Legislative Academy 1.20.18

Women’s March Jacksonville and
The Jacksonville Progressive Coalition present:

The 2018 NE Florida Legislative Academy

WHEN: Jan. 20 from 1- 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: IBEW Hall, 966 North Liberty Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206.

WHY: This event is designed to help us all turn our attention to Tallahassee during the 2018 Legislative session (January-March). This is a 60-day period when so much damage can be done to our lives and to our state through ill-conceived legislation. We hope to educate our members, friends, and families on the legislative issues impacting women and working families, our environment and our educators, and young people who are our future. We plan to organize to support good, progressive legislation and to defeat the continuing attacks on the people and the environment of Florida.

WHO: Scheduled presenters include:

Judy Sheklin—Jacksonville NOW
Samir Gupte—NE Florida ACLU
Tom Larson—NE Florida Sierra Club
John Meeks—Florida Education Association
Karen Morian—Florida AFL-CIO

SIGN UP! Please attend this event to FIGHT for FLORIDA! Register here.


THERE’S MORE: This special event is part of a weekend of action to mark the anniversary of the historic Women’s March on Washington. Events will be taking place across Florida and across the country!

LIBERATION RALLY: In Jacksonville, we will hold a MAJOR RALLY on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. Speakers, educators, entertainment, artwork, commemorative items, and specific actions you can take to help. Our focus is Power to the Polls: Voter registration, restoration, and education. We’re also raising awareness and funds for our sister islands still affected by the last hurricane season: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the Keys. Check out all the details here. Sponsorships and tables going quickly; apply for a spot today.

Volunteers Needed for Women’s Day of Action

The Women’s March Jacksonville is holding a Women’s Day of Action on January 21, 2018 at The Jacksonville Landing to celebrate the one year anniversary of Women’s March. We are looking for volunteers to help.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete this form. Feel free to share with friends and other supporters.

Women in Politics: Featuring Local Leaders

Spurred on by the results of the last presidential election, women across the country are taking action by running for office, and Jacksonville is no exception!

Join Women’s March Jax to hear more about the trends in politics, what it’s like to run for office (and win!) and what our local female politicians are doing to change the direction of our local and state governments.

We are pleased to welcome:
**Ellen Glasser, Mayor-Elect of Atlantic Beach;
**Tracye Polson, Candidate for Florida State House District 15;
**Meredith O’Malley Johnson, Political Consultant, who will update us on the trends for women in politics and the millenial view of the new world before us.

More speakers to be announced!

Legislative Update:
We’ll also provide tables with legislative updates on the issues that concern our issue captains in the coming legislative season. Get educated, write postcards, and raise your voice!

We will close with a call to action, including: Keep getting involved, keep advocating for our rights and issues, and keep running for office: women’s leadership in politics (from all generations!) is needed now more than ever!

Please attend this important event that schowcases how the world really has changed since the election…and how we can continue to make a huge difference in the world the more we get involved.

Senator Aaron Bean & Representative Cord Byrd in Neptune Beach


COME- LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! – Sen. Bean and Representative Byrd speaking.

Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm
Beaches Branch Library
600 3rd St., Neptune Beach
Topic: 2018 Legislative Session Issues
Speaker: Senator Aaron Bean & Representative Cord Byrd

Senator Aaron Bean is the sponsor of (Senate Bill) SB 444 to fund the so called “crisis pregnancy centers”. The bill does not require these centers to be staffed by licensed medical personnel, and they are not subject to HIPPA laws, so women’s privacy is at stake. More importantly, these facilities don’t provide comprehensive information about options such as abortion, and birth control. Their mission is to promote childbirth.Additionally, Florida has yet to provide Medicaid expansion. According to Scott Darius, the executive director of Florida Voices for Health, there are proposals to slash Medicaid payments to hospitals by nearly a billion dollars this legislative session. These cuts will impact hardworking Florida citizens. Florida should take advantage of Medicaid expansion which would fund actual coverage to Floridians, and provide vital access to health care.

Hope that you can attend this important meeting. Our legislators need to hear from us. Our legislators must be made aware that Floridians deserve better representation.

Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm:
Beaches Branch Library
600 3rd St., Neptune Beach
Topic: 2018 Legislative Session Issues
Speaker: Senator Aaron Bean & Representative Cord Byrd