Angel Sanchez on The Florida Restoration Coalition For All In: The Fight for Democracy Documentary [Exclusive Interview]

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

Every vote needs to count.

The year 2020 may be the most significant divided election in recent memory with Donald Trump’s presidency on the line. Both political parties, Republicans and Democrats, are pivoting to their voting advantages on whom could be voting at the polls.

In Amazon Films documentary, All In: The Fight For Democracy, it is an in-depth look into legal voter suppression targeting minorities in the United States. According to the documentary, the current issues with long voting lines and mail-in ballots are not accidents.

The film observes historical and current activism against voter suppression. It covers the issues of women’s suffrage, Jim Crow Laws, gerrymandering, and even the election issues with the Stacey Abrams gubernatorial loss to Brian Kemp in 2018.

LRM Online had the opportunity to speak with a representative with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. One of the issues covered in the documentary was the restoration of voting rights for former felons in the state of Florida.

Specifically, I spoke with legislative analyst Angel Sanchez on behalf of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. We talked about the program, the current issues, and the future of voting rights. He does not appear in the documentary.

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Sanchez was a former prisoner of the Florida system after tangling with gang members at an early age. During his time behind bars, he earned his GED and reduced his sentence through appeals to 15 years. After prison, he pursued more education to eventually graduate from the University of Central Florida with top honors. As an advocate for former felons and inmates, he became a leader of the grassroots campaign of the Florida Restoration Rights Coalition. He continues the fight for former felons to vote and against the voter suppression.

All In: The Fight For Democracy is currently playing in select theaters and to stream on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 18. To know more about the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, visit www.floridarcc.com.

Watch the exclusive interview below and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to vote on November 3.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, All In: The Fight For Democracy, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

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Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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