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    Event Democracy & Voting Rights

    The Florida Paradox: Community Organizing and the Future of the Sunshine State


    Join the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program for a conversation with leaders on the ground mobilizing the future of Florida’s electorate.

    Florida has long been a state with a nuanced and complex political landscape, and the most recent elections underscore its contradictions. In 2018, voters elected a Republican governor and senator, while enfranchising voters with felony records. In 2020, voters increased the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, while giving the state to Trump. With an active base of community organizers who are mobilizing a coalition of diverse voters, the future of Florida may soon look very different. Join us for a conversation with leaders on the ground mobilizing the future of Florida’s electorate.

    INVITED PANELISTS: 

    • Marquis McKenzie, Central Florida Regional Organizer for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
    • Roni Bennett, Executive Director of South Florida People of Color
    • Reina Saco, City Commissioner of Gainesville, Florida
    • Andrea Mercado, Executive Director of Florida Rising
    • Moderator: Sonja Diaz, Executive Director of UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative

    Register Here:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8091138256249405963