Press Releases

 May 8, 2017
For immediate release:                                                                                                                                                             Contact: Dr. Maureen McKenna, President Democratic Women’s Club of Florida
Phone: 863-214-4680
Email: momcken@yahoo.com

Health Care is a Human Right; Democratic Women Stand Firm in Opposition to Trumpcare

Tallahassee, FL May 8, 2017 – Members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida (DWCF) stand firm in their opposition of Trumpcare.

Health care is a human right that should transcend partisan politics. The DWCF stands united in opposition to American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) with myraid national organizations including the American Association of Retired Persons, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and United Way Worldwide.

Trumpcare will result in the loss of health care for millions of low-income Americans, and it will price out seniors who will be disproportionately and adversely affected by skyrocketing premiums. Although House Republicans take issue with the mandate instituted by the Affordable Care Act, they passed a bill that includes a steep 30% coverage gap penalty. In other words, House Republicans believe it is fair to force Americans who cannot afford continuous coverage for any reason to pay insurance companies 30% more than fair market value when they reestablish coverage. Women and Americans with disabilities also will face premium increases that may prove too high to maintain coverage. Americans with pre-existing conditions will experience loss of coverage or exponentially higher insurance premiums that will likely be unaffordable. AARP has estimated that premiums may balloon to more than $25,000 annually for Americans who fall into “high risk pools.”

The DWCF asks all Floridians to call Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson at 202-224-3121 to voice their opposition to Trumpcare (the AHCA) and ask that they not support any related Senate bills. The DWCF calls on fellow Floridians to task all members of congress to work together to ensure that all Americans, regardless of income, age, sex, and pre-existing conditions, have comprehensive health care coverage currently covered by the ACA.

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The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. now consists of nine regions, representing over 50 clubs and over 3000 members. Members are trained in leadership and campaign skills through a variety of curricula offerings. Members help to recruit women to run for political office and manage campaigns. The Legislative Committee serves as the hub of activities during the Legislative Session as members monitor and lobby for or against legislation that has a dramatic impact on the lives of the citizens of Florida and particularly the women of Florida. Our goal is Equal Representation from the Court House to the White House and no less!

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________  For immediate release:                                                                                                                                                             Contact: Dr. Maureen McKenna, President
Democratic Women’s Club Florida 
Phone: 863-214-4680
Email: momcken@yahoo.com

Hate has no place in the Florida Legislature

Tallahassee, FL, April 19, 2017 – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida (DWCF) calls for the immediate resignation of State Senator Frank Artiles (R-40).

Senator Artiles’ racist and sexist sentiments and behavior are inexcusable. He was elected to public office to represent the people of District 40. His conduct demonstrated clear bias and calls into question his ability to advocate on behalf of all of his constituents equally. There are no excuses that he can offer to restore the trust that Floridians deserve to have in their legislators.

Per the Miami Herald and numerous other news outlets, Senator Artiles called Senator Audrey Gibson a “bitch,” “asshole,” and “girl,” while expressing his displeasure with her opposition of one of his bills. He also claimed that Senate Majority Leader Joe Negron was elected by “six niggers” from his own party, and he referred to Senator Negron as a “pussy.” After being confronted by another colleague, Senator Perry Thurston, Senator Artiles claimed to have meant to say “niggas,” and went on to explain why he thought that language was acceptable.

It is critical that Republican and Democratic members of the Florida State Senate and House take this opportunity to publicly stand up against racism and sexism and join us in calling for Senator Artiles resignation. We agree with Senator Majority Leader Joe Negron who noted that “racial slurs and profane, sexist insults have no place in conversation between Senators.” Indeed, we don’t believe that racism and sexism have a place anywhere.

Join us in calling for members of the Florida Legislature to publicly denounce Senator Artiles’ behavior and call for his resignation. You may reach Senator Artiles at (850) 487-5040. Senate Majority Leader Senator Negron can be reached at (850-487-5025).

 

For more information, contact: Dr. Maureen McKenna, President Democratic Women’s Club Florida
Phone: 863-214-4680                                                          Email: momcken@yahoo.com

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August 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Continues Support of Planned Parenthood”

Tallahassee, FL — Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s continued support of Planned Parenthood.  Dr. McKenna stated, “The vicious attacks launch by extremists against the policies and procedures of Planned Parenthood over the past few weeks have not swayed the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s support of Planned Parenthood.  An important part of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s platform is supporting a woman’s unrestricted access to healthcare.  Only three percent of all Planned Parenthood’s health services are abortion services and these services are not federally funded.”
Dr. McKenna continued, “Planned Parenthood has been providing essential healthcare in Florida for over fifty years through life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, well woman exams, vasectomies, mammograms, contraception and abortion care.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is proud to stand in support of Planned Parenthood.”

For more information on the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. or to find a local club please visit www.dwcf.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.comAugust 18, 2015
Tallahassee, FL — Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s continued support of Planned Parenthood.  Dr. McKenna stated, “The vicious attacks launch by extremists against the policies and procedures of Planned Parenthood over the past few weeks have not swayed the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s support of Planned Parenthood.  An important part of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s platform is supporting a woman’s unrestricted access to healthcare.  Only three percent of all Planned Parenthood’s health services are abortion services and these services are not federally funded.”
Dr. McKenna continued, “Planned Parenthood has been providing essential healthcare in Florida for over fifty years through life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, well woman exams, vasectomies, mammograms, contraception and abortion care.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is proud to stand in support of Planned Parenthood.”

For more information on the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. or to find a local club please visit www.dwcf.org.


 

August 13, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Commemorates Women’s Equality Day”

Tallahassee, FL — Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that, “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is proud to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th with women across our State and our great nation.”  Women’s Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, finally giving women the right to vote.  President McKenna continued, “The road to ending the women’s suffrage movement was a long and difficult journey that met many challenges along the way.  However, through the tireless work of such advocates such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul, victory was finally achieved on August 26, 1920.”

The observance of Women’s Equality Day also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.  Dr. McKenna urged the presidents of local clubs to submit a proclamation/resolution to their local City Council or County Commission as soon as possible so that the proclamation/resolution can be placed on a meeting agenda and adopted before August 26th.  Many Democratic Women’s Clubs all over the State will be holding fundraisers and hosting activities such as local ERA rallies to support the ERA Ratification Rally in Washington, D.C., in celebration of Women’s Equality Day. Dr. McKenna concluded, “We should all take a moment on Women’s Equality Day to remember all the female pioneers whose accomplishments have helped paved the way towards a nation where equality for all will one day prevail.”

For more information on the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. or to find a local club please visit www.dwcf.org.


 

August 6, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Congratulates the Social Security Administration on its 80th Anniversary”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna extended the Club’s congratulations to the Social Security Administration on its upcoming 80th anniversary.  “On August 14, 1935 President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law with the vision and hope of protecting the well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.  Over the last eighty years, Social Security has provided multiple generations with the benefits they need to maintain their standard of living through a wide array of different programs.”  In Florida, it is estimated that one in five residents receive Social Security and is the only source of income for one in three of residents ages 65 and up. Just under 50% of Florida’s population 65+ would have income below the poverty line without Social Security.  Dr. McKenna concluded, “On behalf of all of the members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, we would like to congratulate the Social Security Administration on celebrating eighty years and for their continued commitment to helping those in need.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


August 3, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Expresses its Disappointment over Walton County Board of County Commissioners’ Decision to Continue Flying the Confederate Flag”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna expressed the Club’s disappointment over the Walton County Board of County Commissioner’s decision to replace the Confederate battle flag at the Walton County Courthouse with the traditional “stars and bars” Confederate flag. Dr. McKenna stated, “Walton County’s decision to simply replace one symbol of hatred and oppression for another which symbolizes one of the darkest times of heartache and pain in our nation’s history is very disheartening especially since our nation is still healing from the terrible tragedy that took place in South Carolina.”

Dr. McKenna concluded, “The societal pendulum has begun its shift and is moving towards a more progressive and equal society. Therefore, now is the time to issue a call to action to those who are still living with the racist 19th century mentality to move out of the darkness and join the rest of our nation as we move toward unity, equality and acceptance.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


July 30, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Expresses Disappointment over Governor Scott’s Investigation of Planned Parenthood”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s disappointment over Governor Scott’s investigation of Planned Parenthood. Dr. McKenna stated, “Governor Scott’s decision yesterday is nothing more than an attempt, once again, to try and block women’s access to healthcare. The allegations made in previously released videos are just a part of a much bigger pattern of harassment by extremists whose real goal is to ban abortion, defund Planned Parenthood and attempt to cut off women from birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings.”

Dr. McKenna concluded, “Planned Parenthood has been the most trusted women’s health care provider in this country for nearly 100 years. Planned Parenthood providers care deeply about the patients they serve and have a high standard of care. All the while, in doing so, they face hate, hostility, and threats.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


July 23, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Announces Senator Dwight Bullard as its Recipient of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida 2015 Legislative Advocacy Award”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today that the Club has chosen Senator Dwight Bullard as the recipient of its 2015 Legislative Advocacy Award.  Dr. McKenna stated, “We are proud to present this year’s Legislative Advocacy Award to Senator Bullard for his outstanding and unwavering support of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s Platform.  Our members recognize Senator Bullard’s efforts, especially on issues relating to the environment, women’s access to healthcare, education, Medicaid expansion and fair compensation.”  During the 2015 legislative session, Senator Bullard co-sponsored several key bills including SB 166 opposing hydraulic fracturing, SB 280 which proposed to establish professional salaries for educators, and introduced SB 114 which proposed an increase in the State’ minimum wage.  Dr. McKenna continued, “Senator Bullard is truly a champion for the Floridians in our legislature and we look forward to the amazing things he will do during the next legislative session.”  The Club will present the Legislative Advocacy Award to Senator Bullard on September 19, 2015 at its State Convention in Cocoa Beach.

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


July 9, 2015

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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Commends the Florida Supreme Court’s Ruling on Redistricting”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna expressed the Club’s commendation for the Florida Supreme Court on its ruling regarding redistricting. Dr. McKenna stated, “The high Court’s decision today, in the case of The League of Women Voters of Florida, etc. et al. v. Ken Detzner et al. is a win for all Florida voters, not just democrats.”

The 5-2 decision by the Florida Supreme Court orders eight of the state’s congressional district boundaries to be redrawn citing that the most recent redistricting process gave a favorable advantage to the Republican Party and incumbents. Dr. McKenna continued, “The right to vote is a basic privilege and no attempt to control the outcome of elections should be allowed by one political party for their own personal gains. The election process itself needs to be fair across the board.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


July 7, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Expresses its Disappointment over Marion County Board of County Commissioners’ Decision to Hoist Confederate Flag”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, expressed the Club’s disappointment over today’s decision by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners to once again raise the Confederate flag over the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala. Dr. McKenna stated, “Today’s decision by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners is very disheartening in light of the recent events that have taken place in South Carolina.”

Although the County Commission stated that it plans to meet with county historians, Dr. McKenna concluded, “The Confederate flag’s only historical significance is that it serves as a painful reminder of a blood stained time in our country’s history, full of oppression and division.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


June 30, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Urges Attorney General Pam Bondi to Withdraw Florida from Immigration Lawsuit”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that the Club is urging Attorney General Pam Bondi to withdraw Florida from Texas vs. United States.  Dr. McKenna stated, “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi should spend Florida tax dollars to improve our state rather than hurt Florida families and businesses by litigating a matter within the President’s executive authority.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida urges Attorney General Bondi to drop this lawsuit now.”

The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) had the goal of stopping the deportation of parents of U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, or of immigrants who came to the country before the age of 16.  Democratic Women’s Club of Leon County’s President, Elizabeth Ricci, noted “Florida is home to over 600,000 undocumented individuals, about 200,000 of whom are eligible for expanded DAPA or DACA, the economic benefit of which is over $100,000,000 in state and local taxes just over the next five years.”

Dr. McKenna continued, “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida supports a resolution in support of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration through DAPA and the expanded DACA.  This lawsuit, filed by Florida, along with twenty-five other states, temporarily blocks both of these immigration relief programs.”

Miami-Dade County recently passed a resolution in support of President Obama’s executive action on immigration and a number of Florida cities have passed similar resolutions. In April, North Miami and Tampa signed an Amicus Brief in support of Administrative Relief for millions of immigrant families. The city of Kissimmee passed a similar resolution shortly thereafter.

Dr. McKenna has asked Club members to invite residents from all over the state to call and email their local city and county officials, asking them to pass similar resolutions.

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


June 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Commends the United States Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage Equality”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s commendation to the United States Supreme Court for its historic decision regarding marriage equality.  “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida applauds the Supreme Court on its decision to show the world that marriage is defined by love, not by gender.”

The 5-4 decision by the Court ensures that same sex marriage must be legally upheld in all fifty states.  Dr. McKenna continued, “Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court ends years of discrimination against those who, up until today, have only been allowed to celebrate their life commitment in a handful of states.  It is truly a day of victory across our great nation.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


June 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Commends the United States Supreme Court’s Decision on the Affordable Healthcare Act”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s commendation to the United States Supreme Court for its decision regarding key components of the Affordable Care Act.  “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida applauds the Supreme Court on its decision to ensure continued healthcare for all Americans.”  The 6-3 decision by the Court on Thursday upholds subsidies already in place for those who purchase insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Dr. McKenna continued, “Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a victory for millions of Americans by ensuring they will keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance.”

Also on Thursday, Governor Rick Scott opted to drop the lawsuit he filed regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Dr. McKenna concluded, “We welcome Governor Scott’s decision to drop this frivolous and inane lawsuit in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.  At least now we can say that he has actually done one right thing for the citizens of Florida while he has been in office.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


June 2015
National Federation of Democratic Women

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) extends its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, the members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, and the entire Charleston community on the senseless killing of nine people this past Wednesday during the evening church service and bible study.

On behalf of the National Federation of Democratic Women, please know that our hearts are broken and we are deeply saddened by the events that took place that resulted in this senseless tragedy.

Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the families of the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the State Senator for the 45th District and the other eight members of the church community who were so tragically killed during this mass shooting.

The NFDW stands in solidarity with the families and the Charleston community in recognizing the need for stricter gun control laws and will continue to advocate for the safety of all of our citizens. Additionally, the NFDW respectfully asks that the Confederate flag that flies over South Carolina be removed as a sign of respect for the families and the Charleston community.

Our prayers and deep condolences are with the families and the entire Charleston
Community.

Joanne Sullivan
President, NFDW


June 20, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Supports Litigation Filed Against the State of Florida and Governor Rick Scott Regarding the Informed Patient Consent Law Requiring a 24-Hour Mandatory Waiting Period for Abortion Care”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s support of the recent litigation filed on June 11, 2015 Leon County circuit court against the State of Florida and Governor Rick Scott regarding the Informed Patient Consent Law. “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida stands in support of this lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Florida.”

The newly enacted law requires a 24-hour mandatory waiting period for abortion care. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights, seeks an emergency injunction to prevent the measure from going into effect on July 1st. Dr. McKenna continued, “The decision to terminate a pregnancy is always an emotional one for a woman, and contrary to the belief of most, not one that is made in haste. By subjecting a woman to an additional 24-hours of undue emotional stress is nothing more than inhumane and barbaric.”

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida joins the ACLU of Florida, Florida NOW and many other organizations supporting women’s private health decisions and control of their own reproductive choices. Dr. McKenna concluded, “The mandatory 24-hour waiting period may not only cause undue emotional stress but could also pose a financial burden to those women who may have to drive long distances to a facility for their procedure resulting in the need for an overnight stay in a hotel.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.


June 19, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Calls for Action in the Aftermath of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Shootings”
Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, PhD, today spoke on behalf of its members, regarding the murders at Mother Emanuel AME Church. “Along with their families and friends, we mourn the loss of each victim, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Pastor DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Pastor Myra Thompson, Pastor Daniel Simmons Sr., and the Reverend Honorable Clementa Pinckney.

“McKenna continued, “While it’s impossible to fully understand how one can possess such violent hatred, we must re-commit ourselves to bringing about sensible gun control, better mental health care access, and the elimination of public symbols of racism and hatred.”  She concluded, “Doing any less will only lead us to yet another heart-breaking tragedy, such as has been visited upon our sisters and brothers in South Carolina.”


May 26, 2015

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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Hosts Candidate Training
Opportunities”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr.
Maureen McKenna, announced today several upcoming training opportunities for
potential candidates and campaign volunteers.  Dr. McKenna stated, “I am excited that
the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is stepping forward and sponsoring these
training events to make sure that democratic candidates and campaign volunteers are
equipped with the right tools and strategies to ensure successful outcomes of their
campaigns and are elected to their respective offices.”

The training events are as follows:
“Politics 101: So You Want to Run for Public Office or Help Someone Get
Elected?” presented by Kevin Winchell (Renowned Democratic Florida trainer)
June 6, 2015 at Tallahassee Florida Democratic Party Headquarters
July 18, 2015 at Indian River State CollegeTo register for the June 6th training session, please make checks
payable to the Capital City Democratic Women’s Club, Post Office
Box 6867, Tallahassee, Florida 32314.  Registration is open until
May 29th.
To register for the July 18th training session, please
contact Dr. Linda Levine at Dwcirctraining@aol.com.Both sessions run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The cost for each
session is $65.00 and includes breakfast, lunch and materials.
A separate training event sponsored by the Alachua County Democratic Party will take
place on June 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The cost for that training session
is $75.00 and includes coffee, lunch and a notebook.Dr. McKenna concluded, “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida strongly
encourages anyone who is interested in possibly running for office to attend one or all of
these dynamic training events.  Every opportunity democrats have to help turn Florida
blue should be utilized.”For more information on the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc., please visit our
website at www.dwcf.org.

May 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

 The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Urges Legislators to Reconsider Florida Forever Program Funding”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that members will be forwarding letters to their local legislators regarding the funding for the Florida Forever Program during budget negotiations slated for the upcoming special legislative session.  “Amendment 1 did not just simply pass last November; it passed with an overwhelming seventy-five percent of voter support.  This demonstrates that the issue of clean drinking water, preservation of our rivers, coastal waters and the Everglades is one that is very near and dear to a lot of hearts.”  The proposed letter urges legislators to increase funding for the Florida Forever Program to Bush-era levels of $300 million per year in addition to eliminating fund-shifting from the upcoming budget negotiations.  Dr. McKenna concluded, “The issues we chose to address in our letter are not democrat or republican specific; they are legacy specific.  It is all about leaving a place where our children and their children’s children can grow and thrive.


 

March 4, 2015
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Contact: Judy Meyers
Phone: (727) 967-4257
Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

 The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.
Plans Demonstration March Against Seismic Testing

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today that members of the Democratic Women’s Club of St. Johns, along with local environmental groups, has planned a demonstration march against seismic testing off the coast of Florida on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the east side of the Bridge of Lions and will proceed across the Bridge to City Hall.  Mayor Nancy Shaver has invited U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and other officials in Florida to take part.  Dr. McKenna stated, “Seismic testing causes devastating effects to the fragile ecosystems along our coast.  Not only is seismic testing a threat to sea life, but also threatens industries such as commercial and recreation fishing and coastal tourism.”  Seismic testing uses air guns to shoot extremely loud blasts of compressed air every ten seconds through the ocean and miles into the sea floor in an effort to locate oil and natural gas deposits.  Testing can take place for months on end.  Dr. McKenna continued, “The dangers of seismic testing needs to come to the forefront and we believe that by holding a demonstration march we can raise awareness in our communities.”Twenty-six municipalities in eight states have passed Resolutions opposing air gun blasting and offshore drilling.  The City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach, and St. Johns County, along with seven other Florida coastal cities, have passed Resolutions opposing this testing/blasting and subsequent offshore drilling.  More than two hundred elected officials, including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and eleven other members of Congress from Florida, have written President Obama, asking him to reverse the decision to allow the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to issue permits for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic.For more information on the march, please contact the Democratic Women’s Club of St. John’s County’s President, Mary Lou Woods, at (904) 461-5408.  For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


March 11, 20215

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Judy Meyers

Phone: (727) 967-4257

Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

 The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.

  Selects Candidates for Formal Endorsement

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today that Jeri Muoio, candidate for re-election as Mayor of West Palm Beach, and Lisa King, candidate for Jacksonville City Council District 2, have been formally endorsed by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.  “Each of the candidates selected for endorsement is a champion on the issues that are a main part of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s platform.By endorsing and supporting these outstanding candidates, democrats across the State of Florida are one step closer in turning Florida blue.”For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


March 11, 2015

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Contact: Judy Meyers

Phone: (727) 967-4257

Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

 “Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Opposes Single-Sex Public Facilities Legislation”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today the Club’s opposition to SB1464 and HB583 regarding single-sex public facilities.  “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida opposes this bad legislation that purposely discriminates against transgender Floridians.”If SB1464 and HB583 were to become law, it would force transgender Floridians to use public facilities that do not correspond with their gender identity and expression, thus exposing them to personal and public humiliation, harassment, fines and potential jail time.”  The proposed Bills would prohibit anyone from knowingly and willfully entering a single-sex public facility designated for, or restricted to, persons of other biological sex.Dr. McKenna continued, “And think of the unintended consequences – these Bills would prevent a mother from taking her infant son into the women’s bathroom to change his diapers, and put young children at risk by prohibiting an opposite-sex parent or guardian from assisting them in a public restroom that corresponds to the parent or guardian’s gender or one not specifically designated for family use.”
A violation of the law would be considered a first degree misdemeanor.
For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website at www.dwcf.org.

February 16, 2015

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Contact: Judy Meyers

Phone: (727) 967-4257

Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

 “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Celebrates Black History Month”

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. is proud to join in the celebration around the nation of Black History Month. Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, said, “This is a time to pay tribute to the influential African American men and women who dared to live their dreams, would not take no for an answer, and demonstrated the courage to forge through oppression in order to boldly state that all men and women are created equal regardless of their skin color.” Members from all sixty-seven counties make an annual trek to the State Capitol for Tally Days and schedule visits with legislators about issues ranging from the restoration of voting rights to social justice and more. In the Rotunda, democratic women gaze respectfully at the distinguished photographs of African American “Trailblazers”: United States Representative, Corrine H Brown; Florida State Senator and House of Representatives, Carrie P. Meek, State Senator Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau and House of Representatives Joe Lang Kershaw, Gwen Sawyer Cherry and Carrie P. Meek. They were the first elected African Americans to serve our country and the Florida Legislature in the post-Reconstruction era.

Today, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act was enacted, Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s members salute the sustained vision, muscle and influence of remarkable people whose lives epitomize democratic principles and practices that manifest in the right to vote in every election.

In honor of Black History Month, the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. salutes these esteemed Legislators:

Florida State Senators Florida House of Representatives
Arthenia L. Joyner Allen B. Williams  Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed
Audrey Gibson                           Bobby B. DuBois     Hazelle P. Rogers
Christopher L. Smith Bobby Powell Kionne L. McGhee
Dwight Bullard Bruce Antone    Larry Lee, Jr.
Geraldine F. Thompson Clovis Watson, Jr.          Mia L. Jones
Oscar Braynon, II Cynthia A. Stafford     Randolph Bracy
                                                               Daphne D. Campbell     Sharon Pritchett
                                                                       Dwayne L. Taylor      Shevrin D. Jones
                                                                          Edwin Nahrain      Walter Bryan Hill

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


February 10, 2015

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“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Supports Senate Joint Resolution 208 Calling for a Florida Constitutional Amendment to Automatically Restore Voting Rights and the Right to Hold Office for Convicted Felons”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida supports Senate Joint Resolution 208 (SJR208) filed by Senator Clemens calling for a Florida Constitutional Amendment to automatically restore voting rights and restore the right to hold office for convicted felons. Dr. McKenna stated, “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida proudly supports SJR208 which will pave the way for those who have paid their debt to society to be fully allowed to put their past behind them and to participate in one of our greatest freedoms; the right to vote.”

If passed this legislative session, SJR208 would also automatically restore the right for convicted felons to hold public office. Dr. McKenna continued, “The time has come for Florida to dispose of the harsh restrictions imposed by the current gubernatorial administration and join the rest of our nation in embracing those who have fought their way through the roughest of times in their lives and have emerged determined to contribute to their communities. We commend Senator Clemens for taking such a bold step for those who need a voice.”

Florida is only one of three states in the nation that permanently revokes a person’s voting rights if convicted of a felony. The Floridians for a Fair Democracy group are distributing petition forms to local political clubs, churches and grassroots organizations in an effort to rally enough support for this issue to make it onto the 2016 election ballot.

For more information on SJR208, please visit the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/. For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


January 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Judy Meyers

Communications Chair, Democratic Women’s Club of Florida

Phone: (727) 967-4257

Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Congratulates

All Florida Newly Married Same Sex Couples”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna extended congratulations to all newly married same sex couples across the State. Dr. McKenna stated, “Tuesday, January 6, 2015 will forever be known as the day that Florida took a major step in showing the world that marriage is defined by love not by gender.” Florida is now the thirty-sixth state to legalize same sex marriage. Dr. McKenna continued, “On behalf of all of the members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, we would like to wish all the couples who were married on Tuesday and those who will be tying the knot in the future, a long and happy life together. After years of being discriminated against, they can now celebrate the life commitment they have made to each other.” All sixty-seven counties are eligible to issue same sex marriage licenses although approximately thirteen counties say they will no longer perform courthouse ceremonies in an attempt to avoid performing same sex wedding ceremonies. Florida will also recognize same sex couples who were married in other states as legally married in Florida.

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


December 14, 2014

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“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Supports the

Removal of the Confederate Battle Flag by the Escambia County Commission” 

Tallahassee, FL — The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida supports the Escambia County Commission’s removal of the Confederate battle flag at the Pensacola Bay Center. Dr. McKenna stated, “The Confederate battle flag serves as a painful reminder of a blood stained time in our country’s history full of oppression and division.”

After an emotional discussion by the Board of County Commissioners, the Board voted 4-1 to remove not only the Confederate battle flag, but also the Spanish, French and British flags, leaving the United States flag as the only flag to fly over the Pensacola Bay Center. Democratic Women’s Club of Escambia County’s President, Dianne Krumel, said, “It divides Escambia County. The flag is another thorn in the side of Escambia County.” Ms. Krumel went on to tell the Board of County Commissioners that she grew up in Escambia County and remembers when Escambia High changed its team name from “Rebels” to “Gators.” Students from the University of West Florida collected more than 175 signatures from the community that was presented to the County Commissioners supporting the removal of the Confederate battle flag. Dozens of residents also addressed the Board at the County Commission meeting Thursday night. President McKenna concluded, “It is sad that we still have to face the issues of slavery and civil rights injustice in today’s times.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Escambia County, please visit the Club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Esc.Co.DWC. For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


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 “The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s Additional Candidate Endorsements” 

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today additional candidate endorsements by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.  “I am proud to announce that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida has formally endorsed five more outstanding candidates,” stated Dr. McKenna.  The offices the candidates are running for are as follows:

Celestyne Williams                Florida House of Representatives, District 41

Deborah Moore`                     County Commissioner, Escambia County

Gabriel Rothblatt                    US House of Representatives, District 8

Gwen Graham                         US House of Representatives, District 2

Will Bronson                          US House of Representatives, District 17

Dr. McKenna concluded, “With the addition of these five outstanding candidates, the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida now stands in support of twenty-seven qualified candidates who will work to improve the lives of citizens across our State.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org.


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“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s Addition of Candidates for Formal Endorsement”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today the addition of three candidates to the list of candidates that have been formally endorsed by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.  “I am proud to announce that Kathleen Trued, Kristopher Decossard and Mike Lowery are the latest additions to our outstanding list of candidates that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida has formally endorsed,” stated Dr. McKenna.  The offices the candidates are running for are as follows:

Kathleen Trued                       Florida State Senate, District 6

Kristopher Decossard             Florida House of Representatives, District 115

Mike Lowery                          County Commissioner, Escambia County

Dr. McKenna concluded, “With the addition of these three outstanding candidates, democrats across the State of Florida can be assured that come November, Florida will be turned from red to blue.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


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August 11, 2014

Contact: Judy Meyers

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“The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s Selection of Candidates for Formal Endorsement”

Tallahassee, FL – The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President Dr. Maureen McKenna announced today the names of candidates that have been formally endorsed by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida. “Each of the candidates selected for endorsement are champions on the issues that are a main part of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida’s platform.” The list of candidates endorsed by the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida are as follows:

  • Alan Cohn US House of Representatives, District 15
  • Amanda Murphy Florida House of Representatives, District 36
  • April Freeman US House of Representatives, District 19
  • Beverly Ledbetter Florida House of Representatives, District 38
  • Cheryl Grieb County Commissioner, Osceola County
  • Daisy Biaz Florida House of Representatives, District 114
  • Debbie Jordan County Commissioner Lee County
  • Erika Remsberg County Commissioner, Pasco County
  • Jamie Shepard Florida House of Representatives, District 6
  • Jim Bryan US House of Representatives, District 1
  • Karen C. Dentel Florida House of Representatives, District 30
  • Larry Aguilar Florida House of Representatives, District 79
  • Levoyd Williams Florida House of Representatives, District 94
  • Marihelen Wheeler US House of Representatives, District 3
  • Mary Higgins Florida House of Representatives, District 82
  • Paula Moser-Bartlett US House of Representatives, District 4
  • Terri Wonder County Commissioner, Manatee County

Dr. McKenna concluded, “By endorsing and supporting these outstanding candidates, democrats across the State of Florida are one step closer in turning Florida blue.”

For more information about the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc, please visit our website online at http://www.dwcf.org/.


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July 7, 2014

Contact: Judy Meyers, DWCF Communications Chair

Phone: (727) 967-4257

Email: jmeyers_region5@outlook.com

“Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. Disappointed with Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of Hobby Lobby & Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.

Tallahassee, FL — Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida was disappointed with the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.  President McKenna stated, “Though the birth control benefit still remains in place, it is unbelievable that we are still fighting for access to birth control in 2014, with some politicians who want to get rid of the birth control benefit completely.  We are saddened that the Supreme Court has chosen to go down this path.  With this decision, employers of family-owned businesses are no longer required to cover access to certain contraceptives as required in the Affordable Care Act due to their religious beliefs.”  An immediate impact of the Court’s decision is that the estimated 14,000 employees of the two companies will have to pay out of pocket for an IUD or emergency contraceptives.  The Court’s decision also paves the way for the over fifty other companies who have sued for similar exemptions, including some that oppose contraceptives altogether.  President McKenna continued, “When employers are permitted to dictate through medical plans which birth control their employees have access to based on the employer’s religious beliefs, then employees are not guaranteed their freedom of religion unless it is a shared belief with their employer.  This leads to further question whether or not future hiring practices will be based on religious beliefs instead of an applicant’s qualifications.”

Other implications of the Court’s decision expressed by the Democratic Women’s Club include an employer’s rights to religious freedom trumps a woman’s right to her own body and other women’s rights that we have been fighting to obtain for years.  This decision could encourage employers to use religion as an attempt to disregard other laws under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Also, contraception could be more expensive and less available for Florida women.  But perhaps most importantly, the right to a medically safe and legal abortion has been chipped away at slowly in a variety of ways by the Court’s decision.  This ruling reinforces anti-abortion tactics. The number of unwanted children could increase as well as the violence and abuse that stems from such situations. 

President McKenna stated in summation, “Never has it been so clear that Florida needs to elect a Governor that supports and protects women’s access to basic health care.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida urges all Florida citizens to contact local, state and national legislators and express their disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision and support all candidates that will stand with women’s access to health care.”

For more information on the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc. please visit our website atwww.dwcf.org.