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Greetings GSC Family,

Our hearts are with those affected by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is volunteering to assist survivors. See more here.

I hope this message finds you well.  We are now less than 20 days from Election Day.

History will be made this November. We have the ability to restore voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians.  We will be selecting a new governor, a new attorney general, and new judges. There are critical amendments that will dictate how criminal cases are handled, and the way our cities are governed. 

Please make sure that you download a sample ballot online. Research the amendments, in order to make sure you understand the ramifications of your vote.  The deadline to request a ballot in order to vote by mail is October 31. If you vote by mail, make sure that you follow up to make sure your ballot has been received and counted. If you have questions, reach out to us.

At our first membership meeting of the year on October 9 (sponsored by Magna Legal Services), we had the privilege of listening to Muslima Lewis discuss election protection.  It's easy, and a great way to ensure the democratic process of voting. You may learn more information here. Please sign up and volunteer a couple hours on Election Day.

On October 25, we will be having an Attorney General Roundtable at University of Miami School of Law to hear the positions of the candidates, and engage our next generation. All candidates for Attorney General have been invited.  I encourage everyone to attend. 

Get involved, educate others, and vote. Too many laid down their lives for us to take any election for granted.

I leave you with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "In the past, apathy was a moral failure. Today, it is a form of moral and political suicide."
 

In solidarity,


Melba V. Pearson, Esq.
President
Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association



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