Faith in Florida Joins Hundreds of Other Statewide Organizations to
VOTE YES ON 4
January 29, 2018
CONTACT: Genesis Garcia, 305-744-2975,
Orlando — After three years of extensive partnership with rights restoration fellows and several other grassroots organizations in the area, Faith in Florida, a coalition of churches and faith leaders, successfully gathered more than 1.1 million petition signatures to certify the “Vote Yes On 4” initiative for the Nov. 6th ballot. This initiative restores human rights to convicted nonviolent felons who are out of prison.
“This is the opening of a great door that signifies great change and difference in this election and upcoming elections for future generations,” says Bishop Charles McWhorter of Love Thy Neighbor Church. Adds Maria Revelles, organizing director of Faith in Florida, “This is a great victory for communities of faith and congregations who are determined to bring justice to those who have already paid their debt to society and deserve a voice in American democracy.”
The Voting Rights Restoration Amendment will restore the rights and the vote of 1.5 million Floridians who have been convicted of a felony and have fully completed their sentence. If approved by 60 percent of voters, the amendment would restore voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they fully complete their sentences, including parole or probation.
Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses would continue to be barred from a vote.
Today, Florida has the most restrictive laws in the nation with respect to permanently banning voting, but many citizens have earned the opportunity to participate in elections and give back to their communities once again.
Faith in Florida is also sponsoring a “$4 for Four” fundraising campaign, inviting individuals to donate money in denominations of four in order to continue raising awareness for this work. More information can be found at
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The mission of Faith in Florida is to build a powerful, multi-cultural, non-partisan network of congregation community organizations in Florida that will address systemic racial and economic issues that cause poverty for our families. With multiple different religious denominations and faith traditions represented, Faith in Florida seeks to provide a prophetic, interfaith voice on rights restoration, immigrant justice and health care expansion. Faith in Florida is nonpartisan and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office.
PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.