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LWV to Host Discussion: Why 1-in-10 Voting Aged Floridians Can't Vote - Oct 19 in Boca Raton


Sep. 20, 2014 - BOCA RATON, Fla.

UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY?

The Fact that 1-in-10 Voting-Aged Floridians is Not Allowed

to Vote is Now a Growing Issue in Current Campaign for

Governor of Florida

Public is Invited to FREE Bipartisan Discussion Hosted by

The League of Women Voters, Palm Beach County & The Voting Rights Coalition

Sunday, October 19, in Boca Raton

What:

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is inviting the public to a FREE bipartisan discourse: UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY: Why 1-in-10 Voting-Aged Floridians is Not Allowed to Vote. The event is co-sponsored by The Voting Rights Coalition and the Healing Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton.

At its recent national convention, the League of Women Voters of the United States adopted the restoration of former felon rights as a national  program priority. Attention to this matter is becoming a subject in our State of Florida race for governor.

When:

Sunday, October 19  /  2 to 4 p.m.

Where:

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton

2601 St. Andrews in Boca Raton

(On the west side of St. Andrews Blvd., several blocks north of Glades Rd.)

Speakers:

+ Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor

Topic: How the Disfranchisement of Former Felons Affects Our Community

+ Jessica Chiappone, Vice President of the Florida Voting Rights Restoration Coalition

Topic: The Reality of Being a Felon in Florida

+ Heather Corpin, Voting Rights Coalition

Topic: Restore the Vote

+ Mark Schneider, Board member of the ACLU of Florida & Professor Emeritus of Sociology from Southern Illinois University

Topic: Florida's Executive Clemency Process

Refreshments will be served following the discussion.

Sponsors:

This FREE workshop is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, The Voting Rights Coalition and the Healing Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton.

About the Healing Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton:

The Healing Justice Task Force came about as a result of the study of Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color Blindness.  After realizing how broken the justice system has become, some of those studying the book decided it wasn't enough to just read about it, it was time to turn anger into constructive action by bringing awareness to these issues through a film and conversation series. The Task Force is currently focusing on the issues of voter's rights and juvenile justice as part of a larger movement to bring justice to an ailing "justice" system.

About the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County and The Voting Rights Coalition:

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging informed and active participation in government through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. The Voting Rights Coalition is a non-partisan advocacy coalition with member organizations throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, please call 561.276.4898 or visit www.lwvpbc.org.

Available for interview:

Mark Schneider

Voting Rights Coalition

561.752.0946

masch@aya.yale.edu

AnnaMarie King

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton

561.901.0030

K4EVER39@aol.com

Media Contact:

Gary Schweikhart

PR-BS, Inc.

561.756.4298

gary@pr-bs.net