Dream Defenders

NAACP and ACLU add national clout to courtroom fight against FL’s new ‘anti-riot’ law

BY: - May 11, 2021

Florida’s new anti-riot/protest law targets people of color protesting racial injustice in the United States and subjects them to harsh treatment at the hands of the police they are criticizing, asserts a major lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday. It is the second lawsuit filed against the “Combating Violence, Disorder, and Looting and Law […]

Judge blasts state but won’t extend voter registration to make up for systems crash, citing fears of additional ‘chaos’

BY: - October 9, 2020

A federal judge has refused to extend voting registration in Florida following a crash that rendered the state’s online voter registration system inaccessible as the deadline neared this week, citing fear that doing so would inject fresh confusion into the Nov. 3 general election. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee agreed in a ruling […]

U.S. judge weighing whether to extend voter registration in FL post Monday’s system crash

BY: - October 8, 2020

A federal judge said he likely would decide Thursday whether to order the state to reopen voter registration to compensate for an hours-long crash of the Division of Elections’ online voter-registration system as the 11:59 deadline loomed on Monday night. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also said, while concluding more than two hours of arguments […]

Vote-by-mail settlement clears decks for voting in crucial FL primary, general elections

BY: - July 21, 2020

A weekend settlement doesn’t resolve every point of contention between voting rights organizations, the state, and Florida’s 67 county supervisors of elections over access to early and mail-in voting during the pandemic in the country’s largest electoral swing state. But to the extent the outcome helps disadvantaged groups — Blacks, Latinos, the disabled, and more […]

Florida Democratic Party says they’re returning private prison contribution

BY: - July 1, 2019

Reacting to severe criticism from activist groups and other party members, the Florida Democratic has decided to give back a $10,000 donation to a political action committee for the private prison company G4S Secure Solutions. G4S subcontracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transport undocumented immigrants. It also runs prisons and immigration detention centers […]

Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis says media should call out Andrew Gillum’s associations with organizations that support boycotting Israel

BY: - September 25, 2018

After fielding questions for weeks from political reporters about his association with speakers and other officials who have made anti- Muslim, anti-immigrant and/or anti-black remarks, Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis went on offense on Monday, accusing reporters on the campaign trail of holding him to a different standard than they do for his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum. DeSantis says Gillum […]