Equal Ground launches ‘Vote for Black Lives’ campaign

Kristin Fulwylie Thomas
The organization vows to increase black voter turnout over 2018 level.

The Black voters empowerment organization Equal Ground is launching a statewide effort to expand and protect Black voter participation this year, in a campaign called “Vote for Black Lives.”

The campaign, which will include participation from representatives of Florida churches, historically black colleges and universities, and other organizations, is striving to increase Black voter turnout above the 61% turnout seen in 2022.

The effort comes after two years of Republican-led legislative efforts to rework Florida’s voting and election laws. Those efforts drew widespread criticism from many Black organizations including Equal Ground, who charged the changes were attempts to discourage and thereby suppress Black voter turnout.

The Orlando-based Equal Ground in particular has been associated with progressive Democrats, and was a vigorous opponent of recent Republican elections initiatives, including the 2022 redistricting maps.

Some of the new campaign’s other participants also made it clear they dislike changes enacted in SB 90 from the 2021 Legislative Session, SB 524 and HB 7061 from the 2022 Legislative Session, and other bills pushed through by Republicans.

Nonetheless, the organizers pledged an effort to encourage nonpartisan Black voting, and to assure Black voters they would be safe and secure regardless of their partisan preferences.

The Vote for Black Lives campaign will have several parts ranging from digital messaging to poll monitoring. It will begin almost immediately, in time for the Aug. 23 Primary Election, said Kristin Fulwylie Thomas, Equal Ground managing director.

“Black voters have been key to elections and upholding democracy and we cannot afford to miss the opportunity for all voices to be heard now more than ever,” she said.

Among the campaign’s initiatives:

— Working with churches, organizers of Vote for Black Lives said they intend to recruit and train poll monitors to work four-hour shifts in polling places in eight select counties: Pinellas, Orange, Seminole, Washington, Palm Beach, Alachua, Volusia and Leon.

“With the passage of SB 524 and the implementation of this new office of elections crimes and security, we feel it is vital that we be visible and ready to help our community feel safe and secure as the cast their votes,” said the Rev. David Woods of the Yes Lord Deliverance Family Church in Chipley.

— The campaign would press legislators to take a pledge “to represent our community with integrity, courage, and an authentic commitment to fight for positive, sustainable change.”

— The campaign would expand its volunteer program to promote get-out-the-vote efforts through churches, businesses and other organizations in the Black community.

— The campaign would launch digital advertising targeting Black voters statewide. No details were available on the program.

— Organizers said the campaign would work with churches, historical black colleges and universities, Greek letter organizations, alumni associations and other groups to coordinate messaging across the state.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Joe Corsin

    July 19, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Vote RED to shovel gargantuan amounts of cash to the rich ..off the backs of workers and everyone else…as fast as possible for the rest of human history.
    Vote RED for domestic terrorist militias protecting election thieves
    Vote RED for forced birth of meth babies

    • Robert Reynolds

      July 28, 2022 at 9:03 am

      Joe Biden and his Corrupt Crime Family has $1.5 Billion from China, Russia, and Ukraine. George Soros Billionaire gives Billions to Marxist Candidates to buy Wlections turning our DOJ a Revolving Door for Criminals. Soros was a Child SS Nazi and Communist who is set to destroy America. What were you saying about large sums of Cash given to Democrats Party of Slavery and now Marxism by Billionaires?

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    July 20, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Classic far left troll using the identity of a dead man. 🤮

  • Just a comment

    July 20, 2022 at 9:12 am

    All lives matter and so do cacasions if Spanish and black stop giving out that bad stuff maybe I would not have a god damn mugshot

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