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Restore Felon Voting Rights in FL

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Raised by 51 people in 2 months
Created October 7, 2018
Restore ex-Felon Voting Rights, Elect Florida's first POC Governor, and Swing the U.S. Senate!

We are going to Florida to campaign for voting rights and racial justice.  With your support our 4 seasoned activists from out of state are joining local grassroots organizers to restore voting rights to 1.5 million ex-convicts  via a constitutional referendum called Amendment 4 in the upcoming November election.  Over 1 in 5 African Americans in Florida are not allowed to vote. 1.5 million adults, which comprises more than 10% of Florida’s population, will be affected by this amendment.  All of these organizers are taking time off from other work to do this important campaigning. In order for this critical constitutional amendment to pass, 60% of the electorate must vote for it.  Your contribution will make it possible for at least these 4 activists , plus Maya (age 4), to focus on the most effective way to get this critical mass to vote yes on 4.


With the Kavanaugh elevation to the Supreme Court, it becomes more likely Trump will not be held responsible for any of his misdeeds from violations of the emoluments clause, to sexual assault, to collusion with the Russians on influencing the 2016 election.  This makes the 2020 presidential elections critically important and Florida is one of the most important states in the electoral college.

We will also be working on both the US Senate and Florida Governors offices.  Florida has a contentious U.S. Senate Race, which is a critical seat for swinging the Senate. We will be campaigning to re-elect Bill Nelson , who is running against current Governor Rick Scott, a Republican based on advancing Donald Trump’s agenda.  Andrew Gillum is running for Governor against Trump-endorsed candidate, Ron DeSantis. Gillum is smart and charismatic , endorsed by social movements, based in the community and is on his way to be the first black Governor of Florida


Funds will be used to cover travel, housing, child care, and food costs for these activists who will be canvassing and doing other outreach and organizing work, including bringing more folks into the campaign. Your help with these costs makes it possible for our activists to spend more time in Florida organizing.


Time is critical.  The election is in a month and the first of us will be arriving as soon as October 15th.  Locals have already been generous with housing and we are well connected to Organize Florida which is very happy to have out of state help.  Organize Florida is one of eight non-profit groups who have linked together, aligned their platforms, are are covering the whole of Florida for Get Out The Vote efforts. We are thrilled to be based with Organize Florida, and their canvass wing, "Hard Knocks," since it means our efforts will be informed by and supporting long-term social movement strategies. Organize Florida will be able to use the momentum and conversations we spark in our three weeks before the election to engage people in their ongoing programs.  Through Organize Florida and Hard Knocks, we will be door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and supporting community events for the Senate and Governor seats, Amendment 4 and local Representative and other campaigns. They are happy to have us show up and plug into their efforts!!


We can not do this important work without you.  Thank you for joining in this battle with us.
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Halloween in the canvass office. Anisha keeps this crew of out of state activists and locals going. And gracefully puts up with our antics.

One the largest day our team hit almost 1,000 doors. We are talking with scores of voters and likely voters every day. We have been well received generally, with only a few scary dog stories and grumpy home owners.

We have been pulling long days mostly, but the really long ones are to come. Thanks to all of those who have supported us. It feels like money well spent.
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We hit the streets of Tampa with the Hard Knocks campaign today. We had our tablets, we had our turfs and we had our quick n' dirty training. It was hot, it was fun and it was pretty satisfying.

The tablets did not have just democrats and independents, it had all registered voters. But it was clear that everyone was going to vote for restoration of felon voting rights.

Carlos and Jenny both had better luck with me in getting into conversations with undecided voters. But all of us felt really good about our afternoon of canvassing. And our group is growing, Karen (Jenny's cousin) may join us. We have local cooks and nannies interested in the project. We are way into the local grass roots groups.

So far we are making good things happen and more folks are coming soon (Thumbs and GPaul this Friday and Karen on Sunday).

We are so thankful that we have been offered free housing, and we are doing our best to reduce other costs. We still need support from folks to cover travel costs to and within Tampa, as our crew is growing and support to get here will make a big difference for our team. Thank you for donating to this team so that we can offer our energy to swing this vote!!
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