Statement on Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Gov. Scott’s Power Grab - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Statement on Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Gov. Scott’s Power Grab

No one can thwart the will of a people determined to effect change.

Washington – Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to disempower State Attorney Aramis Ayala in order to impede prosecution reform. Advancement Project, a national racial justice organization that filed an amicus brief with other allies (available here), issued the following statement:

“Communities of color in Florida have come together against the state’s criminal justice crisis – they’ve propelled reforms and elected Aramis Ayala for state attorney,” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project’s national office. “This momentum, rooted in struggle under a criminal justice system that fails to recognize the basic humanity of people of color, is larger than any single ruling by a court. Sooner or later, something has to give. No one – including an ideological governor bent on criminalizing communities of color – can thwart the will of a people determined to effect change.”

###

www.fsaproject.wpengine.com

Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.

KEEP READING

There is opportunity in darkness. Let the movement lead the way.

There is an opportunity in this darkness for us to organize deeper and wider, tapping the incredible energy we have seen in the streets, at the courts and at our state houses.

Read More
Advocates File Lawsuit Urging Florida Secretary of State Detzner to Extend Voter Registration Deadline In Wake of Hurricane Michael

Advancement Project's national office is suing the state of Florida seeking a statewide extension of the voter registration deadline to Tuesday, October 16.

Read More
The Lasting Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement

Returning Citizens are coming back to communities that are under-resourced and suffer from low incomes.

Read More
Florida’s Black Neighborhoods Burdened by Lower Socio-Economic Conditions Linked to Returning Citizens’ Voting Disenfranchisement

Our new report shows a link between the numbers of Returning Citizens and lower-income levels, employment and education rates, and higher child poverty rates in Black neighborhoods

Read More
Democracy Disappeared

How Florida Silences the Black Vote through Felony Disenfranchisement

Read More
Webinar Series: How to Protect the Vote in 2018

Webinar series highlighting the election laws and regulations of five states.

Read More
From Chains to Change

Race and the Right to Vote in the Nation's Incarceration Capital (Live From Netroots Nation 2018)

Read More
Partisan Gerrymandering Still a Threat to Communities of Color

Gerrymandering is an intentional effort to maneuver the district lines in ways that limit the political voice of people of color.

Read More
Voting Rights Watchdogs Ask Court To Protect Missouri Voters Before Elections

Missouri Secretary of State, Department of Revenue in Knowing, Ongoing Violation of the National Voter Registration Act

Read More
Pass HB 265 in the Louisiana Senate

Groundswell of Grassroots Momentum for Rights Restoration Could Push HB 265 Over Finish Line as soon as this week – Take Action NOW!

Read More