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Dwight Bullard to kick off Florida Speaks tour

Says Tallahassee is “out of touch with challenges facing Blacks”

Miami Times staff report | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
State Senator Dwight Bullard speaks about challenges facing Florida’s during a recent gathering of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. State Rep. Kionne McGhee (c) also attended the event. Kevin mcneir Photo courtesy Cedric McMinn

State Senator Dwight Bullard, the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida [DBCF], the ACLU of Florida and the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials [FBC LEO] will launch the “Florida Speaks” tour, starting in Pensacola, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Bethel AME Church. The tour is a series of town hall assemblies allowing residents of Florida the opportunity to publicly address their frustrations and hardships as a result of violations to their civil liberties, racial profiling, “Stand Your Ground” law, overuse of law enforcement in schools and lack of access to suitable healthcare.

“Too often Floridians feel as though Tallahassee is out of touch with the day to day challenges that they face,” Bullard said. “This is an opportunity to allow those voices to be heard, so that we can create solutions based around some of their most pressing concerns.”

“As an organization we are dedicated to addressing voter concerns,” said DBC President Henry Crespo. “This effort helps to raise the collective voices of residents across this great state that has been negatively impacted by current policies. We stand committed towards taking proactive steps in this much needed effort.”

Organizers of the tour will collect and document the testimonies of town hall participants in an effort to bring awareness to lawmakers, the governor, and his cabinet, to the many issues plaguing residents across the state.

“We encourage the citizens of Florida to come out to these tours and speak up for change,” said Hayward Benson, immediate past president, FBC LEO. “With your testimonials Senator Bullard will be in a better position to affect the change this State needs.”

Additional dates include: Oct. 26, 2013, Orlando (Orange County); Nov. 9, Jacksonville (Duval County) ; Dec. 14, Miami (Miami-Dade County); Jan. 25, Daytona (Volusia County); and Feb. 22, Tallahassee (Leon County).

Editor’s Note: Bullard will also host an education community forum on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, [1100 NW 71st Street], 6:30 - 8 p.m. He will address: new education policies; changes in the 2013-14 school year; and education funding. For more info call 305. 234.2208.