by moevaughn, Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 03:41:24 PM EDT
(sent to me in NH from a friend in FL)
From FDR to all:
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2008
FLORIDA COUNT OUR VOTES RALLY & PETITION DRIVE
Next Saturday there will be rallies in St. Petersburg and Orlando. Information is posted on the event organizers web site: http://www.fldeservesrecognition.com/
This is an independent group not associated with any campaign or political party but like all Americans they value the concept of one person one vote.
SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, RALLY PETITION DRIVE
GLADDEN PARK BALLFIELD - SAINT PETERSBURG
3901 30th AVENUE NORTH
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, RALLY PETITION DRIVE
LAKE EOLA PARK AMPHITHEATRE - DOWNTOWN ORLANDO
195 N Rosalind Avenue
Rallies will also be held in TALLAHASSEE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, and BROWARD COUNTY.
contact FDR for details: 888.599.1586 or by email at FDRJim@fldeservesrecognition.com
Also go to website (link below) to download petition(s). There are two, one for Florida residents and another for everyone else. Please join FDR in Washington D.C. in June to present the petitions to the DNC. Contact Jim at 888.599.1586 or by email at FDRJim@fldeservesrecognition.com for details.
Here's an excerpt from petition:
Count our Florida Votes Petition
Florida Voters For Due Process
On January 29th, 2008 Florida held primaries for both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. More than 1.7 million registered democrats went to the polls and exercised their constitutional right to vote. We did this honorably and dutifully.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is not recognizing the voice and the votes of millions of Democrats who set aside time to participate in a Democratic process. The failure of the DNC to recognize Florida's Democratic voters and to seat our delegates based on the January 29th primary is counter to Democratic principles and is an act of disenfranchisement.
As Floridians and as registered voters, we are being penalized for decisions in which we were not active participants. This is neither fair nor democratic. Further alienation may result in protest votes for non-democrat presidential candidates or worse, lack of future participation in the electoral process.
I, the undersigned, urge the Democratic National Committee, to reconsider its position: recognize Florida's primary results and seat our delegates at the Democratic National Convention in accordance with the Democratic Primary results held on January 29th, 2008. Please do not disenfranchise me from the political process.
To everyone outside of Florida, be sure to go to FDR website and download your petition to sign and return to FDR. Thank you so much for every single signature.
Also here's an excerpt from a St. Petersburg Times article on FDR:
Delegate Fray Stirs Grassroots Petition Effort
By Jose Cardenas, Times Staff Writer
Jim Hannagan is not politically connected or active in the local Democratic Party establishment. But he is a lifelong Democrat who rushed home from a trip to Massachusetts on Jan. 29 just to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. Now angry his vote may not count, Hannagan has launched an effort to get the Democratic National Committee to relent and seat Florida's delegates during its convention. His strategy: Get Democrats throughout Florida who voted or are registered to vote to sign petitions Hannagan will deliver to the DNC.
And why go to the trouble? Hannagan said he is a loyal Democrat who is fed up with his party. He wants to show that someone outside the party establishment can make a difference through grassroots organizing. "This is the first time really I've ever done anything like this," he said. "I'm really outraged and frustrated."
FDR is the truest of a grassroots movement. We are not funded. We are not tied to any campaign. We do not endorse a specific candidate. Our organization is comprised solely of volunteers each of whom supports their own candidate. That support is a private and personal issue not relevant to the cause and mission of FDR.
FDR calls upon all voters, nationwide, to stand with us. Help us change our democracy.
Statewide Volunteer Coordinator