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June DEC meeting
The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee's
monthly meeting will be held on 
Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00pm
Our general meeting speaker this month will be Sean Shaw.

Sean is launching an initiative to add three constitutional amendments to the ballot in 2022. His organization, People Over Profits, is devoted to protecting voting rights in Florida. The three amendments include:
  • Automatically register any Floridian who’s renewing or updating their driver’s license. Voters would have to opt out of registering to vote instead of opting in.
  • Allow Floridians to register to vote at polling places on Election Day or during early voting.
  • Undo a provision passed by the Republican-led Florida Legislature in 2019 that required ex-felons hoping to register to vote to first pay off outstanding court fines, fees and restitution.
We hope you'll join us for this important meeting and join the effort to get these amendments on the ballot! 

Any Pinellas Democrat can watch the meeting via Youtube at:
https://youtu.be/ZuPpIrUC60o
 
Voting members should receive your Zoom link a week or so before the meeting. If any voting DEC member has not received the link by Sunday, June 27, please email our Zoom team to get set up. 
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Notes from the Chair

Juneteenth marks a day of major significance in African American History and to all who believe in a free society. June 19 is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States; it has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. Juneteenth also represents all of the ways that freedom for Black people has been delayed. It is a reminder for all of us that nobody is free until all of us are free. 
Juneteenth celebrates the day that all Americans were liberated, but it also provides an opportunity for us to reflect, to learn, and to grow as a nation.

I challenge Pinellas Democrats especially to take time on Juneteenth to reflect on our Party's values and consider how, as individuals, each of us can build on the Party's commitment to "promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all public-serving institutions and in the formation of public policy: and "push for a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and that there is no place for racism in our country.”

- Lucinda Johnson
Congratulations to three Pinellas Democrats who have taken on important Party leadership roles at the State level:  Trevor Mallory, the newly elected president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida; George Thurlow the newly elected president of the Florida Young Democrats; and Pat Holmes, newly elected to the board of the Democratic Senior Caucus of Florida. We look forward to hear good things from these three outstanding leaders!

Board News

As announced in last month's newsletter, the Pinellas DEC signed a lease for the North Pinellas Democratic Outreach Center in Clearwater. This new space will be used for meetings, training, events and other activities to engage voters. Watch for the announcement of the Grand Opening Event.
Check out the Florida Politics article about the opening.

Many thanks to Bryan Beckman and Mike Fox for their efforts on this important initiative and a huge THANK YOU to all who donated. 

Training

Free, flexible training for every Democrat


The National Democratic Training Committee offers training sessions open to any Democrat looking to make a change in their community. No litmus test. No cost. Their online and in-person options aim to fit each Democrat's needs.
 
Examples of upcoming trainings
(all begin at 1:00pm Eastern)
  • Do You Want to Run for Office? June 16 or July 7
  • What is A Democratic Precinct Chair?  June 28 or July 26
  • How to Persuade Voters in a Red District July 9
  • How to Make Hard Asks for Volunteer  July 12
  • What is Get Out the Vote (GOTV)?  July 14
  • How to Build Your Political Campaign Communications Plan June 24
  • How to Build Your Political Campaign Digital Plan  June 25
  • How to Build Your Political Campaign Field Plan  July 6

Involvement Opportunities

Volunteers are needed by for a variety of tasks.


Jumping in to Pinellas County Democratic Party work is a great way to learn about our operations and meet fellow Dems.

Complete the volunteer form linked below if you are willing to help with activities such as:
  • Office clerical (e.g., answering phones, making calls, entering data, etc.)
  • Canvassing
  • Flyer distribution
  • Petitions
  • Phone banking
  • Special events
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Voter registration
Volunteer Sign-Up
Want your Dem event listed in next month's newsletter? Send an email with date, time, and your link for more info/RSVP to the newsletter team.

Build a Strong Pinellas Democratic Party

Our Fundraising Theme for June is "Fighting Chance"  Donations, this month, will go into our Victory Fund to help give our Democratic Candidates a Fighting Chance against well funded Republicans. Please consider a donation if you are able and share this link with others who may want to contribute.

Contribute now

Democratic Clubs in Pinellas County

The South St. Petersburg Democratic Club will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum at their next meeting on Saturday, June 19 (always on the third Saturday of each month at 12pm).
Want to attend the Mayoral Candidate Forum, but not a Club member?  RSVP by sending an email to Anne Ferrante Ghosh by June 17 and she will ensure you receive an individualized Zoom link.  Follow the South St. Pete Dems on Facebook page.
The North Pinellas Democratic Club gathers for its monthly meeting on third Tuesdays. Social time begins at 6:30pm, with meeting call to order at 7:00pm.

At their June 15 meeting, guest speakers will include:
  • State Rep. Ben Diamond
  • Adrienne Bogan, Florida Ground Game
  • Doris Reeves-Lipscomb, League of Women Voters North Pinellas
  • Lucinda Johnston, Pinellas County Democratic Chair

 To keep up with NPDC activities, follow them on Facebook.
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club has begun meeting in-person meeting during the evening every second Thursday. Contact the club if you are interested in attending this dinner meeting ($18/person).
For more info, follow them on Facebook .

Third Mondays is when you will find Greater Tarpon Springs Democrats convening for their monthly meeting with the next one scheduled for June 21. They also coordinate a Pinellas Trail Clean Up activity every second Saturday. Find more info on their website or Facebook page.
The Democratic Club of St. Petersburg will hold a City Council Candidate Forum on Thursday, July 1st (always the first Wednesday of each month) at 6:30pm at the Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg. 
Follow the Club on Facebook or contact the Club for more info.

Pinellas Young Democrats will hold a General Meeting and Potluck at Democratic Headquarters, 2250 1st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm (always third Tuesday of each month). Find info on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Dem Club meets on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Check out their current newsletter, website, and Facebook page.  
Stonewall Dems' strength comes from Pinellas County lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied Democrats working together.
The Club's next Membership Meeting is Thursday, June 17 (always third Thursdays) with a Social starting at 6:30pm and the General Meeting beginning at 7:00pm. Find out more at their Facebook page or website.

Caucus News

The Pinellas Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus will host a St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM. Attend the meeting via Zoom link or Facebook event link. Also consider following the Caucus' Facebook page.
Students at any Pinellas County high school are invited to join the new Pinellas County High School Democrats (a chapter of the High School Democrats of America). Contact the High School Dems via email for more info.

Keep up with the activities of the Pinellas County Democratic Black Caucus by following them on Facebook, check their website, or contact them via email.
The Tampa Bay Democratic Labor Caucus meets every first Monday of the month at 6:30pm via Zoom. This regional caucus represents Democrats from Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, and Pinellas. All who are interested in the growth of the labor movement are welcome. Register here and follow them on Facebook.
A Disability Caucus for Pinellas Democrats has formed. You need not have a disability to participate; rather, the caucus is open to anyone within the PInellas Democratic Party to whom the rights of citizens with disabilities are of concern. For more info, contact Jim Donelon via email.
The Senior Caucus for Pinellas Democrats meets on second Mondays at 1:00 PM. Contact Eileen Navarro via email for information.
Have District, Club or Caucus news to share in the next newsletter?
Send send an email to the newsletter team.
Looking for other ways to get involved?
Find the complete list of Clubs and Caucuses at pinellasdemocrats.org.
Also, feel free to email DEC Headquarters or your District Chair:
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About this newsletter

Like everything accomplished by the Pinellas County Democratic Party, this monthly newsletter is a volunteer effort. Your input is welcome! Pinellas County Democratic Party clubs, caucuses, candidates, and voters are invited to submit items for consideration. Other groups whose goals and activities mirror the values and objectives of the Democratic Party are also invited to submit items for consideration. To submit a news item, send an email to the newsletter team.

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