he NAACP Florida State Conference in partnership with numerous other organizations is launching the Florida Moral Majority social-justice campaign. It will be held at 10 a.m. Monday outside the Capitol. The campaign will call on Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers to protect the rights of all Floridians by expanding Medicaid, protecting voting rights, addressing economic inequality and repealing stand your ground practices.
“Our state should no longer abide by the atrocities wreaked on the poor, the young, the working-class, people of color and countless other constituencies,” said Adora Obi Nweze, President of the NAACP Florida State Conference.
Other groups participating include AFSCME Florida, Equality Florida, Florida AFL-CIO, Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood, Florida Chain, Florida Consumer Action Network, Florida New Majority, Florida SEIU, Mi Familia Vota, National Organization for Women, NCLR Action Fund, Organize Now, PICO United Florida, Progress Florida, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and UniteWomen.org.
Latvala wins Moffitt award
State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, received the 2014 Moffitt Momentum Award last week during Moffitt’s annual Business of Biotech Conference. The award was created by Moffitt Cancer Center as a way to honor leaders in the community who have championed the efforts of Moffitt and cancer research. It is given to those public servants “whose tireless efforts have benefited the entire institution over the years, and in turn, who have made a difference in the lives of those individuals battling cancer in Florida,” said Dr. Alan List, president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center.
Latvala was instrumental in passing legislation in 2012 to increase Moffitt’s share of Florida’s cigarette taxes. The additional funding that tax provided to Moffitt enabled the institution to begin construction on its new McKinley Avenue campus, which is scheduled for a 2015 grand opening. The facility will create hundreds of jobs and will give Moffitt expanded capacity to treat many more cancer patients.
“I am honored to receive this very prestigious award because it symbolizes a partnership that I have always enjoyed with the Moffitt family over the years,” Latvala said. “Moffitt is a top-notch institution that has always gone above and beyond to help members of my community and to touch the lives of cancer patients from all over this state, and I am proud of the work we have collaborated on over the years.”