CCF Applauds the Passage of         Florida’s Amendment 4

 

For Immediate Release: November 7th 2018

 

New York, NY – Last night, history was made in Florida as voters passed Amendment 4. This constitutional amendment, which won 64 percent of the vote, will restore voting rights to 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people with felony records. This number constitutes 17.9 percent of Florida’s Black population, and has the potential to flip Florida blue in the 2020 race. This means that Florida now joins 37 other states that restore voting rights to those with a felony conviction. This work was made possible by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a grassroots organization run by formerly incarcerated citizens. College & Community Fellowship was on the ground canvassing for Amendment 4 in September, when CCF attended the national conference of the Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). CCF students and staff participated in voter registration canvassing led by formerly incarcerated people, resulting in 82 thousand people registering to vote. 

 

Statement from Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship, formerly incarcerated person:

 

“One of the most crucial lessons to take away from the last 20 years of elections in this country is that we must devote our organizing efforts to toppling all forms of voter suppression. Given the vast inequities of our criminal justice system, removing the right to vote for those incarcerated is a form of voter suppression.  We do not have a voter turnout problem – we have a voter disenfranchisement problem. In Maine and Vermont, those with felony convictions never loose their right to vote – we should strive to mirror this example throughout the nation. Last night showed us that we can fix this broken system – and in doing so, ensure that we have a government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’.”

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For more information or to schedule an interview with CCF staff, please contact Lori Rodriguez at lrodriguez@collegeandcommunity.org or 646-380-7771. 
 
College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a non-profit dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated women earn their college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. CCF mentors students until graduation day, providing academic support, financial coaching, and other opportunities to build social capital. We approach systemic change through our national advocacy and technical assistance programs.

 

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College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping women with criminal convictions earn college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. We advocate for equity and opportunity for the communities we serve.

CCF supports students until graduation day and beyond, providing academic support, career coaching, financial development, and much more. We approach systemic change through our national advocacy and technical assistance programs.