Equal Ground Joins Civil Rights Organizations in Opposition to Major Voter Suppression
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Organizations pen letter to State Senate President and House Speaker
APRIL 26, 2023 – Today, Equal Ground, the preeminent Black-led, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to expand Black political power in Florida, joined over a dozen non-profit, non-partisan voting and civil rights organizations in signing a letter to State Senate President Passidomo and House Speaker Renner voicing strong opposition to the voter suppression legislation currently moving through the State Legislature, Senate Bill 7050 and House Bill 7067.
Equal Ground has led the effort pushing back on the racist, divisive, and extremist legislation being pushed through the legislature this session. And they have a long history of defending voting rights and access in the state, taking Governor DeSantis to court over his 2021 voter suppression legislation, SB 90, and his unconstitutional gerrymandered maps.
Since the introduction of SB 7050, Equal Ground Founder Jasmine Burney-Clark and Political Director Genesis Robinson both testified against this latest affront to voting rights in Florida, highlighting the long racist and reactive history of the FL Legislature attacking the very modes of voting utilized by Black Floridians. (Find Burney-Clark’s testimony here, and Robinson’s testimony here).
This legislative session has targeted Black, LGBTQ+, and minority Floridians, and Equal Ground has ensured that the voices of Floridians are heard, organizing a Day of Action with dozens of Black Floridians from across the state testifying against harmful legislation and meeting with lawmakers.
As the leading organization defending the rights of Black Floridians, Equal Ground, alongside critical voting and civil rights organizations, including ACLU Florida, Common Cause Florida, All Voting is Local Action, UnidosUS, Poder Latinx, and more, opposes all voter suppression efforts and calls on the Florida Legislature to reject SB 7050/HB 7067.