Desmond Meade to keynote Strengthening Democracy 2023

The national voting rights activist led the 2018 campaign to restore voting rights to former felons in Florida.

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You’re invited to join Civic Nebraska at 5:30 pm CST on April 13 in Omaha for the 2023 Strengthening Democracy Awards, our annual celebration honoring Nebraskans who build a more modern and robust democracy. National voting rights advocate Desmond Meade will keynote this year’s event!
Recognized by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World 2019, Meade empowers communities to reshape local, state, and national criminal justice policies. In 2018, as executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Meade led the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots initiative that restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. 
Amendment 4 was the single largest expansion of voting rights in the country in half a century and brought an end to 150 years of a Jim Crow-era law in Florida.

Then, cap off the evening by cheering for five outstanding Nebraskans who strengthen our civic life, promote powerful citizenship, celebrate lifelong learning, and protect voting rights in bold and innovative ways:

Look for news on how you can nominate a Nebraskan for one of the award categories. We’re returning to Omaha’s Livestock Exchange Ballroom in 2023 and we’re eager for you to join us. See you soon! 

APRIL 13, 2023
5:30 to 7 pm CDT
Livestock Exchange Ballroom4920 S. 30th St., Omaha
heavy hors’oeuvres provided

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