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In this clip, hosts Maria and Julio discuss giving Floria residents the right to vote again after committing a federal crime and serving time. The executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade joins them.
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amendment basically means that roughly check this out. 1.4 million. 1.4 million returning citizens in Florida could have their voting rights restored after they completed all of the terms of their sentence. Now we know that black Americans are four times more likely to lose their right to vote according to the sentencing project. And we're in this really historic. Some would call it traumatic moment of 2020 where we have the coronavirus disproportionately impacting people of color. We have a national uprising in defense of black lives, pushing frankly for a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system because people see it for what it is. So just let us know how you're doing, how your processing, all of this, because we fight for these rights to vote. Like, for example, I became a citizen. You fight for the right for returning citizens to vote, and then you're watching your democracy really be challenged. So how are you doing for rials? Desmond Maria, I am doing much better than one would expect, right, because when I'm seeing everything that's going on, it's getting me excited. Right on. Really help me to fully appreciate what we were able to accomplish in passing amendment for and passing amendment for actually sets the stage for where we at and how Amendment four is going to help this country turned over a new leaf and emerge from this chaos and and these conflicts and tensions almost like a phoenix emerging from the ashes. A sense of renewed hope and direction on understanding and imagining. Not the old democracy but a new democracy. And I'm telling you everything. It lines up because when you think about that amendment for created a pathway for 1.4 million people who have had some type of personal, intimate connection or interaction with our law enforcement system. Right when you think about, for instance, the killing of Ahmad Aubrey, where a prosecutor took over 70 days before they decided the charge of people that murdered this man in broad daylight, right? Prosecutors are elected and who knows better about prosecutor than someone who's been prosecuted? Then you talk about George Floyd having that officer put his knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds and killed this person in broad daylight with his hands in his pocket like he had no care in the world who know better about having a need put on their neck, and someone who has been arrested by a police officer who knows better of the aggressive take down tactics of law enforcement. These sheriff's are elected, and these chief of police are appointed by mayors who are elected. And when you think about the judges that stand in judgment, I mean, who knows better than the people directly impacted? True, you know, having spent time inside a prison in your case and me spending time talking to people inside prison people seriously political inside prison, they have the time to be watching all the political talk shows. Um, I right, you're not in your prison looking at Joann read or way looking at the football. But what I'm saying is that there is a political conversation within people who are incarcerated about getting those voting rights back. So it's deeper than that. I think those conversations and you hear it so much why you're incarcerated about the system being corrupt. Now I know it sounds ironic that people who are accused or convicted of committing crimes is actually having a conversation about the system that is corrupt. But that is exactly what we're facing. And one of the most frustrating parts about that is seeing firsthand and experiencing first hand the corruptness of it and feeling as if your voice don't matter and no one wants to listen to. You see, George Floyd didn't just happen. Ah, few months ago or my laundry didn't just happen. Ah, few months ago. This has been happening for decades. Entry communities. People were not listening toe people who had felony convictions. It is Onley recently that people started listening, and part of that was a narrative that dehumanized people who had felony convictions. Desmond, thank you for your breath of fresh air, Desmond Giving us hope that it's a new day. Yeah, seriously is like I'm ready. Let's go. I'm saying don't be wimps. You gotta fight. Because even with Kobe 19 let me tell you something
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