IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

FRRC is making a difference! Check out these news articles from 2020.

FRRC is making a difference! Check out these news articles.

Last Call for 1.18.21 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

January 18, 2020 – In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried released a special episode of the FDACS Podcast featuring Desmond Meade.

10 Activists Continuing MLK’s Work Today

January 15, 2021 – In 2005, Desmond Meade was homeless, addicted to drugs, and feeling suicidal. Then he turned his life around. He checked himself into rehab. He pursued his education, ultimately graduating from Florida International University College of Law.

Desmond Meade: A Warrior for Voting Rights

January 8, 2021 – In October, Global Fellow Desmond Meade cast his first-ever ballot in a presidential election. He was 53. Because of his felony record, he—along with 1.4 million Floridians in his situation—had been banned from voting for life.

Dolphins Announce 2020 Team Award Winners

January 5, 2021 – The Miami Dolphins Social Impact Committee is this year’s winner of the Nat Moore Community Service Award. The group donated $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Fines and Fees program, which assists returning citizens who have outstanding fees to complete their sentences and become eligible to vote.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Kristen Grimm, president at Spitfire Strategies

January 5, 2021 – “An interesting book I just finished reading and recommend is ‘Let My People Vote’ by Desmond Meade. He is a former felon who experienced homelessness, but he had this dream to make sure he and other people who served time could vote once they paid their debt to society.”

How Thousands of American Laws Keep People ‘Imprisoned’ Long After They’re Released

December 30, 2020 – In the run-up to the election in November, there was a pervasive belief that the fate of the nation could hinge on Florida because of its 2018 passage of Amendment 4, which reversed a permanent voting ban for 1.4 million Floridians with felony records.

Fines cleared for two dozen Alachua County felons

December 27, 2020 – Mountainous court fines looming over two dozen Alachua County residents were recently cleared — freeing the way for them to vote, hold onto their driver’s licenses and as an added bonus, propping up judicial system services. 

As Holidays Approach, Fla. Nonprofit Pays Fines, Fees Of 181 Ex-Felons Throughout State

December 22, 2020 – Ahead of the holidays, a Florida nonprofit has paid $327,000 to clear the fines and fees of 181 ex-felons in 17 counties throughout the state.

Returning Citizens Need Better Access to Professional Licensing

December 18, 2020 – A long list of occupational licensing requirements blocks returning citizens from the workforce. In fact, Florida deters entry to 56 of the 102 low- and moderate-income occupations, ranking the state fifth in the country with the most burdensome occupational licensing laws.

For families, the negative effects of incarceration continue far beyond time served

December 11, 2020 – The effects of mass incarceration in this U.S. are felt by many more people than those convicted of crimes. Student Reporting Labs, our journalism training program, explores how the criminal justice system can also create far-reaching obstacles for kids and families.

‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ co-director Lisa Cortes: Voter suppression is a ‘monster’ that ‘resurfaces’

November 30, 2020 – Perhaps no documentary is more timely — purposefully — this year than “All In: The Fight for Democracy.”

Orlando Magic Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Coalition for the Homeless for 28th Year

November 26, 2020 – Going back to his first stint with the Orlando Magic when he was an assistant coach and now again as the team’s head coach, Steve Clifford has always gone the extra mile to lift up the people of Central Florida.

Despite Confusion, Thousands Of Former Florida Felons Voted Successfully

November 25, 2020 – Voting-rights advocates say they’re working to keep the momentum going, registering Floridians with felony convictions so they can vote in future elections.

Nicholas Pinnock willing to break the law to prove that he's innocent - and he explains why

November 18, 2020 – Isaac Wright Jr. served seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In 1991, he was sentenced to life in prison for fabricated drug charges. But he didn’t allow that low blow in life to knock him out for good.

After California restores felon voting rights, activists see growing national trend

November 13, 2020 – A national movement continues across the country to let felons — many who have completed their sentences and ended their parole — return to the voting booth.

Questions still surround ex-felon voter eligibility in Florida

November 13, 2020 – Florida received high marks in dealing with the 2020 election but the state’s system for tracking ex-felons and their eligibility to vote is still being criticized by some.

Voting Activist Desmond Meade on Re-enfranchising People & Why “Ex-Felon” Is a Dehumanizing Label

November 13, 2020 – In Florida, tens of thousands of newly eligible voters who were previously disenfranchised due to their criminal records turned out to the polls for the 2020 election.

Florida failed hundreds of thousands of potential voters. We must fix this

November 13, 2020 – Nearly 900,000. According to a new report, that’s how many Floridians who have completed all terms of incarceration and supervision but couldn’t vote this year because an undemocratic poll tax crafted by Gov. Ron DeSantis’and the Legislature’s GOP majority.

Green Thumb Industries to Open Rise Kendall, Its 50th Retail Location, on November 18

November 11, 2020 – Green Thumb Industries Inc., a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner of Rise™ retail stores, today announced it will open Rise Kendall, its 50th retail location, on November 18. Profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC)

The fight against voter suppression in Georgia was integral to the 2020 election outcome

November 11, 2020 – Voter suppression has tarnished election processes in the United States for decades. Many were concerned that the 2020 election would be no different. In recent years, the most notorious cases of voter suppression centered around the southern states of Florida and the 2020 election superstar, Georgia.

An Estimated 50,000 Florida Felons Voted Last Week

November 10, 2020 – Last week, many were bracing for a razor-thin election in Florida like the ones in 2018 and 2000. Some people feared that the eligibility of Florida’s newly enfranchised felons could be called into question. 

Florida Leads Nation in Voter Disenfranchisement

November 9, 2020 – In November of 2018, approximately 64% of Floridians voted in favor of Florida Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment meant to ensure voting rights for former felons. 

Micky Arison to join NBA Social Justice Coalition Board

November 9, 2020 – Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday that Miami Heat managing general partner Micky Arison will join the fledging NBA Social Justice Coalition Board. The group also includes representatives from the league’s players and coaches.

Florida’s new felon voters didn’t decide Tuesday’s election. Advocates are happy about that.

November 6 , 2020 – The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition says that it estimates 50,000 people with felony convictions voted in the general election.