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Upcoming events (5)

Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus

Online event

Dear Neighbors, I made a personal decision not to post demonstration notices here. Though I am white, my deep heart cries with my friends and neighbors, I could not in good consciousness contribute to the potential for spreading the virus and/or sending anyone into harms way Now, as we settle down, I take advice from sane leaders, especially our black and brown leaders who are saying to organize. But it is not up to white people to tell black people what to do. They are quite capable of charting their own course, thank you very much. The Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus has been rallying for about a year and so we already have a solid organized group right here in our county. If you want to help but didn't get to a demonstration, send money! Contact them and volunteer, though I must warn you that the leader is adamant about us of the melanin-challenged persuasion not coming in and giving organizing advice. Ask if you can help, even if you can't listen into this meeting. June 4, 2020 ★ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm ★ Online Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus Monthly Meeting Join us as we engage in initiatives of voter registration, voter education, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). SDBC is setting local goals and initiatives. Come join us as we engage in initiatives of voter registration, voter education, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). SDBC is setting local goals and initiatives. Come join us! We meet the 1st Thursday of every month. Sign up for our ZOOM virtual meeting! All you need is a computer (camera is helpful, but not required), tablet, or your smart phone. To join this event, look for your ZOOM instructions in your signup confirmation and the 2 reminder emails (the day before and the morning of the meeting). Emails will be sent from Sarasota County Democratic Party. Details & Sign up here. https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/274073/ Or contact Dee McFarland at[masked]

Environmental Caucus w/ Cathy Antunes on Dark Money

Online event

June 8, 2020 ★ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ★ Online Environmental Caucus Monthly Meeting Cathy Antunes will give us an update on the status of dark money in local and state elections. This is a follow-up discussion from our May meeting about how most environmental issues are decided locally. About this event Cathy is the host of "The Detail", a radio show about local politics on WSLR 96.5 FM. Her topic for this meeting is an update on the status of dark money in local and state elections . This is a follow-up discussion from our May meeting about how most environmental issues are decided locally. Details & Sign up here. https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/275222/ To enter the meeting, look for the ZOOM link in your SIGN UP CONFIRMATION and the 2 REMINDER EMAILS (the day before and the morning of the event.)

Free Training for Contact Tracers from Johns Hopkins (Part II)

Dear Friends, I have reposted this on this day for no reason. I believe it is an on- going course. I have heard from one person who took the course who reported that it went smoothly. BUT when he contacted the FL Health Dept. THEY HAD NOT EVEN HEARD ON CONTRACT TRACING. I have posted his report below. He has since received a very vague and confusing letter from them. Posted in photo section below. Please, if you hear anything let us know. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is a link to information about becoming a contact tracer. Paid positions are currently available in New York State. Florida? There are currently volunteer tracers, but as an MD said about this , "You get what you pay for." Will Florida be hiring tracers? No idea. But if they do people who have taken the course may be first in line to be hired. So here is information for you to ponder. You may want to volunteer without pay (for now?) I don't know if one can live in Florida and 'work' in NY. If you find out, please let us know below in comments. It is a 6 hour course. All contacting is done by phone. No in person contacts. HERE IS GENERAL INFO: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/05/11/free-contact-tracing-course-johns-hopkins/ Register for the course "COVID-19 Contact Tracing" is available for free to anyone in the world via Coursera HERE IS LINK TO APPLY: https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing Good luck to everyone. Remember: Wearing a mask can lower rate of infection by as much as 75%. Wash your hands! Don't touch your face when out and about. Here is report from Timothy S: We were told by out President and our Governor reopen , and we would have what was needed to stomp out COVID -19 ( testing for everyone, contact-tracing , etc) I recently completed the Coursera COVID-19 Contact Tracing course by Johns Hopkins University . ( I highly recommend it ) . We do this because we want to do our part to battle this deadly pandemic in our community . Yesterday I called the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota . Not only do they not have this program in place . I was asked " What is COVID-19 Contact Tracing exactly ?" This is both disheartening and frustrating . I was passed on to someone who I was to email my info . And she would get back to me with info on the local level, and statewide level by email . All the while the clock is still ticking , and the death toll in just the US has exceeded 100,000 + . As of this morning I have not heard one word from the FDOH Sarasota ? These are the numbers from the Florida Department of Health website . Out of 53,285 positive cases by exposure sources 24,294 were contact with confirmed cases ! 17,713 were under investigation ,and who is doing this investigation ? The others were from contact from travel . PS from Susan: See letter finally received by Timothy from Health Dept

Public Education Town Hall w/ School Board candidates Edwards & Graham

My dear friends, While all "this" is going on, behind the scenes, much corruption and power grabbing is going on. Here in our county there is tons of Dark Money being pouring into the Sar. County School Board race. Why? Because members and and prospective candidates are invested personally in private charter schools, though cleverly laundered. Hear experts talk about why private education is undermining our democracy. And if there are any pluses to being in our homes, we can all benefit by not having travel all the way the Englewood to hear the good guy candidates DAVID GRAHAM and TOM EDWARDS answer questions. IMPORTANT - FINAL ELECTIONS FOR "NON-PARTISAN" SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE DECIDED ON AUG. 18 PRIMARY. PLEASE REGISTER, REQUEST VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION AND VOTE IN AUGUST. See info in other postings here on Meet up Resist. June 11, 2020 ★ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ★ Online Englewood Town Hall - Education The Englewood Democratic Precincts (527, 543, 545) present a Town Hall meeting with Dan DeLeo, President of Sarasota Citizens for Better Schools, Dr. Norine Hemping, Founder of Citizens for Quality Public Education (Collier County), and School Board Candidates Tom Edwards and David Graham. Each panelists will present with a Q & A session to follow. Details & Sign up here. Your must request link to online discussion by filling out their form a couple days prior. https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/277473/ PS - You can wear your pajamas is you wish.

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