Time to Turn the Tide and Get Back on Track--America Needs Your Help
By Annisa Karim
Collier County Democratic Party Chair
It’s June 2020 in America. We’ve passed the somber milestone of 100,000 COVID deaths in this country. States are opening up as the numbers continue to rise. Armed militias are attacking our state houses demanding that we ignore science and allow Trump to continue increasing our debt to unprecedented levels. Americans are being murdered in the streets by the very people sworn to protect them.
It’s getting harder and harder to recognize this country. It’s time to turn the tide. It’s time to focus and decide how much we actually want to work towards making sure that we elect sane leadership.
Ask yourself what you’re willing to do to make sure we elect leaders that believe in the promise of “liberty and justice for all." How much are you willing to work to elect people up and down the ballot that believe in science, in human rights, in freedom of speech, in the idea that everyone should have access to basic healthcare without going bankrupt
Can you donate time to help elect people that want to restore decency to the county, state, and federal government?
If you can volunteer, we have a job for you. Sign up for a Virtual Volunteer Orientation here:
My friends, the Florida Democratic Party, the Collier County Democratic Party, and all of our clubs and caucuses are working hard to make sure we deliver Florida to Joe Biden in November.
We need your help. YOU are part of this Party and we need you to help us make it across the finish line. Here's how we win:
Register to Vote-by-Mail.
Ask three friends to register to Vote by Mail.
Make sure your friends and family are registered to vote.
Our Country is depending on us.
Let’s keep moving
Mark Your Calendar For a Virtual Community Meeting With Joe Biden's Campaign on June 6
The Biden Campaign for President will hold a virtual community meeting on June 6 at 4 p.m. and you are invited to attend.
They are looking to accomplish three things from this meeting:
1. To hear from local Democrats about the issues that matter to them here in Collier County.
2. To understand and get contact information of what local activist groups are prominent here in Collier County.
3. To convey to the local Collier democrats what the Biden Campaign is doing and how volunteers can get involved.
The Collier County Democratic Party supports the NAACP in its mission to "secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons." Please join us for a peaceful, physically distanced rally on the courthouse steps on June 10. Please wear masks and bring your own signs.
Hendry County Democrat, Laura Novosad,
is Running for Florida State House District 80
Laura Novosad, president of the Democratic Women's Club of Hendry County, is running for the District 80 Florida House seat. The district covers Hendry and eastern Collier counties.
This means we have Democrats running for all three Florida House district seats in Collier County.
rom her announcement:
"I will fight to win this race and take that fighting spirit on to Tallahassee. I have been watching our elected officials and it is sad that our legislative body has stopped working on sound policy. I want to change that...
"I have lived in Florida House District 80 for over 22 years, first in Collier and now in Hendry... I know that our representatives in Tallahassee should and could do better..."
Do you love writing post cards to Democratic voters?
Our next post card event is in the planning stages and will be ready in the next few weeks. Watch for a special announcement so you can sign up to participate!
Voter Protection Virtual Training Begins on June 17; Here's How to Sign Up
Mark your calendar for these two training classes. The first,
Voter Protection Roles
, will cover Poll Watcher, Poll Greeter, Command Center, Ballot Curing and Recounts. Take this training and you will be prepared to perform any of the roles during the August Primary.
You can volunteer for one or more roles once you have completed training.
The second training class,
Issue Logging with LBJ
, will cover the Democratic National Committee software tool used to log issues.
This training is necessary for Poll Watchers, Poll Greeters and Command Center volunteers.
Both training classes will be held on the GoToMeeting platform. You may join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone
Calling All Volunteers!
The pandemic has changed the way we all live and do business.
We have developed Virtual Volunteer Orientation to give you the information you need so that you can resume your volunteer activities or, if you’ve never volunteered with us before, learn how you can get started. We have redesigned all of our activities to comply with all CDC guidelines (no contact, social distancing, and virtual events).
We invite all volunteers to learn about opportunities in the age of Coronavirus. Click on the link below to register for a time that works for you. You will then receive an email with detailed, step-by-step instructions on what you need to do to get ready for our Virtual Volunteer Orientation.
You can participate from any location with a wifi connection, so if you’re a snowbird and you still want to help Biden and the other Democrats take back Florida, you can join us!
Click on this link and choose a date to join us:
Do you want to know how to find remote events to help Democrats during the pandemic? Do this:
- Go to CollierDems.org
- Click on the red MobilizeAmerica button on the top right corner of the landing page
- Click on “ any kind of event” and select “remote event” from the menu
- In the “near” box enter “Collier County, FL, USA”
- Enter the date you want to volunteer (or skip to see all)
- In the “Campaign or Organization” box enter “Collier County DEC”
- Then click “ search”
Scroll through the search results to see all the events we are sponsoring.
Many volunteers are asking how to get involved to support their favorite candidates. You can find their events by typing the candidate’s’ name in the “Campaign or Organization” box.
Call, text or email if you have any questions or problems.
Collier County Democratic Party
(239) 300 1632
Mark Your Calendar for June 15 for the Next Meeting of the Collier County Democratic Club
On June 15, please join the CCDC for a virtual meeting with Scott Burgess, Director of the David Lawrence Center. He will present on the Mental Health Needs of Collier County. We will also announce the results of our recent CCDC Board Member election.
Monday, June15 -- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
Democratic Women's Clubs of Collier, Marco Host Joint Virtual Meeting on Voter Suppression
Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
ZOOM Virtual Meeting
DWC Collier welcomes back Dr, Dale Anderson- His subject is HR 1,
“For the People Act”
and the comprehensive voting reform bill introduced last year. He will focus on aspects of the legislation aimed at fighting voter suppression by expanding mail ballots, early voting, etc.
929 8427 5906
For more information:
Are You Registered to Vote?
State law requires local supervisors of elections to occasionally purge their voter rolls of inactive voters and Collier County has been very aggressive about this.
Are you still registered?
Need more information on how to find out or how to register to vote in Collier County? The Collier County Democratic Party is here to help. Visit our web page here:
Come Join the CCDC at the Club's June Virtual Happy Hour Social for Fun and Contests
Please join us "virtually" from your home with a cocktail (or other beverage) on Monday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to connect with other like-minded people and discuss how we can remain sane until November while living in the Trump Twilight Zone!
Until we can safely gather together again, the CCDC will be using "GoToMeeting" for all of our monthly Virtual Happy Hour Socials. June's will begin at 5 p.m., however, you can "stop-by" anytime.
Marv Diamond and Anne Daley will be our hosts. If you have any questions on how to use "GoToMeeting" you can call Anne at
We're going to have a
Best Trump Joke Contest
Best Costume Contest
-- you can compete in none, one, or both! You'll use the chat feature in "GoToMeeting" to send your votes. What do you win? Why, the adulation of your fellow Dems of course!
Here is the information to attend the June Virtual Happy Hour Social:
Please join us from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412
Access Code: 471-035-589
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app at:
What Time Is It? It's Trivia Time!
Our third VIRTUAL Trivia game is right around the corner….join us!
Here’s how it works. You can pick your team members ahead of time. Everyone on your team should sign up to play (it’s a fundraiser). You don’t need a team to play….playing solo is sometimes more fun!
Then, on June 11 log-in and play. We’ll ask questions and you and your team can call each other (or text, or send smoke signals, or use your powers of telepathy….) and work out the answers.
At the end of each round, your PREDESIGNATED scribe will submit your team’s answers in the chat box.
Remember, you’ll be using the same team name for the entire game…so pick a good one. We'll also take a group photo!
For this on-line Trivia Fundraiser, we’ll rely on the honor system. Please do not use the internet or any other resources to search for answers.
Please forward this to your favorite Democrats all over the country. We can only accommodate 60 people….so register today.
Once you register, you’ll receive an email with the GoTo Meeting™ instructions. We’ll try to start the Trivia game as close to 6 p.m. on June 11 as possible, so plan on log-in in at 5:45 or so if you are not familiar with this platform.
Social Distancing With Naples Pride
Each year, the Collier County Democratic Party supports organizations working to achieve equality for members of our community. This year, Naples Pride is hosting an informal “Parade” in lieu of holding a huge event at Cambier Park. We encourage you to participate!
On Saturday, June 6 decorate your car with flags, signs, balloons, or anything that shows your LGBTQ+ pride and join us to drive around town displaying our
We will "informally" meet at 10:30 a.m. at the parking lot of North Collier County Regional Park and will start driving at 11 a.m. No one should get out of their car, just find a spot and wait until the start is announced.
We will drive north on Livingston Road, west on Immokalee Road, south on U.S. 41, west on 5th Avenue S., south on 3rd Street. S., east on Broad Ave, and north on 8th Street. S. ending in Cambier Park for a "social distance" group picture (Only if possible).
The leading vehicle will carry the official Naples Pride banner.
We will drive in the right lane at, or slightly below, the mandatory speed limit, and will stop at ALL intersections
David Holden elected Biden Delegate; Others Also Named to Attend Democratic Convention
Congressional candidate David Holden was among four Democrats from Collier County elected to serve as delegates for Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention.
Others elected from Congressional District 19 as Biden delegates include Elizabeth "Lisa" Constance and Kyle Jaffe, both of Collier County, and Sandra McClinton of Lee County.
In Congressional District 25, which includes eastern Collier, Lois Cohen was named a Biden delegate. Fleener Cophy of Collier was named a Sanders delegate in District 19.
Cindy Banyai Named to the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate List
Congressional candidate Cindy Banyai has been named a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate. She is among three local candidates with that distinction.
Maureen Porras Endorsed by Ruth's List and Sen. Annette Taddeo
Maureen Porras, running for Florida House District 105, has received a pair of endorsements, the first from the pro-choice Ruth's List and also from both of the state senators in the district, which includes portions of eastern Collier County
Sara McFadden Qualifies for November Ballot
Sara McFadden has qualified to be on the November ballot as a candidate for State House District 106.
Javier Estevez Salutes His Mom on Mother's Day
"My mom is one of the reasons I’m running for office. She taught me to work hard, never give up, and when you see injustice you stand up and fight."
DeSantis Ignoring His Own Reopening Plans
As we enter week three of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s phased plan for reopening Florida, his office has already deviated from his phase 1 plan by increasing capacity at certain businesses to 50 percent.
Fried Attacks DeSantis For Freezing Her Out
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried lit into Gov. Ron DeSantis during the Florida Cabinet’s first meeting since February, for freezing her out of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Presidential Race Florida is Really Talking About
In the South’s biggest battleground, it’s already 2024, and the backstabbing and money-grabbing have already begun.
Rooney Continues to be AWOL on Key Votes
The U.S. House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by near unanimous vote. Despite being allowed to vote remotely, Francis Rooney, once again, took a powder.
Jennifer Edwards Interviewed on Our Democratic Party Podcast
Vice Chair Jeff Spencer's latest episode of the Collier Democratic Roundup is available for listening now.
SWFL Legislators Get Failing Grades -- Again!
a progressive, non-profit advocacy organization, has given all but one of Southwest Florida’s state House representatives failing grades for their votes during the 2020 legislative session.
OPINION: Working Class Are the Spirit of America
The working class of the United States has become a shell of its former self as corporations and billionaires such as Jeff Bezos look to undermine their workers’ health and safety.
THE STRANGE FILES: Grim Reaper Awaits You Seaside
A party pooper in the Florida Panhandle has a grim warning for beachgoers as pandemic restrictions are lifted.
In Memoriam: Carolyn Willis
(April 25, 1930 – May 28, 2020)
Our dear friend, Carolyn Willis, passed away on Thursday in hospice care. Carolyn died peacefully and her daughter, Georgia, was by her side.
Carolyn was born in Madison, Indiana; she had an affinity for reading and writing her whole life, which led her to a career in journalism. Carolyn met George while pursuing her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Indiana University. Once she confirmed he was a Democrat, she agreed to a first date.
George and Carolyn married and while George taught political science at the University of Toledo, Carolyn worked as a journalist and worked on the campaigns of Democrats at the local, state, and federal level. She was a key member of the 1988 Howard Metzenbaum campaign in Ohio. Carolyn worked hard to elect John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Additionally, she worked diligently on gubernatorial campaigns in Florida.
Carolyn and George Willis moved to Naples in 1990 and were charter members of the Collier County Democratic Party and the Collier County Democratic Club. She served as president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Collier County and the Secretary of the Collier Democratic Party.
Carolyn believed everyone deserved a fighting chance in this great country of ours; she instilled that value in her three children and worked hard to make sure we elected policy makers that believed in their communities as well.
Carolyn was loved by so many people and will be dearly missed. She leaves a legacy of love, grace, courage, and hard work. She believed in people – and that helped them believe in themselves.
When a memorial service is possible, we will provide those details.
Help Us Win In 2020
With Your $20.20 Donation
The Florida Democratic Party has announced that it is expanding its staff with the goal of having the largest state election organization in the country.
Here in Collier County, we expect to be more busy than ever before in 2020. Which is why we are blessed to have a party headquarters from which we can direct our efforts to turn Florida blue.
With the challenges we face because of the pandemic, this is more important now than ever as we prepare to relaunch our activities.
We need your help to sustain this--literally to keep the lights on and to help Democrats win. We are all volunteers, but there is overhead--printing, stamps, phones, rent, etc.
A sustaining donation of $20.20 a month will make a world of difference. Won't you help?
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