Author: Teresa Jenkins

Florida 2020 Legislative Days

  New legislation for the 2020 Legislative session is being introduced in both Chambers of the Florida Legislature. You can find them here:  Florida House and Florida Senate.  Please feel free to make appointments with your representatives in local District offices this fall. Other documents you might find useful are bills we supported from 2019 …

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HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

  There is much to do at all levels as we try to thwart the Republican agenda and turn Florida blue. The Charlotte County Democratic Party needs your help to get Democrats elected at all levels of office in 2020. Volunteering is an excellent way to gain new knowledge, sharpen your skills, and even have …

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YES, You Should Run!

  Your neighbors need you. Florida needs you. Our country needs you. The future of our democracy and the planet are on the ballot in 2020. Our government is only as good as the people we elect to run it, and we’re in pretty sad shape right now. Too many good people won’t run for …

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New DNC Website

  The Democratic National Committee has released a new website for 2020. It’s still at the old address: Democrats.org. It’s worth a look. The site explains who the Democratic Party is and what it does, gives some history, does a nice job of laying out our values, including the current governing platform and provides some tools …

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Racial and ethnic impact of bills may be considered

Disparate treatment between black and white people apparently does not end in the streets or the jailhouse. Blacks are more likely to be found guilty than whites in Florida; they are more likely to spend time behind bars; their sentences are usually longer; and they are not given as many opportunities to avoid incarceration through …

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DEC Vice-Chair Speaks Out about Recent Mass Shootings

  On this sickening day when two mass shootings have happened in our country, I find it important to remind myself that mass shootings happen almost nowhere else but in the United States. We cannot become normalized to the regular pace of massive, execution-style killings. These horrific events are exclusive to the United States. So …

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The president wants 2020 to be about racial identity

The following is a statement from Teresa Jenkins, vice-chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee, in response to recent tweets from President Donald Trump urging four members of Congress (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley) to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which …

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Chair, Young Democrats’ Letter to the Editor

The Sun Newspaper recently published the following letter to the editor authored by Daniel Schwarz. There is a crisis at the border, but don’t be fooled by President Trump, it’s America’s fault, not the migrants. We treat people who are fleeing desperate circumstances like criminals just because they weren’t fortunate enough to be born in …

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Candlelight vigil in Punta Gorda to demand Freedom for Immigrant Children

On July 12, over 50 people attended Lights for Liberty sponsored by Indivisible Action SW Florida. The event was held at the United Congregational Church in Punta Gorda. Those in attendance called attention to the treatment of immigrant children in detention centers. The vigil resulted from reports of standing-room-only cells, infants going without diapers, and …

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Child detention is big business in the Trump administration

You’ve heard the phrase “follow the money.” It turns out that when it comes to child detention, the money trail is a foul one indeed. Companies and lobbyists stand to benefit. A number of companies have won lucrative contracts with the federal government to operate child detention shelters including the   Office of Refugee Resettlement …

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