May Membership Meeting with Special Guest Brian Lee

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 6:30pm. Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Brian Lee will be discussing environmental issues impacting North Florida and our state.

The membership meeting will be held at Milano Pizzeria, 514 W. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

April Membership Meeting with Guest Speakers

The next meeting of the Capital Equality Democratic Caucus will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 6:30pm. Nicole Soza of the Tallahassee Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America and Lakey Love of Women’s March Florida Tallahassee/Panhandle Chapter will be providing information about their organizations and priorities. Additionally, attorney Desmond Meade will be discussing his efforts to pursue a constitutional ballot initiative that would automatically restore the voting rights of felons convicted of non-violent offenses.

The membership meeting will be held at Blue Tavern, 1206 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, and is open to all Democrats.

Grab a friend and join us for an informative and entertaining session! We hope to see you there!

Capital Equality Opposes Anti-LGBTQ Appointment to Constitution Revision Commission

Last night, the Republican Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives announced his appointments to Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission. His appointments included radical extremist John Stemberger, president of the anti-family group: the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC).

Despite claiming a long history of service to Florida’s families, Stemberger has done just the opposite. He led the losing effort to add illegal and unconstitutional discriminatory language to Florida’s Constitution banning marriage equality—costing taxpayers millions. After losing the fight of his career, Stemberger continued a hate-filled tirade against LGBTQ families by saying they “want to force their aberrant views on human sexuality upon the rest of society by the mandate and penalty of law.”

“The appointment of John Stemberger to a commission charged with improving our state’s primary governing document is not only unconscionable but is also a direct threat to Florida’s families,” said Andy Janecek, President of Capital Equality Democratic Caucus. “Stemberger’s radical positions against equality for all and freedom are dangerous. We’re calling on Speaker Corcoran to immediately withdraw this appointment.”

Stemberger’s record of failure has proven he misunderstands both the U.S. Constitution and the bedrock of freedom this country was founded on. The Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled against Stemberger’s radical, special interest agenda that harms Florida families. Placing him on Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is unwise and risky. It jeopardizes Florida’s brand as a family-friendly state and could cost taxpayers millions if Stemberger pushes his unconstitutional, radical agenda into the Florida Constitution.

Mayor Gillum Announces Campaign for Governor

This Saturday in Kleman Plaza, you have an opportunity to help kick off Mayor Gillum’s campaign. The festivities begin at 11am. Don’t miss this chance to get the 2018 election cycle off to a positive start!

Silenced No More: Felon Rights Restoration

In lieu of our standard membership meeting, this month you’re invited to join the Big Bend Democratic Progressive Caucus, Capital Equality Democratic Caucus, Leon County Democratic Black Caucus, and the Leon County Democratic Party for a discussion on the status of civil rights restoration for felons in Florida.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Program Room A of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library in downtown Tallahassee at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. For more information, contact barry@capitalequality.org.

FDP Statement on Trump’s Attack on Transgender Students

Today, following Donald Trump’s rollback of the Obama administration’s protections of transgender students, Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Terry Fleming issued the following statement:

“Democrats believe that everyone should be treated fairly with the respect and dignity they deserve — especially our students. Every child deserves to be able go to school without fear of being bullied and harrassed. The Florida Democratic Party will always stand up for transgender students and Donald Trump’s attempts to turn the clock back on civil rights will be defeated.”

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Denounces Trump Title IX Decision

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus condemns the disgraceful decision by the current Administration to exclude transgender students from protective guidance under Title IX put in place by the Obama Administration.  This completely contradicts the Jan 30 statement from the White House that it would “be respectful and supportive of LGBT rights.”

Along with the National Center for Transgender Equality and other pro-LGBT equality groups, the Caucus is committed to fighting for the rights of transgender students in Florida and throughout the United States to go to school without fear of harassment and bullying.

“The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will always stand with transgender students and fight with and for them,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, Legislative Director.

Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus Lauds the City of Jacksonville

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus celebrates the passage of a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance by the Jacksonville City Council that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity & expression.  We congratulate those who worked to secure this victory!

A half a decade in the making, successful passage was secured by a coalition of Jacksonville LGBT residents, business owners and other community and spiritual leaders.  While this does have exemptions for federally-defined religious organizations, amendments to put the HRO to a referendum vote as well as remove protections for transgender individuals were both defeated.  The mayor has stated that he would allow it to become law without his signature.

Call for Officer Nominations

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for officers of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus. Nominations will be accepted until February 22, 2017, and NO LATER. Names of nominees may be sent via email to the Nominating Committee at nominations@floridalgbtademocrats.org.

Any member in good standing may nominate a person for office or may have their name placed in nomination. The election will take place at the Winter Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 4th, in Lakeland. Officers to be elected include: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

2017 Lobby Days and Spring Membership Meeting

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus will be hosting a spring membership meeting in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Lobby Days event in Tallahassee, held April 3-5, 2017! Join LGBT and supportive leaders and activists from across the state as we work to defeat a number of discriminatory bills while encouraging support for a statewide non-discrimination policy.

Monday, April 3rd

Lobby Days Training/Lobbying 101
Training will include an update on current bills, questions to ask, how to ask, reviews packets, and an overview of the Capitol map. Lunch will be provided to registered Lobby Days attendees.
Time: 8:30am Check-In
Location: TBD

Spring Membership Meeting
Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm
Location: TBD

Evening Reception and Dinner
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Location: TBD

Tuesday, April 4th

Lobby Days Event/Lobby Opportunities
Lunch will be provided to registered Lobby Days attendees.
Time: 8:30am Check-In
Location: TBD

VIP Reception
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: TBD

Wednesday, April 5th

Breakfast with VIP Guest
Time: 9:00 – 10:30am
Location: TBD

Registration

Registration for Lobby Days is required and a payment of $10 per attendee covers the cost of lunch for both days and all training materials. There is no charge to attend the Spring Membership Meeting. Agendas and additional information will be provided to registered attendees a few days before Lobby Days. Click this link to register for Lobby Days!

Parking

There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, one block from the Capitol.

Attire

Business-appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button-up shirts, knee-length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Lobby Days.

Hotels

There are several hotels nearby and within walking distance to the Capitol. Please see the list below to begin making arrangements.

Red Roof Inn Tallahassee
2930 Hospitality Street
850-385-7884

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 S. Adams Street
850-224-5000

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N. Monroe Street
850-513-0313

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W. Tennessee Street
850-422-0071

Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
600 W. Gaines Street
850-329-9080

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee Capitol
1355 Apalachee Parkway
850-877-3171

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