Florida Veterans For Common Sense Tom Paine Party
|Date:||Thursday, February 16, 2023|
Thursday, February 16, 5:30-8:30pm
Tickets: $30 in-person event (includes Mexican buffet) / $15 virtual event
Join Florida Veterans for Common Sense (FLVCS) for its annual party celebrating the life of founding patriot, Thomas Paine.
Each year, FLVCS awards our annual Thomas Paine Award to a patriot who follows in the legacy of Thomas Paine to defend our democracy and advance the promise of America.
This year’s Thomas Paine Award winner is U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who will be Zooming in to accept the award and give the keynote address.
Jamie Raskin (born December 13, 1962) serves as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. Raskin has served as the chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and is co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. He was the lead impeachment manager for the second impeachment of President Donald Trump in response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Prior to election to Congress, he was a constitutional law professor at American University, Washington College of Law, where he co-founded and directed the LL.M program on law and government and co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. He also served on the House Select January 6 Select Committee that investigated the insurrection of January 6, 2021.
The FLVCS party honors the legacy of Thomas Paine who is credited with turning the American rebellion into the American Revolution for Independence through his best selling political tract, Common Sense. He was the first to use the term United States of America. He wrote The Crisis Papers at the behest of General George Washington. Paine’s call to action rallied the Continental Army troops to continue the fight after the retreat and defeat at New York. Contemporaries noted, “Without the pen of Paine, Washington would have wielded his sword in vain.”
Paine believed in war only as a last resort. He was an entrepreneur while always championing the rights of the poor, enslaved, and downtrodden. He was the first to suggest social security. He tolerated all religions and strived to do good to make his fellow citizens happy.
FLVCS is an active veteran’s group. Working with its sister 501 (c) 3, Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund, Inc. (FLVCS Fund) it has helped sponsor and initiate such projects as Courts Assisting Veterans, the first statewide Women’s Veterans Conference, The Sarasota Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, Green Path Veterans Farms (now-Operation Eco Vets), and Sarasota Urban Reforestation (SURF) that plants Microforests, and more.
FLVCS is a 501 (c) 4. Our priorities are protecting our democracy and combating climate change. Ticket costs are not tax deductible. If you register for the virtual event, you will receive a link to watch the event when your credit card is charged a few days before the party.
For more information email contact@FLVCS.US, or website.