Faith Leaders Descend on Tallahassee Proclaiming
“Let My People VOTE!”
Sept 23, 2014
Leaders Bear Witness at Clemency Board Hearing and Help Register Voters for November
Tallahassee—Just last week, over 1,300 faith leaders assembled in Orlando at a Faith Forum, where the Governor and Board of Executive Clemency were invited to hear the collective cries of people of faith. They chose to decline the invitation in spite of the Governor being in Orlando on the day of the Forum.
“Since the Clemency Board refused to come to us, we are going to them,” said Desmond Meade, State Director of Faith in Florida’s Live Free Campaign. “We are once again going to Tallahassee to let the Clemency Board know that we are resolved to have our voices of faith heard as it relates to the need to quickly restore the right to vote for almost 2 million disenfranchised Floridians.”
About 100 people of faith will hold a silent protest at the third meeting of the Clemency Board this year to urge them to reverse their regressive policy that permanently bans all people with a prior felony conviction from having their voting rights restored. Following the silent protest, Faith in Florida leaders will be going out into the community as part of PICO National Network’s “Let My People VOTE” campaign to register voters and encourage neighbors to vote their values in November, in an effort to engage new or low-propensity voters whose voices have been ignored and who have been systematically locked out of the voting process.
“Of the approximately 6 million disfranchised citizens in the United States, one-quarter are Floridians,” said Faith Seabrooks, Board Chair of Faith in Florida. “This policy disenfranchises a shocking 23 percent of Florida’s African-American population. As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to stand for forgiveness, redemption and restoration. As God’s children, we all deserve dignity. We all matter.”
What: Press conference and silent protest at Clemency Board Meeting
Who: Clergy, returning citizens, leaders from across the state of Florida and representatives from the Faith in Florida’s Let My People VOTE Campaign
Where: Press conference at the Senate Portico in the Courtyard at the State Capitol; Silent protest at Clemency Board hearing, Cabinet Meeting Room LL01, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Press conference starts at 10:00 am, silent protest at 10:30 am.
Faith in Florida representatives and leaders will be available for interviews. Please contact Carlos Vogel at or (727) 483-8854 to schedule an interview.
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.