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The Lee County School Board has a 7-0 vote on the table with open public discussion for a POLICY CHANGE from zero tolerance of guns on school property to the protection of rights of gun owners arriving in cars on school business. At the August School Board Meeting Board Member, Steven Teuber persuaded the entire Board that gun owners with school business should be protected from the current felony law of Zero Tolerance by a change in School Board policy which allows them to leave encased, locked and loaded guns in their locked cars. Why change? 1. The current Zero Tolerance policy for our schools has provided total safety for our students and teachers. 2. School Board members were not elected to protect gun owners by compromising school security. 3. The state of Florida has Zero Tolerance for all travelers in our airports. Why don't our children and teachers deserve this same kind of total protection? 4. How many stories of "smash and grab" with weapons taken from locked cars have you read about recently? Easy enough to do on unprotected school grounds. 5. The certainty of the enormous cost of potential lawsuits will confront our school system already dealing with major financial problems. An open discussion of these hazards facing our schools should be sufficient to persuade the majority of our School Board members to alter their initial votes for change, thus ensuring the current Zero Tolerance policy will continue to protect our School population.
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As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." It isn't much of a stretch to realize that our democracy begins to end the day that citizens remain complacent in the face of hate speech and violence directed at people of color, Jews, Muslims, pro-choice women, the LGBTQ community and immigrants.
We are writing to urge you to take a public stand for freedom and equality and against these dangerous words and actions by attending rallies, writing letters to the editor in your communities, using social media to spread the message that Americans come in all colors, ethnic backgrounds, gender identifications, and religions, and contacting your state and federal representatives to ask that they support anti-hate efforts, and legislation.
We stand behind you as you stand up for the future of democracy and equality. Let us know how we can help.
Keep up the good fight,
The Board of Directors of the Democratic Club of the Islands
The Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org) is a social justice organization whose web site offers tips, talking points, and background information about fighting hate.
If, along with attending rallies, writing letters, and calling your representatives, you would like to support organizations working with people and causes threatened in Charlottesville, here are some additional resources:
What to Do About Charlottesville Help folks targeted by those who would erase them
International Rescue Committee
Legal Aid Justice Center
Many of our members attended including Bob Hilliard who spoke eloquently and was interviewed on WINK-TV- NEWS
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.
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 .