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Welcome to the Democratic Club of the Islands (DCI) website.

Our mission is to provide information on important issues confronting our community, and to promote organizations and candidates which offer progressive solutions to these issues.

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Health Care still in danger - don't lose focus

Reliable sources are saying that the Senate majority leadership may very well be planning to attempt to ramrod their cruel health care bill through the Senate  while most of us are distracted with all of the Trump/Russia/Obstruction of Justice issues.

This bill would have serious consequences for ALL Americans - even if you are not in the individual insurance marketplace- and will most probably also attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

Please let your Senators know that you have not lost your focus.

Call  202-235-3121 - you don't even have to know who your Senators are - follow the prompts and you will be connected with your Senator's office.

Garry Weiss

DCI June Membership Meeting - June 22 at 7:00 PM
Founders Room, Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way

Island resident Dr. Ellen Scrivner, former employee of the Justice Department and recognized national expert on criminal justice policy, police behavior, and public safety, will discuss the topic: “Criminal Justice in 20l7: Threats to Progress and Loss of Gains”. Dr. Scrivner last addressed a DCI Membership Meeting in January 2015 in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy.

Dr. Scrivner has had a distinguished thirty-year career in executive leadership devoted to advancing policing in America. She has held national criminal justice policy positions, both at the Federal and local levels, and has created innovative public safety initiatives responsive to pressing criminal justice needs.  

In 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Scrivner to serve as the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice). Subsequently, she was detailed to be the National HIDTA Director, ONDCP, Executive Office of the President. Those appointments followed her tenure as the Director of the John Jay Leadership Academy, where her portfolio included responsibility for the Patrick Murphy Lecture Series.

Currently she consults as a Subject Matter Expert on Police Reform and participates on three different Monitoring Teams that are engaged in helping police departments achieve compliance with their Consent Decrees. Her expertise includes : Academy Training Management; Use of Force Training;  Community Policing; Crisis Intervention; Early Warning Systems; Recruitment; Applicant Screening, Hiring, and Staffing processes.

Post 9-ll, Dr. Scrivner worked with the FBI on setting up the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, consulted with the FBI Assistant Director for OLEC, and facilitated FBI Director Robert Mueller’s Roundtables with Law Enforcement Executives. She will discuss the need to continue to make progress in sustaining the gains made over the past ten years, which is now at risk, and the need to move forward while incorporating new trends such as protecting police. Everyone interested in criminal justice and community policing is invited to attend.

Voting by Mail

Florida makes it very easy to vote by mail (sometimes called "absentee ballots"). Democrats who register to vote by mail are much more likely to vote than those who don't.

If you would like to request a vote by mail ballot, please call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE‐VOTE  (239-533‐8683) or visit this page on the Lee County Supervisor of Elections website.Your request to vote by mail must be received by the Elections office no later than 5 PM on the sixth calendar day preceding the election (November 2 for the General Election).

Enrollment in Vote-by-Mail is good for only two general elections. If you are not sure you are still enrolled, call the Supervisor of Elections office at 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533‐8683). They can check and re-enroll you over the phone.

If it has been over five years since you last registered to vote, please re-register to assure your current signature is on file 

For information on early voting, visit the Election Dates page of the Florida Elections website.

Water Quality

The July 21st 2016 Membership Meeting featured several Sanibel experts  discussing the subject: “What We All Need to Know About Local Consequences of Compromised Water”.

The speakers were Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Policy Director, SCCF; Dr. Bruce Neill, Executive Director of The Sanibel Sea School and a Marine Biologist; and Holly Milbrandt, Environmental Biologist, Natural Resource Department of the City of Sanibel. Each brought a unique perspective on our local water issues. 

As a follow-up to that meeting, we have created a Water Quality section on this website. Please visit this section to see informative articles, web sites, and actions you can take as an informed citizen.

All of Sanibel's constituencies -- the City, SCCF, the Chamber of Commerce, COTI, and the Condo Associations of Sanibel Island (CASI) -- are working together with a common near-term goal: asking the Governor and the Southwest Florida Water Management District to get underway with planning and implementing storage, treatment and conveyance of the Lake O water south. They need to hear from you - please write a message as detailed on the Sanibel City Website at Call for Action , or on the form provided by SCCF Here

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