Second Chances Florida: Restoring the Eligibility to Vote to 1.4 Million People

Second Chances Florida: Restoring the Eligibility to Vote to 1.4 Million People

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 4 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 4 5:45 PM (Eastern)

Room: 210

1.4 million people in Florida are permanently excluded from voting because of a past felony conviction. Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting. It’s past time to return the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have already completed their sentence. These are our family members, friends, and neighbors who have earned back the opportunity to participate in and give back to their communities. Join us for a panel about Second Chances Florida – the ballot initiative in Florida that could restore the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million people – and learn what we can do nationwide to ensure this essential initiative wins in November.


Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Jonah Minkoff-Zern

Jonah Minkoff-Zern is Co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign working to build a national movement for our democracy. In this role, he has worked to build national momentum for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, helped mobilize thousands for Democracy Awakening and co-founded the Trump Is Not Above the Law network. He is currently acting as the national coalition coordinator for the Second Chances Florida campaign. He is a long time organizer who has co-founded numerous organizations, including Education Not Incarceration, which conducted grassroots organizing nationally to prevent students from being pushed out of the education system and into the prison system. He completed law school at Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco.

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Reggie Hubbard


Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for MoveOn, managing their relationships, impact and communications with Capitol Hill. In addition to his political work, Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and authored a thesis entitled, “Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love.” He received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and an MBA in international strategy from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Reggie has taught Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought. His teaching practice is designed for all levels and lifestyles, the only thing required is an open mind. The focus of his teaching practice is to bring more peace and balance to activists AND to guide the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. Achieving this balance is how we catalyze transformative change.

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Myrna Perez


Myrna Pérez is Deputy Director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and leader of the Center’s Voting Rights and Elections project. An expert on voting rights and election administration, she is the author of several nationally recognized reports and articles, including Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation (Sept. 2014) and If Section 5 Falls: New Voting Implications (June 2013). Her work has been featured in media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and others. She has testified before several state legislatures on a variety of voting rights related issues. She is a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law.

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Pérez was the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax, a civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was a Lowenstein Public Interest Fellow. Following law school, Ms. Pérez clerked for the Hon. Anita B. Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She previously served as the Chair of the Election Law Committee of the City of New York Bar Association. Ms. Pérez is the recipient of several awards, including the Puerto Rican Bar Association Award for Excellence in Academia, the New Jersey League of Women Voters “Making Democracy Work” award, and was named one of 2014’s 50 Hispanic Influentials by Hispanic Business.

Ms. Pérez earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University. She obtained a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service. Prior to law school, she was a Presidential Management Fellow, serving as a policy analyst for the United States Government Accounting Office on a range of issues, including housing and health care.

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W. Mondale Robinson


W. Mondale grew up—one of thirteen children—in an environment riddled with all the norms of poverty, for a Southern Black family. That vantage point gave him a front row seat to all that plagues the oppressed and underserved in our nation, and it would eventually be at the root of all of his work. At an early age, W. Mondale began seeking answers to accepted social constructs, he quickly saw the need to challenge those flawed ideas and he took the path of solution architect.

After graduating from high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. W. Mondale realized that joining the Corps was admirable, but quickly learned that it was not a mechanism for social change. With this in mind, he entered into the world of politics.

W. Mondale Robinson is the founder of The C. Institute which was a NGO concerned with equitable governance and inter-social treatment for persons of African descent, in countries where they are a minority population. Along with The C. Institute W. Mondale founded two additional organizations; Robinson Political Consultants and Management Group (RPCMG) and Free Born Blacks. W. Mondale has worked on more than 125 campaigns (local, statewide, federal, and international). He also leads #ALLACTION which is an online organizing group that specialize in tech-community organizing, training for successful civil disobedience actions, and strategic advocacy planning.

He has appeared on television news programs such as: Democracy Now, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Fox, and ABC. He has political and cultural columns on The Village Celebration and Arkansas Talks, two publications that focus on Black lives. He is also the Political Contributor for The Village Celebration and By Any Means Necessary two syndicated radio shows.

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Shaneice Simmons


Shaneice Simmons is Rock the Vote’s Associate Director of Civic Engagement and a leading advocate for the power of young people. She oversees and builds all strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, developing collaborative opportunities to increase youth civic engagement and empower the next generation of voters. Prior to joining Rock the Vote over two years ago, Shaneice worked in marketing and advertising, developing initiatives for both online and in-person activations for brands such as Coca-Cola. Shaneice received her B.A. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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