PRESS

OCT 10,

2019

Marquis McKenzie, Orlando, Florida

McKenzie is an organizer for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. At 15, he was arrested on charges of armed robbery and served 2½ years in prison. McKenzie, who now runs his own cleaning business, was a part of the movement that successfully championed the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, or Amendment 4, that passed in 2018, enfranchising up to 1.4 million fellow Floridians. Now, at 29, McKenzie can vote for the first time.

SEPT 27,

2019

The Voter Suppression Film Festival is sponsored by the Center for Social Development in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the St. Louis Area Voting Initiative, St. Louis Area Voter Protection Coalition, Gamma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Metropolitan Congregations United.

MAY 22,

2019

Florida voters made a landmark decision to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons via a ballot initiative last November that amended the state’s constitution. Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and a “returning citizen” himself, led the effort, traversing the state for two years to help collect more than 760,000 signatures for the measure and then advocating for its passage. 

MAY 21,

2019

The Orlando Urban Film Festival aims to raise its profile by moving its sixth edition to downtown Orlando this weekend.

“It’s been a hidden secret,” said Jason Gregory, the festival’s new president. For the past few years, the festival had been at Universal CityWalk, and only the local film industry knew about it, he added.

APRIL 28,

2019

The Orlando Sentinel Central Floridian of the Year Awards Ceremony at Sheraton Orlando North on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Desmond Meade won the honor of Central Floridian of the Year for working to restore voting rights to former felons through the Amendment 4 project. 

APRIL 16,

2019

Desmond Meade decided to break this pattern for 1.4 million Floridians. Homeless and suicidal, with a felony record, Desmond fought to graduate with a law degree. When he learned he could not vote for his own wife, a candidate for the state legislature, he became president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and led the charge to adopt a constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise Floridians with felonies. Amendment 4 needed 60% of the vote to pass; in November 2018, it received 65%.

FEBRUARY 26

2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University students in the College of Public Service hosted a forum recently to have a candid discussion about voter suppression.

JANUARY 21

2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 16, 2019—Williams College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a film screening of the award-winning 2018 short documentary film “Let My People Vote.”

OCTOBER 4

2018

If Desmond Meade has his way, there are 1.5 million people in Florida who will regain the right to vote in November – the largest re-enfranchisement of voters in history besides the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

SEPTEMBER 28

2018

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is holding a "Get Out the Vote Kick-Off Event" with Legend at Evans High School. Aside from voter registrations and resources, there will be free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, music, a screening of the documentary Let My People Vote and a community conversation. 

JUNE 12

2018

"Let My People Vote" Headed to LA & DC After Nabbing Short Documentary Award at Florida Film Festival.

JUNE 13

2018

Producer of Oprah's "Building A Dream" Turns Lens On Voter Suppression In "Let My People Vote".

JUNE 14

2018

Poignant Film, "Let My People Vote", Becoming Rallying Call for youth to Participate in Midterm Elections.

JUNE 14

2018

Listen as Desmond Meade and Director, Gilda Ann Brasch, talk about the "Let My People Vote" film and the upcoming mid-elections.

JUNE 28

2018

Tanya talks to film director Gilda Ann Brasch about her documentary, "Let My People Vote".

JULY

2018

Lisa & Nancy talk to film director Gilda Ann Brasch about her documentary, "Let My People Vote".

SEPT. 13

2018

Voting rights, moderated by Craig Melvin: “Let My People Vote,” directed by Gilda Brasch, is a day in the life of civil rights activist Desmond Meade; “Public Money,” directed by Jay Arthur Sterrenberg, about an innovative new community participation budgeting process in New York City; and “Voting Matters,” directed by Dawn Porter, about a woman fighting to ensure the right to vote.

OCT. 3

2018

Wednesday’s event also featured some emotional moments. Before Legend performed, the crowd assembled in the auditorium was treated to a screening of “Let My People Vote,” a short documentary film about Meade’s advocacy efforts. The film shows Meade recruiting an older man in Tampa to vote in the 2016 election. When Meade and the man get to the polls, they learn he’s ineligible to vote because of a decades-old conviction for driving with a suspended license.

OCT. 5

2018

Chuck Todd is about to host Meet The Press’ second MTP FIlm Festival as the Senate is about to formally confirm wildly controversial Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Related Brett Kavanaugh Followers Flock To Fox News Channel To Watch Vote, Confirmation And Donald.

OCT. 4

2018

Documentaries aren't journalism, and there's nothing wrong with that. “Let My People Vote” follows a grass-roots activist in 2016 as he runs headlong into Florida’s law forbidding ex-felons to vote.

OCT. 8

2018

Filmed in Tampa during the 2016 presidential election, this verité short covers a day in the life of civil rights activist and former felon Desmond Meade. What begins as an upbeat day of faith in our democratic process ends in a heartbreaking realization for Desmond - Jim Crow is not dead.

© 2018 Gilda Brasch. Let My People Vote. Vusi Filmworks. Site by Brand X Republic.