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  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:43 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    ***Public service announcement***

    The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) is hiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) for positions located throughout Florida, and South Georgia.

    LPNs interested in employment with VA are encouraged to attend a virtual hiring event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.mIndividuals can register for the event by texting ServeVets to 25000 or by visiting https://bit.ly/3u0VVPn

    Nurses are at the heart of VA’s world-class, patient-centered standard of care. Day in and day out, they go the extra mile to make a lasting difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. Nurses play a crucial role in Veterans’ long-term, holistic health and work collaboratively across disciplines and treatment settings to help coordinate the full spectrum of patient care. 

    VA also provides expansive benefits, competitive salaries, paid time off and paid holidays, career advancement opportunities and more to nursing professionals at all stages of their careers.

    To learn more about careers at VA, please visit: www.vacareers.va.gov.

    About VISN 8

    Headquartered in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida, the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) is the nation’s largest system of hospitals and clinics serving a population of more than 1.5 million Veterans in a vast 64,153 square mile area spread across 79 counties in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. VISN 8’s seven healthcare systems include eight Joint Commission-accredited VA medical centers and more than 60 large and small outpatient clinics. More than 30,000 full-time VISN employees work at these facilities, providing a full range of high quality, cost-effective medical, psychiatric and extended care services in an inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.

  • Sunday, February 14, 2021 11:52 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)


    Click here to tell your members of Congress to remove the TRUST ACT from the COVID-19 bill.

    We know that we asked you earlier this week to respond to an Action Alert to remove from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus bill language harmful to the funding of single employer pension plans. Thanks to those who responded to that Action Alert.

    We have just learned that added to the COVID-19 bill is the Time to Rescue United States Trust (TRUST) Act to create "rescue committees" for Social Security and Medicare that would operate outside of the regular order of Congress, behind closed doors, and their recommendations would be fast-tracked for votes on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

    On July 30, 2020, an NRLN Action Alert opposed the TRUST Act being added to the COVID-19 Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. Fortunately, letters from NRLN members helped convince Congress to remove the TRUST Act from the HEALS Act.

    Congress needs to address the shortfalls in the Social Security and Medicare trust funds with a bill such as the Social Security 2100 Act introduced in the last Congress, but not with the TRUST Act behind closed doors.

    The latest Gallup poll in January showed that only 25% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its work. That is up 10 percentage points from the previous poll. The approval rating should be even lower than 25% the way members of Congress are hanging unrelated issues onto the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus bill.

    Unfortunately, too many Representatives and Senators obviously believe that "No crisis (COVID-19) should go to waste." Congress should do clean bills on a single issue.

    Please take a few minutes to send the NRLN's sample letter to urge your Representative and Senators to remove the terrible TRUST Act from the current COVID-19.

    Bill Kadereit          Bob Martina

    NRLN President    NRLN VP-Grassroots

    Here are the easy steps to follow on this Action Alert:

    1. If you have a problem with the link above, then go to https://www.nrln.org/SE.html#/. Click on the "TAKE ACTION" button below the Remove TRUST Act from COVID-19 bill. Next, enter your street address and zip code, and click "GO". It will present the sample letters for you to email to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. If you have a problem with this link, go to www.nrln.org and click on the red flashing icon "Respond to an Action Alert" near the top of the NRLN website home page. When the Action Alert appears, click on the "TAKE ACTION" link. Enter your street address and zip and click "GO" and follow the steps to email the NRLN's sample letters.

    2. When you have accessed the sample letter, to the left of the letters are windows to type in your contact information required by members of Congress so they know they are receiving an email from a constituent. If you have sent previous NRLN emails to your members of Congress your contact information may be automatically displayed.

    3. Add your personal comments to the letter.

    4. Click on the "Preview" button and the letters addressed to your two Senators and Representative will appear. Their names will be automatically added in the letter's greeting. Check to make sure the letters appear correct and then click "Send".

  • Friday, February 05, 2021 5:52 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    The full article can be read on the Equality Florida Action website by clicking this LINK.

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 7:43 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Click below to view a photo slideshow of the Royal community's First Drive-By and Drive-Up Martin Luther King Day, conducted on January 18, 2021.

    The photos are courtesy of Club members Jim Greenberg and Anne Timoner.

    Royal's First Drive-By and Drive-Up MLK Day

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:12 PM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    The following NTAS Bulletin is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.

    A blue banner displaying the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal with the text National Terrorism Advisory System - Bulletin - www.dhs.gov/advisories

    Date Issued:  Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:00 am ET
    View as PDF:   (pdf, 1 page, 292.01KB)


    The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration.  Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.

    Issued:  January 27, 2021 11:00 am
    Expires:  April 30, 2021 01:00 pm 


    • Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities. 
    • Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.
    • DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.
    • DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.
    • Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.  
    • DHS, as well as other Federal agencies and law enforcement partners will continue to take precautions to protect people and infrastructure across the United States.
    • DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views.
    • DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.

    How You Can Help 

    • We ask the public to report suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online activity,  to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or their local Fusion Center.
    • Your choice can make a difference. Choose non-violent ways to make your voice heard and support friends and family in doing the same.
    • Communities are strongest when they are not divided:  Strengthen your community by standing together against violence.

    Be Prepared 

    • Avoiding large crowds, including protests, is safest due to ongoing pandemic conditions. However, if taking part in protests do so peacefully, safely, and wear masks.
    • Be responsible for your personal safety. Make note of your surroundings and security personnel. Carry emergency contact as well as medical and other needs information with you.
    • Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees.

    Stay Informed 

    • Local, state and federal agencies will provide specific information about emerging threats as additional information is identified. The public is encouraged to listen to local law enforcement and public safety officials.
    • Last year, DHS released a Homeland Threat Assessment  to the public examining the threat environment through 2021.
    • The DHS Lexicon on terrorism includes terminology for DVEs and HVEs.

    Types of Advisories 


    Describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

    Elevated Alert

    Warns of a credible terrorism threat against the United States.

    Imminent Alert

    Warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States.

    If You See Something, Say Something™. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911.

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020 7:24 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Following message was received by email from "Indivisible." We are sharing it here for your information. Enjoy!

    ------------------------------ Begin Message --------------------


    We’re back with another installation of our IndivisiStories series -- emails we’re sending this month that spotlight our favorite stories to tell about the tenacity and power of the Indivisible movement. If you need to catch up, you can find the rest of the stories on our Medium account. 

    This week, we’re highlighting the role The Indivisible Truth Brigade played in the victories we’ve seen this year and how we’re calling on you to lead in our ongoing commitment to fighting Trumpism.

    Indivisibles vs. Trumpism

    After four years of sweat, tears, and organizing grit, Indivisibles helped make Donald Trump a one-term president. Trump won't be in the Oval Office come January 20, but he and his cronies have made it clear that he’ll keep a strong grip on politics. Trumpism is an approach embraced by GOP politicians all over the country and is a byproduct of Trump's appeal to far-right populism and white supremacy. 

    We know getting rid of Trump isn’t enough. Here’s an example of how our movement has already laid the groundwork for reclaiming our power and reinventing American democracy:

    Indivisible Truth Brigade 

    Trumpism has been able to survive because of Trump’s consistent attacks on the truth. That’s where the Indivisible Truth Brigade comes in: our program to mobilize volunteers to effectively combat democracy-destroying Trumpian disinformation. Truth Brigade members formed a disciplined task force to share unified and personalized messaging, and, recently, to also report back on harmful disinformation. 

    Launching as part of our Windivisible election campaign, Truth Brigaders have stepped up to share personalized, simple, and consistent messaging, using the hashtag #truthbrigade, both online and offline. In just 3 months, Truth Brigade has grown to include a broad membership base from all over the country with 3,600 individual users on Twitter and over 1650 Slack channel members. On Twitter alone, the program boasts 94 posts per day on average with 11.3K total posts and 50.2 million views. 

    For example, Truth Brigaders are currently personalizing and sharing a version of this message to counter disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination:



    We have no plans to stop combating Trump’s lies, especially since we suspect he will never let this election go. If you’d like to get involved, here's our signup form to join the Brigade. 

    How to defeat Trumpism? Let The People Lead

    We attribute the victories we saw this year to activists and supporters, like you, who called, texted, organized, and resisted to make sure our priorities were heard. And now, even in the face of disinformation, voter suppression, and downright hate, everyday people are still committed to showing up and flexing their power. 

    The people led us to victory, now we’re asking them to do it again. 

    We’re calling our 2021 mobilizations "The People Lead" because we’ve seen what happens when everyday people realize this country is supposed to work for them. We have big goals -- all connected to transformational reform and our fight against Trumpism. If we hope to achieve our progressive priorities, our members of Congress need to know that we won’t stand for their entertaining of any lingering Trumpism. We demand bold action that will begin to undo the harm of the last four years and address the systemic issues that made it possible. Indivisibles are already getting organized; join them by getting involved with our The People Lead Week of Action from January 11 to January 15:

    We’ll be sharing more details about The People Lead, as well as releasing a new Indivisible Guide to help steer your mobilizations, in the days following the Georgia runoff election. We also have more stories to share, so make sure you’re following us on social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. You can also receive updates by texting the word ‘Indivisible’ to 977-79. 

    In solidarity,
    Indivisible Team

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  • Sunday, November 08, 2020 9:33 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    My fellow Americans —

    The people of this nation have spoken.

    They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.

    A victory for “We the People.”

    We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million.

    I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.

    I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.

    Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States.

    And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.

    For that is what America is about: The people.

    You may read the full statement on joebiden.com

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:18 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    6 Reasons Not to Panic About the Election
    Yes, Trump is threatening the vote count. But our institutions might be stronger than you think.

    First, presidents don’t run elections, states do.

    Second, it’s really hard to steal an election.

    Third, even with presidential encouragement, voter intimidation is illegal.

    Fourth, public expectations of how long the vote might take have already shifted.

    Fifth, the system is more prepared than you might think for challenges to vote counting.

    Sixth, even the Electoral College has (a bit) less uncertainty than advertised.

    Source:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/05/6-reasons-not-to-panic-about-the-election-426415

  • Monday, October 05, 2020 1:02 PM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Autographed copies of "America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump" by Marsha Shearer are for sale at the Sumter County Democratic headquarters (located at 300 South Main St., Wildwood, FL).

    Cost is $19.95 - checks only, made out to the author. $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the DNC.

    Holidays are coming - the book makes a great gift and in the process, you'll be helping the Democratic Party.

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