“Moral Monday” will call Florida legislators to address social issues March 3

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Civil-rights and labor groups will demonstrate on various issues, including voting rights, Medicaid and Stand Your Ground at a “Moral Monday Florida” event at the state Capitol one day before the 2014 session begins.

Protestors will call for Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Legislature to address a host of social issues. The kickoff will occur outside the Capitol on March 3, right before the start of the annual 60-day meeting of state lawmakers.

Florida “Moral Monday” will be similar to other campaigns held in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, said NAACP Florida State Conference president Adora Obi Nweze.

“We’re going to be joined together in speaking out on these issues,” Obi Nweze said Monday conference call with reporters. Obi Nweze hopes the effort will help educate voters, drive voter registration and encourage more people to go to the polls in November.

Other groups involved are Equality Florida, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference the SEIU labor union.

During the conference call, members brought up controversial matters such as the Legislature’s refusal in 2013 to receive an estimated $51 billion in federal funds over 10 years to expand Medicaid coverage. 

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