Happy New Year, Everyone!

This coming year we have an opportunity to build our team and get out in the community. I encourage you to get vaxxed, not complacent. By complacent, I do mean the virus but also the state of our Democracy.

We are proud of the things Team Biden and a DEM-majority Congress have accomplished. What happens next is going to be ugly, from McCarthy’s fight to be the speaker to the promised inquiry re: Hunter Biden’s laptop.

The first 2023 prediction from Steve Schmidt of “The Warning” has already come true. “There will be more shootings, and the first one will be on New Year’s Day.” Bingo! Right Here in Florida.

I am serious about the need to constantly let our elected officials know how we feel about no permit open carry in Floriduh! It’s insane!
For contact info on our state elected officials – https://keysdems.com/elected-officials/

Reminder – Our BLOG is up and running, and if you would like to submit something, please send it to – [email protected]

NOW, let’s get back to work!

Local Govt. Meetings this week

Wednesday, January 4

The Key West City Commission will meet at 5 pm in City Hall, 1300 White St., Key West, Fl. For details and agenda, click here: http://keywest.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Key Westers, I have an assignment for you. The city wants to renovate Mallory Square. A few months back, they took a survey of public opinion, hired a firm to use that info, and came up with two designs. It’s time for you to express your opinion again. Key West Island News, Linda Grist Cunningham, Editor, had a great piece in the Citizen Saturday, or you can read it online, look at the designs and then complete another survey that allows you to vote on what you like and what you don’t like. The city may do a mash-up of the ideas, but now is your chance to have a say. Here is the link to the online article, and you can access the survey from there: https://www.keywestislandnews.com/2022/12/mallory-square-design/

Activist Opportunities this month!

Monday, January 2

Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) Orl. will be holding a zoom on the coming Legislative session and the abortion issue in Florida. It starts at 6 pm tonight. Sign up here: https://mobilize.us/s/o85I4Y

Our Legislative Committee is getting ready to fire up their watchdog duties as the Floriduh Legislature is fixin’ to screw over the taxpayers one more time. (Read up on the sham Insurance bill the Gov is crowing about) Actually, he doesn’t want you to look at it too closely, which is why he is making so much noise about the vaccine manufacturers. If you have some spare time and are willing to serve on this committee, please reach out to Trish McGrath – [email protected]

Thursday, January 5

Key West Drinking Liberally will meet at 5:30 pm in the Backroom at Sally O’Brians on the corner of First and Flager Ave, Key West.

Saturday/Sunday, January 14-15

The Keys Dems will have a booth at the Key West Seafood festival on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15. We will have Voter Registration Forms and Petitions that we are working on. We need volunteers to work 2–3-hour shifts starting at 11 am until 8 pm on Saturday and 11 am until 5 pm on Sunday. There will be live music and craft booths, and FOOD! Email me – [email protected]

Monday, January 16

Monday the 16th is Martin Luther King Jr Day! We will again set up a table at Nelson English Park, 300 Catherine St. Key West, for Voter Registration and Petitions from noon to 4 pm. We will also participate in the Parade, which steps off at 5 pm. Volunteers, please email me!

Saturday, January 21

Key West NOW is planning a rally at Bayview Park in Key West to commemorate the passage of Roe vs. Wade 50 years ago! Phil, Dakin, Debra, and I will be out of town that weekend but would like to support this event with a table and handouts. Again, an opportunity to volunteer on a beautiful day to protest “Sharialito Law.” NOW is looking for folks who are willing to speak, not only on the abortion issue but possibly on the gun issue as well. Please contact Darlene Thomas if you would like to speak – [email protected] Please contact me if you are available to volunteer.

We will return to regular meetings in February – but we will be busy in the meantime! Don’t forget to sign up for these fun events! Email me at [email protected].

Thanks for voting and Volunteering!

Bert Sise/Chair