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Desmond Meade
Desmond Meade is the current State Director for PICO Florida Lifelines to Healing Campaign, outgoing president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), the Chair for the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Men’s Roundtable, and a 4th-year law student at Florida International University College of Law.

As State Director of the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, Desmond is currently engaged in a national campaign to reduce mass incarceration, reduce gun violence in urban communities, and re-enfranchise the over 5 million returning citizens nationally who are prevented from voting. The Lifelines to Healing Campaign is a part of the PICO National Network, the nation’s largest organizer of faith based congregations with over 1,000 member institutions. Representing over 1 million families in 150 cities and 17 states, including Florida.

As President of the FRRC, which is recognized for its work on felon disfranchisement issues, Desmond has orchestrated the reorganization and incorporation of a coalition comprised of over 70 state and national organizations and individuals which includes, but not limited to the NAACP, ACLU, PICO, Florida League of Women Voters, A. Philip Randolph Institute, PICO Florida, and Florida Immigration Coalition. Desmond has also received many accolades, celebrating his hard work and dedication to leadership and commitment to social justice. He is presently leading efforts to restore the civil rights of over 1.5 million Floridians, empower and civically re-engage local communities to reshape state level, and national policies.

Desmond has been invited to testify before Congressional members and staffers concerning disfranchisement, chosen as a “Game Changer” by Politic 365, and recognized as a “Foot Soldier” on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. He was recently invited to serve as a delegate with the NAACP’s official delegation to the United Nation’s ICCPR Treaty Review, and was a recent guest on Democracy NOW.
Desmond is married and has five beautiful children.

Entries by Desmond Meade

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Who's Next? It's Time for Us to Heal the Wound of Racism

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:17 PM

In the aftermath of the recent Michael Dunn verdict, communities across the country have once again been steeped in profuse anxiety. Despite the fact that Dunn was convicted of 4 out of the 5 counts and despite the fact that Dunn faces decades in prison, the fact that...

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Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:16 PM

A few of days ago, I awoke to news that a Supreme Court decision, which ripped out the heart of the Voting Rights Act, has cleared the way for Gov. Rick Scott to resume the purging of voting rolls in Florida. About 12 hours after hearing this sordid news, George...

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Drawing a Line in Florida and Standing on the Side of Justice

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:40 PM

In a step that NAACP President Ben Jealous calls courageous, Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, recently took a valiant step in the right direction by announcing that he will automatically restore civil rights to people with past nonviolent felony convictions. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, Gov....

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Trayvon Martin, a Victim of Florida's Jim Crow Atmosphere

(96) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 7:18 PM

As I look at all the reports, commentaries, and social media comments about the tragedy in Sanford in which Trayvon Martin, a high school student from Miami, was gunned down by a white "neighborhood crime watch" member, I can't help but to think of the role our collective inaction has...

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Escaping Jim Crow in Florida

(30) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 7:26 PM

As I landed in South Carolina last night, I couldn't help but to think that I am in a state where I will be able to practice law. I began to wonder how the invisible barrier of a state line can have such a dramatic impact on fundamental principles such...

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