Florida Clergy Leaders Urge Thousands of African-Americans and Latinos to Vote Early in Statewide “Souls to the Polls” Events
March and Rally, Part of the Get Out The Vote Efforts to Contact 65,000 Florida Voters Part of the National “Let My People Vote” Campaign in Florida and 14-States
Miami, FL—With midterm elections just two days away, people of faith will not be silenced when it comes to encouraging voters and acknowledging the struggles of racial, social and economic injustice that impact their congregations. This Sunday, as part of statewide Get Out The Vote efforts, Faith in Florida’s clergy leaders will participate in the “Souls to the Polls March and Rally” starting at 1:00 PM at the the African Cultural Center in Miami. Additional activities are scheduled in Broward County, Hillsborough County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Palm Beach County, and St. Lucie County.
This event is part of a massive statewide effort by hundreds of congregations to hold transformative conversations across race and faith as a key component of the faith community’s voter engagement throughout Florida.
Faith in Florida is particularly focused on contacting African-American and Latino voters, whose voices have been ignored in the past, and shedding light on its upcoming Live Free campaign to restore the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people—a civil rights ban that affects more than 1.5 Floridians and approximately 6 million disfranchised citizens in the United States. Recently, Faith in Florida held a Faith Forum in Orlando where more than 1,300 people from diverse congregations and ethnicities came out to support driver’s licenses for the undocumented and rights restoration for returning citizens. Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist, Attorney General Candidate George Sheldon and other candidates participated in the event. After Governor Scott did not attend, Faith in Florida grassroots leaders and clergy took their message directly to him at a State Clemency Board meeting the following week.
Faith in Florida’s participation in “Souls to the Polls March & Rally” is part of the PICO National Network’s Let My People Vote campaign, a massive multi-racial and multi-faith-based effort, spanning 14-states to engage and turn out 450,000 voters across the country—65,000 in Florida—in the 2014 election and beyond. To date, Faith in Florida has already spoken to thousands of voters through door-to-door canvasses and phone banks events in their congregations. The goal of Let My People Vote is to engage African-American and Latino faith communities in building cross-racial alliances on rights restoration, sentencing reform, access to driver’s licenses and benefits for low-wage workers.
WHAT: “Souls to the Polls March & Rally”; Start time is 1:00 PM
WHERE: "Souls to the Polls March & Rally" Start Point: African Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL; ends at voting site: Joe Caleb Center, 2211 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL.