March 11, 2009

La Rhonda Odom, (786) 363-2719 or

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and the ACLU of Florida will hold a news conference at the Florida Press Association tomorrow, Thursday March 12 in conjunction with its second annual Day of Action.

FRRC members will attend the Board of Executive Clemency Meeting in the morning prior to the news conference. The Board of Executive Clemency meeting is located at the Capitol Complex in the Cabinet Meeting Room and it begins at 9:00 a.m. Other Day of Action events will take place in Pensacola, Panama City, Orlando, Tampa, Brevard and Miami.

WHAT: News Conference following Board of Executive Clemency Meeting

WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 12

WHERE: Florida Press Association, 336 E. College Ave., Tallahassee


Monekka Munroe Copper, FAMU Criminal Justice Department
Mark Schlakman, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
David Money, Impacted Perspective
Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, Minority Whip, District 18
Senator Christopher L. "Chris" Smith, District 29
Senator Frederica S. Wilson, Minority Lead Whip, District 33
Rep. Yolly Roberson, State Representative, District 104
Rep. Hazelle P. "Hazel" Rogers, State Representative, District 94
Rep. Darryl Ervin Rouson, State Representative, District 55
Rep. Geraldine F. Thompson, District 39, Dem. Leader pro tempore
Maryland Wells, League of Women Voters

The news conference follows yesterday’s release of an ACLU report detailing results from a survey of all 67 counties’ elections offices, an overview of the current problems with the restoration of civil rights process, as well as recommendations to end the reconstruction-era ban on voting in Florida. A copy of the report is available at: Courtenay Strickland, ACLU-FL Dir. of Public Policy will be available to answer questions about the report.

About the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
It is the mission of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition ("FRRC") to have Florida join the 40 states in the nation that automatically restore the civil rights of all individuals with past felony convictions upon completion of non-monetary terms of their sentences.

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