Protesters Await Bush Governor to Address New Session

By Saunders, Jim | The Florida Times Union, March 7, 2000 | Go to article overview

Protesters Await Bush Governor to Address New Session


Saunders, Jim, The Florida Times Union


TALLAHASSEE -- Shortly after 11 a.m. today, Gov. Jeb Bush will step to the podium of the Florida House and tell political leaders and supporters that the state is in great shape.

At the same time, thousands of protesters will march toward the Capitol with a different message: Bush's plan to overhaul affirmative action could devastate women and minorities.

"I think the governor is trying to say all is well," said U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat and march leader, "and that's not the case."

The protest, which will draw national civil rights leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, could overshadow Bush's State of the State address and the opening of the annual legislative session.

Bush yesterday released a letter he sent Friday to Jackson, King, Mfume and National Urban League President Hugh Price inviting them to meet and discuss his One Florida Initiative. But Bush made clear he would not back away from the plan.

"In all candor, I do not mean to mislead you with this invitation," Bush wrote. "My One Florida plan reflects my personal bedrock principles about fostering diversity in Florida in less divisive ways, and I do not envision deviating from these principles."

Bush offered to meet with the civil rights leaders yesterday or today or talk with them by phone.

Justin Sayfie, Bush's spokesman, said no response had been received as of 6 p.m. yesterday.

"We're still waiting to hear from them whether they want to dialogue with Gov. Bush on this issue," Sayfie said.

With busloads of protesters expected to travel to Tallahassee, civil rights leaders say the size of today's march could be unprecedented in Florida. Most estimates topped the 10,000 people who marched on the Capitol in 1982 to support the ill-fated Equal Rights Amendment.

Bush said he will use part of the State of the State speech to discuss One Florida, which has drawn opposition because it would end racial, ethnic and gender preferences in state contracting and university admissions.

Meanwhile, the state Republican Party will try to counter the march by running radio and newspaper ads supporting One Florida. One ad, which features the voice of an African-American woman, started running yesterday on black-oriented radio stations.

"The message is, we're not intimidated by the march," state Republican Chairman Al Cardenas said.

The first day of the 60-day legislative session is usually a festive event, with flowers filling the House and Senate chambers and lawmakers' families clapping from the visitors' galleries.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Protesters Await Bush Governor to Address New Session
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.