Tallahassee released their education budget over the weekend, and Broward schools and students are definitely getting shortchanged.
While most per-pupil funding in Florida is set to increase by $101.50, Broward will only receive $52.35, which puts us at the bottom of the list. This is not right.
We may be a Democratic stronghold, but it is wrong for this Republican-held legislature and governor to be punishing us, especially considering recent events in Parkland.
Our school system serves 270,000 students in over 300 schools, making it the sixth largest in the nation—what are lawmakers thinking?
According to our Broward superintendent, Robert Runcie, this budget will force devastating “cuts that will impact our schools, our communities and the children we serve.”
There's no questioning it. We need better legislators in Tallahassee. Will you help me get there? Please make a contribution to our campaign so I can stand up for our students and schools: Chip-in $15, $25, $50, or any amount you can. All amounts boost our momentum and chance of winning.
Global climate is changing. Coastal water levels are rising. Storms are becoming more unpredictable—what are we going to do about it?
Climate change—and rising oceans engulfing Florida—are some of the biggest existential threats to our livelihood and state economy.
The situation is so bad that FEMA’s flood insurance program chief now recommends that all Floridians should have a policy. Credit agencies are also downgrading municipalities that do not make infrastructure improvements to handle these growing and more frequent floods.
Can you help me get to the Florida House so we can push an agenda that forces our Legislature to protect our environment, coastlines, and to promote clean energy? Please donate $5, $25, $50, or any amount you can spare to help the campaign.
Thank you! We owe it to future generations.
TODAY is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we are honoring all the inspirational women who came before us! If it wasn't for their sacrifices, this country would not be what it is today.
Here's a short list of some of the influential women leaders who are a big part of Florida's history:
- Betty Castor, Florida's first female cabinet member.
- Carrie Meek, first African-American woman to be elected to the Florida Senate.
- JoAnn Hardin Morgan, the first woman placed in a senior managerial position at the Kennedy Space Center.
- Marjorie Carr, was the first female wildlife technician for the Federal government.
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a famous environmental activist and popular author.
- Jacqueline Cochran, first woman to break the sound barrier and first civilian woman to win a Distinguished Service Medal.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Growing up, my grandmother was the first woman to go to college in our family. After graduating, she became a public school teacher, worked on the Adlai Stevenson campaign, and became principal of her local school. My mother, also a public school teacher, campaigned for Obama and advocated heavily for environment and labor issues.
It is important to remember these women—because even in the United States in 2018—liberties and freedoms can be taken for granted. These women who came before us helped pave the way for everything we now have. The least we can do is honor and thank them.
If you believe we need more women leaders in the House, please take a moment to donate to our campaign to win this District: Contribute and help us build momentum by donating $5, $25, $50, or any amount you can spare.
Thank you for stepping up so we can change this broken political system!
Women’s History Month is taking on a whole new meaning in 2018. Never before have I seen so many women from all types of backgrounds step up to combat this administration and their toxic policies.
This is a moment of unprecedented progress for women, but we must be careful. The Trump-Pence administration, and extremist Republicans in Congress and the Florida House have already inflicted many wounds:
They have restricted access to birth control, sex ed in schools, abortions, and family planning in America and globally. They've made defunding Planned Parenthood one of their main priorities and dismantled LGBT workplace and discrimination protections.
All of this flies in the face of what is now a worldwide movement for women's rights, equality, and fighting injustice. There are marches, more women candidates than ever, and powerful social movements occurring such as #MeToo and #TimesUp.
We must continue this tremendous momentum. Will you help me win this Broward House seat? Donate to our campaign if you're able so we can win this state district and put strong women leaders in Tallahassee who are not afraid to back down: Give $15, $25, $50, or any amount of your choosing.
We are TAKING RESPONSIBILITY, we are TAKING CHARGE, and we are FIXING THIS BROKEN POLITICAL SYSTEM.
Thank you for joining the campaign. We really appreciate the help!
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Contact: Brendan Olsen, (508) 272-2892
Emma Collum: Chip LaMarca “Cowardly and AWOL” For Failure to Vote on Commonsense Gun Laws
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Today, Democratic candidate for HD-93 Emma Collum released the following statement on the alleged technological glitches preventing Commissioner Chip LaMarca from voting on two measures related to gun violence prevention during yesterday’s meeting of the Broward County Commission:
"Commissioner LaMarca’s ridiculous claims of technology failure at two critical moments during the commission meeting are shameless. I refuse to blame Boost Mobile for Commissioner LaMarca’s failure to vote. I blame him and him alone. I blame a lack of courage in standing up to the gun lobby on behalf of the citizens of our community. As the rest of the commission voted unanimously to do the right thing, LaMarca went AWOL and did nothing to make our community safer – or to do right by the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Parkland. For two weeks, the survivors of that shooting have been crying out for an assault weapons ban and they deserve to be heard. Yesterday, Commissioner LaMarca had the opportunity to heed their calls and be a leader on this issue. Instead, he disappeared. It was a cowardly act and our community deserves better than the commissioner’s lame excuses and abdication of duty. To think that he is now asking voters to send him to the State House, where his only job will be to cast votes, is beyond comprehension.”
LaMarca, who joined the meeting by phone, claimed that phone problems prevented him from casting his vote on two items before the commission. The first, Item 67, was a resolution urging the Florida Legislature and the federal government to take immediate action on the implementation of commonsense gun laws, including but not limited to an assault weapons ban and a ban on modifiers such as bump stocks. The resolution also provided supplemental funding for school-based mental health programs. The second, Item 69, was a motion instructing the county attorney to explore the possibility of banning gun shows on county property as well as prohibiting individuals from bringing firearms onto county property. Both measures passed 8-0, without LaMarca’s support. LaMarca’s phone trouble was not an issue when he voted to support two less controversial measures also on the commission’s agenda.
Collum and LaMarca are contending to replace Republican Rep. George Moraitis in District 93 of the Florida House of Representatives. Collum is an attorney and an original organizer of the Women’s March. LaMarca is the lone Republican currently serving on the Broward County Commission. The general election to replace Moraitis is slated to take place on November 6th, 2018 and is seen as a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.
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I have very awesome news…
Ruth’s List—a major progressive force for women’s rights and fair elections—just gave our campaign their official endorsement:
"Emma is a successful attorney, activist, and President of the Women's March FL. She has marched with thousands of you and will continue to fight in Tallahassee to protect our environment, improve our infrastructure, and empower local small business. Ruth's List FL and it's members—now tens of thousands strong—are proud to support Emma and her candidacy."
—Marley Wilkes, Executive Director of Ruth's List FL
In just eight years, Ruth’s List has helped 50+ pro-choice Democratic women win elections to key state and local positions around Florida. They also supported Fair Districts Florida, which worked to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot in 2010 to end gerrymandering.
The organization was named after Ruth Bryan Owen, a widow and mother of four children, who was the first woman elected to Congress from the South just eight years after women were given the right to vote. We are very proud to have their support!
Will you stand together with Ruth's List in our efforts to get more progressive candidates in Florida?
#NoNRAMoney #enough #NeverAgain
On Tuesday, Florida Democrats won another HUGE victory, electing Margaret Good to Florida House District 72.
The importance of this can’t be understated. This was a solidly Republican seat and the Republican opponent was the son of a Congressman and had raised over $1 million.
Still, Good prevailed.
WE ARE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING HERE IN DISTRICT 93.
All we need to do is be united and fight like hell.
Congratulations to Margaret, her team, and Democrats in Florida.
Things are changing. Everyone can feel it. It’s going to be a good year if we stick together.
Press Release: Emma Collum Calls on Chip LaMarca to Denounce Child Marriage, Disavow Support of Rep. Moraitis in HD-93
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Emma Collum, Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 93, today issued the following statement calling on her Republican opponent, Chip LaMarca, to denounce child marriage and disavow the support of Broward Republican Party Chairman and current State Rep. George Moraitis:
"Many watching the news have seen the heartbreaking story of Sherry Johnson, who was forced to marry at the age of 11. There are many like her, yet our current representative is supporting child marriage. That is outrageous. I’m speaking out about this because protecting young girls is the right thing to do. Today I am calling on my opponent, Chip LaMarca, to break his silence and condemn Rep. Moraitis' position on this and reject his endorsement. At a time when Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on so little, surely we can both firmly state that child marriage is wrong.
Moraitis made national news last week when he came out against a bill which would have banned marriage by anyone under the age of 18. The legislation was inspired by Sherry Johnson, who was raped and impregnated by a clergyman at the age of 9, and then forced to marry her abuser at the age of 11. LaMarca, who has accepted Moraitis’ endorsement, has remained mute on the topic.
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What an amazing weekend.
First, on Friday, I found out we were endorsed by Run for Something—a national group helping to elect younger Democrats. I am one of only 89 candidates across the country to have their endorsement. Thank you to Run for Something for your faith and good work!
On Sunday, we staged the Women's March in Miami in front of thousands of women, men, and children. It was an incredibly inspiring event, with many great speakers.
In my own speech, I talked about the Women's March movement and how it has evolved into activism and candidacies across the country.
We aren't just asking for a seat at the table. We want a whole new table.
The time is now. We can change the way politics is done in this country with new leadership and fresh ideas.
Please join me: Contribute any amount, small or large, here.
Additionally, if you'd like to see some of the pics and articles regarding yesterday's march, please join our Facebook page, here.
Miami Herald: A year after South Florida women first marched against the president, they’re still angry — but not just about Trump
Pledging to rid America of sexism, racism, meat-eating and especially President Donald Trump, about 2,500 demonstrators took to the streets of Wynwood on Sunday to add their voices to women’s protest marches around the United States.
The demonstrators, about two-thirds of them women, listened to speeches, sang along with protest ballads and watched skits for about four hours in support of a more feminist world, a goal that many of them considered obvious yet oddly elusive.
The event coincided with the second day of rallies across the country and around the world in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. Sunday’s events were tagged with the title Women’s March Power to the Polls. They culminated with a Las Vegas rally that launched an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states like Nevada in the midterm elections later this year, which could shift control of Congress.
At the Wynwood rally, donations were collected for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys, as the communities continue recovery efforts after crushing blows from hurricanes last year. The event included speeches from two Democratic candidates for governor: Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham.
State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman also were among the speakers. “We must put this offensive president on defense,” Heyman said at the end of her speech. “The time’s up on abuse and harassment.”
For some of those who showed up for the rally, there was a certain sad quality of déjà vu about it all.
“I was doing this same thing in high school, fight for the [Equal Rights Amendment],” said 65-year-old Susan Gregg of Cooper City. “And here I am, 50 years later, still fr----’ doing it.”
The Wynwood protest wasn’t really a march — the demonstrators stuck to the streets in front of the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, many of them relaxing in lawn chairs with umbrellas raised against a fierce South Florida sun.
And at least in numbers, it didn’t match up well with a similar event last year at Bayfront Park, which drew more than 10,000 protesters. But organizers said there were big differences in the events that make it impossible to compare their size.
“Last year, we were concentrating on getting 30,000 Floridians up to Washington to join the parade of half a million people,” said Broward legislative candidate Emma Collum, the president of Women’s March Florida. “This year, with elections coming up in a few months, it seemed better to expend our effort on our own turf.”
Even the official theme of the rally, Power to the Polls, was directed at electoral politics, and teams of organizers from at least half a dozen Democratic party candidates worked the crowd, circulating ballot petitions and collecting names and numbers of potential volunteers.
Last year’s even took place just a few days after Trump’s inauguration, and was mostly directed against him.
Trump took plenty of hard punches Sunday — typical was a protest sign containing his caricature with wads of dollars falling from his pockets as he shouted, “Lie! Cheat! Golf!” — but the rally had a more scattershot feeling. There were signs and speakers about immigration, prison reform, the Black Lives Matter movement, gun control, abortion and militant veganism. Many of them wore pink caps with pointy kitty-cat ears, a reference to a word for cats that Trump was infamously caught on camera using for the female anatomy.
By Glenn Garvin