January 3, 2023
Orlando to Join More than 70 Cities Actions Nationwide to Protect "Our Freedoms, Our Vote"
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#OurFreedomsOurvote Rally and Press Conference
To Highlight Impact of the Revelations By the January 6 Committee and Ongoing Threats to our
Freedom to Vote.
WHAT: Bipartisan investigations by the U.S. House January 6 Select Committee have shown
that former President Donald Trump and his allies engaged in a criminal conspiracy, knowingly
made false claims, and incited a violent attack on the Capitol in order to overturn the 2020
election and stop the peaceful transfer of power. The same individuals are continuing work to
sabotage our elections: They are changing state laws, threatening state officials, and packing
election administration offices so that they can have the final say over election results. They are
continuing to undermine our freedoms and our democracy on every level. They must be held
In response, people in Central Florida will be gathering at
The Lake Lona Doone Park in January 6, 2023 at 5:30 PM to highlight the local impacts of the
hearing revelations, and fight ongoing threats to our freedoms and our vote, including efforts to
pass anti–democracy legislation in state houses, run election denier candidates for office, and
intimidate election officials.
This event in Orlando is organized by local community leaders is one of more than 70 events
planned nationwide as part of the Our Freedoms, Our Vote actions organized by local
grassroots leaders and Common Defense, Public Citizen, Indivisible, Our Revolution, and the
Not Above the Law Coalition, which is made up of more than 150 organizations – ranging from
legal, national security, net-roots, and more – committed to protecting our democracy and
fighting for the rule of law. At many of these events, veterans of CommonDefense.us will be recommitting their oath to the constitution, just as they did when they joined the military.
The Orange Co Black Caucus, and local leaders will speak about what this means to them.
WHEN: January 6, 2023 at 5:30 PM]
WHERE: Lake Lona Doone
1519 W Church St
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According to States United Democracy Center, as of September 13, half the country – 55
percent of the population, living in 27 states – has an election denier running to oversee their
elections. Election deniers are on the ballot for the November election in half (50 percent) of the
races for governor, as well as more than one-third of races for secretary of state (44 percent)
and attorney general (33 percent). In three states – Alabama, Arizona, and Michigan – election
deniers are running for all three top statewide positions.
Meanwhile, there have been at least 244 bills introduced in 33 states that would interfere with
election administration—and 24 of this year's bills have become law (or have been adopted)
across 17 states.
Election officials are also increasingly targeted in an attempt to undermine future elections.
According to a Brennan Center survey, one in six election officials have experienced threats
because of their job, and 77 percent say that they feel these threats have increased in recent
years. Twenty percent of election officials plan to leave before the 2024 election, with many
citing the ongoing threats and intimidation they increasingly face.