Community Protest Mayors Breakfast



"A diverse group of organizations banded together to confront hate from visiting our community,” said Michael Gagne, a protest organizer. “Mayor Jack Seiler has decided welcoming Hate at The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is more important that representing the thousands of LGBT citizens that elected him to office over the years.”
The 55th annual event faces controversy after announcing Jim Daly as the featured speaker. Daly is the CEO of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian policy institute with an anti-LGBT history.
Local LGBT activists had requested Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler decline the breakfast invitation — however, Seiler considers his involvement an honor.
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TWO Slams Fort Lauderdale Mayor for his Arrogant Sponsorship of Prayer Breakfast Featuring Anti-LGBT Hate Group


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BSO Arrest suspected Child pornographer as he is snapping shots of little girls at the beach

Detectives said, photos of children in various states of undress, apparently taken at a beachside play area in Pompano Beach, were found on his cellphone.



Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children detectives, who were out searching for a man wanted on charges related to child pornography, located their subject as he sat by a splash pad in Pompano Beach watching children play.

Detectives began investigating 55-year-old Patrick Brogie in late March after receiving information that he had child pornography on his cell phone. Witnesses told detectives he often frequented the area near the splash pad, but attempts to locate him were futile. After locating him on April 20, Brogie’s phone revealed he often searched for key terms specifically seeking images and videos involving minors. Detectives also found photos of girls between the ages of 3 and 6 at the splash pad. The images show the girls in bathing suits and focus on their buttocks as they’re bending down.
On April 25, I.C.A.C. detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest and found him the next day as he was watching children at play. Brogie has an active warrant from Germany for a 2008 case of sexual abuse of a child.

Investigators fear he could have had inappropriate contact with local children. Anyone with information is asked to contact I.C.A.C. Detective Nick Masters at 954-888-5264.

What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

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What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

By David Campbell, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Kristina Lambright, Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University, State University of New York. To justify President Donald Trump’s aim to spend less on social services, Office of…

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INVITED TO THE GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE NATION'S FIRST EDUCATIONAL HONEYBEE MICRO APIARY KEYNOTE: CONGRESSMAN TED DEUTCH

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YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE INVITED TO THE GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE NATION'S FIRST EDUCATIONAL HONEYBEE MICRO APIARY

KEYNOTE: CONGRESSMAN TED DEUTCH


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Saturday, April 29th
Ceremony begins at 10:00am
Tradewinds Park & Stables - North
3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
(Just west of Florida's Turnpike on Sample Road, north park entrance, opposite Butterfly World)

Lots of family oriented Bee activities including a live demonstration Honeybee Hive a Apiary tour  and UFI Garden Field Station tour will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Light refreshments courtesy of the Urban Farming Institute.

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Broward County Parks and Recreation Division opens the Nation's first Educational and Honeybee micro apiary prototype with a Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) grant, The Urban Beekeepers, LLC Leadership based on the success of the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) prototype.

Please stop by at the end of the event for a complimentary gift bag 
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The South Florida Beekeepers Association will provide workshops and programs for our community Youths and Adults. An educated public and beekeepers are better for Broward County's health and environment.

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Fort Lauderdale Mustang Club Annual Auto Show benefiting the Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center.


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Rep. Deutch Demands Investigation of Prisoner Abuse, Deaths during Transport



 Following allegations of inhumane treatment, abuse, and even the death of prisoners being transported by the private company Prisoner Transportation Services (PTS), Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) sent a letter to Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) urging for a hearing on the Justice Department's failure to enforce "Jeanna's Act."

Last week, Congressman Deutch and Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) wrote to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fully and swiftly investigate the allegations against PTS.

According to reports by the New York Times and the Marshall Project, during a recent prison transport, a man facing a nine-year old shoplifting charge complained on numerous occasions of pain; he was ignored by the guards and died. On the same prisoner transport vehicle, there was reportedly a rape; mentally ill-and diabetic individuals were transported without their medications; and prisoners were vomiting and defecating on the floor of the transport vehicle. For some of the people transported in this vehicle, the trip lasted for two weeks.

“If the reports of the deplorable and inhumane conditions are true, it is an affront to our core Americans values,” said Congressman Deutch. “We’re talking about human beings; we’re talking about American citizens. This is not who we are, this is not how we treat people – including those accused of crimes, no matter the allegations – and we must put a stop to it at once. The Attorney General must follow Congress’ order to enforce Jeanna’s Act by fully investigating these allegations and holding companies accountable.” 

These allegations follow a Marshall Project report published July 2016 which outlined many other egregious cases of prisoner abuse and death during transit. Congressman Deutch asked then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the Department’s failure to oversee these prisoner transport companies and whether the Department would be investigating the reports. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) joined Congressman Deutch in requesting more information about the Department’s actions.

In 2000 Congress passed the “Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act” or “Jeanna’s Act” (Pub. L. No. 106-560), which set minimum standards for private transportation companies and authorized the Department of Justice to investigate and pursue legal action against possible violations of the law.

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Earth Day



Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:

“As we celebrate Earth Day 2017, there has never in my lifetime been a greater urgency to protect our environment by adopting aggressive, common-sense strategies to combat climate change. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration remains willfully ignorant and openly hostile to these realities. That must change - and we can make it happen - but only if we all pull together. For proof, look no further than the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It helped galvanize a movement and spurred a nation of engaged citizens to demand strong environmental protections that resulted in passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

These landmark laws have proven to be highly successful, yet are now under assault from the President’s science-averse Administration. But just as Democrats and millions of concerned Americans united to defeat equally destructive health care and immigration policies, we must now come together to fight the dangerous climate change illiteracy that plagues Republicans and the White House. It’s crucial that we increase climate science fluency, wean ourselves from fossil fuels, and embrace a green jobs economy that provides productive, innovative employment, while protecting our environment. The fate of the planet that we hand our children and grandchildren depends upon how decisively we act on this Earth Day and every day moving forward. Join me in building upon efforts like the Paris Agreement to ensure that we leave an ecologically rich planet behind for future generations to pass along from generation to generation.”

Broward Democratic Party’s statement on Mayor Jack Seiler’s “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside anti-LGBTQ activist Jim Daly

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The Broward Democratic Party’s Executive Board and Management Committee released the following statement in response to current Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler’s decision to participate in Fort Lauderdale’s 55th Annual “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside anti-LGBTQ activist Jim Daly:
“It is deeply disappointing and extremely troubling that Mayor Jack Seiler has agreed to attend the “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” alongside Focus on the Family President, Jim Daly. As head of Focus on the Family, Mr. Daly questioned the ability of LGBTQ parents to raise children, called LGBTQ people a threat to civilization, and advocated for sexual orientation conversion therapy. For years, Mr. Daly expressed hostility towards members of the LGBTQ community. Further, his organization, Focus on the Family, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in anti-LGBTQ causes.
"The city of Ft. Lauderdale and its residents subscribe to a more inclusive value system. Mr. Seiler’s willingness to share the stage with this figure is a disappointing development which calls into question his belief in this value system.
"LGBTQ individuals should know that their city and their leaders stand beside them. This is why thousands of gay and lesbian couples call Ft. Lauderdale home; it is why the Greater Fort Lauderdale area annually welcomes more than 1.5 million LGBTQ tourists who spend over $1.5 billion. It is also why we oppose the hate-filled speech directed towards fellow Americans who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer by organizations such as Focus on the Family at every turn.
"For years hard working activists across Ft. Lauderdale have fought to bridge the gap between different communities. The fight for dignity and equality for LGBTQ people in today’s society runs through Broward County.
“Times like this remind us of what the great humanitarian, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote about trying to remain neutral when it comes to moral affairs:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
“Now is one of those times. We are requesting a meeting with Mayor Seiler to discuss our concerns and have encouraged our members to do the same.”


Ron Mills, Campaign Director for The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, stated " Anyone who runs as a Democrat Statewide should be aware of the Caucuses statewide Get Out The Vote Machine"


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Town Hall Meeting With Congressman Ted Deutch Friday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m



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On Friday, April 21, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) will participate in a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Planned Parenthood on the future of healthcare in the United States.
Friday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m
The Pride Center at Equality Park  
2040 N. Dixie Highway
Wilton Manors, FL 33305 

Congressman Deutch strongly opposed the House Republicans' failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act, as it would have ripped health coverage away from tens of millions of Americans, increased premiums, and imposed severe cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. He is committed to fighting against attempts to restrict federal funding to Planned Parenthood and cut coverage for lower-income Americans. However, he has consistently expressed his willingness to discuss bipartisan initiatives to improve our nation's healthcare system.
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Wasserman Schultz Statement On Trump Signing Bill Attacking Americans' Access to Family Planning



 Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's signing of H.J. Res. 43, a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that targets Americans' access to family planning services:
"Today President Trump endorsed yet another legislative attempt to weaken women's access to vital health care services. For nearly four decades, Title X has ensured that a vital safety-net of family planning funding is available to health providers who deliver quality care to low-income women, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured with nowhere else to turn. Title X funds go to providers who offer birth control, cancer screenings, and other vital services to 4 million people.
Unfortunately, states have targeted certain Title X health providers such as Planned Parenthood to block them from receiving this funding. In my state of Florida, Republican lawmakers have already tried to end Medicaid enrollees' access to family planning services by Planned Parenthood, which serves more than 67,000 patients each year in Florida. For many of these Floridians, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider they have, and public funding such as Medicaid and Title X is the only way they are able to access this affordable care.
And if that isn't enough to know that Trump's action today will have devastating effects on women across the nation, we need only look to Texas, where the attacks were successful and led to the loss of 54% of patients at specialized family planning clinics in just two years. Providers reported that many of these patients were unable to find other health centers to meet their basic health care needs and went without lifesaving screenings like breast and cervical cancer screenings, as well as sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment.
By signing H.J. Res. 43 into law today, Trump killed a regulation designed to reiterate that no qualified health providers could be denied this funding. Earlier this year Trump signed an executive order that reinstated the so-called Mexico City Policy, a global gag rule which basically prohibits U.S. funding to global family planning groups that provide information on or pay for abortions with private funds.
This has gone on long enough. Women and men across the country are tired of these Republican attacks on women's health services. In poll after recent poll, three out of four Americans say they oppose defunding Planned Parenthood. It's not surprising that Trump, for once, hid from cameras when he signed this dangerous legislation. This sexist campaign by Republicans to erode women's health and reproductive rights must end."

Ranking Member Deutch Slams Russian Veto of Syria Resolution at UN Security Council


Last week, Reps. Deutch and Ros-Lehtinen wrote to Amb. Haley urging for a strong response by UN Security Council.

 Following Russia's veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn Syria's use of chemical weapons, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement:

"Once again, Russia strong-armed the UN Security Council and abused its veto power in order to protect the criminal and ruthless dictator Assad. It is utterly despicable that Russia would block a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons - an actual war crime - and backing an investigation into the attack. Russia's blind defense of the Assad regime and this horrific attack on innocent men, women, and children is truly an affront to the most basic of humanity."

Last week, Congressman Deutch and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, wrote a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urging for a strong response by the Security Council to the horrific and criminal use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad against innocent civilians.

Deutch Demands Palm Beach Co. Reimbursement for Pres. Trump's Mar-a-Lago Stays


 Sheriff Bradshaw estimated $1.5 million cost incurred just during recent four-day stay with Chinese President.

 Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued the following statement in response to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s report that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office incurred $1.5 million in security costs just during President Trump’s most recent four-day visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping:

"It is unreasonable and unfair to expect the taxpayers of Palm Beach County to foot the bill each time the President chooses to visit his Mar-A-Lago resort. With the President expected to return for the eighth time tomorrow, we’ve seen what was once the 'Winter White House' become the new 'Weekend White House.' Congress must reimburse the county and ensure sufficient future funds to cover these costs if the President will not."

Wasserman Schultz on Spicer's Press Briefing Comments



U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in response to comments from press secretary Sean Spicer at today's White House press briefing:

“Contrary to White House spokesman Sean Spicer's ignorant and offensive remarks, Hitler did use chemical weapons to systematically murder millions of Jews. It's stunning and unbelievable that this basic fact eludes the White House, and worse, that these latest comments fall within a troubling pattern of Holocaust apathy and denial by the Trump Administration. The fact that we are having to provide this history lesson during the Jewish holiday of Passover is especially disgraceful. At the very least, Mr. Spicer should take some time off and visit the Holocaust Museum, or he's more than welcome to visit my district and hear first-hand accounts of this atrocity from any of the thousands of survivors who live in my community.”

Rep. Deutch to Join Indivisible Town Hall, Discuss Money in Politics



 On Thursday, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) will participate in a town hall hosted by Indivisible that will focus on the damaging effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and the subsequent flood of unlimited and undisclosed money into our elections. Congressman Deutch will discuss the importance of getting money out of politics to loosen the grip of special interests on Congress and the way political spending influences every issue important to the American people.

Congressman Deutch is a Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force within the Democratic Caucus. He is also the lead sponsor of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United with nearly 100 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thursday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m
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Rep. Deutch Condemns Spicer's Offensive and Historically Inaccurate Holocaust Reference


 
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this condemnation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's inaccurate and offensive Holocaust reference:

"Sean Spicer’s ignorant, offensive, and outrageously false statements claiming Hitler never used gas to kill his own people show either a stunning ignorance of history or a callous disregard of the horrors of the Holocaust. I frankly can’t understand why, when pressed about his offensive comments about the Holocaust, he simply cannot apologize without trying to justify what he said.

"Mr. Spicer, your comments from the podium reverberate most loudly in the homes of Holocaust survivors in America and across the world gathering together to celebrate Passover. In January, you told those of us who criticized your omission of Jews from a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement we were being 'pathetic.' It was your words then and your words today that are truly pathetic."

ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter Law Day Reception


Law Day Reception
The ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter invites you to join us for our 2017 Law Day Reception on Friday, April 28, at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the camaraderie of your fellow civil libertarians as we bestow our C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award on Charles Elsesser, co-founder of the Community Justice Project.
2017 Law Day Reception 
Friday, April 286:30-8:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Working with grassroots organizations, Elsesser has invested his career in advancing civil liberties and racial justice for South Florida's low-income and minority communities. Through tireless advocacy, he has stood with these communities to oppose the demolition of public housing, challenge the selective enforcement of codes, and fight the displacement of residents.
Tickets are $65, or you can sponsor the event for $750 and receive entry for 10 guests plus recognition in The Flame. Purchase your tickets today! For questions, email israelsands@gmail.com or call Lauren Kain at 954-801-4449.
We hope to see you in Miami on Friday, April 28!
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Meet Stephen Bittel, Chair of the FDP

North Broward Democratic Club Monthly Meeting





Wednesday April 26, 2017 7:30 PM

 Join the NBDC along with the Go-Go Democratic Club, Margate Democratic Club, Oakland Park Democratic Club, and the Palm-Aire Cypress Bend Democratic Club for a chance to meet Stephen Bittel, Chair of the FDP    The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 so please arrive early


Please bring a friend; Light refreshments will be served

Homelessness, we're told by pious politicos, is impossible to cure

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 Homelessness, we're told by pious politicos, is impossible to cure, and so more and more cities are resorting to criminalizing people struggling to live on the streets. But wait, say proponents of a new way of thinking: Yes, some street people are addicts or mentally ill, but the vast majority are out there because they lost jobs, got hit with major medical bills, suffered family violence, LGBT throw away kids or had other personal crises. And, get this—they're homeless because they don't have a place to live! Until the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan reduced tax incentives for developers to create low-income homes, America didn't have mass homelessness. But now we're millions of units short of housing that hard-hit people and families can afford. So why not address the cause?
Follow me from downtown Austin, Texas, to the eastern edge of Travis County, turn onto Hog Eye Road and go a short distance where you'll come on a giant sign saying "WELCOME." It fronts an astounding success named Community First! Village—a 27-acre, master-planned community (as opposed to temporary shelters) for 250 chronically homeless people—about a fourth of Austin's street dwellers. It's the creation of a small non-profit group, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, that's richly rooted in the religious mission espoused in Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount," admonishing the faithful to serve the needy. Indeed, the village doesn't proselytize, it serves—by providing a welcoming community of, by, and for the very people who have previously been publicly disparaged, shoved out of sight, and denied even minimal human dignity. Here, "home" is an eclectic collection of 140 micro-houses, each with a front porch to encourage engagement and communication with others. Rents are affordable! All residents put their unique skills and talents to work—in the woodworking shop, gardens, chicken coops, medical facilities, an art trailer, communal kitchens, laundry, bee hive and aquaponics operations, an outdoor movie theater and 500-seat amphitheater for music and plays, or on the elected community council. By treating the people as valued assets rather than problems—then providing a secure and supportive community—the homeless can become their own solution. Imagine that!
Or imagine this: Instead of constantly conniving to stop poor people, minorities, students, et al. from voting, Oregon officials choosing to make democratic participation easy with automatic voter registration and mail-in ballots. Or a rich, white suburb and a neighboring urban community of mostly poor families (Morris Township, NJ) merging their school districts in a deliberate attempt to establish some racial and economic balance and striving to be "a model of diversity and togetherness." Or cities around the country rejecting the tar sands and fracking wells of Big Oil's climate-changing fossil fuels and following the energy/environmental sanity lead of Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, by committing to move steadily away from fossil fuels and produce 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources within the next 15 years (a goal already achieved in 2015 by Burlington, Vermont).
The place to focus our intense activism is where the action is already happening—right in the communities and states where we live. Yes, Trump, Inc. is out to turn Washington into a plutocratic Heart of Darkness and, yes, we must rally together to resist the horrors it promises. But our greatest strength is not in Washington rallies and protests—it's in our ability to organize and mobilize masses of local people around issues of populist justice and progressive solutions, mounting campaigns all around the country to elect candidates, pass initiatives and enact reforms in city halls, school boards, legislatures, and regulatory boards.
If we commit to steadily amassing a people's movement—bigger and bolder than what the corporations and media deem possible or desirable—that movement can become the government.


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SNL Gives Viewers Double Baldwin in O’Reilly-Trump Interview

Baldwin played both Trump and O'Reilly in a sketch addressing the Fox News host's resurfaced sexual harassment allegations.

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During yet another appearance on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as America’s 45th president, Donald Trump. During one segment, viewers were treated to back-to-back Baldwin as both Trump and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
The skit focused on O’Reilly’s history of troubles with women.