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  • published Solutions Built to Last in What We Bring 2024-05-15 23:37:16 -0400

    Solutions Built to Last

    From controlling cost volatility to creating clear and consistent paths to citizenship, there’s a tremendous need in our nation for effective long-term policy. By creating a powerful mediating force to counteract our duopoly, Forward can make that kind of policy possible.

    Within the perpetual, partisan tug-of-war that our nation is mired in, it is all too easy to lose sight of where it’s all going. And the answer, sadly, is nowhere good. Each major party plays its games and puts on its political theater, and each pushes policy when and where it holds power. But meaningful, long-term solutions aren’t part of that equation - and in part, that’s because our major parties don’t want them to be.

    For Republican and Democratic politicians alike, ‘think what would happen if the Other Side took power!’moc is a key selling point. The idea that the Other Side is going to undo all your progress, is going to take away everything sacred if it should ever gain control, is an idea that they prey upon. That constant tension keeps voters voting and donors donating, while perpetuating the fear that a third-party vote might allow Evil to triumph - in short, it oils the machine.

    That’s no way for us to live. The American people need real and lasting solutions for our pressing issues. When it comes to immigration policy, we need to create a stable situation at our borders, and to understand the pathways to entering and joining our nation. When it comes to economic policy, we need to create peace of mind through long-term planning, to allow for effective investment and consistent economic mobility. And when it comes to infrastructure, energy, and environmental policy, any real progress is predicated on building 10-, 15-, or 20-year plans - the kind of plans that can never work in our current system.

    All of this is exactly why we need to look Forward. Through a serious and significant new party, we can create a necessary counterbalance to the major parties in power, forcing them to work together towards answering critical questions, and freeing them from the twisted incentives of our current duopoly.

    What We Bring to the Table: the Fulcrum

    If we want to profoundly and meaningfully change our political game and the incentives that play into it, then we’re going to need to have seats at the table. That’s what building a viable, credible, durable new party is all about - we don’t just want to make a statement, we want to win elections. But we don’t need to outnumber the Democrats, and we don’t need to outnumber the Republicans. We just need enough for a fulcrum.

    To have a fulcrum is to have influence over a political body by consistently denying either major party a majority. A fulcrum can be created at the level of the U.S. House or Senate, at the level of a state legislature, or even at the level of a city council or local school board. And wherever we can build it, we can make a world of difference through it.

    By denying any party a majority, we can force our politicians to work together towards meaningful and lasting solutions. We can remove the toxic incentives towards negative campaigning, because there would be more than two options on the table. And we can empower our major parties to actually be better versions of themselves, to represent their constituents and their causes rather than be trapped in our perpetual tug of war and the terrible behavior that it encourages.

  • published Regional Lead - Northeast FL in ... as a volunteer 2024-02-05 12:04:45 -0500

    Regional Lead - Northeast Florida

    With our state leadership infrastructure in place, we're now looking for regional leadership, to create more opportunities for supporters across Florida to get involved and find events locally. Eventually, these regional leads are going to be tasked with building the bridge towards county-level Forward organizations and regular community meetups, an essential part of a growing and thriving political movement.  

    What You'd Be Doing:

    • Organizing and overseeing regional in-person events, ensuring that local Forwardists have opportunities to get involved.
    • Working closely with statewide leadership, other regional leads (potentially including leads in your region), and eventually county- and town-level organizers in your region to track local party growth. 
    • Identifying key potential volunteers, including prospective county leads and candidates for local office.
    • Supporting regional communications efforts, including campus outreach, flyering, and letters to local editors

    Role Requirements:

    • 5-10 hours per week, minimum
    • Readiness to collaborate in a team setting with both state leadership and local volunteers and organizers
    • Commitment to growing a healthy FWD Florida community
    • Commitment to the Forward ethos of grassroots building and empowerment
    • Reliability with a high level of integrity

    If you're interested and want to learn more, tell us a little about yourself and any past/current experience you think can translate to the role. Also, be sure to include what region you're located in under the comment field. We'll be in touch!

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  • published Regional Lead - Panhandle in ... as a volunteer 2024-02-05 12:02:53 -0500

    Regional Lead - Panhandle

    With our state leadership infrastructure in place, we're now looking for regional leadership, to create more opportunities for supporters across Florida to get involved and find events locally. Eventually, these regional leads are going to be tasked with building the bridge towards county-level Forward organizations and regular community meetups, an essential part of a growing and thriving political movement.  

    What You'd Be Doing:

    • Organizing and overseeing regional in-person events, ensuring that local Forwardists have opportunities to get involved.
    • Working closely with statewide leadership, other regional leads (potentially including leads in your region), and eventually county- and town-level organizers in your region to track local party growth. 
    • Identifying key potential volunteers, including prospective county leads and candidates for local office.
    • Supporting regional communications efforts, including campus outreach, flyering, and letters to local editors

    Role Requirements:

    • 5-10 hours per week, minimum
    • Readiness to collaborate in a team setting with both state leadership and local volunteers and organizers
    • Commitment to growing a healthy FWD Florida community
    • Commitment to the Forward ethos of grassroots building and empowerment
    • Reliability with a high level of integrity

    If you're interested and want to learn more, tell us a little about yourself and any past/current experience you think can translate to the role. Also, be sure to include what region you're located in under the comment field. We'll be in touch!

    Become a volunteer
  • published Why Forward? in Who We Are 2024-01-16 20:34:35 -0500

    Why Forward?

    In American politics, we are told to pick a side, to put our full faith in Team Red or Team Blue, and just fight. While this is nothing new, the social media age has made it all too easy to rile up, play up, and perpetuate this division, and our zero-sum party system has made it all too profitable to do just that. What we are left with is a tug-of-war where nobody wins and nothing gets done. 

    People are sick of it, and nowhere is that more evident than with trends in voter registration. Independents are now the largest voting bloc in the nation, and growing far faster than either major party. Therein lies an opportunity - if we can bring these frustrated citizens together, we can create a serious political force to challenge our duopoly and break its destructive incentives.  

    But it’s not quite so simple. We, after all, are the kind of people who don’t like being told how to think or what to believe. We are not going to fall in line behind a traditional party, whatever its policy stances may be.

    That’s why Forward is working to build a new kind of party. We want to combine the strength of a state and national movement with the freedom of running and governing as an independent, allowing our candidates to bring their unique voices - and those of their constituents - to the table. 

    Our shared vision is a politics that welcomes new ideas, works effectively towards real solutions, and empowers dynamic leadership at every level, from senators and governors, to mayors and city councilors, to the people of our communities. We work better when we work together, and we want to make that possible. 

  • wants to volunteer 2023-05-24 19:16:43 -0400

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  • signed up on DS_Testpage_1 2023-05-18 18:25:14 -0400

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  • signed up on Join 2023-05-18 18:08:16 -0400

    Join Forward

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  • published Newsletter Signup Thank You 2023-05-01 15:32:59 -0400

    Thank you for signing up!

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  • published ...as a registered member in Join the Movement 2023-04-05 18:51:07 -0400

    How to Register to Vote Forward

    Here is how to register to vote Forward in Florida!

    1. Go to RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov
    2. Click on ‘Register or Update’
    3. Under ‘Reason for Application’, select ‘Record Update/Change’
    4. Fill out your ‘Personal Identification Information’ and click ‘Next’ at the bottom-right corner
    5. Under ‘Political Party Preference’ click on ‘Select a Party Affiliation or No Affiliation’ to open the dropdown list and select ‘Florida Forward Party’
    6. Fill out the rest of the form accordingly and click ‘Next’ at the bottom-right corner
    7. Review all the information you’ve input on the last page before checking the ‘Oath’ and clicking ‘Submit’ on the bottom-right corner
    8. Save your Online Voter Application Reference Number or print your receipt while you await your new voter registration card in the mail
    9. Send us an email at [email protected] or post on Twitter/Instagram, tagging us @fwd_florida, to let us and everybody else know that you’re now a certified member of the Florida Forward Party 🎉
  • published Mental Health in Forward on the Issues 2023-03-20 13:29:05 -0400

    Mental Health

    As of late 2021, nearly a third of adults in Florida reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorders - roughly the national average. More than one in eight adolescents reported having a major depressive episode in 2019. Deaths of despair - including suicides, overdoses, and alcohol disease - are up across virtually every demographic. Our nation’s mental health crisis has many faces, but it is a crisis through and through.

    When mental health is mentioned in our discourse, it tends to be in the context of identification and treatment. And indeed, these are critical problems that demand critical problem solving. Individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction, not receiving the attention or care that they need, can be a danger to themselves and sometimes - tragically - to others.

    But there is also something deeper underlying our nation’s mental health crisis. It is a need for hope and empowerment, for a sense of community and belonging. At its very core, this is the reason that the Forward Party exists, the reason that we seek better representation and grassroots-driven, dynamic problem solving to help people feel freer, to help communities thrive, and to help our democracy work. It is to give us all something to look forward to, because we so dearly need it.

  • published Jobs in Forward on the Issues 2023-03-20 13:26:50 -0400

    Jobs

    Currently, more than a million Floridians work in jobs at a high risk of being phased out due to automation. Hundreds of thousands more are in danger of losing their jobs to AI. Many more work in new gig economies, where a lack of structure and high volatility make things feel all too often unstable. And while many are understandably worried about the future of their industries, our major-party politicians offer little in the way of real solutions.

    Though we may try to delay it, major industrial shift is coming. And if we’re going to face it head-on, then we’ll need the proper aid and transition programs for those in affected industries. We’re going to need major investment in fields that can withstand future trends. And we’re going to need to define, structure, and regulate new ways of working to ensure that they are sustainable, and that those who pursue them are able to make a reasonable living.

    The economic and industrial challenges aren’t insurmountable. They don’t have to spell doom and gloom. But if we want to ensure more, better jobs in more future-friendly fields for more Floridians tomorrow, then we’re going to need to apply some serious Forward thinking today.

  • wants to volunteer 2023-05-01 13:27:12 -0400

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  • published ... as a volunteer in Join the Movement 2023-03-16 15:14:02 -0400

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Join the team to help save democracy and fix our broken government.

    The work of building a new national political party from scratch is no easy task, but we're blessed with a community of talented, thoughtful, intelligent and humble activists, organizers and leaders. If you'd like to help grow this movement and build a thriving, community-driven coalition in your state, we'd love to have you. Join the Forward Party to fix our broken democracy and build a better future. Sign up to volunteer and you'll receive more information on how to get involved.

  • published Social Media Manager in ... as a volunteer 2024-01-16 20:37:28 -0500

    Social Media Manager

    The Florida Forward Party is looking for someone to manage our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media pages with original and reshared content!

    Here's what the role looks like right now:

    1. Posting (manually or through a scheduler) an original post 2-3 times on Florida Forward’s social media pages, sharing as necessary across multiple social media channel
    2. Quote retweeting Florida current events from official sources pointing to their relation to the Forward Party
    3. Promoting statewide events according to social media guidelines
    4. Taking at least 15 minutes a day to reply to inbox messages and mentions seeking help
    5. Adhering to social media guidelines when posting and replying to followers
    6. Attending Communication Working Group meetings when scheduled

    Role Requirements:

    • Ability to commit at least 5 hours a week to the role
    • Active presence on social media
    • Good judgement on when to reply and when to disengage
    • Current working knowledge of ongoing internet trends
    • Commitment to building a healthy FWD Florida community
    • Reliability with a high level of integrity

    If you're interested and want to learn more, tell us a little about yourself and any past/current experience you think can translate to the role and we'll be in touch!

    Less than 5% of our supporter base become strong, core volunteers in our organization - we hope you'll be one of them and will do everything we can to empower you in your role with resources and education so you can get sh*t done!

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  • published Events Calendar in Join the Movement 2023-04-04 15:54:43 -0400

    Events Calendar

     

    Hi there! Thank you so much for being a part of the Forward Florida community.

    If you don't see an event in your area below, you just might be the right person to organize one! Click on Host Your Own Event on the left-hand side of this screen to fill out all the information we need to get your event on our calendar. You have access to resources, like printables, step-by-step guides on planning your event, and more on our Meetup Hosting Guide.

    Once you submit an event, you'll be in communication with your state or local leadership team. They will help you get any additional resources you need, coordinate invitations (if you want Forwardists outside your personal network to attend), and take you through an approval process. Once your event is approved and made public, it will appear on the event calendar below. If you don't want it to appear on the website, tell your community leader when you speak.

     
    See all events or Host your own
  • I’m uncomfortable with the lack of stated top-down policy. How can I vote for a party if I don’t know what it stands for?

    Answer

    Here’s the thing - you don’t vote for a party. You vote for a candidate, and the candidates that fly under the Forward banner are going to tell you what ideas they intend to bring to the table, and how they intend to act when elected. We’re going to hold them to that.

    Now, if you want to support our party, and become a part of this movement to empower both problem solvers and the voters they serve, to change the way we do politics for the better, then of course, please do! But rest assured, we will never ask you to vote without knowing exactly who and what you’re voting for.

  • published Wow! That sounds cool. How can I get involved? in FAQ 2023-02-16 15:43:56 -0500

    Wow! That sounds cool. How can I get involved?

    Answer

     

    We’re glad you asked!

    Whether you're looking to join as a volunteer, as a candidate, or as an elected official, we encourage you to read our resources and reach out.

    Or, if you'd just like to join our mailing list to follow our latest news, you can do that as well!  

  • published How do I host an event in my area? in FAQ 2023-02-16 15:43:16 -0500

    How do I host an event in my area?

    Answer

    Easy! Just check out our Meetup Hosting Guide. Once approved, your event will be made public on our calendar and we will promote it through our email list and social media pages to help you spread the Forward spirit in your community.

  • published Where can I find Forward events in my local area? in FAQ 2023-02-16 15:42:18 -0500

    Where can I find Forward events in my local area?

    Answer

    The full calendar of Forward events happening here in Florida and across the country is available here - if you’d like to view only the events happening in Florida, you can find them here.

    If you don’t see any events in your area yet, learn more on how to do this under the “How do I host an event in my area?” question.

  • published So you’re some sort of centrist / moderate party? in FAQ 2023-02-16 15:41:15 -0500

    So you’re some sort of centrist / moderate party?

    Answer

    Also no. The Forward movement features a wide range of voices from across the political spectrum, all with a shared passion for working together towards solutions for the critical issues of our time. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere - left, right, or center - and that’s exactly why it is so essential that we listen to one another, and take a data-driven and pragmatic approach to finding what works.