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July DEC meeting
The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee's
monthly meeting will be held on 
Monday, June 26, 2021 at 7:00pm
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, July 25, please email our Zoom team to get set up. 
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Notes from the Chair

Positive changes in society -- that's what working in Democratic politics is all about.

We are collaborating to grow a democracy that respects the inherent human dignity of all. By registering as Democrats, we’ve made the choice to play a role in moving the culture of American politics in that direction.
At the Board level, we are moving to improve our Bylaws by changing the name of the Affirmative Action Committee to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Following the lead of the Florida Democratic Party, we believe that "Diversity and Inclusion" more clearly describes our broader vision of building a Party that is welcoming and uplifting to all, regardless of core identities. "Diversity and Inclusion" encompasses more aspects of the Party's personality and our intended work environment. We are proud to recommend this change.

The National Democratic Committee is offering an online course, Foundations of Inclusive Practice, designed to enrich understanding of the culture of the American political landscape. Users complete the video course at their own pace as they are led through exercises designed to increased skills in communicating about equity and justice. Will you consider spending a few hours taking this important course?

The more each of us commit to being positive actors and contributors in discourse around diversity, equity, and inclusion, the stronger we will be as a Party at the local, state, and national levels.

- Lucinda Johnson

Messaging from the DNC

Did you catch the TV and video ad from the Democratic National Committee that aired the week of July 4th. Powerful stuff! View it here:

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 workshops
  • Do You Want to Run for Office? July 28 or August 2
  • What is A Democratic Precinct Chair?  July 26 or August 17
  • How Your Local Party Can Prepare for Get Out the Vote (GOTV) July 19
  • What is Get Out the Vote (GOTV)?  August 4
Find all the details and more events on the NDTC event website.

Examples of upcoming Online Academy multi-lesson courses
  • Management & Leadership: Foundations of Inclusive Practice (4 videos, 4 activities)
  • Field: Relational Organizing 101 (2 videos, 3 activities)
  • Getting Started: So You Think You Want to Run? (4 videos, 1 activity)

Involvement Opportunities

Volunteers are needed 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.
 
Phone banking

Phoning voters is a proven way to remind voters of upcoming elections and to mobilize them to the polls. Please consider signing up for a shift to encourage Democrats to make their voices count in the upcoming St. Petersburg City Election!
  • Ballot chasing. Call Democrats who have received a ballot in the mail, but have yet to return it to the Supervisor of Elections to urge them to do so.
  • Get Out the Vote (GOTV). In the week leading up to the St. Petersburg Primary Election, August 24, phone Democrats who have yet to vote to urge them to hand deliver their mail-in ballot or vote at the polls.
Dates range from July 24 to August 23. Sign up for a shift now.
St. Pete Election Phone Bank Sign Up
Why is this election important when it's just the Primary?

Organizer extraordinaire, Mary Fahy from District 68, offers this compelling list of reasons why we must mobilize:
  • If any of the Mayoral candidates get over 50% of the vote in the primary, there is no general election and that person becomes Mayor. Our next Mayor could be chosen at the primary and could be a Republican!
  • 58,500 St. Petersburg voters voted for Trump last fall. (WHAT?!) If the Republicans get even half that number to vote in August, they can win the mayor’s seat. 
  • The Florida Republican Party has targeted Pinellas County and is pouring money into local races.
  • On October 16, 2021, a poll showed incumbent State Rep. Jennifer Webb up by 10 percentage points. The Republicans poured money into a smear campaign beginning in October and we lost.
  • Republican organizing for Robert Blackmon is well under way, as is evidenced by the many Blackmon signs already appearing.
  • We have fantastic Democratic candidates in all the races and we can win! 
  • We can use this as an opportunity to talk to voters, get people involved in democracy and the Democratic Party.
Volunteer at the Democratic Headquarters. Help is needed year round 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.

Help give 'em a fighting chance

Republicans are working hard to dismantle so much of what we hold dear. 

Everything is at stake:

  • Voting rights
  • Rights to peaceful assembly
  • Clean water and a safe environment
  • Reproductive rights
  • Education
  • Livable wages
Help Us Fight Back!  Will you contribute today to give our candidates a fighting chance? 
Contribute now

Democratic Clubs in Pinellas County

Stonewall Dems: A fabulous time at St. Pete Pride

Photos by Mike Fox
Stonewall Dems did some great outreach at St. Pete Pride 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ with 59 new contact sign ups -- and voter registration success too!
Stonewall Dems' strength comes from Pinellas County lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied Democrats working together.
The Club's next Membership Meeting is Thursday, July 15 (always third Thursdays) and will feature St. Petersburg Municipal Candidates who have been invited to share some thoughts and participate in a Q&A session. This virtual General Meeting begins at 7pm (log in as early as 6:45pm). Find out Zoom info more details at their Facebook page or website.
The North Pinellas Democratic Club will gathers for its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 15 (always third Tuesdays) at the Scottish Cultural Center, 917 Louden Ave in Dunedin. Social time begins at 6:30pm, with meeting at 7:00pm. Zoom link also available.
July's guest speakers are:
  • Rene Flowers, Pinellas County Commissioner, will speak about the expansion of voting locations throughout the county, as well as the upcoming redistricting process.
  • Ken Welch, candidate for Mayor of St. Petersburg
  • Christian Trinidad,  Democratic Party District 64 Chair, Secretary of the Pinellas County Democratic Hispanic Caucus, and an Emmy Award winning producer.
 To keep up with NPDC activities, follow them on Facebook.
The Democratic Club of St. Petersburg will host a St. Petersburg Mayoral Candidates Forum on Wednesday, August 4 at 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg.
This Club always meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Allendale UMC. Follow the Club on Facebook or contact the Club for more info.
Pinellas Young Democrats will host a St. Pete Mayoral Race Candidate Forum on Thursday, July 29 at 7:30pm at Pinellas Ale Works.

Their General Meeting is at Democratic Headquarters, 2250 1st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, on Tuesday, July 20 at 7pm (always third Tuesday of each month). Zoom link also available. Find info on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The South St. Petersburg Democratic Club will host a St. Pete City Council Candidate Forum at their next meeting on Saturday, June 19 (always on the third Saturday of each month at 12pm) which will be live streamed to their Facebook page.
The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club convenes for a dinner meeting every second Thursday at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St N, Clearwater.  Social Hour is at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM.
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 July 19. They also coordinate a Pinellas Trail Clean Up activity every second Saturday. Find more info on their website or Facebook page.

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Dem Club meets on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Check out their website and Facebook page.  

Caucus News

Keep up with the activities of the Pinellas County Democratic Hispanic Caucus by following them on Facebook or contact them via email.
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.
The Disability Caucus for Pinellas Democrats will meet on Tuesday, August 3rd at 6pm. For more info, check their Facebook page or contact Jessica TomlinsonYou 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.
The Senior Caucus for Pinellas Democrats meets on second Mondays at 1:00 PM. Contact Eileen Navarro via email for information.

For information on the Pinellas Chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus follow their Facebook page.
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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