Honoring Pulse's victims

One year after the Pulse nightclub shootings that left 49 dead, 58 injured, and many more devastated, it's hard to find the right words.

What we can't do is just push the event aside and let it slowly be forgotten.

Today is a time to remember the victims and their many friends and family who are still trying to cope with their loss. Some of them have channeled their grief into activism and good, like new organizations promoting inclusiveness and understanding. Many others, I'm sure, are simply just managing.

At a time when many cities are struggling with economic and social tensions, Orlando came together. Support for the LGBTQIA community grew in response. Whether you knew someone affected or not, the overwhelming response to the tragedy was love and a greater sense of community.

We can only hope that this deeper sense of community and compassion will continue to take root, and that over time, that will lead to less violence and less intolerance.

If you were affected personally in any way by what happened last year, my thoughts are with you.

Stay strong, Orlando.

- Emma


WGCU: South Florida Protesters Push For Federal Action On Climate Change

For the second weekend in a row, protesters marched across the country against President Donald Trump's policies.

In South Florida, hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday in North Palm Beach, Miami, Mar-A-Lago, and George English Park in Fort Lauderdale, all designated sites for the "People's Climate March" to push for government action on climate change.

In Fort Lauderdale, worries about equity intersected with concern for the environment.

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PODCAST - FLORIDA ACTION CAST: Show Florida Your Taxes Donald!

Since 1973 when Richard Nixon released his taxes in connection with the Watergate investigation, every American president or presidential candidate has released some for of his or her tax return information to the public.

Everyone except, number 45, Donald Trump.

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