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| July 13, 2017

URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR AUGUST 29 PRIMARY ELECTION

Pinellas County is now covered by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which means that The Supervisor of Elections Office must provide all printed election materials in both English and Spanish, and must provide Spanish language assistance at polling places.  

Spanish speaking poll workers are desperately needed for the St. Petersburg Primary Election on August 29, 2017 and for future elections. There is not a separate position for translators. You would work a regular position and do translation as needed. You can see a list of the positions with descriptions at http://www.votepinellas.com/ Poll-Worker/Poll-Worker- Information#positions 

Election Day pay varies from $115 to $210, depending on the assigned position.  

 The requirements to be a poll worker are:

  • You must be a registered or pre-registered voter in Pinellas County.
  • All poll workers must be able to read and write English.
  • You must attend the required poll worker training class or classes (based on poll worker position).
  • To be a Spanish Translator, you must pass a written Spanish Test.
  • All poll workers must be at their assigned polling place by 5:30 a.m. (5 am in some locations) on Election Day.  The day ends for poll workers when all votes have been accounted for and all materials have been packed away, usually around 8:00 p.m.

To apply for the job, please call the Poll Worker Department at 727-464-6110.

VIDEO: Everything You Need to Make The Most of August Recess
Over the course of August, Congress will be on recess for several weeks. This is a tremendous opportunity for Indivisible groups across the country to keep up the pressure on their senators and representatives. Whether at festivals, town halls, parades, public events, or even fundraisers, August recess is a huge moment for grassroots groups to demonstrate their strength and reach, and to make their voices heard and continue holding their members of Congress accountable. Indivisible is excited to partner with NextGen on a video series to give simple and practical tips for constituents looking to make their voices heard. These videos cover some of the most common tools grassroots groups can use to exercise their constituent power this recess—from asking a tough question at a town hall, to holding your own constituents’ town hall if your member of Congress won’t have one, to shooting compelling video that can get press coverage and go viral.
 Go Out and Do It: Making Yourself Heard Over August Recess

Every Tuesday-Resist Trump Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry Blvd, Tampa. Sponsored by Indivisible Tampa – Join us every Tues for our ongoing show of dissent! Bring your favorite sign.
 
Every Wednesday – Independent Investigation Rally, 12 noon – 1:30pm
@ St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33711. Ongoing Wednesday rallies to demand a public, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Bring signs! We meet on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Pete Judicial Building.  Organized by Floridians Against Corruption & Treason (FACT).
https://www.facebook.com/FloridiansAgainstCorruptionandTreason
 

Thursday, August 17 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Pinellas Stonewall Democrats invite you to their next meeting on the third Thursday every month. We invite you to participate in our monthly discussion. Bring your thoughts and ideas. Join us at the Democratic Headquarters, 2250 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg

FMI: http://www.stonewallpinellas.org/

Friday, August 18 – 7 pm
Film Screening: “TOMORROW”
TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.  Love offering appreciated ($5 cash suggested). Hosted by First Unity Spiritual Campus, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club, and Enlightened Leadership Solutions.
https://www.facebook.com/events/932743990199899/

First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33703

Tuesday, August 22 – Saturday, November 4
Become a Water Steward
Working With Water, Working With People

To make a difference concerning the issues surrounding water quality and quantity in our communities, we must understand the various ways in which we interact with water. As Floridians, we are connected to our oceans and bays by our faucets and laundries, to our neighborhood ponds and lakes by our yards and streets, and to our regional and statewide neighbors by our surface and groundwater supplies.

This new program will use expert presentations, online explorations, experiential learning, field experience in watershed science, and communication skills training to foster a greater understanding of these interactions and provide the tools necessary to become stewards of our water resources.

During this seven-session course, participants will travel to locations across Pinellas County to explore the natural beauty, learn about emerging water issues, and meet with local experts.

Participants will also work together to facilitate a stewardship project that makes a difference in the community, attend a relevant stakeholder meeting and explore online resources to learn more about water between class sessions.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 5:30 PM –Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT
LOCATIONS VARY (1st Class @ Brooker Creek Preserve)
Cost $89 – REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 pm
Volunteer with the Say Yes To Second Chances Campaign!

Florida is one of only four states where a person permanently loses the right to vote because of a past felony conviction. As a result, one in ten Floridians are shut out of our democracy.

We have an opportunity to change that – to make our laws reflect our belief in second chances. Join the Pinellas Chapter of the ACLU of Florida on Tuesday, August 22, in St. Petersburg for a petition-gathering strategy session where we’ll outline the many ways you can be involved with the campaign, and plan petition-gathering efforts.

Pinellas County: Petition-gathering strategy session
Allendale UMC, 3803 Haines Rd N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703

We also need ACLU supporters to sign up for petition-gathering events in our region.

Monday, August 28    Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer, Session # 1    St Pete   6 – 8 pm
A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But how does that work? What can citizens do to make a difference in the political world? This fall, the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area will present three free public workshops where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement. Advance registration available now at

https://solutions.spcollege.edu/events/democracy-101-a-civic-action-primer/

August 28 – Session #1, 6:00pm @ American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg, FL

September 13  – Session #2, 6:00 pm @  SPC – Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

December 6 – Session #3, 6:00 pm @ SPC EpiCenter Services, 13925 58th St N, Clearwater, FL 33760

Mixed group. Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Solutions at St Petersburg College and the League of Women Votes of the St Petersburg area.

FMI: Contact Geanne A Marks @ 727-433-0354 or email geannemarks@hotmail.com

August 30, noon
Join with UltraViolet and the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg’s Reproductive Rights Action Group in this visibility event to call out sexism and anti-women policies. If we don’t act, we might soon be starring in our own real-life version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

This August is a key moment for women to resist – to rise up and boldly demonstrate that a society where women are treated as anything but equals will not be tolerated.

PLEASE NOTE: Ultraviolet is lending us outfits — you do not need to purchase or rent robes or bonnets as long as you register!!

St. Petersburg handmaids will walk in silent procession around downtown blocks; this is in tandem with the weekly Wednesday noon protests held by FACT at the Judicial Building.

Registration is free, but required. Click here!
https://act.weareultraviolet.org/event/handmaids_resist_events_attend/1787

Tuesday, September 12 – 6 pm
No Nazis at UF – Protest Richard Spencer
University of Florida Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611

Well documented white supremacist Richard Spencer will be speaking at the University of Florida on September 12. We will share informations and support any actions taken to not allow this event to take place. However, so long as this event is still scheduled, we will be coordinating rides from across the state to protest the event and not allow a repeat of the recent events from UVA to happen here at the University of Florida.

September 16, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit, Taking Care of Our Peninsula on a Peninsula

Sunrise Over the Bay will focus on how we are working toward clean energy and clean water. Topic include solar energy co-ops, actions the City and County have taken in support of solar energy, community solar opportunities, storm waste and wastewater planning, integrated sustainability action plan, and beach replenishment. Our goal is to educate and engage people about why we need Clean Energy and Clean Water in St Pete today!

REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT REQUIRED:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hljhxzdab&oeidk=a07eeg0c71f3cf15f14

https://www.facebook.com/events/160301314539024/

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg 33701.

September 25 & 26

The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area will conduct two General Election Candidate Forums in September, hosted by the City of St. Petersburg. At these forums, the League moderator will pose questions from those submitted in writing by audience members, providing the public an opportunity to hear what candidates have to say about critical issues facing the city.

Monday, September 25th: Council Candidates
Candidate Forum: City Council Districts 2, 4, and 6
St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Doors open to public at 6:00 pm and the forum begins at 6:30 pm.   

Tuesday, September 26th: Mayoral Candidates
Candidate Forum: St. Petersburg Mayoral Candidates
St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Doors open to public at 6:00 pm and the forum begins at 6:30 pm.   

These forums will be televised live on StPeteTV, the city’s government-access channel, which is available on Spectrum Channel 641, WOW! Channel 15, Frontier Channel 20, and on the city’s website, www.stpete.org. The forums will also be replayed on the channel and accessible through the city’s YouTube channel.

Both forums hosted by the City of St. Petersburg and moderated by LWVSPA.

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