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Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

by Desmond Meade
Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

by Desmond Meade

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Overview

Desmond Meade was a convicted felon who turned his life around and got a law degree; when it came time to vote for his wife for state office, he found he had been disenfranchised.

Desmond Meade survived a tough childhood only to find himself with a felony conviction. He further survived hardships that led him to the brink of suicide. Finding the strength to pull his life together, he graduated from law school and married. When his wife ran for state office, he was filled with pride—but not permitted to vote for her. He spearheaded a movement to restore voting rights to felons who had served their terms, and in November of 2018, Amendment 4 passed with 65% of the vote. Today, Desmond continues his justice work, including fighting back against new restrictions placed on Florida voters, restrictions that have been likened to Jim Crow laws. In this book he tells the story of his battles on all fronts, and of his undying belief in the power of a fully enfranchised nation.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807062326
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Desmond Meade is the President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. As a formerly homeless returning citizen, he fought to restore voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. Desmond and his wife and five children live in Florida. Connect with him: @desmondmeade

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE
Love Has Won the Day

ONE
The Railroad Tracks

TWO
Searching for Purpose

THREE
Down on My Knees

FOUR
A Passion for the Law

FIVE
Back to School

SIX
Staying Sober

SEVEN
Community Service Is My Lottery Ticket

EIGHT
Advocacy on Another Level

NINE
David and Goliath

TEN
A Ballot Initiative?

ELEVEN
Law School

TWELVE
Wouldn’t It Be Great If I Made Dean’s List?

THIRTEEN
The Greatest Indicator of Citizenship

FOURTEEN
No Man Is an Island

FIFTEEN
Cooking Up Some Gumbo

SIXTEEN
Blood Is Thicker Than Water

SEVENTEEN
Let’s Rock This Thing

EIGHTEEN
The Home Stretch

EPILOGUE
Love Will Win the Day

Acknowledgments

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