Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless citizen who overcame many obstacles to eventually earn his law degree and become the current President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. As President of the FRRC, Meade has organized a coalition comprised of more than 70 state and national organizations and is leading an effort to restore civil rights to over 1.68 million disenfranchised Floridians.
On Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, Meade will detail his unlikely path from felon to lawyer, the importance creating a more inclusive democracy in Florida and the process of leading a statewide campaign. Meade’s group is collecting signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot.
Florida is one of just three states in the nation that permanently bars ex-felons from voting unless they receive clemency. Florida requires that those seeking to regain voting rights submit a petition to the state's Executive Clemency Board. That board meets only four times a year and there is a backlog of more than 10,000 cases.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live at bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.