We Need Volunteers to Help Table! Please let us know if you can take a shift September 19th, 20th, or 21st during the day: email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
Sept. 19, 9am: Alachua County Legislative Delegation
At Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall
Sept. 19, 6pm: Just HealthCare Meeting
ACLC Office, 901 NW 8th Ave., Suite A1
Sept. 21, 5:30-6:30pm: Living Wage Committee Meeting.
ACLC office, 901 NW 8th Ave., Suite A1
Sept. 26, 6pm: Regular Membership Meeting, with State Representative Clovis Watson Speaking.
Mennonite Church, 1236 NW 18th Ave.
We will be hosting State Representative Clovis Watson to speak about the restoration of felon voting rights in the state of Florida. Rep. Watson will also give a general legislative update, including efforts to expand healthcare coverage for all Floridians. There will be open Q&A time about the upcoming legislative session. Jhodi Polk, a community activist in the Say Yes to Second Chances campaign, will also speak. Rep. Watson has introduced legislation every year in the Florida House to automatically restore Felon Voting Rights upon release from prison after they have fulfilled their obligations. Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting. With the petition drive in full-swing around the state to have a constitutional amendment on the ballot, now is the time to be pushing this issue to the forefront. The ACLC office is the base of operations for the Say Yes to Second Chances campaign to gather petitions to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for November of 2018.
If you can join us and help out with any of these events, please contact us.
August 19, 9am
Rally in Solidarity with Prison Workers
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Fight Toxic Prisons invite you to join us for a rally in solidarity with prison workers as they battle for better working and living conditions. This rally will be held outside Franklin Correctional Institution on August 19th. This will coincide with the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in DC. We will meet up for last minute instructions and car pooling at the Publix on N. Main. We’ll meet on the right side of Publix or the NW corner of the lot at 9 am.
The Alachua County Labor Coalition’s living wage movement is coming to Santa Fe College. Learn how the administration has kept wages low, pitted workers against each other, and how increasing democracy in the workplace can address these issues. Please be sure to invite your friends, particularly Santa Fe employees! We’ll be hearing from Santa Fe College employee and Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, Alachua County Commissioner Chair Ken Cornell, faculty, staff, and students about the effort to bring more dignity to the workplace at Santa Fe College.
Labor Daze is coming! This year there will be a union parade along with all of the regular food and fun. We do need help tabling throughout the day – please consider signing up for a two hour shift. You can RSVP to the FB event here.
Members of ACLC are in the midst of helping to collect the almost 800,000 valid signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the 2018 Florida ballot to restore voting rights to the 1.7 million citizens who are no longer able to vote because of a past felony conviction. If you would like to help gather signatures contact Sheila at 352-375-2832. Come by ACLC office Thurs. 11-1pm or Fri., 4-6pm to pick up petitions.
Floridians believe in second chances. Restoring a person’s right to vote once they’ve fulfilled their obligations to society gives them an opportunity for redemption and a chance to be full members of their community.
<p “> As a coalition of nonpartisan civic and faith organizations, we work every day with men and women who’ve served their time and are now putting their lives back together. With your help, we can mobilize a broad array of Floridians who believe in redemption and second chances and build a successful campaign to restore voting rights.
What the Voting Restoration Amendment Does
Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting. The Amendment modernizes Florida’s criminal justice rules by bringing our state in line with others nationwide.
People must fully complete all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, before they earn back their right to vote.
The Amendment doesn’t apply to people who’ve committed murder or sexual offenses.
Law enforcement, faith leaders, employers, and a large majority of Floridians from all walks of life support people being able to earn back their right to vote because it gives them a stake in the community and makes it less likely they will end up back in prison.