United Methodists lobby at Florida Advocacy Days



TALLAHASSEE - Well over 70 United Methodists from across the Florida Conference assembled in Tallahassee in late March for the annual Florida Advocacy Days. Members met with lawmakers in the state Legislature to lobby for social justice issues.

Among the items discussed was support for bills moving through the House and Senate regarding the removal of barriers to expanded government recreational programs.

Members also voiced strong support for the implantation of Amendment 4, passed last November in a statewide referendum. The amendment restores voting rights to felons who have served their sentences, except in cases of murder or sexual crimes.

Methodists advocated for ensuring all money in the state and local housing trust remain a dedicated funding source to help alleviate homelessness instead of being diverted into other areas of the budget.

See below for photos of the event, including the traditional march to the capitol.
 

Click on a photo for a closer look.

Well over 70 Florida United Methodists lobbied for social justice issues during Florida Advocacy Days in Tallahassee in March. The team included a large number of young adults. -Photo by Rex Adams

Rev. Latricia Scriven, left, advisor to the Impact Campus Ministry at Florida A&M University, and Kay Roach, president of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women enjoy fellowship before visiting the capitol. -Photo by Laurie Hofts

Lucy Pride, right, the district lay conference president for the Florida Conference AME, and a colleague march to the capitol during Florida Advocacy Days. -Photo by Rex Adams

From left to right: Joeven Mesadieu, Katharine Henry, Shay Bryant, Bernice Smith, Rev. Pamela Greene and Laurie Hofts, Florida Conference assistant to the director of Connectional Relations and Justice Ministries. -Photo by Rex Adams

Scene of the capitol rotunda surrounded by the traditional "hanging of the hands," prints of children's hands from across the State of Florida. -Photo by Rex Adams

Lobbyists arrive for conversations with legislators courtesy of Trinity UMC's church bus. -Photo by Rex Adams


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