August 5, 2019 Monday
Political Moderates Discussion Group. 6:30 PM. Seabreeze Rec Center. Spotlight on Voting Rights and Amendment 4.

In November 2018, over 5.1 million Floridians across the state voted Yes on 4, the Voting Rights Amendment that returned the right to vote to over 1.4 million returning citizens. In 2018, after Amendment 4’s passage, it was amended once again, not by the people, but by the Florida Legislature, mandating that certain fines and fees along with other requirements be fully paid before a returning citizen can vote.

Speaker, Natishia Y. June, Statewide Organizing Manager of ACLU, will discuss the changes to Amendment 4, the bill that changed the game, and what ACLU is doing to defend Amendment 4. For more info: sdubman@gmail.com.

Who Are Political Moderates?

Voters who describe themselves as moderate in their political views and who do not see politics as warfare, but as a way to come together and solve problems.

Why is this Discussion Group Needed?

  • A growing and substantial number of American voters call themselves neither liberal nor conservative but rather independent.
  • Increasingly polarized camps on the right and left hold diametrically opposed, irreconcilable views on seemingly every issue.
  • Existing political tribalism makes legislative progress difficult.
  • Bipartisanship is needed more than ever.

Mission of Political Moderates Discussion Group

  • Provide a safe place to discuss current issues in a civil manner.

Ideas embraced

  • There are many sides to every Issue. No one has all the answers and there is no one, correct answer to the big political questions.
  • Partisanship is necessary but blinding. The purpose of bipartisan agreement is not victory or defeat, but progress.
  • Humility is a fundamental virtue a form of radical selfawareness. We are unafraid to face the cross currents, detached from clan, acknowledging how little we know.
  • Importance of empathy. We may respectively disagree with another person’s positions, but we still value each other as people.
  • The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We don’t just pull our ideas from the center of the ideological spectrum. We believe creativity happens when you merge galaxies of belief that seem at first blush incompatible.
  • Truth before justice. We believe that if you try to suppress facts then you are putting the goals of your cause, no matter how noble, above the search for truth.

Meeting Ground Rules

  • Respect for any and all ideas.
  • Look for commonalties.
  • Let everyone participate.
  • Attack the problem, not the person.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Listen with an open mind.
  • Listen to understand.
  • Speak one at a time.

Meeting Logistics

  • First Monday of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Seabreeze Recreational Center.

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