Earned Sick Time
In 2012, Organize Florida worked to pass a county-wide earned sick time initiative in the state of Florida--winning by 64%. Although the effort was thwarted by the Orange County Commission breaking the law, the campaign called out the injustice and continued to fight for more transparency and accountability in Orange County and led the investigation around Textgate. The fight for Earned Sick Time in Florida continues.
Powershift Southeast Convergence
In September 2016, Organize Florida hosted over 300 young climate activists from across the Southeast region in Orlando, Florida to take part in Power Shift Southeast - a conference that helped mobilize young people to demand that decision-makers and future leaders of our country take bold action on climate change.
The conference included several workshops and trainings led by Organize Florida members and partners from Central Florida such as Central Florida Jobs with Justice, FLIC, and CAIR-Florida. Each session focused on activism and action locally and regionally.
On May 9, 2016 Organize Florida and our Racial Justice Committee celebrated a huge victory once Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City Council passed an ordinance to deprioritize arrests for small amounts of marijuana. This victory came as a result of more than a year of hard work on the part of our Racial Justice Committee. Our members worked tirelessly, meeting with the Mayor and members of the City Commission to educate them on the proposed ordinance. They collected thousands of petitions across Orlando. Our members and allies not only testified for hours in front of our city commission, they told their stories about their personal experiences, ultimately convincing the majority that a yes vote was the right vote!