Become a Delegate to the FDP State Convention, Oct. 27-29 at Disney Orlando

Delegate elections will be held on Monday, September 11th during our regular DEC meeting in Bartow. 

FDP 2017 State Convention
The 2017 Florida Democratic Party State Convention will now be held on October 27 through October 29 at a new location:

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, FL 32830

State Convention Room Block
We have secured a special group rate of $199 per night plus taxes. To make your reservations, please use the link below, or call the Disney Group Reservations Phone Team number: (407) 939-4686.

Reservations Link:

Qualification of Delegates
All delegates must be registered Democrats in the State of Florida.

Any registered Democrat may run for a delegate position in the county, where registered.All interested candidates are required to file with their County Chair, Vice Chair, State Committeeman, or State Committeewoman between August 1 and September 11, 2017.

It is the responsibility of the County Party officers to make delegate filing forms available to any Democrat seeking them during the above-mentioned dates.

Delegate Fees
A check for $ 60.00(Adults), $40 (Students) and $75 (non-delegate) shall be paid by each delegate to the Polk County DEC.  This check covers the cost of registration ($45) and a $15 surcharge to defray local expenses related to the convention.  The Polk DEC, in turn, will send one check to FDP for the delegation. 

Election of Delegates 
Election of delegates will take place at the September 11th DEC meeting at 6:15 pm in the County Commission Chambers on the First floor at 330 W. Church St., Bartow Fl, 33830.   

If you have a desire to be a delegate, please complete the attached delegate form and bring the form to our September 11th meeting along with your payment.

Democratically Yours,
Shawn W. Kinsey 
Chair, Polk County DEC
Vice Chair, Florida Democratic County Chairs Assoc.

Here’s How to Help Texans with Hurricane Relief

The stories and images we are seeing out of Houston, Texas this week are deeply troubling. The National Weather Service is calling this storm “unprecedented” and it is clear that Texans are on a long road to rebuilding their homes and communities.

In Florida, we are all too familiar with the hardships that so many in Texas are facing. That is why we are encouraging everyone to help emergency relief agencies however possible.

Here is a list of organizations who could use your support as they help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

It’s important for all of us to come together to help our neighbors and those in need. Please join us in doing our part to assist those in their time of need.

Florida, Polk County & Solivita Democrats

Don’t Agonize about the Senate “Healthcare” Bill…Let’s ORGANIZE!

This is important! Really easy action…


The Senate Finance Committee Office (202 224 4515) is keeping count of Americans requesting public hearings on Senate ‘healthcare” bill.
Please call & request that Public Hearings be held.
We need more callers. The phone is answered 8:30am – 6:30pm (EST)
Copy / Paste / SHARE Widely — and Please Call!!

SDC President’s Message

If you were asked how frequently you review the Solivita Democratic Club web page, how would you answer? Therefore, I plan to send the President’s Message both via the web page and as a follow up e-mail. The following message  also appears in our Beacon Newsletter.

Trump’s budget actually threatens his voters the hardest!

     Trump’s budget cuts taxes on the wealthy, boosts defense spending, and slashes programs for the poor and disabled – potentially hurting many of the rural and low-income Americans who voted him into office. The plan calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to social programs with millions of beneficiaries, from farm subsidies to federal student aid. It includes a $600 billion cut to Medicaid over 10 years, slashes the federal food stamp program, and Social Security Disability Insurance. He proposes some of the deepest cuts to agriculture subsidies since Ronald Reagan- nearly $50 billion over 10 years. At the end of the decade, the U.S. would spend nearly twice as much on defense as on other domestic programs. Domestic discretionary spending would be capped below 2004 levels, while military spending soars to $722 billion. It would cripple programs for low-income families ranging from cash assistance to the child tax credit. Nearly $200 billion in cuts will come directly from the federal food stamp program, which helps feed 44 million people each year.
     Lastly, Trump would also slash $72 billion by tightening the rules for programs for people with disabilities, eliminate funding for NPR, PBS, render the Consumer Financial Protection Agency toothless, disable or repeal Dodd-Frank (Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), and make health insurance unaffordable for 22 million Americans. Does this sound like his policies are “putting America first”? This information is both sobering and alarming, and we cannot as Democrats allow a repeat of the 2016 election in the next 2018 cycle. It is a given that Trump should not have won, but surgical gerrymandering by the Republicans is a prime reason for his win in the electoral college, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton received 2.86 million more votes.
     In order to help us to develop a strategy to encourage more of us to go the polls, would you please either click on the following link, or copy and paste it into your internet web browser to take a survey ?
Best Regards to Everyone
Stanley P. Dillard, Sr. President
Solivita Democratic Club
863-427- 4480

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to Convene in Orlando, July 20-22, 2017

You are invited to the following event: 


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: 
Thursday, 20 July 2017 at 7:00 PM 
– to –
Saturday, 22 July 2017 at 4:00 PM (EDT) 
Rosen Centre
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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 Dear FRRC Supporter,

Over the last five years we have worked steadily towards growing capacity among returning citizens, to be a central driving force of the statewide Voting Restoration Ballot Initiative, and to lead the effort in a powerful way. Together, with our coalition partner organizations, we have accomplished what many believed was impossible.

We pulled together an expert, pro-bono team of legal and policy advisors, to develop policy and language that was approved, unanimously, by the Florida Supreme Court.  We led a 100% organic, grassroots petition circulation program, validating over 70,000 signatures to trigger legal review, solely on volunteer efforts; a feat never achieved before in Florida’s history. And, in accordance with industry best practices, we collectively invested in holistic, data-driven research to develop messaging strategy that has reached the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, propelling collaboration and active engagement from many unlikely supporters, hand-in-hand, with those directly impacted by this issue.

What we have already accomplished is miraculous. I extend my sincerest thanks to the love and commitment that each of you have poured into this effort. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

But we have only just begun. Over the next 18 months, we have two major lifts ahead on our pathway to victory. One, we must lead on educating the public on this issue and garnering more support from our fellow Floridians; and two, we must ramp-up our petition circulation efforts to qualify for the 2018 election cycle.

To kick-off our efforts, I invite you to join us at the FRRC 2017 State Convening, which takes place July 20th-22nd, at The Rosen Centre, in Orlando; please register today!

At the Convening, FRRC members we will be able to experience: interactive participation with the Ballot Initiative Expert Panel; hands-on messaging training that will enrich our Public Education Program; and relationship building and collaborative planning with other FRRC partners from your region. Additionally, all Convening participants will leave with tangible resources to help them achieve their volunteer goals, including messaging, phone banking, canvassing and petition collection toolkits.

Another exciting event will be happening during Convening weekend. Our 1st Annual Champions of Change Gala & Awards Ceremony, honoring FRRC’s Social Justice Champions, on the evening of July 21st, at The Rosen, in Orlando, hosted by Ms. Vivica A. Fox; buy your tickets today!

We need your support now to build our future success. I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando, July 20th-22nd. It is a weekend you do not want to miss!

Desmond Meade, President

P. S. There are two more opportunities to support the FRRC! You can become a Sponsor for the event or you can advertise in the 2017 State Convening Program Book; stretch your advertising dollar by purchasing an additional ad in the 1st Annual Gala Program Books for a discounted package price!

Women’s History Month takes on new meaning this year.

“PerSisters” Womens’ March in Lakeland

2016 marked the end of an historic Presidential run by Hillary Clinton who, regardless of the outcome, broke many glass ceilings on behalf of all of us getting there.

I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate: I’m a woman; I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate; I am an immigrant; I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?’ and I said, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’
– Senator Mazie Hirono
The elections brought some gains.  There are now 21 women serving in the United States Senate (16D/5R)  including three new women of color: Kamala Harris  (California), Tammy Duckworth (Illinois), and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada). They join Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), who was elected in 2012.

The number of women in the House also increased, with now 62 Democrats and 21 Republican women, representing 19.1% of the 435 elected Representatives.
The first woman elected to the US Senate was Hattie Wyatt Caraway (Arkansas).
Appointed to vacancy caused by death of her husband, Senator Thaddeus Caraway; elected on her own in 1932 and served until 1945.

The origins of Women’s History Month can be traced back to 1908 New York, and the first Women’s Day organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union strike that year.

Soon after, International Women’s Day caught on in the United States and across Europe and has been universally celebrated on March 8th since 1915.

In 1980 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week,” and in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Today women voters represent 53% of the voting population, but the election of Donald Trump, and the next appointment to the US Supreme Court have put women’s rights, indeed human rights, at the greatest risk in decades.

Mayor Andrew Gillum — Candidate for Florida Governor

(The following is for information only. The Solivita Democratic Club does not endorse candidates in primary elections.)

Growing up, my grandmother always told us to go to school, mind our teachers, get our lesson, and bring that education home – for our brothers, our baby sister, and the kids in our neighborhood.

She wanted us to know we were responsible for more than ourselves — we are also responsible for our family and our neighborhood, and everyone around us.

My grandmother knew then what I know now — that if we were going to get anywhere, we would get there together. And that’s why I’m coming to you today, with a humble heart and a whole lot of hope, as we launch this campaign for Governor of Florida. Because I know that our only path to victory is one we’re willing to travel together.

Add your name now to join our people powered campaign, and help us bring it home for Florida.

Like so many of you, I am here today because of the very policies Republicans say are “destroying” our great state of Florida. I grew up on food stamps in Miami and Gainesville. My parents weren’t college educated, but they both worked hard: my mother as a bus driver and my father as a construction worker. As Governor, I will work to create jobs that pay a living wage on every rung of the income ladder.

Our family struggled with being cash poor, but I still grew up rich in opportunity. Though the public schools I attended weren’t always in the best part of town, they were always filled with the best teachers. I wouldn’t be writing you today as a candidate for Governor of Florida had it not been for the encouragement and help I received from Ms. Alexandria at Westwood Middle School and Mrs. Awbrey at Gainesville High School. They went above and beyond the requirements of their job, like so many teachers do, to ensure that I became the first person in my family to graduate college.

But I knew it wasn’t enough for me to become the first in my family to go to college — it was my duty to make sure I wasn’t the last. The Democratic Party and progressive philosophy created a way up and a way out for even families like mine, and so when I began my career in public service at just 23 years old, I did so as a progressive Democrat. My experiences reflected those of average, everyday Floridians. And I knew those people deserved a champion.

For me, being a Democrat has always been about welcoming folks just as they are. This was the party that advocated for my parents growing up, that didn’t demonize them or label them as lazy. Instead, they fought for progress for all of us. And that’s what I’ve worked to do in my time on the Tallahassee City Council and as Mayor of Tallahassee.

When marriage equality was won at the Federal level and we had Florida county after county after county saying that they would no longer issue marriage licenses to anybody, just so they didn’t have to do it for gay couples. So I welcomed couples to our great city of Tallahassee to celebrate their love and commitment to one another with marriage.

When President Trump’s executive order targeted immigrants in our cities, I protested loudly and proudly, and fought to stop him from tearing these families apart. This concept of having to choose between security and compassion is absolutely false. We can have both, and we must fight for both.

In fact, I have worked tirelessly to make Tallahassee a safe haven for all — and I have done so without resorting to irrational discrimination. When I refused to repeal ordinances that prevent shooting guns in a public park, the gun lobby sued me. They thought they could intimidate me with threats of personal fines, with two years of litigation, and with attacks from right-wing interest groups. They were wrong. Just last month, we won the battle to keep our parks safe.

My pastor talks about it in the terms of being the thermostat versus the thermometer. There are enough people who are prepared to take the temperature. There are not enough people who are willing to set it. I think I’ve demonstrated up to this point that I’ve never had to take the temperature in order to do the right thing.

I believe we are at a time in our state and our nation’s history that requires not just people who quietly agree on these critical issues we are facing, but people who are going to be champions, who will get out and lead on them.

That’s why I’m asking you to join together with us from the very beginning, to help us prove that we have that power, that hope, and that determination to rebuild this state into one that works for all of us, no matter what we look like, where we come from, what we believe, or whom we love.

Let us know if you’ll be joining together with us for this historic campaign by adding your name right here and right now.

Thank you for being a part of this journey. I look forward to traveling the state and meeting with you and the rest of the team in the coming weeks.

Bring it home,

Mayor Andrew Gillum
Candidate for Florida Governor

February is Black History Month

Black Americans in Congress: An Introduction

When black men were given the right to vote, they elected hundreds of black legislators to state and national offices, even though the elections are preceded by threats and violence. The new black politicians, like Mississippi’s John Roy Lynch, pass ambitious civil rights and public education laws.

The arrival of Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Representative Joseph Rainey of South Carolina on Capitol Hill in 1870 ranks among the great paradoxes in American history; just a decade earlier, these African Americans’ congressional seats were held by southern slave owners. Moreover, the U.S. Capitol, the center of legislative government, conceived by its creators as the “Temple of Liberty”—had been constructed with the help of enslaved laborers.

“The Fifteenth Amendment in Flesh and Blood,” 1870–1887

These pioneering African-American Representatives symbolized a new democratic order in the United States, demonstrating not only courage but also relentless determination. They often braved elections marred by violence and fraud. With nuance and tact they balanced the needs of black and white constituents in their Southern districts, and they argued passionately for legislation promoting racial equality.

“The Negroes’ Temporary Farewell,” 1887–1929

By the 1890s, most Black Americans had either been barred from or abandoned electoral politics in frustration. Advocacy for blacks in Congress became substantially more difficult. After North Carolina Representative George White’s departure from the House of Representatives in March 1901, no African American served in the U.S. Congress for nearly three decades.

Keeping the Faith, 1929–1970

With his election to the U.S. House of Representatives from a Chicago district in 1928, Oscar De Priest of Illinois became the first African American to serve in Congress since George White of North Carolina left office in 1901. But while the victory symbolized renewed hope for African Americans struggling to regain a foothold in national politics, it was only the beginning of an arduous journey.


The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks–and three events–that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965.

Permanent Interests, 1971–2007

The modern era of African Americans’ more than 140-year history in Congress began in 1971. During this period, black Members enjoyed a tremendous surge in numbers, reflecting a larger historical process, as minority groups and women exercised their new freedom to participate in American society. The post-1970 generation of Black Americans in Congress marked a watershed in American history—a transition from a period of prolonged protest to full political participation.

Resulting in the election of our 45th  President, Barack Obama

President Obama stabilized our economy, increased both our healthcare options and job enhancements, saving our auto industry among other things.


Now Solivita, it is 2017 and again, we must fight for Civil Rights, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. Education, Healthcare, Immigration and Racism among other equally important agendas.

Democratic ideology ranks in the minority in all 3 branches of government.

Remember these words:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Let’s work together, wisely and effectively, to achieve our goals, placing balance back into our government.  Join us.
Solivita Democratic Club


Women’s March for Equality Continues

The Campaign


We did it! On January 21, over 5 Million of us worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here – now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes – it’s time to get our friends, family and community together and make history.


Action 1 / 10


Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you – and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. We’re offering printable postcards for you to download.

You can go it alone, or consider inviting some friends, neighbors and fellow Marchers over for a drink or dinner sometime in the next ten days to talk about your experience and fill out your postcards.


Get the official card printed (see below), design your own, or be one of 10,000 people who can get a free Women’s March Postcard using the Ink Cards App. If you have the equipment, you can print at home, or download the file and get cards printed locally.

Get all the info by clicking here!

WH NAACP Installation of Officers and Emancipation Day Program

The Winter Haven Branch of the NAACP invites the public to attend its’ installation of officers ceremony and Emancipation Day program on Sunday January 29, 2017 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2500 Lucerne Park Rd, Winter Haven, Fl., 33881. The event will begin at 4:00pm. The NAACP officers and executive committee members were recently elected in November 2016.

The event will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

RSVP to by January 22, 2017.

Retired Circuit Court  Judge Robert “ Bob “ Doyel will install Shawn W. Kinsey as the branch’s new president with Apostle Willie Mincey and Robert Scott as the first and second vice presidents. Jennifer Williams Armbruster will be installed as secretary and Roosevelt Smith as treasurer.

Guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Deric C. Feacher, Public servant, Conscious advocate, and Nationally recognized speaker.