Francesca Menes

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Francesca Menes is the Florida State Coordinator for Local Progress, a network of hundreds of progressive local elected officials across the country dedicated to shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest. She works closely with partner organizations throughout the Sunshine State to bring progressive policy solutions to our local elected officials.

Prior to joining CPD, Francesca served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) and Political Director for FLIC Votes, where she led the development and implementation of strategic legislative, policy and voter engagement campaigns locally and statewide. She co-coordinated the Florida Wage Theft Task Force, which led the passage of ordinances in several counties throughout the state. In 2014, she successfully led the statewide campaign “We Are Florida’s Future” to pass in-state tuition for undocumented students and led the campaign to establish the Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade County, establishing a public-private partnership to promote naturalization. In early 2017, she led the passage of several Welcoming Cities and School District resolutions.

She is a co-founder of the Black Immigration Network, serves on the Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency Executive Board appointed by past-Chairman Jean Monestime and serves on several organizational boards, including the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy.[1]

Background/activism

Francesca Menes is from Miami’s Little Haiti community. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies and her Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in Community Development from Florida International University. With Florida Immigrant Coalition, she has coordinated the Florida Wage Theft Task Force, coordinated a national network campaigning for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, successfully led the statewide campaign “We Are Florida’s Future” to pass in-state tuition for undocumented students in 2014, developed and implemented a 2014 Voter Engagement Program in 2 counties and 5 cities knocking on over 45,000 doors.

She is the FLIC representative to various national organizations, including the Black Immigration Network, she also is the co-coordinator of #Rights4ALLinDR. Francesca served on the board of South Florida Jobs with Justice and was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman to the Commission for Women and appointed by Miami-Dade County Chairman Jean Monestime to the Community Action Agency. Francesca has received numerous honors and recognitions, including being name one of the 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in South Florida by the Miami Herald.[2]

Most recently, she was elected the youngest Treasurer of the Florida Democratic Party. [3]

FLIC

In 2017 Francesca Menes, was Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

"Disaster preparedness plan"

The New Florida Majority, April 23:

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Hurricane Irma proved that South Florida residents, government & physical infrastructure are not prepared for a severe natural disaster. Join your neighbors & community members in creating a disaster preparedness plan for your neighborhood! — with Maru Lanao, Wakumi Douglas, Francesca Menes, Dwight Bullard, Roderick C. Kemp, Isheka Harrison, Jen Janeway, Steven Moreno Jones, Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Nancy Metayer, Richard Way III, Trenise Bryant, Jasmen M. Rogers-Shaw, Tanisha Osorto, Debra J. Toomer, Tomas Kennedy, Kellie Tigertail, Mariama Gregory, Maria-Victoria Ramirez, Emmanuel George, Kizzy Rock, Meena Jagannath, Marcia Olivo, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Eel Kat and Erick On-Sang.

Fighting for prison divestment

Tomas Kennedy July 1 2018:

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‪The dream team fighting for prison divestment. Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition FLIC Votes ‬ — with Rachel Gilmer, Francesca Menes and Nailah Summers.

Local Progress training

Tomas Kennedy July 21:

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‪Defending local democracy panel with Local Progress, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions and Florida Immigrant Coalition. ‬ — attending Orlando Activist Training on Local Democracy with Jorge Mendoza, Stephanie Porta, Marcus L. Dixon, Francesca Menes and Mel Lopez at Orlando Public Library.

Florida comrades

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Francesca Menes, June 11 2016, with Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Umi Selah, Tia Oso, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Alana Greer, Marleine Bastien, Meena Jagannath, Eel Kat, Esi Fynn-Obeng, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Ruth Jeannoel, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Tomas Kennedy, Natalia Jaramillo, Maria Rodriguez, LiLi Bach, Trina Jackson, Marcia Olivo, Daniel Agnew, Francois Alexandre, Karla De Anda, Valencia Gunder, Donald Anthonyson, Opal Ayo and Hulya Miclisse-Polat.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those indicating interest in attending, on Facebook included Francesca Menes.[4]

"Calling all Dreamers"

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Latina Comunica issued a November 30, 2016 call;

What's going to happen with DACA and DREAMers after Trump? Come get informed and invite your friends!!! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/378329962503000/ — with Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Dian Y. Alarcon, Adriana Martinez, Jeanette Smith, Armando Carrada, Tomas Kennedy, Saul Aleman, Carloss Roberto A, Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Yaquelin Mela Lopez, Rita Mendez, Isabel Vinent Grimany, Cata Santiago, Bertha Sanles Wilson, Viviana Ivalo, Diego Ramirez, Aldo Martinez, Natalia Jaramillo, Elbert Garcia, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Francesca Menes, Mauro Kennedy, Maria Rodriguez, Luisana Perez-Fernandez, Karla De Anda, Diego N. Sanchez, Marcia Olivo, Rosana Araujo, Ivan Parra, Helene Villalonga, Lis-Marie Gueguense, Claudia Saucedo, Tomas Elias Pendola Biondi, Roberto Benavides, Paola Calvo Florido, Agua Panela, Julio Calderon, Paula Munoz and Jonathan Fried.

Endorsed candidates

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida August 20, 2016;

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With Representative Ben Diamond, Dwight Bullard, Bob Doyel for Florida, CJ Czaia for State Representative district 70, Sheena Meade for Florida House District 46, Jonathan Chane, Tim Canova, Chuck O'Neal, Representative Amy Mercado, Kelly Skidmore, Francesca Menes, Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, Vote Daisy J. Baez, Frank A. Cirillo, Ross Hancock 2018, Jeff Clemens, State Representative Sean Shaw, Susannah Randolph for Congress, Clint Curtis, Manny Lopez, Tinu Pena and Rena Frazier for Florida, Bob Poe, Rick Roach, Frank Alcock, Alex Barrio.

Backing Gillum

New Florida Vision PAC, August 23, 2018:

This election is our's to win. We just have to get out to vote and bring our friends with us!

Tag three friends to recruit them to vote #GillumforGovernor and be part of making history in Florida.

He's the people's choice who will raise the minimum wage, promote health-care-for-all, protect the environment, and call to impeach Donald Trump.

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  1. BringItHome — with Andrea Mercado, Renee Mowatt, Ebony P. Donnley, Natalia Jaramillo, Andrew Gillum, Jamilyn Salonga Bailey, Jeronimo Saldana, Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez, Elbert Garcia, Rosa Lozano and Cindy Wiesner.

Natalia Jaramillo added Maria Asuncion Bilbao, Kathy Bird Carvajal, Tomas Kennedy, Ivan Parra Zapata, Elizabeth Fernandez, Melissa Taveras, Francesca Menes, Jasmen M. Rogers-Shaw, Marcia Olivo, Eunic Ortiz, Roxey Nelson, Coyuca Jones

POC staff

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In response to a Politico article bemoaning the dangers of a lack of POC staff working on Democratic Party campaigns.

Corryn Grace Freeman December 4 at 12:52 PM ·

I call bullshit... Here is a list of some of the phenomenal POC campaign staff I know at every level just within my network. Feel free to add the one's you know and I'll happily send to POLITICO

Jack Lofgren IV, Anurag Pal, Karen Andre, Ashley Green, Ashley Bryant, Dorien Paul, Siottis Jackson, Angie Nixon, Eunic Ortiz, Melissa Morales, Jazz Johnson, Ernest Lee Boston, Jr., Reginald Abraham, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, Ida Vishkaee Eskamani, Jalisa Washington Price, Alida Garcia, Alicia Stallworth, Jones Alicia, Bertisha Jones, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Valencia Gunder, Stephanie Ighodaro, Victoria Elliott York, Marilyn Davis, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James, Marcus Switzer, Alexis Camille Crews, Bianki Collection, Jamaa Bickley-King, Jamarr Brown, Max Clermont, Elbert Garcia, Antonio Lewis, Al Barrentine, Mila Al-Ayoubi, Tomas Kennedy, Francesca Menes, Nancy Metayer.

These are just the ones that I came up with without thinking... I'm sure I have a ton more. There are also resources like Inclusv that have thousands of POC campaign staff.

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