Thursday, August 5, 2021

Play

A new study says current federal limits for exposure to wireless radiation should be hundreds of times lower for children, and President Biden calls out the governors of Texas, Florida for "bad health policy."

Play

Analysts warn the Delta variant could dampen economic recovery, former president Trump attempts to keep his federal tax returns away from Congress after a court ruling, and Mexico sues several U.S. gun makers.

Listening Tour to Register Florida’s Newly Enfranchised Voters

Play

Monday, November 19, 2018   

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A statewide listening tour is under way after more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to restore voting rights to individuals with prior felonies.

The passage of Amendment 4 returns full citizenship rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who have completed their sentences for past crimes - with the exception of those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition led the charge to see the amendment passed.

Speaking on The Rotunda Podcast, coalition president Desmon Meade said after the excitement of seeing the amendment pass, they now are circling back for deeper conversations with individuals impacted.

"Number one, just to get their reactions; number two, get their hopes and find out more about what are these issues that they feel they would need to address in order to improve their quality of life,” Meade said; “and with the overall goal of making our communities safer."

With 15 local chapters throughout Florida, the coalition is the only statewide organization run by individuals with former convictions that works to advocate on behalf of those with past felonies and their families. To learn more about the listening tour or to take a survey about Amendment 4, visit floridarrc.com.

The amendment will have the biggest impact on the African-American population, who are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than any other group. Meade said the amendment's passage shows what the country and the state can do when they come together for the benefit of humanity.

"When we come together along the lines of love, forgiveness and redemption,” he said; “because when we looked at just the data, what we saw was that we got over 5.1 million votes. That's over a million more votes than any candidate that was on the ballot in Florida."

This new set of voters is expected to play a significant role in the upcoming 2020 elections. But for now, the plan is to listen to those impacted and get them registered to vote. Other organizations such as the ACLU and the Advancement Project are stepping in to assist with online registrations and tracking potential voters throughout the state.

This interview was used on The Rotunda Podcast, where a longer version is available.


get more stories like this via email

In the United States, home-care workers, mostly women and people of color, earn on average only $12 an hour. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Advocates for people with disabilities in New York are pushing for the federal budget resolution to include $400 billion in Medicaid …


Environment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshwater mussels are key to keeping the Chesapeake Bay watershed clean, and with more than half of all species now facing …

Social Issues

BUFFALO, Wyo. -- The doors of five historic community halls across Johnson and Sheridan counties were opened this past weekend for 15 people curious …


Over the past six decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of fires in the western United States, according to NASA. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Massive wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada have triggered poor air quality in North Carolina over the past few weeks, and …

Environment

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Farmworkers are in Olympia today, calling for stronger protections from extreme heat. The farmworkers union Familias Unidas por la …

A video from July shows sockeye salmon with red lesions and fungus because of the Columbia River's hot water. (Conrad Gowell/Columbia Riverkeeper)

Environment

BOISE, Idaho -- Rallies are taking place across the Northwest to support salmon, which face dire conditions in the Columbia River Basin. Saturday…

Environment

IXONIA, Wis. -- The public comment period has ended, but opponents of proposed natural gas storage facilities in southeastern Wisconsin still hope to …

Environment

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians are growing worried about the environmental consequences of natural-gas drilling in the state, according to a new …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021