National Civil Rights Org: Florida’s New Jim Crow Law Will Not Stand
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 90 into law—a monstrous voter suppression bill that will reduce access to the ballot box for Black and Brown voters. Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office, next-general racial justice, and civil rights organization, issued the following statement on the new law:
“Senate Bill 90 is a full-frontal assault on the political power of Black and Brown Floridians. Florida politicians are advancing baseless claims of fraud and abuse as an excuse to eliminate voting tools and procedures that enabled Floridians to vote safety and securely during a public health crisis.”
“This unconstitutional law is part of a comprehensive, dangerous plan to silence Black and Brown people in Florida and across the country. It was signed into law by Gov. DeSantis a little over a month after Georgia enacted a similar voter suppression law, and only weeks after DeSantis signed a bill that criminalizes protest in Florida. This legislative onslaught comes on the heels of a year in which communities of color demonstrated their political power in record numbers; when people across Florida and America poured into the streets demanding justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, when Black Americans turned out in record numbers to vote in November—the people in power noticed, and they got scared.”
“The anti-democratic, voter suppression laws enacted in Florida and Georgia are a tacit acknowledgement that ‘We, the People’ have the power—and the only way the forces of racism and white supremacy will win is if they deny us our constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. We won’t let them win—alongside our Florida partners, we plan to fight back against Florida’s new Jim Crow law.”
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