Dear Members and Friends,
This month has been terrible with the bills the legislature is passing. They seem to have lost their minds. They are giving the fascist DeSantis everything he wants. I have been to Tally three times with many other members to make FL NOW visible in resistance.
Kat Duesterhaus has done so much to form the #OccupyTally coalition and plan the communications and the overall plan. She is a wonder. It is exhausting to drive to Tally just to see the GOP super majority ignore public comment and ignore debate on these bills. However, we can never give up. This is only the next step in our opposition. I am heartened that so many of you are engaging with #OccupyTally. Decisions are being made now on how we go forward in FL. We will be announcing them in the Reproductive Rights Plenary on Saturday, May 20, at the State Conference.
Good news is that we have our annual state conference May 19, 20, 21. It is important to be there. West Volusia NOW is sponsoring the Conference at The Florida Hotel in Orlando. We are planning an action on Friday afternoon if enough people are there—make signs at 1p or 2p and leave for action at 2:30p.
We have speakers for the member and friend reception Friday evening. The socializing will be great too. Saturday, we have a number of great speakers and workshops. We have a speaker on Sunday then FL NOW business and resolutions.
Amy Weintraub with Anna Eskamani and Planned Parenthood will share a big announcement with us and our next steps. Carlos Guillermo Smith will speak via zoom. Rabbi Silver will join us for lunch on Saturday. And more interesting speakers. You will have a hard time choosing among the workshops we will have.
Have you registered? REGISTER NOW! Registering now versus the last minute makes it easier for us to plan. We need WOKE WOMEN to meet, to rejuvenate, to move forward. I hope to see you there.
We need ads and donations for the Conference Program Book. We won’t have the candidate ads like we did right before the 2022 election. The ads really pay for the program. Please buy an ad or donate. Contact Judi Marraccini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Lebedeff, is very busy working on bylaw changes for the National Conference. I hope the National Conference is better than last year. I am going. Are you? It is June 30, July 1, and 2 in Virginia. Please consider giving scholarships to your young members/interns to attend from paying registration fee to air and hotel.
Suzanne Southard and Judi Marraccini are working on membership continuously. I am sorry that we haven’t been able to get all the fixes we need from National.
By the way, FL NOW and Greater Orlando NOW could not get by without interns. We give a $400 scholarship to interns for a semester of part time work. They are so much more adept at social media and making web updates plus expand our bandwidth and reach. I have a job description for a social media/web intern if you want to pursue getting an intern. Just email me email@example.com.
I really hope to see you at the annual Conference in Orlando. Please do get us some ads from the Chapter and from businesses that cover FL.