Category Civil Rights

Florida League of Women Voters react to Appellate Court stay on (2021) SB 90

On Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay in League of Women Voters of Florida v. Lee. The initial lawsuit was brought by the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWV), Black Voters Matters Fund, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and individual voters challenging Florida’s Senate Bill 90 (2021).   The plaintiffs are represented […]

Florida Democrats Chairman Manny Diaz reacts to Roe leak

The probable overturning of Roe v Wade should be a seminal moment in the modern history of the United States. No excuse remains to sit on the fence about the threat posed by the GOP on the national level. We can have our disputes about the transactional nature of local Democrats and other matters, but […]

DeSantis loses in court again – voter suppression law (SB 90) struck down

On Thursday, a U.S. federal court struck down multiple key provisions of Florida’s Senate Bill 90 that equated to voter suppression. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker ruled that 2021 Florida Senate Bill 90 violates federal law, by unconstitutionally impeding the federally protected right to vote for Floridians.The Judge stated that “the right to […]

Thoughts on Love, John Lewis, and more on the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

By Neil Blackmon I wanted to share some thoughts on John Lewis, love, the power of the vote, and grief on this, the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the 2nd since we lost John Lewis. Over the weekend, looking at redistricting maps and thinking of prospective Voting Rights Act arguments for a VRA challenge to a […]

Walking Andrew Young Crossing in St Augustine – Civil Rights Icon honored

We’ve discussed the critical importance of Martin Luther King Jr’s St Augustine campaign many times in the past. In 2011, the City of St Augustine dedicated a memorial to the steps taken by one of King’s right-hand men, future Congressman, UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Here is a short video on Young and […]

#MLKDay – St Augustine, MLK Jr. and Florida’s critical role in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

In commemoration of Martin Luther King Day 2021, it is timely to recall the critical role Florida played in the passage of Civil Rights legislation- specifically St Augustine which the epicenter of MLK Jr. and Southern Christian Leadership Council (SLC) activity during the Senate filibuster of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. Listen: The […]