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Our Work in Florida

Strengthen Working Families

Thirteen years ago, I was faced with a tough decision that so many working parents face. I had to leave a sickly newborn at home, while I returned to my job to keep a roof over our heads. The situation left me lacking in the opportunity to bond and care for my new child in the way that I needed to, creating stress for us both. While things turned out fine for us in the end, I have met countless mothers — both here in Duval County and across Florida — where it didn’t.

Read Rep. Angie Nixon’s full op-ed in The Florida Times-Union

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Joey McKinnon,
Florida Director

Joey McKinnon serves as the Florida Director for Faith in Public Life. With several years of advocacy and campaign experience, Joey led efforts to mobilize 200 diverse faith leaders to pass the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance and protect citizens from discrimination.

Od’Juan Whitefield,
Democracy Reform Organizer

Od’Juan Whitfield is the Democracy Reform Organizer in Jacksonville, Florida. After leaving his home in Indianapolis, he served in the United States Army, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA, and served in Iraq and Kuwait following 9/11/2001. After the military, Od’Juan worked in various social services and political organizing roles in Jacksonville. He is politically active, working on campaigns for Faith in Public Life’s Faithful Voter program, serving as a regional organizer for the NAACP and working on several political campaigns.

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Faith in Public Life has on-the-ground organizers in four states: check out our work around the country!

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