This November, let’s send a message that we will defend our rights, demand economic and social justice and elect candidates who will stand with us.
Andrew Gillum for Governor
Andrew Gillum is the democratic candidate for Governor of Florida. He is currently the Mayor of Tallahassee and is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Some of his endorsements include Senator Bernie Sanders, Dream Defenders, and Our Revolution. He is a non millionaire candidate and has relied heavily on grassroots donations and progressive and activist coalitions to support his campaign efforts. He has also accepted donations from George Soros and Tom Steyer. Gillum is a progressive candidate that is a huge proponent of criminal justice reform, immigration, marijuana legalization, gun control, and affordable health care. If elected, Andrew Gillum will become Florida’s first Black governor. When it comes to ensuring that Florida is an inclusive, progressive and economically viable state, Andrew Gillum is the man for the job.
Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate
Elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Prior to his time in the Senate, he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1978 – 1991) as well as a member of the Florida House of Representatives (1972-1978). As a US Senator, he has held a moderate stance on policing and mass incarceration and a mixed record on immigration. He demonstrates a pro-choice voting record and fights hard to ensure all Americans have access to health care. Nelson is also a supporter of public schools. As both a candidate and sitting Senator, he has done a poor job of reaching out to Latino and immigrant voter bases. He has been endorsed by AFL-CIO; while the majority of his donors are from the legal community (lawyers/law firms) and agribusiness. While Nelson is a seasoned Congressional leader, he has been pushed to take more progressive stances on healthcare and immigration by the grassroots.
Learn more about these ballot measures.
VOTE NO on Amendment #7
The measures requires employers to provide benefits to surviving spouses of first responders if they die while on official duty. It requires the state provide benefits to surviving spouses of active-duty military members who are killed. It requires a vote of 9 members of the 12 member board of governors to increase college fees. And it inserts the higher education structure as it exists into the constitution.
VOTE NO on Amendment #1
Increases the amount of a home’s value exempted from property tax. The $25,000 between $100,000 and $125,000 would become tax exempt except for school district taxes.
Vote YES on Amendment #11
Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.
Vote YES on Amendment #4
Restores the voting rights of Floridians with a felony conviction. Excludes felons convicted of murder and felony sexual offenses.
VOTE NO on Amendment #6
The measure adds a list of rights for crime victims, popularly known as Marsy’s law. It increases the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75. And it prohibits state courts from deferring to an agency’s interpretation of state laws.
VOTE NO on Amendment #10
The measure adds a state Department of Veterans Affairs, creates a state office of Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism, requires the legislature to convene sessions on the second Tuesday of January in even-numbered years, and prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices such as sheriffs, tax collectors, property appraisers, supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court. It also requires that those positions be elected positions.