September 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Florida Majority Announces Victory in Fundamental Right to Vote Resolution
New Florida Majority wins in North Miami by city council passing the Right To Vote Resolution proposed in June.
Miami, Florida – New Florida Majority is pleased to announce its victory in the City of North Miami. On June 9, 2014 the North Miami City Council voted on our Right To Vote Resolution. The resolution created would make voting an explicit, fundamental right enshrined in state law. It would require strict scrutiny of voting laws and policies in Florida and ensures that lawmakers and election officials must demonstrate a compelling reason before they can enact policies that restrict voting.
The Right To Vote resolution was proposed to Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime in June during our Freedom Summer fellowship. During this past summer, New Florida Majority worked with six fellows who organized throughout Miami and Jacksonville to pass the Right To Vote Resolution. The fellows met with city council officials in North Miami, City of Miami, Miami Gardens, and Duval County during their 6-week program. During their time with New Florida Majority they were also able to collect a few hundred signatures, appear on radio, and even held an event that featured Civil Right’s legend, Dr. Robert “Bob” Moses.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the fellows. All the hard work they put in during that short period of time paid off. It’s amazing what you can change with a few passionate people and a hunger to see a better world.” – Mariama Gregory, Field Operations Coordinator
We’re excited to know the City of North Miami is standing with New Florida Majority in protecting the right to vote. We still have more work to do as we’re hoping to pass the resolution in Miami Gardens, City of Miami, and in Jacksonville.
The New Florida Majority is an independent organization working to increase the voting and political power of marginalized and excluded constituencies toward an inclusive, equitable, and just Florida.