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DCI March Membership Meeting - March 23 at 7:00 PM
Founders Room, Sanibel Community House, 2173 Perwinkle Way

FASCISM IN AMERICA: CAN IT HAPPEN HERE?
TO BE ADDRESSED AT DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 

On Thursday, March 23rd, Human Rights Activist and Scholar Dr. Robert Hilliard, who was recently honored in Washington, D.C. by the Federal Communications Commission for his 20 years of service, where he was Chair of Public Broadcasting, will address the audience with the topic: “Fascism in America: Can it Happen Here?” The meeting will take place in the newly renovated Sanibel Community Center at 2173 Periwinkle Way in the Founders Room at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public, and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend.

Hilliard, a Sanibel resident, is a Purple Heart World War II veteran who saw the results of Fascism during the war and in the post-war occupation, working with survivors of the Holocaust. Among his more than 35 books is Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right, (with co-author Michael Keith);  Surviving the Americans, (the legacy of fascism in Germany) and the novel Phillipa  (set during the incremental rise of Nazism in Germany).

Hilliard, a Columbia University Ph.D., was Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Graduate Studies and Dean of Continuing Education at Emerson College in Boston. His background includes television, radio, and journalism, as well as his 20 year career at the FCC. He likens the attempt of the Trump Administration to control the media to the priority actions of dictatorships. He will discuss how authoritarian and nationalistic systems of government display lack of tolerance for designated religious and ethnic groups, and will offer specific actions which attendees can take to combat the Trump agenda.

People of every persuasion, as well as members of the Democratic Club are urged to attend and participate in a lively discussion. 

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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