- All Voting is Local
- Angie Nixon
- Ben Frazier
- Black Voters Matter
- Equal Ground
- Faith in Public Life
- Florida Conservation Voters
- Florida Rising
- Jacksonville Community Action Committee
- Jasmine Burney-Clark
- Northside Coalition of Jacksonville
- R.B. Holmes
- R.L. Gundy
- Real Women Radio Foundation
- Robert Spooney
- Russell Drake
- Tallahassee Chapter of National Action Network
- The First Coast Leadership Foundation
Black leaders will hold a press conference in Florida’s Capitol Tuesday morning to kick off a “Congressional Redistricting Day of Action.”
Equal Ground, a Black-led organization fighting for political power and voter access across Florida, announced the demonstrations.
“As it stands, the Governor has insisted that the state Legislature approve a map that would reduce Florida’s Black representation by 50%,” said Nathan Janda, communications coordinator for Equal Ground.
“Across the nation, new barriers have been created to keep certain voters away from the ballot box and farther away from equal representation. This deliberate power grab is in direct violation of Florida’s Fair District amendment in the state constitution.”
DeSantis’ map aims to challenge provisions of the Fair Districts amendment to Florida’s Constitution that prohibits diminishment of minority voting power. The Governor argues racially motivated cartography violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. His map would reconfigure Florida’s 5th and 10th Congressional Districts, represented respectively by Democratic U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and Val Demings.
Organizers note the attempt to reduce the number of Black-controlled congressional districts comes after the courts ruled unconstitutional parts of last year’s law changing Florida’s voting codes. A judge ordered the state not to enforce provisions that more tightly regulate the use of ballot drop boxes and third-party voter registration efforts. Critics contended the election changes ran “roughshod over the right to vote” and would disproportionately impact minority communities.
The day of protest starts with a 10 a.m. press conference by Legislative Black Caucus leaders including state Rep. Angie Nixon, a Jacksonville Democrat. Mutaquee Akbar will moderate the event, which will also feature Jasmine Burney-Clark, founder of Equal Ground Action Fund; Ben Frazier, president of Jacksonville’s Northside Coalition; Rev. R. L. Gundy of Jacksonville; Rev. Robert Spooney of Orlando; Rev. Russell Drake of Orlando; and Pastor R.B. Holmes of Bethel Missionary Baptist in Tallahassee.
Other participating organizations besides Equal Ground include All Voting is Local, Florida Rising, The First Coast Leadership Foundation, Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, Faith in Public Life, Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Real Women Radio Foundation, Black Voters Matter, Florida Conservation Voters, ACLU, Tallahassee Chapter of National Action Network, Florida State Conference of the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Special Session gavels in at noon on Tuesday.