Faith Leaders Day of Advocacy

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 12, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Religious leaders are making their voices heard outside of the pulpit.

Desmond Mead with PICO United Florida says, "When Jesus Christ was on the cross and the criminal asked to be saved, Jesus Christ did not say you had to wait five or seven years. Jesus Christ said this day, this day you shall be saved."

Mead is using that as an example to ask the Florida Legislature to restore the rights of convicted felons.

He says, "Once a person has completed their sentence this day, immediately, they should be given the right to vote that is afforded to them for being an American citizen in these United States."

Religious leaders from across Florida met at the Capitol Tuesday for its inaugural "Faith Leaders' Day of Advocacy." It's a day to speak with lawmakers on issues from a moral standpoint.

The spiritual leaders want elected officials to pass legislation that prepares for and prevents the impacts of climate change.

They're also pushing for efficiency.

Michael McClain, with the National Council of Churches, Eco-Justice Program, says if three percent of all homes were retrofitted for energy efficiency that would save the average household $1,536 a year, and save the state of Florida $285 million a year.

McClain says, "We believe it is a morale issue that men and women of every state, of every nation, every nationality should be allowed to breathe clean air and drink clean water."

The ministers say this is the start of a movement. They plan to hold the Day of Advocacy every year during the Florida Legislature.

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