Weekly update 02/15/23
Dear Members and Advocates,
Most think of today, Valentine’s Day, as a day reserved just for couples to honor their spouses, partners and sweethearts. But for those of us without a spouse, partner or sweetheart, we celebrate this day of LOVE in other ways.
We celebrate the feeling of being loved each time someone showed they cared about us. It may have been a friend who brought a meal when you were sick, a neighbor who gave you a ride to the grocery store, a stranger who smiled and wished you a good day, or that face-licking you got from your dog or cat.
Often, LOVE, is simply the warmth that we feel when we know we are not alone, and we know in our heart that people care. In the words of Helen Keller, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
What are you feeling in your heart today? What makes you feel warm and loved? How can you share that feeling with others? Is there someone you can reach out to today who may be missing the love of others?
Love is among the greatest muses, inspiring the world’s most famous romantics, like Shakespeare who wrote 154 sonnets dealing with love, time, beauty and mortality. The work of authors, poets and playwrights speaks to the enduring power of love across the ages of human history.
Here are a few LOVING thoughts for today:
– Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. –Lao Tzu
– Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.– Zora Neale Hurston
– Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.– Leo Tolstoy
– I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.– Alice Walker
We encourage you to LOVE your life today, love others around you, love your family of friends, and love yourself because you are a special human being and big part of the FAC family.
Buy yourself a box of chocolates or a bunch of flowers, look in the mirror, smile, and tell yourself that you DO have a purpose, to show LOVE to all of mankind.
The Florida Action Committee
ANNOUNCEMENTS – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Next Monthly Membership Meeting – Thursday March 2 at 8pm ET. Call 319-527-3487. Topic: “Getting Stories in the Media” with guest journalist Steven Yoder. If you have trouble connecting, or being charged, text CALL ME to 319-527-3487 to received a call back and be connected to the meeting at no charge.
Next New Membership Orientation Meeting- Thursday March 9 at 8pm ET. Call 319-527-3487. No agenda. Call in to ask about resources, the organization, volunteer opportunities, or anything on your mind. Trouble connecting? Text CALL ME to 319-527-3487 to received a call back and be connected to the meeting.
See Calendar of Events – Keep up with Meet-and-Greets in your area, Support groups, Membership Calls, and other events. For questions and more information contact the Membership Team; [email protected] or call 833-273-7325,Option 1.
Click Here for Calendar and double click on the event to view details and RSVP instructions. Just some of the upcoming events below.
Sat Feb 18 – Meet and Greet in Sebring 11am-2pm. For location and details RSVP to [email protected] or leave message at 863-256-3026.
Sat Feb 18 –Meet and Greet in Sarasota 1:00-4:00pm For location and details RSVP to [email protected] or text/call 941-500-4706
Sat Feb 25 –Meet and Greet in Jacksonville 2:00-4:00pm For location and details RSVP to [email protected] or text/call 904-300-0109.
Become a County Coordinator. The only requirement is your desire to HELP us organize your county. You will never be left alone because you will part of a team that supports each other. If you are interested in joining the County Coordinator Team, leave message at 833-273-7325, Option 1, or email [email protected]
Letter-Writing Campaigns – If you would like to participate in sending educational information to specific decision makers in Florida, please contact [email protected]. Volunteers must be willing to proudly identify themselves by using their own name and return address on the letters.
Call for Topics and Staff Writers – We are always interested in receiving articles to post, and opinion pieces for Weekly Updates and other communications. If you are a writer, or you would like to make a submission, please email [email protected]. Sometimes its starts with just an idea, so we welcome your thoughts and ideas that a staff writer would develop into an article or Weekly Update. We want to hear from you.
SOME HEADLINES FROM THE WEEK
We are all familiar with Governor DeSantis’ press conference in Fort Lauderdale on August 18, 2022, when he announced the arrest of 20 people on charges of voting illegally. These 20 people had been convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense. The state had…read more
The sex offender registry failed them: Walton County school resource deputy charged with relationship with student
Despite the publicly available registry and the banishment zones in all Florida counties, the registry along with its 52 registry requirements and state/county/municipal laws have failed society again. Why does it keep failing to protect society, particularly minors?…read more
The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that the requirement for lifetime registration is not “custody” for purposes of habeas corpus. The petitioner claimed that requiring registration and reporting after completing probation for a lewd or lascivious charge is illegal…read more
The Dobbs Wire: It’s a WIN in the Minnesota Supreme Court concerning Minnesota’s sex offense civil commitment program
A new ruling has come out of the Minnesota Supreme Court concerning Minnesota’s sex offense civil commitment program. The case was filed concerning the delays by which the state consumes constitutional and human rights to liberty, along with the lives of those locked…read more
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