California RSOL and its recent legal challenge to the Halloween
ordinance in the City of Orange that required registered citizens to
post a sign in front of their residences will be discussed on "The
Doctors", a national TV show, on September 30 on CBS. The discussion is
a 5-minute segment that includes "the doctors", a mother from the City
of Orange and CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci.
"This is an important opportunity to educate the public on one way in
which the civil rights of registered citizens have been violated,"
stated Bellucci. "I am honored to have represented the organization,
all registered citizens and their loved ones."
The Halloween ordinance in the City of Orange was challenged in a
federal lawsuit filed in federal district court on September 18. The
Orange City Council unanimously voted to repeal the ordinance on
September 24. City Attorney Wayne Winthers stated in a letter dated
September 24, that the City of Orange will mail letters to registered
citizens who reside there informing them that the city's requirement to
post a sign in front of their residence on Halloween was repealed and
will not be enforced this year, the sign requirement was enforced for
three years starting in 2010.
Bring Voting Rights in Florida Up to International Standards
This October, the United States is going to be subject to
review by a U.N. panel for compliance with the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty that the U.S. signed over
20 years ago that requires nations hold up to certain human rights
standards. One of the areas which the UN panel will be reviewing is
voting rights for people with past felony convictions, an area where
Florida has disfranchised over 1.5 million citizens.
Florida's lifetime disfranchisement of people with past felony
convictions has long been a black eye on our record for democracy and it
was made worse when Gov. Scott and the Board of Executive Clemency
created new rights restoration restrictions. Now that record is under
the microscope for international scrutiny.