Floridians to deliver “Official Complaints” to Gov. Scott in protest of his efforts to undermine Florida’s first African American woman State Attorney Aramis Ayala

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WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE: Citizen lobbyists in Tallahassee with Organize Florida will issue “Official Complaints” to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, State Reps. Bob Cortes and Scott Plakon, opposing the removal of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala from 23 first-degree murder cases.

WHO: Organize Florida members in Tallahassee for Lobby Day

WHEN: 2 p.m., Thursday April 20th

WHERE: Outside the Office of Gov. Rick Scott, 400 S. Monroe St. First floor rotunda area.

CONTACT: Yulissa Arce, 407-607-0703

BACKGROUND:

Organize Florida members will line up to deliver complaints to the Governor at 2p.m. and will deliver complaints to Corcoran, Cortes and Plakon throughout the day.

“As a member of the African American community in Central Florida, Aramis Ayala knows that criminal justice reform is central to the survival of women and families in Orange and Osceola counties,” said Organize Florida Chair Debbie Soto. “Rick Scott’s removal of an elected prosecutor shows contempt for voters, and threatens the democratic process.”

The Governor’s actions also give political cover and comfort to those who have issued lynching threats to Ayala’s office, including one from the assistant finance director for the Seminole County Clerk of the Court’s office who posted on Facebook that Ayala should be “tarred and feathered if not hung from a tree.” The employee resigned after being suspended for the posting.

 

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