Senate Dems Back Civil Rights Efforts

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Members of the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus gathered Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of a fellow senator's stand for equality.

Senator Arthenia Joyner was one of more than 200 students arrested for protesting the segregation of the Florida Theater in Tallahassee in 1963.

Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol, Caucus members stood in support of Joyner's efforts as a FAMU student 50 years ago.

The senators also highlighted legislation they've filed to advance the cause of civil rights in Florida.

Sen. Joyner says, "Half a century ago, we fought for something worth having and we won. But, the struggle for civil rights is never ending, and that's why we're here."

Civil rights Legislation highlighted include a bill allowing legal
immigrants receiving deferred action with no criminal history to get a driver's license; and a bill that would end the disparity in college tuition rates for immigrant children.

News Release: Florida Senate Democratic Office

TALLAHASSEE - As a student in 1963, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) was arrested and jailed for her efforts to end racial segregation in Tallahassee. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of her stand for equality, and to highlight bills for the 2014 legislative session addressing civil rights issues impacting a growing multitude of Floridians, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus will gather for a press conference on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. The event will be held at 12:15 pm, in the Senate Democratic Office, Room 200, Senate Office Building.

Michelle DeMarco
Press Secretary
Florida Senate Democratic Office
(o) 850.487.5833
(c) 850.544.6246

SENATE DEMS BACK CIVIL RIGHTS EFFORTS: The Senate Democratic Caucus will hold a news conference to highlight proposals for the 2014 legislative session that address civil-rights issues. (12:15 p.m., 200 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

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