THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
TALLAHASSEE – On the eve of the 2014 legislative session, civil-rights and labor groups will hold an event dubbed “Moral Monday Florida” to call for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to address issues such as expanding Medicaid, ensuring voting rights and changing
or repealing the “stand your ground” self-defense law.
Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches, said Monday during a conference call with reporters that the effort will be similar to “Moral Monday” campaigns in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Among the other groups involved in the effort are the SEIU labor union, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Equality Florida.
“We’re going to be joined together in speaking out on these issues,’’ Obi Nweze said.
The kickoff event will take place outside the Capitol on March 3, the day before the annual 60-day legislative session starts.
During the conference call, speakers pointed to issues such as the Legislature’s refusal last year to accept an estimated $51 billion from the federal government in coming years to expand Medicaid coverage.
Obi Nweze said the groups hope that the “Moral Monday” effort will help educate voters, spur voter registration and get people to the polls in November.