Sample Letter to Potential Sponsor

of the proposed Repair Florida's Legal Holidays Bill

If we want this legislation to pass once it is introduced, your representative in Tallahassee must know that you want it. We recommend a mailed letter to your State Representative and State Senator. A sample letter can be found below. Please cut and paste it into a word processor and edit it so it will be personalized, then mail it to your representatives. You can find your state senator

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and your state congressperson

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Please note that these are different than your US senators and US congresspersons in Washington DC. If you are unable to send a letter, please call (preferred) or email your representatives. [This is an example letter. Please copy, personalize, add or subtract as needed.]

[your street address]
[your city, state, zip]
[date,] 2020

The Honorable [First, Last Name]
Florida [House of Representatives or Senate]
[address]
[address]

RE: Repair Legal Holidays of Confederates and Colonizers

Dear [Senator or Representative} [Last Name]:

As a constituent of Florida, [personalize here,] I ask that you sponsor this new Bill that will be sponsored by Senator Bobby Powell and Representative Geraldine Thompson in the 2021 legislative session. I support this legislation because [personalize here.] Factual commemorations in our legal Florida holidays are of great importance to the citizens, students, businesses and visitors to our state.

The Bill would provide for renaming of five official legal holidays in FS 683.01 S1 that currently celebrate supporters of Confederate slavery and exploitative colonizers. The Bill will refocus these holidays with accurate historical events and persons affected who exemplify the unity of ideals represented in our democracy. There are no date changes, therefore there is no expected financial cost to Floridians. The five holidays are:

Birthday of Robert E. Lee to John Lewis Voting Rights Day, January 19.
Pascua Florida Day to Pascua Florida and Indigenous Peoples of Florida Day, April 2.
Confederate Memorial Day to Slave Ancestors’ Day, April 26.
Birthday of Jefferson Davis to Juneteenth Month Jubilee, June 3.
Columbus Day and Farmers’ Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Small Farms’ Daysecond Monday in October.

Thank you for considering sponsorship of the ‘Repair Legal Holidays’ Draft Bill proposed by The Green Party of Florida. I will contact you within a week to discuss this effort. For more information, see Bills4Florida.org or contact Endorse@Bills4Florida.org. Thank you for considering sponsorship of the ‘Repair Legal Holidays’ Draft Bill proposed by The Green Party of Florida. I will contact you within a week to discuss this effort. For more information, see Bills4Florida.org or contact Endorse@Bills4Florida.org.

Sincerely,

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