Florida NAACP, big labor unite to push ‘moral’ legislative agenda

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MORAL MONDAY: One day ahead of Florida’s 2014 legislative session, a coalition of social justice groups and labor unions rallied for a ‘moral’ legislative agenda.

WATCHDOG.ORG / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM.

TALLAHASSEE — A new moral movement wants to influence state government, and it’s not the religious right.

Demanding Medicaid expansion, voting rights, repeal of the “stand your ground” self-defense law — as well as favorable economic policies — a coalition of activist groups and organized labor unions rallied Monday at the Florida Capitol, one day ahead of the 2014 legislative session.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted the event, which featured several civil rights leaders and Democratic lawmakers.

Named “Moral Monday,” the 105-year-old NAACP has launched a Florida social justice campaign that seemingly doubled as an ambitious legislative agenda. The group has launched similar efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

“We would like to see justice for all, not just one side. We got to make sure it’s across the board, but it ain’t across the board yet,” Kojak Burnett of Brooksville, wearing an American flag hat and NAACP insignia,  told Watchdog.org.

Burnett said the Legislature should keep social programs in place instead of cutting them, and he wants to see Medicaid expanded so “people won’t suffer as much.”

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012  ruled states have the option to expand Medicaid up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, under Obamacare. Republican Gov. Rick Scott supported such an expansion. But, citing cost concerns and various program issues, state lawmakers rejected it.

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