Dear Members and Advocates,

Yesterday, three of our members were able to do something they were not previously allowed to do for more than fifteen years. They were allowed to address their County commissioners at a county commission meeting. It was a long time in the making and required the filing of a lawsuit, but this right, afforded to every citizen by the First Amendment to the US and Florida Constitution and Florida’s Governing in the Sunshine Law was a right deprived to these individuals.

We are very proud of our members who had the courage to get up and speak in front of a very hostile County Commission against the Brevard County proximity ordinance. We are also very appreciative of the partner of one of those individuals who spoke against the ordinance as well, and supportive remarks from a neighbor of a registered citizen, and also our own Membership chair who didn’t plan to speak but was so compelled to address the misinformation.

For those who did not have the opportunity to attend or watch the meeting, a recording of it can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5fs-xZ_yZ0

The relevant portions begin at approximately 23:30 minutes into the video, 45 minutes, and 1:12 minutes in. Equally relevant is the reaction from the commissioners, particularly John Tobia. We will reserve comment, since their reactions speak for themselves.

For the next county commission meeting (presently scheduled for July 7th), FAC plans to have more people come up and speak. One item of misinformation from Tobia that was not rebutted was the recidivism rate, for which there is an abundance of scientific research.

If you have a chance, it’s definitely worth watching. On one hand, it’s depressing, but on the other hand it’s inspiring. A month ago, these individuals were not even able to enter the building to make their comments and yesterday they got their first opportunity. It certainly won’t be the last opportunity!

Another item you might want to watch/listen to this week is attorney Val Jonas’ oral argument before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Ex Post Facto Plus case. Argument is scheduled for this Friday, May 20, 2022, and it looks as though Doe v. Swearingen is the first case on the docket for that day. The recording should be accessible from this link (https://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/oral-argument-recordings), but only after the oral argument is held.

Congrats and thank you to our members who spoke at the commission meeting and good luck to Val on the upcoming oral arguments. These may seem like small steps, but they are actually tremendous strides.

Sincerely,

The Florida Action Committee


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