July 28, 2020

LeBron James Is Donating $100,000 To Help Ex-Felons In Florida Vote

LeBron James Is Donating $100,000 To Help Ex-Felons In Florida Vote

With 98 days left until Election Day, LeBron James is doing his part to help Florida ex-felons participate.

Reported on news sources, LeBron is donating $100,000 to make sure Floridians with felony convictions don’t run into roadblocks on voting day. LeBron’s philanthropy comes after the Supreme Court decided not to “intervene in a case challenging what critics call Florida’s ‘pay to play,’ law, that for some brought to mind the infamous ‘poll tax’ of the Jim Crow south,” Forbes reports. 

As a result, LeBron teamed up with the More Than A Vote organization to combat systemic, racist voter suppression. The organization will educate people on what they need to know. More Than A Vote will also donate to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, one of the main organizations behind a 2018 ballot measure that restored the right to vote to ex-felons, who were later denied the vote if they had any fines or court costs unpaid, the article reports. 

Since 2000, felon disenfranchisement has been a major issue and the main focus of Florida activists. Advocacy groups believe felon disenfranchisement kept a number of minorities from voting. Although ex-felons in FL can vote once they complete their sentence, it’s a long difficult process.

Back in June, LeBron announced he and his Longtime business partner, Maverick Carter raised $100 million to build a new media company that aims to amplify Black creators and consumers. They plan to have their media company as a place with an “unapologetic agenda: a maker and distributor of all kinds of content that will give a voice to creators and consumers who’ve been pandered to, ignored, or underserved.”

LeBron has also been keeping Breonna Taylor‘s message alive while on the basketball court.

https://twitter.com/HOT97/status/1286755105698709505

Now, THIS is how you use your star power for the better!

Today is also national vote by mail day.

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