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COVID-19 collides with economic and racial inequality

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Kathleen Davey, Charlotte County Dems writer New COVID-19 cases and deaths increase at ever-growing rates. Protests following the killing of George Floyd went on for months. We are witnessing the pandemic colliding with racial inequity and economic inequality. The impact of COVID-19 on minority and lower-income communities has been more devastating than on

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Second Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Friday evening

Image provide by Carson McNamara Editor’s note: This article is published in the June 12, 2020 edition of the Charlotte Sun. Second Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Friday evening By LIZ HARDAWAY, STAFF WRITER PUNTA GORDA — If you missed last week’s Black Lives Matter protest, don’t worry, you have another opportunity. March for

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Picture of Black Lives Matter march held in Punta Gorda on June 5. Image provided by Carson McNamara.
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Black Lives Matter March returns to Punta Gorda

Black Lives Matter marchers peacefully protest the murder of George Floyd and racial injustice in a march held on June 5 in Punta Gorda. Image provided by Carson McNamara.   Last Friday, about 1000 people peacefully marched in Punta Gorda to demand justice for victims of racial injustice and police brutality. The marchers were diverse

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Why I am running to be your Florida State Representative

By David Jones, Democratic Candidate for Florida House of Representatives, District 75. Like most of us, I woke up on the Wednesday after the 2016 federal election depressed. After a few days, partially recovered, I knew I needed to do something besides waiting around for 2020. As I have learned after raising five children and

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Staggering costs of climate change, reasons for hope are topics of talk.

by Phyllis Wojcik, President, Charlotte County Democratic Environmental Council Over thirty individuals attended 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action on, a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it.  Alessia Leathers, a leader from The Climate Reality Project, joined volunteers around the world holding public presentations and conversations

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What she saw outside, looking in Port Charlotte woman witnesses migrant child detention

Between March 2018 and August 2019, more than 14,300 unaccompanied immigrant children were sheltered at a facility just outside of Miami. The Office of Refugee Resettlement calls this the Homestead Temporary Influx Facility, but Port Charlotte resident Vielka Wambold calls it a prison. Editors note: See the documentary film, “Witness at Tornillo”, featuring activist Josh

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Winning strategy targets increasing Vote-By-Mail enrollment

by Penelope Mayer, Precinct Coordinating Committee “Every election is determined by people who show up.” Larry J. Sabato Pendulum Swing Immediately after the 2018 midterms, our Precinct Coordinating Committee began work on a winning strategy to get out the vote (GOTV) in 2020. We are concentrating our efforts on enrolling Charlotte County Democrats and left-leaning

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Everything you need to know about the next Democratic debate

Image from WashingtonPost.com Ten candidates look likely to take the stage this month for the fifth Democratic presidential debate. The details The fifth Democratic debate is scheduled for Nov. 20 and will be co-hosted by The Washington Post and MSNBC. Here’s what you need to know. When: Coverage starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time on

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Englewood Dems Club Parade Float Wins Award and Acclaim

EDC members and others ready to march with their “Living the Dream on a Planet That’s Green” float in Pioneer Days Parade. Photo by David Williams. by Karn Cunningham, EDC Board Member and Pioneer Days Float Coordinator Hurricane Dorian tried, but failed, to stop the 63rd Englewood Pioneers Days Parade on Labor Day. The parade

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Blue Wave Coalition’s winning strategies come to Gulf Coast

by Jane Merriam, CCDEC Secretary Imagine more than doubling the number of Democratic elected officials in your area. That is what a grassroots organization did in St. Johns County in the 2018 elections. (St. Johns County is located on the Atlantic coast and St. Augustine is the county seat.) The grassroots organization, St. Johns County

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“Living The Dream On A Planet That’s Green” theme for Englewood Dem Club parade float

by Karn Cummingham, Englewood Democratic Club The Englewood Democratic Club had planned to march in the Englewood Pioneer Days Parade, originally scheduled for last Labor Day. Those plans and the parade were blown away when Hurricane Dorian threatened our area. Pioneer Day organizers vowed to continue the 63-year-old tradition and have rescheduled festivities and the

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Charlotte Dems address their concerns to State Representatives

by Jane Merriam, Secretary, Charlotte County Democrats  Four Charlotte County Democrats spoke to local state legislators about issues affecting Charlotte County that we would like to be addressed during the 2020 Legislative Session. Bill Welsh, Brenda Curtis, Judith Fincher, myself, and more than 15 other Charlotte Dems were among  about 75 residents who met with

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Florida, Florida, Florida

  by Larry Kuranowicz, Voter Outreach Looking back at the fateful words of the late Tim Russert, on a night in 2000 when many of us went to bed thinking Al Gore was going to be the next President, only to wake and find out it was not to be. Once again in 2020, Florida

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CC Democratic Club reschedules Labor Day Picnic

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB IS HAVING A LABOR DAY REDO Date: Saturday, September 28th Time: 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Where: Democratic Club Headquarters Sunnydell Plaza 3596 Tamiami Trail, Pt. Charlott Cost: $15…$10 if you’re under 18 Food: Grilled Hamburgers & Brats, Salad Beverages & More Come on out. Bring Family & family and friends and

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