The issues we are currently focused on are:
1. Voter Suppression:
Florida is Ground Zero for some of the most restrictive voter repression laws in the entire USA. A major goal is to make it easier for Floridians to vote, not harder.
As part of a major coalition, we are working hard this year to pass an Amendment to the Florida Constitution giving felons the right to vote, once they have paid their debt to society and paid any restitution the courts have ordered.
We believe that once a debt is paid, it is paid — and that everyone deserves a second chance. (This amendment,by the way, is supported by people of all political parties, by people in law enforcement, by religious groups, etc.)
2. Sarasota’s handling of our homeless population:
After decades of the police harassing our homeless, it is clear that this does not solve anything, and costs Sarasota taxpayers inordinate amounts of money. We are pressing both our City and County governments to take concrete steps and work with private individuals and foundations to help solve this problem without violating the constitution rights of people just because they are homeless.
3. LGBT Issues:
While we have recently helped pass a Domestic Partnership Registry in the City of Sarasota, as well as nearby communities, our job is not done. We will keep pressing, along with our partner organizations like Equality Florida, for equal rights for every person in our state.
4. Religious Freedom:
We are working to make sure that every Florida citizen can worship as he or she pleases (or not at all), without the government intervening in our religious lives. Our overall goal is to make sure our government heeds the Bill of Rights, as well as the Florida Constitution which states:
“There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”