Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Give to the Public Defender's
Clothes Closet Drive

If you're in the Orlando area, take a few minutes to dig to the back of your closet and find some gently worn professional clothes that you don't wear any more. The Public Defender’s Office Clothes Closet will use them to provide people with suitable attire for court appearances.

"Our clients often don’t have anything better than jeans and t-shirts in their wardrobe and that’s not acceptable dress for the courtroom," explained Orange/Osceola Public Defender Bob Wesley. "We want to be sure that our clients’ cases aren’t adversely affected by what they’re wearing. It is also important to show the court respect."

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in front of the Orange County Courthouse at 435 North Orange Avenue, Orlando. Donation receipts will be provided.

"Now is a great time for people to reach into the back of their closets for those items they don’t wear anymore," said Wesley. "Why not clean out your closet and make room for the new clothes you’ll be getting for the holidays?"


At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'll see what I have for my fellow UWF alumnus (Wesley).

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Alan A. said...

I think its a wonderful idea and will do it this holiday season. Besides I am a Bob Wesley fan and if it helps his clients get due process by not having to weard jail get up - great.

Alan A.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Kenneth said...

Off topic,

Please forward this to any other liberal, progressive, Democratic or Green bloggers you know in Florida.

Announcing the formation of the

Sunshine State Progressive Blogger's Association
(the name is debatable at this point and I'm open to suggestions. I do want to use progressive, though, instead of Democrat -- to open it up to a broader community -- and prefer Progressive because I don't want to scare people off -- more explanation as to why that's important below)

I'm inviting all progressive, liberal, Democratic, Green other leftist bloggers in Florida to join this organization which will have the following goals:

1. Community -- Going back to a conversation Mustang Bobby and I had a while back, this organization would provide a social outlet for leftist bloggers around the state -- a way for us to meet each other and get to know people with similar interests and build a community. This could include meet-ups and conventions.

2. Web presence -- Establish a web site and blog to deal with Florida politics and political issues and would be open to contributions by all members.

3. Media presence -- The organization could be built into a legitimate presence in the Florida media landscape. As an official organization, we could push for press credentials and legitimate access to politicians, parties and interest groups in Florida. We would also focus on getting media coverage of our activities and projects in order to further the goals we are trying to accomplish.

4. The Florida Elections Project -- Establish an online clearinghouse for all information related to statewide and national elections for officials from Florida. Our project could keep an eye on districts and redistricting, liberal, moderate and conservative candidates, media coverage and analysis of various races and districts.

5. Candidate Forums -- As an established official organization, we could attract candidates to come and present their agenda to us in hopes of attracting blog coverage, potential fund-raising and the like. We could also partner with or work with like-minded organizations for a synergy effect, particularly with non-Democratic organizations and youth organizations and help provide a more progressive voice to the politicians of Florida.

6. Activism -- Provide a way for individual bloggers (and readers) to get more involved in important issues in Florida through the sharing of action alerts, news stories and analysis and by partnering with progressive interest groups and parties in Florida for an easier way to share information.

7. Whatever else we can think of, all with the overall goal of moving Florida politics and policies in a more progressive direction.

All of this is debatable, these are just the ideas I came up with off the top of my head or by brainstorming with the wife. Let me know what you think, if you're interested and if you'd be willing to help out, even if it is just in the idea stage. I'm serious about this and I'm going to make it happen, but I need your help and your ideas.

You can check out the earliest version of the website here: This web site is a wiki that any member can update and expand, while the other part of the site -- the blog -- will be up by sometime this weekend.

Let me know what you think.

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