National Hispanic Heritage Month, Justice Task Force, Health-Choice Hypocrisy and Child Tax Credit

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Statement from FDP Chair as National Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 15, 2021[,] marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This period of time, ending on October 15, will feature events and activities across the nation celebrating the history, influence and contributions of Hispanic-Americans to life in the United States.

In recognition of the beginning of this important month long period, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement:

“National Hispanic Heritage Month gives us all an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the great history and important contributions of Hispanic-Americans to life in our country. As a proud Cuban-American, it has always been a great source of pride for me and a unique chance to both share my own story and that of my immigrant family, while learning more about the marvelous kaleidoscope of Hispanic cultures that have added so much to building, strengthening and diversifying our nation. 

“To all Americans of Hispanic descent, from everyone at the Florida Democratic Party, congratulations on the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Your sacrifices, your rich culture and your contributions to our country are truly valued and cherished. ¡Felicidades!”

To Bring Florida’s Justice System ‘Into the 21st Century,’ New Safety & Justice Task Force Will Travel the State Gathering Ideas from Local Leaders, Law Enforcement, and Victim Advocates

EDITORS: Party Chair Manny Diaz and State Attorney Andrew Warren are available for interviews today via Zoom or phone. To coordinate, contact Maurizio Passariello, 786-285-6398,

TALLAHASSEE, FL (September 15, 2021) – The Florida Democratic Party is proud to announce the creation of the Safety & Justice Task Force, chaired by State Attorney Andrew Warren of Hillsborough County. The mission of the Task Force is to develop common sense solutions around criminal justice and police reform that improve safety for Florida families and respect the rights of every citizen. From addressing violent crime to utilizing treatment for offenders who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse, to improving law enforcement training and accountability, Florida needs a statewide conversation on how we build a better, more effective criminal justice system.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz said, “Our state is brimming with ideas to modernize our justice system and improve safety for families, while increasing transparency and cutting down waste. This task force will gather those forward-thinking ideas and build them into policies that will make a positive difference for all Floridians.” Chair Diaz added, “Andrew Warren has a strong record of finding innovative ways to make our neighborhoods safer and our system more fair and effective—he is clearly the right leader for this statewide effort.”

The Safety & Justice Task Force will be composed of five members and chaired by State Attorney Warren. These leaders will travel the state, meeting with local communities, small businesses, law enforcement leaders, victim advocates, and faith leaders to discuss and develop policy regarding Florida’s criminal justice system. The goal is to draft legislative proposals and model ordinances, then work with local and state-level leaders to implement them to improve the effectiveness and fairness of law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, and the criminal justice system as a whole.

Three expected areas of focus will be:

  • Reducing crime by tackling the root causes of criminal behavior and minimizing recidivism
  • Prioritizing prosecuting the greatest threats to communities, with alternatives to put low-level offenders back on the right path
  • Building stronger bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve

Since being elected State Attorney for Hillsborough County in 2016, Warren has reformed Hillsborough’s criminal justice system and become a state and national leader on criminal justice reform. From expanding resources that steer first-time juvenile offenders away from the system to ending the criminalization of poverty that results from driver’s license suspensions to ensuring domestic abusers are disarmed, Warren has implemented practical solutions that maximize the safety of every family and justice for every resident. Moreover, he is a statewide leader on the use of deadly force by law enforcement. His office’s reports on those incidents provide a level of transparency that has helped set the standard for effective and responsible law enforcement.

“I am proud to join in this effort with the Florida Democratic Party. This is about engaging with our communities all over Florida and helping our leaders deliver a 21st Century approach to justice—an approach that reduces crime through evidence-based policies and community-focused law enforcement,” Warren said. “We have made progress in Hillsborough County by having conversations that break down community silos and connect people from different walks of life. By applying this framework to other jurisdictions, we can deliver a plan that will move Florida forward for all our families.”

The remaining four members of the Safety & Justice Task Force will be announced in the coming weeks. The Task Force will begin planning proposals and holding discussions in local communities shortly thereafter—more details and exact dates and times will be announced. The group expects to provide a report to the Florida Democratic Party and the public in the summer of 2022.

FDP Releases New Digital Ad Hitting Republicans On Health-Choice Hypocrisy and GOP Legislators’ Reported Plans to Bring Texas-Style Anti-Abortion Legislation to Florida

Today, the Florida Democratic Party released a new digital ad highlighting the inherent hypocrisy in the Republican Party’s position regarding vaccination mandates while they look to restrict. The ad warns legislators against any attempt to pass a Texas-style anti-abortion law in Florida. 

The video, entitled “My Body, My Choice,” begins with clips of GOP Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaking about their purported support for freedoms as it pertains to medical decisions. 

The ad then establishes the inherent hypocrisy in their words as Republicans across the country intensify their assault on the Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision, which in 1973 affirmed a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion without government interference. It closes by warning Republicans that if, as reported, they follow through with plans to bring a Texas-style anti-abortion law to the state, they would encounter ferocious opposition from Democratic legislators. 

“The Florida Democratic Party has a clever message for Floridians- we will fight for women’s rights today, tomorrow, and always,” said Marcus Dixon, Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party. “Our latest ad shows the fight ahead if the Florida Legislature moves forward with any Texas-style legislation that strips women of their right to choose what happens with their bodies. As Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book says in the ad, ‘attempts to do that here in the State of Florida will be fought with fierce, fierce, fierce opposition’. The Republican’s deeds and hypocrisy will be exposed and voters will be reminded of their actions through 2022.” 

To view the new digital ad, click below.

My Body, My Choice

Marco Rubio Opposed A Tax Cut For Millions Of Florida Families

The expanded child tax credit has already been a major help to Florida families. Since July, working families across the state have gotten a monthly tax cut of up to $300 per child that has helped parents pay for child care, education, and more. A new study out today shows the average monthly household tax cut in Florida was about $400. That same study also showed that the child tax credit has a 60% approval rating nationally.

Another round of tax cuts to Florida families arrives today, and Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Marcus L. Dixon released the following statement reminding Floridians of Marco Rubio’s hardline opposition to the tax cut: 

“Marco Rubio has blatantly opposed a middle class tax cut that has made it easier for millions of Florida families to make ends meet during the pandemic and lifted children out of poverty. Nearly 3.8 million children across the state are benefiting from this highly successful and popular tax cut that Rubio has boasted about voting against. Floridians deserve real leadership that will put them first, not a self-serving politician like Marco Rubio who puts his political agenda ahead of helping working families. If he won’t stand up for our kids, he won’t stand up for us.” 

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That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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