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Event Democracy & Voting Rights

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

Event Date → February 24th, 2021

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.

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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

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