-Group Advocating For Second Chance Employment, Housing and Voting Initiatives on February 16th- TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – February 7, 2022 Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), including hundreds of returning citizens from across Florida, will return to the State Capitol for the annual Legislative Advocacy Day on February 16th. Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for returning citizens and other directly-impacted individuals — such as those who were affected by the conviction or incarceration of a family member — to meet with their lawmakers and advocate for policies that will improve our local communities.
The theme for Advocacy Day 2022 is “Our Vote, Our Voice, Our Vision.”
FRRC and hundreds of returning citizens from across the state will make our voices heard during Advocacy Day 2022 in Tallahassee, Florida throughout the day on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. FRRC members will meet with lawmakers and advocate for policies that improve our communities by breaking down barriers to employment, housing and democracy for returning citizens.
FRRC Executive Director Desmond Meade will lead this year’s Advocacy Day. Meade, who is nationally recognized, led a constitutional amendment campaign that restored voting rights for 1.4 million people with felony convictions in 2018.
“Advocacy Day is a great opportunity for local leaders and people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to advocate for policy changes that will improve our communities,” said Meade. “We look forward to empowering FRRC members from across the state to have their voices heard at the state capitol.”
Who: Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
What: Returning Citizens Legislative Advocacy Day 2022
Where: State Capitol, 400 S Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399 (on the capitol steps)
When: February 16, 2022
Event Time: 8-5 p.m.
Press Conference: 11 a.m.
About the Executive Director
Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually become the Executive Director of (FRRC), Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. Meade was also recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2019 and received a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship Award.
COVID Health Measures
FRRC is monitoring the covid-19 outbreak and its impact on our community. We are taking every precaution to make sure our staff and volunteers are safe during this difficult time. The safety of our staff, supporters, volunteers and returning citizen family is our top priority. We are putting safety measures in place and taking guidance from the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention. All volunteers will be required to receive a negative covid test 48 hours prior to the day of the event. Rapid tests will also be available on the day of the event.
About the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
FRRC is a grassroots, membership organization run primarily by returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. For more information, visit https://floridarrc.com/.
For interview requests, to talk with a local FRRC member attending Advocacy Day, or for further information, contact Kinyatta Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the phone number, 407-664-6451.