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New Florida Majority: Dems can win Florida in 2020, how you can help!
July 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on Monday, July 8, at 7 pm, to hear Andrea Cristina Mercado, director of New Florida Majority, at a public forum hosted by Water For Grassroots. The event will be at SEIU 32BJ, 25 W. 18th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY.
“I have long known that independent progressive groups do a better job of the nuts-and-bolts of politicking here—canvassing, voter registration, organizing—than the Democratic Party,” Mercado wrote last week in the New York Times. “Democrats desperately need a bold, progressive agenda and to build the kind of relationships in Florida that can’t be forged overnight. That’s starting to happen—by an independent multiracial movement that’s redefining politics in the state.”
On July 8, Mercado will tell us more about that movement, and how New Yorkers can back it up.
New Florida Majority (NFM) was one of the main organizers on the ground in the fight for Amendment 4, the Florida referendum restoring the right to vote to people with past felony convictions. NFM was also one of the key groups behind Andrew Gillum’s surprise primary victory, and his campaign for governor that came within a half-point of victory – the best showing by any Democrat in 25 years.
This electoral strength wasn’t built overnight. It comes from a years of long-term organizing. It comes from a strategic focus on expanding the electorate, on building the political power of people of color and other marginalized communities. As Mercado wrote in her Times op-ed, it was “people who have long been ignored by both parties, so-called low-propensity voters [who] determined the outcome of the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 and brought the general election for that office down to the wire.”
What can we learn from Florida’s election results in 2018? What’s New Florida Majority doing in 2019, and what are its plans for 2020? Join us at 7 pm on Monday, July 8, and find out.
The event is co-sponsored by GetOrganizedBK, Center for Popular Democracy and Downtown East for Progress.