Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days Sign Up Form

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Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days 2017 is here! Join us in Tallahassee to advocate for the full funding of Amendment 1, our education system and ensure legislators hear our opinion on issues like reproductive justice in Florida.

Come both days or just one and send a message to our elected officials to keep their strong progressive values throughout session.

Afterwards, come to our Happy Hour (location TBA) hosted by members of our Democratic caucus.

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Florida Young Democrats Resolution Urging DNC to Adopt Superdelegate Reform

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Today the Florida Young Democrats passed a resolution urging for the Democratic National Committee to adopt superdelegate reform for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, including the possibility of eliminating them entirely.

The full language of the resolution follows:

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party is the party that believes that a vibrant democracy requires the opportunity to allow as many citizens to participate in the selection of their President as possible; and

WHEREAS, superdelegates are given an outsized role in the selection of the Presidential nominee compared to primary voters; and

WHEREAS, superdelegates are currently allowed to publicly declare their support of candidate at any point they wish, including well in advance of any primary votes being cast; and

WHEREAS, superdelegates make up approximately 15 percent of all votes required to secure the Democratic nomination; and

WHEREAS, superdelegates have no requirement to vote in accordance with the voters they represent;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Florida Young Democrats urge the Democratic National Committee to establish a Task Force for the 2020 Democratic National Convention to evaluate the role that superdelegates play in the nomination process and recommend reforms to the process; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Florida Young Democrats urge that the Task Force be given the authority to consider different aspects of the process, including but not limited to, the definition of eligibility for superdelegates, restrictions on the ability of superdelegates to declare their support before states are given the chance to vote, and whether superdelegates should be eliminated entirely.

The Florida Young Democrats, representing all Florida Democrats between 14 years of age and 40 years of age, urges the Democratic National Committee to remain true to the spirit of our democracy and fix the image for our party that the outcomes of our party elections are predetermined. The Florida Young Democrats also calls on fellow Young Democrats organizations across the country to pass similar resolutions urging reform.

Contact: Ali Kurnaz, Communications Director
Phone: (850) 888-DEMS
Email: [email protected]

Hillary for America – Communications Intern

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Communications Interns

Hillary for Florida seeks Communications Interns for the summer term. Hillary for Florida provides a meaningful learning experience that allows dedicated leaders to gain the skills needed to better our communities and our nation. Communications Interns will gain first-hand political experience while learning how a presidential campaign communicates its core message and interacts with the media. The internship is an unpaid opportunity.

Applicants should be energetic, motivated, organized and excited to work on a historic presidential campaign. Interns will either participate in a summer-long internship at campaign headquarters in Tampa or work remotely from anywhere in Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I receive school credit for interning with Hillary for Florida?
A: Yes, depending on your school requirements. We encourage you to apply for school credit as part of your participation in the internship program. We prioritize a meaningful learning experience while working with seasoned campaign staff from around the country.

Q: Is the internship paid?
A: No, this is an unpaid internship.  Interns will obtain an educational and professional experience in connection with their education or pursuit of a degree.

Q: Is the internship part time or full time?
A: We have opportunities for both full-time and part-time internships. A minimum of 20 hours a week is required to participate in the program.

Q: What type of projects will I work on as an intern?
A: Interns will follow, compile and track press coverage related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Florida. Interns will also assist with broader communications tasks, such as building press lists, drafting media advisories and press releases, writing briefings, and monitoring social media.

What are the desired skills and qualifications for the internship program?
Interns should have early morning availability; an interest in politics, journalism or media relations; and strong writing skills.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. In your cover letter, please indicate your proposed start and end dates, whether you are applying to be a full-time or part-time intern, and if you plan to work remotely.

Hillary for America is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity on our team, and recognize that our continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse team that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from unlawful discrimination as is consistent with our commitment to diversity, respect, and inclusion. Consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other legally protected basis.

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Florida Young Democrats Resolution for $15 Livable Wage

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Today the Florida Young Democrats passed a resolution urging for a $15 minimum wage, joining the chorus of trade unions and labor organizations across the country in addition to the Young Democrats of America Labor Caucus in demanding “a decent, living wage that allows [workers] to afford basic life.” As the cost of living in Florida continues to outpace wages, analyses indicate that low-wage workers need at least $15 an hour in order to cover the basic costs in order to survive without slipping further into poverty.

The full language of the resolution follows:

WHEREAS, the minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage permitted by law that an employer can pay an employee for work; and

WHEREAS, a minimum wage exists to ensure that workers earn enough to live on and to provide themselves and their families with basic necessities; and

WHEREAS, the minimum wage serves as a balance in a low-wage driven labor market where low-wage workers have unequal bargaining power and employers unreasonably profit from the exploitation of these workers; and

WHEREAS, a minimum wage does not cause a loss of jobs and in fact, a majority of the money from the increased wage is directly reinvested into our national economy because the buying power of minimum wage workers increases which spurs economic activity and translates into the creation of new jobs; and

WHEREAS, the Florida Young Democrats (FYD) seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations such as low-wage workers are not exploited or otherwise unreasonably economically disadvantaged; and

WHEREAS, FYD believes that individuals who work full-time, every weekday, all year long, are entitled to a decent, living wage that allows them to afford basic life; and

WHEREAS, FYD seeks to ensure that legislation governing the minimum wage promotes a decent, living wage; continues to increase relative to inflation and cost of living; and places full-time low-wage workers, above the federal poverty line; and

WHEREAS, implemented in July 2009, as part of the Fair Labors Standards Act, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which amounts to $3,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three; and

WHEREAS, some states and cities across the United States have enacted their own minimum wage laws that have raised their minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage; and

WHEREAS, the Florida minimum wage of $8.05 an hour is insufficient for a family to attain a decent standard of living anywhere in the state without public assistance; and

WHEREAS, the cost of living across Florida continues to outpace wages; and

WHEREAS, cost-of-living analyses indicate that a single low-wage workers needs $15 an hour in order to cover basic living costs; and

WHEREAS, both the nursing home care industry and the fast food industry make up a large part of the Florida business sector; and

WHEREAS, quality nursing home care is contingent upon a robust number of qualified caregivers safeguarding residents and their rights; and

WHEREAS, certified nursing assistants (caregivers) provide 90 percent of the direct bedside care for nursing home residents; and

WHEREAS, licensed nursing home and home care workers currently earn less than $11.00 per hour and $9.00 per hour respectively; and

WHEREAS, the nursing home industry remains highly profitable and long-term care revenues exceed $350 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, the fast food industry generates a revenue of over $570 billion globally and a revenue of $200 billion in the United States in 2015; and

WHEREAS, there are over 200,000 fast food restaurants in the United States and approximately 13,568 fast food restaurants in the state of Florida; and

WHEREAS, the fast food industry employs over 4 million people throughout the United States and approximately over 200,000 people in Florida; and

WHEREAS, over 50 percent of front-line fast food employees cannot make a living wage and therefore rely on public assistance programs funded by taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, workers across the state of Florida recently campaigned for a $15 per hour minimum wage across Florida with the Fight for $15 movement

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Florida Young Democrats strongly supports efforts to raise the minimum wage in Florida to $15/hour, especially for fast food workers and nursing home

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Florida Young Democrats opposes any minimum wage law that includes “tip credit”; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Florida Young Democrats will join Young Democrats of America Labor Caucus to participate in a broad­-based coalition of unions and community allies to spearhead a campaign to bring the $15/hour minimum wage to Florida.

The Florida Young Democrats, representing all Florida Democrats between 14 years of age and 36 years of age, urge that all Democrats stand alongside our fast food workers, nurses, and all minimum wage workers and support legislation that ensures every Floridian has the right to a earn a livable wage.

Contact: Ali Kurnaz, Communications Director
Phone: (850) 888-DEMS
Email: [email protected]

Sanders Wins Florida Young Democrats Straw Poll With 88.5% Over Clinton

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The Florida Young Democrats conducted the 2016 Presidential Straw Poll that started on March 8th online between the two Democratic Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. With over 1,000 responses, young Democrats across Florida overwhelmingly chose Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the statewide poll.

While the 2016 Presidential Straw Poll result is not an endorsement from the Florida Young Democrats, President Ricky Nettina offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled at the level of participation from across the state. The straw poll mirrors the excitement of young people around Bernie Sanders. Either Democratic candidate will have the best interest of young Americans at heart compared to the Republican candidates.”


Florida’s Democratic Presidential Preference Primary will take place on Tuesday, March 15. For additional information about polling locations and times, voters are encouraged to contact their local Supervisor of Elections.


The Florida Young Democrats are the official Florida chapter of the Young Democrats of America and is a political organization dedicated to securing the future of the Florida’s Democratic Party by providing the training, tools and network necessary for young professional to serve as leaders of their local communities. The FYD is also responsible for ensuring the education and turnout for youth in the state of Florida in local, state and national elections.

Contact: Ali Kurnaz, Communications Director
Phone: (850) 888-DEMS
Email: [email protected]

FYD 2016 Chartering

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Happy March! Chartering month is finally here.

As a reminder chartering is due March 31, 2016 by 11:59 PM EST
Here’s the list of required documents:
1. Copy of governing documents (Charter & Bylaws);
2. Copy of minutes from an official chapter meeting (record of elections);

3. Check or online payments for chartering due [($50) (Two Chapters have already submitted)];
4. Copy of meeting notice;
5. List of up-to-date Members including name, address, phone, date of birth and email address.
I am currently polishing up the chartering submission form and it’s currently being beta tested. I should have the final version by the end of this week so thank you for your patience! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Vice President Kelly Quintero at [email protected]

Florida Young Democrats Lobby Tallahassee

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Good afternoon,

Are you ready to make progressive change in Florida with FYD tomorrow?  Don’t delay! There’s still time to sign up for the Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days before tomorrow.  It’ll be two action packed days as we storm the Capitol to tell our legislators what’s important to young Democrats RSVP here: (http://goo.gl/forms/h3lduqApcs)

We’ll first meet at 9 AM Wednesday, February 17th in the Senate Democratic Room, Suite 221 for a quick Lobbying 101 training. Afterwards, we’ll partner with the Florida Immigration Coalition and speak out against putting restrictions on refugees coming to Florida. Later we’ll meet with our legislators and attend a few committee meetings where legislators will be voting on a few bills on our legislative agenda. Lastly, we’ll head over to Clyde’s and Costello’s for a happy hour with Democratic Elected officials and staff. Thursday morning, we’ll have coffee and bagels with staff from the Florida Democratic Party at 9:30 AM and then wrap up the 2016 Florida Young Democrats lobby days.

I hope to see you everyone there! It’s a chance to meet with your state elected officials, attend committee meeting, and be a part of our legislative process.

If you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me and I can answer any more questions that you have.

Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days Sign Up Form

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Florida Young Democrats Lobby Days 2016 is here! Join us in Tallahassee to advocate for the full funding of Amendment 1, our education system and ensure legislators hear our opinion on issues like reproductive justice in Florida.

Come both days or just one and send a message to our elected official to keep their strong progressive values throughout session.

Afterwards, come to our Happy Hour (location TBA) hosted by Democratic Elected officials such as Rep. Shevrin Jones and others.

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JOB POST: Florida Latina Advocacy Network (FL LAN) State Policy Analyst

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NLIRH seeks a Florida Latina Advocacy Network (FL LAN) State Policy Analyst for a newly-created position. We are looking foracommitted individual to support our Florida state policy agenda to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, and support the development and execution of our advocacy and organizing strategies state-wide. The FL LAN State Policy Analyst must be able to craft politically savvy strategic campaigns that build the power for the community and evaluate complex public programs, proposed state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s state-based policy and advocacy work in the areas including abortion access, immigrant women’s rights and reproductive health equity. The position will serve as the FL LAN representative for state-wide policy coalitions and may be tapped as an English and Spanish-language spokesperson for media. The FL LAN State Policy Analyst will be supervised and report to the Senior Director of Government Relations out of our Washington, D.C. office, and will work closely with the Community Mobilization department to coordinate Florida advocacy campaigns. The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.

Position Location: Ideally based in Tallahassee during legislative session, and in Miami-Dade out of session

Responsibilities include:

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with elected officials, community partners, and organizational allies;
  • Conduct state legislative analysis related to reproductive health and immigration policy; research and prepare state policy briefs, fact sheets, public education campaign materials and all other policy related publications;
  • Represent the interests of NLIRH, coordinate efforts with the state-wide civic engagement coalitions and partner organizations, and oversee the strategic engagement of those relationships with regards to policy in order to contribute to our efforts and overall success;
  • Serve as liaison for the Community Mobilization department and FL LAN activists by responding to state policy needs and communicating federal policies and actions that impact states and local communities and vice-versa;
  • Work with FL LAN activists in target areas and the Community Mobilization department to design, implement and support national, state, and local advocacy and organizing campaigns;
  • Conduct trainings, presentations, and media interviews on behalf of NLIRH at national and local conferences, events, and state and federal legislative meetings and briefings, and represent NLIRH in local coalitions;
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs and the Community Mobilization team on other organizational efforts, including our National Advocacy Weekend in Washington, D.C. and our annual National Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice;
  • Develop internal workplans, track progress towards goals, and report activities and outcomes with key members of the NLIRH team.
  • Track state legislative, legal, regulatory, and ballot initiative trends and develop strategy in coordination with Government Relations, Public Affairs and the Community Mobilization teams;
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with members of Congress, state legislators, staffers and colleagues in the fields of reproductive health, Latino/a civil rights and immigrant rights;
  • Track and record all lobbying efforts in a timely manner;
  • Travel required.

Main Qualifications:

Degree from accredited college or university and at least two years’ experience in in state government relations/communications/public affairs/campaigns;

  • At least two years of experience in research, report production, or policy formulation at the state level;
  • Candidates must have extensive knowledge of reproductive health and rights issues and related social justice issues (immigration, Latino civil rights, etc.) with experience in policy advocacy, organizing, and coalition building;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, speaking and advocacy skills;
  • Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communications skills in both Spanish and English;
  • Outstanding organizational and communications skills, including ability to work independently and as part of a team with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and remain composed and focused under pressure;
  • Demonstrated commitment to reproductive justice and/or Latino civil rights a must;
  • Have a strong understanding of the political structure of the state; knowledge of Florida landscape is required;
  • Prior community organizing or political campaign experience is required;
  • Knowledge and commitment to reproductive health and rights and/or social justice issues;
  • Familiarity with civic engagement technology (preferably familiar with the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Catalist), understand and utilize social media and be metrics driven;
  • Preference given to candidates with relationships with key policymakers, civic engagement and reproductive health and rights stakeholders in the region.


How to Apply: Submit cover letter, resume, two 1-3 page writing samples (policy brief/analysis and op-ed/press release/blog post), and salary requirements via email to[email protected]. Visit http://www.idealist.org/view/job/bdp57fG5b7SP for more information.

Please include in the subject line: Applicant-Florida LAN State Policy Analyst

Florida Young Democrats and Wellstone Action – 10/22/2015

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Time after time I hear the phrase, “we need to build a bench”. This starts with us, the Florida Young Democrats. We are the future leaders of this party and for the Florida Young Democrats, the future is starting now.

I am excited to announce that FYD is hosting a campaign staff and candidate training being run by Wellstone Action. The training will take place November 21-22 at the South Florida AFL-CIO Union Hall in Miami, Florida (4349 NW 36th St). The cost will be $100 for members of the Florida Young Democrats or $200 for non-members. Make sure to pay dues to your local chapter as official registration will open soon.

Wellstone Action is the leading progressive training organization in the country. We’lll learn to win elections by talking persuadable voters and communicating a clear progressive message effectively. The organization was started by the children and staff of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, a college professor who ran against a popular Republican incumbent for the U.S. Senate. Senator Wellstone proved that a progressive message coupled with a strong field program could win elections and Wellstone Action was founded to spread these principles to successive generations of candidates and campaign staff.

Click here to sign up for more information.

Will you be in Orlando for FDP’s State Convention? Join the Florida Young Democrats for our caucus meeting on Saturday at 4:30 in Solon 4. Afterwards, join us for some Halloween fun.

 If you would like to help cover the costs of this training, make a donation to FYD!

Look forward to seeing you soon,


Ricky Nettina


Florida Young Democrats

FDP Convention Email – 10/29/2015

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We’re a day away from the Florida Democratic Party Convention at the Disney Beach and Yacht Club and the Young Dems will be there.

Tomorrow, October 30th we’ll be co-hosting a Margarita Party with Annette Taddeo after the festivities have ended. Make sure you “like” us on Facebook for the flyer.

Our next State Committee meeting will be held at the FDP Convention on Saturday at 4:30 PM in Solon 4. Join us for an action packed hour discussing best practices, goals for the upcoming year and a few of guest speakers. Afterwards, join us at Sea Dog Brewing Co for dinner for those that do not have tickets to the Florida’s Future Dinner (It is not only a brewery, but also a restaurant. You do not need to be 21 to join us).

Reminder:Wellstone Action is coming to Miami on November 21-22 at the AFL-CIO Union Hall, (4349 NW 36th Street, Miami). Wellstone Action is the leading progressive training organization in the country. If you are interested in working on a campaign or are running for office, this training will help lead you to victory.

sign up for more info on Wellstone Action

Donate to FYD

See you Tomorrow!

Ricky Nettina
Florida Young Democrats

Field and Advocacy Manager – Florida (South Florida preferred – Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade Counties)

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About State Voices Florida

State Voices Florida is a state based collaboration (“Table”) formed to improve long-term coordination and communication among nonprofit, socially responsible civic engagement organizations in Florida. The State Voices Florida Table’s nonpartisan mission is to engage underrepresented and socially responsible voters in the democratic process and to establish collective action around common issue areas. Those issue areas include voting rights, quality and affordable health care, economic justice, civil rights, improving public education and more.

State Voices Florida is an affiliate of State Voices, a national network that encompasses nonpartisan civic engagement tables in 20 states.

Position Overview

State Voices Florida seeks a talented leader with a record of success leading, facilitating and supporting program to serve as a full-time Field and Advocacy Manager. The Field and Advocacy Manager will guide and overview voter registration and GOTV plans and campaigns coordinated with our network of organizations. The Field and Advocacy Manager will also drive issue-based campaigns for the network working with partner organizations to implement. We seek a qualified candidate with strong coalition, facilitation, and interpersonal relationship skills who will work as part of a team in a fast-paced organization.


  • Work with partner organizations to implement field and issue-based campaign plans.
  • Provide training and materials for network organizers and volunteers to build capacity, performance, and professionalism.
  • Provide reports detailing capacity, execution, and gaps in coalition partner field work.
  • Work with Data and Targeting Manager to ensure universes and programs are accurately administered and implemented.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • 3-4 years of experience in labor, political or community organizing and political campaigns preferred. Field organizing experience required.
  • Experience working with coalitions and managing partner relationships.
  • Collaborative nature, able to work many different personalities.
  • Commitment to the goals of the table including civic engagement and economic and social and racial justice.
  • Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Experience working with and training volunteers on field techniques.
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or diverse communities preferred.
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively.
  • Ability to work in teams and independently without need for micromanaging.
  • Ability to be detail oriented, set goals, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Internet organizing, and social media.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly within Florida (including by car with a valid driver’s license) and some national travel.

Location: Florida. Location in Florida is flexible with a strong preference for South Florida (Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade Counties)

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume, at least three professional references, writing samples, and salary requirements to [email protected] by Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM ET.

For more information: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/mFG9ZmXtNw8d/

2015 Ruth’s List Florida Campaign Staff Academy – Last week to apply!

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2015 Florida Campaign Academy is a unique program focused on campaign leadership development for Floridians interested in furthering Democratic ideals by working on the ground in Florida for the 2016 Election.

This two day campaign boot camp will focus on:

  • Campaign Managers Training
  • Finance Training
  • Field Training
  • Communications TrainingBoth days accommodation, training materials, breakfast, and lunch will be provided at no cost.

     To apply for the 2015 Ruth’s List Florida Campaign Academy, Please click on the link below to complete the application and submit your resume by October 19th, 2015


Florida Young Democrats Endorsement of Historic Iran Nuclear Deal

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The Florida Young Democrats urge the leaders and elected officials of the Democratic Party to join us in supporting the diplomatic efforts of President Obama’s administration in securing a nonproliferation resolution with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As President Obama has stated, this is an “historic understanding” between the United States, Iran, and other major world powers that will not only prevent war, but will also open cultural, academic, and business relations between our countries.

Beyond the benefits of nonproliferation, this deal is a strong and necessary step towards a national objective: regional stability in the Middle East. We believe that the failed policies of the past 36 years, which embrace isolationism and war mongering, only encourage conflict with Iran and the misunderstanding of a people. Young Americans have come of age throughout a continuous period of war that has cost our nation trillions of dollars and thousands of lives while regional instability in Middle East persists.

It is our belief that a lasting peace can only be achieved through these necessary, diplomatic engagements which encourage the people of all nations to join in the international community and work together towards building a better world.

We join our nation’s top scientists, military leaders, academics, and public figures in commending the leadership and courage of the President to push for peace in the face of criticism, and we applaud this historic resolution. As Floridians, we commend and support U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for their support of the Iran deal.

The Florida Young Democrats, representing all Florida Democrats between 14 years of age and 36 years of age, urge that all Democrats stand behind President Obama in support of this historic and diplomatic agreement.

Contact: Ali Kurnaz, Communications Director
Phone: (850) 888-DEMS
Email: [email protected]