ACTION ALERT :
Several Threats Give Opportunities to Get Involved and make a Difference in December:
Mark your calendars and get involved…
Help Stop Dangerous So-Called Non-Discrimination Laws being proposed in Tampa, Jacksonville and Pensacola:
Three Florida cities are being confronted with proposed changes in local and county ordinances to include “non-discrimination” language (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity [SOGI] language) which create legal weapons to punish Christians who are simply living out their faith in their businesses and use of private property. Many of these SOGI laws also involve a gross invasion of privacy and create safety and security issues by allowing fully biological men to use women’s bathrooms. Don’t be fooled by smooth sounding names like “Human Rights Ordinances,” “Equal Rights Ordinances” and the latest deceptive name, the “Competitive Workforce Act.” Adding totally subjective terms like sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to legitimate non-discrimination statutes directly undermines our First Amendment rights of religious liberty, free speech and freedom of association.
Tuesday, Dec. 1st at 6:00pm: The Hillsborough County Charter Review Board is currently discussing placing a referendum on the ballot to add language to the county charter which would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes, equivalent to race, religion, and gender! Note: The Hillsborough County Commission quietly passed a Human Rights Ordinance last year which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Adding this to the county charter would make it nearly impossible to change should there be problems with the language.
Please e-mail, call, and attend the Charter Review Board meeting and respectfully ask them to vote against placing this on the 2016 ballot.
EMAIL: Click here to contact the Charter Review Board! Tell the board that you do NOT want this language added to the Hillsborough County Charter!
CALL: Brandon Wagner, Operations and Legislative Affairs Officer for the Charter Review Board at (813) 276-2640.
ATTEND: Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, December 1st at 6 pm to speak out against this proposal. The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor boardroom at County Center (601 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602)
Jacksonville’s new Mayor, Lenny Curry, has called for three community hearings or conversations on the idea of revisiting whether or not the city should enact a “Human Rights Ordinance” (HRO) like the one that was defeated soundly in 2013 by the City Council. The first community discussion was held last week. There is no specific language or ordinance proposed at this point and we don’t know if we will looking at a bill or a referendum in the future. We do know we need to pack the house in a show of opposition to this bad idea in these next two hearings. Come early. Usually those coming early and put in a speakers card will have a better chance at being able to address the panelists and ask questions.
Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:00pm: On the topic of Religious Freedoms, Thoughts & Beliefs to be held at the Edward Waters College Milne Auditorium – 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:00 pm: Understanding the Law & its Effects on Business Jacksonville University Policy Institute – 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211
There will be a meeting at East Brent Baptist church on Tuesday December 1 at 7:00pm to discuss plans to defeat this bad SOGI ordinance being proposed. The first reading of a new amended bill will be presented and comments from the public will be allowed at some future meeting the date of which is in flux but will likely be held in February. Please show up at the planning meeting which Tom Thompson will run. Or please contact all City Commissioners in the City of Pensacola to voice your opposition to the Human Rights/ Anti-Discrimination Ordinance. Tell them: “Please vote NO on the proposed Human Rights Ordinance in Pensacola.”
[email protected] – 850-426-7935
[email protected] – 850-377-3949
[email protected] – 850-435-1609
[email protected] – 850-477-5279
[email protected] – 850-484-0902
[email protected] – 850-607-0185
[email protected] – 850-426-8314
[email protected] – 850-346-7264
SAVE THE DATE: Defund Planned Parenthood Rally in Tallahassee: Dec 7, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015, 1-2pm is the main rally time and there is a pre-rally program from 12-1pm all at the Florida Capitol complex in Tallahassee. National speakers, snacks and drinks, music, education and information on how to take a stand for life. Details for this exciting event will be announced next week. Make plans to join us on Monday Dec 7 in Tallahassee.
WE ARE HIRING: Field Directors across Florida- Join our team!
Florida Family Action our 501c4 sister organization is hiring field directors across the state but especially in the cities of Jacksonville, Orlando, and in Panama City. We are more interested in finding motivated and hard-working people than we are in what part of the state they live but we do have particular interests in these above regions. Please pass this notice on to those you think may be interested and qualified for this position. The Field Director’s job description and salary can be downloaded here:
SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Pro-Family Lobby Days at the Capitol & Legislative Prayer Breakfast, Jan 25-26, 2015
January 25-26, 2015, Tallahassee, FL. Do not miss this most exciting event now in its third year where we bring supporters up to Tallahassee and train them to lobby legislators on the most important issues. Save the date now and email [email protected] and we will send you the reservation information as soon as it is available. The legislative training and issue briefing runs Monday night, January 25, from 3-7 PM and on then on Tuesday, January 26, from 7 AM to 3 PM for the Prayer Breakfast and the Lobby Days event at the Capitol.