Florida NOW calls for ‘intersectional’ response to ‘new Jim Crow’ era

Florida NOW
Women's rights group blames Gov. Ron DeSantis and an 'unprecedented sprint toward autocracy.'

A leading women’s rights group is warning of a “new era of Jim Crow” in the Sunshine State, blaming it on Gov. Ron DeSantis and an “unprecedented sprint toward autocracy.”

“Clearly DeSantis and his Administration have gone beyond any point of reason. By imposing their blatant, racist, misogynistic, perverted sense of ‘freedom’ agenda on Florida, they are hurting every Floridian socially, economically, and politically. This agenda compares to the Jim Crow era our country suffered after Reconstruction and to segregation, which is returning covertly and unjustly,” charged Florida NOW President Debbie Deland.

“We need to educate everyone about the deleterious direction our democracy is heading at the expense of women, people of color, LGBTQ+, immigrants seeking asylum, etc. Florida NOW will be looking to support justice in all these intersectional areas,” Deland added.

The group charges the Governor with “voter suppression,” saying DeSantis “championed laws that hinder voters from their right to vote with confusion, chaos, contradictions and/or fear.” They highlight Congressional redistricting from 2022 as “eliminating two Black districts.”

“All levels of education from K-12 to public universities have been severely attacked,” NOW notes, citing moves against Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), teaching about gender and race, and contending “laws prevent students from discussing or learning about the LGBTQIA+ communities through 12th grade.”

The group also takes issue with DeSantis’ contention that books are not banned in Florida, even as controversial titles are culled from school libraries.

“Massive book banning in FL is NO hoax. It is raging county by county from many people that aren’t even parents in those communities. Book banning drives ignorance. DeSantis seems to want an ignorant populace,” Deland argued.

Also an issue: the Heartbeat Protection Act, a bill which bans abortion after the sixth week of gestation.

“This law virtually bans abortion in Florida. Most women do not know that they are pregnant in 6 weeks and would not have time to complete the requirements of the state to get the abortion. We have already seen the sad consequences for several women carrying unviable fetuses. They are not babies. As another element of this new Jim Crow, the severe abortion ban especially disadvantages lower economic and women of color communities,” NOW argues.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Terri

    June 17, 2023 at 11:17 am

    I totally agree with everything that has been addressed in this article. I am a 60+ white woman that doesn’t like what is happening here. This ideology has to stop!

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  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 17, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Parents can discuss and decide to talk about “LGBTQIA” with their own children at their home . The attempt to indoctrinate children is abhorrent and perverse . Doesnt work at Budweiser or Target either .

  • Michael K

    June 17, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Calling it like it is – a wake up call for everyone and anyone who cares about true freedom and democracy.

  • WiseOld1

    June 17, 2023 at 11:36 am

    It not hard to see who Ron DeSantis really is.
    He does what’s in his heart. Surely, he’s trying to cause divisiveness in Florida – and now has his eyes set on presidency. Hate is what he has in his heart. Out of the abundance of the ‘heart’ the mouth speaks.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    DeSantis and Trump both understand that creating a dictatorship is easier than you may think!

  • Cheesy Floridian

    June 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    I hope the people for Florida see this and the rest of the country.

  • SteveHC

    June 17, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Although Debbie Deland is of course correct in what she says herein, *I* must say that the National Organization For Women (“NOW”) has been severely and progressively weakened over the past few decades through its own increasing internal discord, external quiet and general ineffectiveness at promoting the rights and needs of women. In order to save itself, American women, and American society as a whole it MUST very strongly and dramatically increase efforts directed specifically at educating and pushing American women to STOP VOTING AGAINST THEIR OWN BEST INTERESTS.

  • Jay T.

    June 17, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    This is what is wrong with Florida and the rest of the country, not what she said is true, but it’s lies like hers and many more liberals.

    I’m white, my wife is black, and as she loves to tell people like this, live the life of a black woman, marry a white man, then tell stories of your life.

    Oh, my wife, her family, and all our friends black and white like DeSantis, Trump, and the
    Right to celebrate history including having Confederate monuments and flags.

    • Ray page

      June 17, 2023 at 10:14 pm

      Don’t forget to celebrate the Nazis and their “work camps” ! Why not a statue to ADOLPH HITLER? I’m sure you right wing boneheads will be celebrating around it!

      • NOYB

        June 18, 2023 at 3:02 pm

        Ray wake up you idiot, we don’t live in Germany
        Oh by the way there are statues of Hitler in Germany

    • Karen

      June 18, 2023 at 8:45 am

      You really missed WWII
      Guess you are a fascist lover at heart as yiu proclaim your love and that of your friends in regard to 2 obnoxious, self agrandizing morons.

    • charles hartwell

      June 18, 2023 at 1:44 pm


    • BigRoy7

      June 19, 2023 at 3:23 pm

      Wow Sir! You sound so much like our ex President and his clone , the Governor of this State! I don’t agree with any of their attempts to kill democracy here in America, not here sir! The sales of Freedom talk by both are just lies. They love their sheep followers, because they are now your Shepards! As I read your writing, you and your side are/maybe all sheep? I don’t want to live in a closed world run by idiots, I sorry sir! Please wake up and stop using your wife and family as a trophy. Do they all really see it you way? God may help the blind, if they ask for his/ her help? Do you know who God is?

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 19, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      I’ll bet she has some stories to tell.

  • KLS

    June 17, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    I appreciate the agencies/organizations (e.g., Equality Florida, ACLU, NAACP, NOW)
    that have publicly denounced our Governor, “his” Legislators, and the outrageous, discrimnatory, and unconstitutional laws/policies inflicted upon the peoples of Florida.
    However, I believe it is beyond time for every individual who opposes the current regime to stand up for our inalienable rights which include Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
    Time is of the essence!
    BTW – In a recent interview on CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) Disantis mistakenly proclaimed that the aforementioned privileges were conferred by the Bible, not the American Constitution, on the populous of the United States.

  • Rheta Johnson

    June 17, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    I am a 74 year white woman and married to a black man who unfortunately passed away. Everything we have fought for and won over the last decade is now being reversed by DeSantos. He just passes laws without input from the people. He is no better than Castro, Putin and Hitler others like them. They don’t care about us and what we fought for. Book bans, women’s rights, the right to live the life we were born to live. I hate the thought of my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren having to fight again for human rights.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 17, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    You want 5th graders to read dirty books in school ?

    • BigRoy7

      June 19, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      I was once a 5th grader in school and I found being educated in school about life in this world was needed. Yes, you can get the same information from home, or your friends, but I found getting the information in school was most helpful. I also read books as well for all kinds of knowledge. However, I have not yet come across any books that have implied that our creator, hated any of his/ her creation; none as of yet. I have found it written in any holy scriptures where they said they hated their creation. Many are born in this world and they don’t have control over who they will end up being, or what they will be! Not even their sex, their colors, their beliefs or their parents. Our creator has that control and Humans need leave it in their hands, and not ours. Some of us are hateful, demonic, liars and downright stupid evildoers. We can help change this mentality by learning about each other and showing respect for one another; but will we do this? They above have given me hope, we will change! I believe we will!!! 🙏🏿

      • Thomas Kaspar

        June 19, 2023 at 5:27 pm

        Not “all” books belong in schools . That statement does not therefore mean a book ban to a sensible person . Most everything is in a public library .

  • Jay T

    June 18, 2023 at 12:44 am

    Everyone, even liberals, have a right to their own opinion, even if it’s wrong. But remember, it stops being an opinion when it’s fact, and once it’s fact, and people talk ignorant, whether it be about DeSantis, Trump, or whoever, are then just lying.

    The hardest thing for the good people of this country, smart people of this country, to have to decide in a long time, will be whether to vote Trump or DeSantis in the primary being they both would make a terrific next president.

    Not that it would take much to get better than this joker in their now.

    But either would be great.

    • BigRoy7

      June 19, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      Yes sir, you do have the right to choose whomever you, desires! However, please remember, voters pick some of these unwanted so call leaders. Hopefully, we may do the right things to pick a wise one! God help us, please 🙏🏿!

  • E.V. Reewon

    June 18, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Anyone who shouts for rights for just one group and not for the people as a nation is not an American patriot. If you will not demand rights for everyone including those you don’t like then you don’t deserve to be heard when you demand rights for your little interest group.

    • BigRoy7

      June 19, 2023 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you EV! Thanks 🙏🏿

  • Jerry

    June 19, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Hey jay. In case you didn’t know. One is and has always been a criminal. All people from NY know this. And the other wants to be governor/president for life. That is known as a dictator

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