Desmond Meade Discusses Florida Voting Law Changes New Book "Let My People Vote" at the LITerary Lounge by Mocha

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Desmond Meade Discusses Florida Voting Law Changes New Book "Let My People Vote" at the LITerary Lounge by Mocha

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 5 p.m.

Following the 2020 presidential election, Florida is considering changing how voters obtain and drop off mail ballots, who can collect ballots and ID requirements for voter registration changes. Florida’s proposed new voting restrictions mirror controversial proposals in other Republican-led states. Desmond Meade has an idea of what these changes could mean for Florida voters in future elections. He is working now to prepare voters. Meade led the effort that resulted in enfranchising the most people at once in any single initiative since women’s suffrage. He knows how voting rights have been taken away and how they can be restored. 

Desmond Meade survived a tough childhood only to find himself with a felony conviction. Finding the strength to pull his life together, he graduated summa cum laude from college, graduated from law school, and married. But because of his conviction, he was not even allowed to sit for the bar exam in Florida. And when his wife ran for state office, he was filled with pride—but not permitted to vote for her. Meade takes us on a journey from his time in homeless shelters to the exhilarating, joyful night in November of 2018, when Amendment 4 passed, enfranchising more than 1.4 million returning citizens. Meade’s commitment to a fully enfranchised nation shows that one person really can make a difference.

In his conversation, Meade discusses the importance of giving yourself a second chance, no matter the circumstances. Meade believes that his journey through substance abuse and rebuilding his life after jail led to his work with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He advocates for restorative justice by comparing America’s relationship with its citizens to a parent’s relationship with their child.  

This event is part of LITerary Lounge by Mocha, a series of author talks in partnership with Mocha Media and DC Public Library. Hosted by literary activist and publicist Mocha Ochoa, these illuminating and creative conversations celebrate and spotlight Black authors, thought leaders and world-changers who boldly blaze trails of innovation.

View this event on Youtube.

Add to Calendar 29-04-2021 17:00:00 29-04-2021 18:00:00 Desmond Meade Discusses Florida Voting Law Changes New Book "Let My People Vote" at the LITerary Lounge by Mocha Following the 2020 presidential election, Florida is considering changing how voters obtain and drop off mail ballots, who can collect ballots and ID requirements for voter registration changes. Florida’s proposed new voting restrictions mirror controversial proposals in other Republican-led states. Desmond Meade has an idea of what these changes could mean for Florida voters in future elections. He is working now to prepare voters. Meade led the effort that resulted in enfranchising the most people at once in any single initiative since women’s suffrage. He knows how voting rights have been taken away and how they can be restored.  Desmond Meade survived a tough childhood only to find himself with a felony conviction. Finding the strength to pull his life together, he graduated summa cum laude from college, graduated from law school, and married. But because of his conviction, he was not even allowed to sit for the bar exam in Florida. And when his wife ran for state office, he was filled with pride—but not permitted to vote for her. Meade takes us on a journey from his time in homeless shelters to the exhilarating, joyful night in November of 2018, when Amendment 4 passed, enfranchising more than 1.4 million returning citizens. Meade’s commitment to a fully enfranchised nation shows that one person really can make a difference. In his conversation, Meade discusses the importance of giving yourself a second chance, no matter the circumstances. Meade believes that his journey through substance abuse and rebuilding his life after jail led to his work with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He advocates for restorative justice by comparing America’s relationship with its citizens to a parent’s relationship with their child.   This event is part of LITerary Lounge by Mocha, a series of author talks in partnership with Mocha Media and DC Public Library. Hosted by literary activist and publicist Mocha Ochoa, these illuminating and creative conversations celebrate and spotlight Black authors, thought leaders and world-changers who boldly blaze trails of innovation. View this event on Youtube. false DD/MM/YYYY

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