Issues for the Common Good
All UUCOVers can help get the BIG MONEY out of elections and restore democracy statewide and countywide by gathering signatures for two petition drives. Both must be completed by December 31 of this year. Petitions are available at the Social Justice table. Francie Storey will give them to you and collect them once you gather signed petitions from your friends and neighbors. Just “take five” and bring them back completed. That will be a big help.
State petition drive: The Voting Restoration Amendment will restore the voting rights of 1,700,000 ex-felons in Florida who have fulfilled their debt to society and now lack all civil rights. Florida is only one of three states in the nation (including Kentucky and Iowa) that prevent ex-felons from voting. 700,000 petitions are needed statewide to put this on the ballot in November, 2018. Every one we gather will help.
County petition drive: for single-member district elections for County Commissioners and Charter Review Board members. 17,000 petitions are needed in Sarasota County by December 31 to put these on the ballot March 13, 2018 along with the School Board election. These will restore local control to our elections, help get the BIG MONEY out, and make our elected officials more accountable to the voters. Thanks to volunteers on the Common Good Committee, the Social Justice table on the lanai will be staffed and maintained all summer long.
Also, here’s a great way to impact our federal representatives. Indivisible meetings will be held all summer at the Jacaranda Library, along with actions to reach our Congressman. Check www.fl17indivisible.com and email to find out when the meetings will be held and how you can help. Contact Billie Chambers at to join the letter-writing group and have letters published in the Herald-tribune and the Gondolier-Sun. Together, guided by our UU Principles, raising our voices on issues of importance, we can make a difference!