Black people face institutional, state-sponsored terror in this country every day. The list of Black people who have been murdered by police is too long for people to ignore the institutionalized racism in our country, and it must end.
Fatal encounters with police are not the only thing brutalizing Black and Brown communities. Over-policing, voter suppression, minimum mandatory sentencing laws, housing discrimination, criminalization of marijuana and non-violent drug abuse, for-profit policing, and lack of implicit bias training are equally marginalizing Black and Brown communities across America.
We must dismantle anti-Blackness and white supremacist institutions and it will take all of us to do that with intention and work.
Racism and anti-Blackness harm people of color every day. We see racism’s impact through clear acts of hate and violence. We see it underlying policies and practices throughout public life. We must dismantle anti-Blackness and white supremacist institutions and it will take all of us to do that with intention and work.
The ACLU is urgently committing to this broader, more profound fight – which groups like Movement for Black Lives have been leading – and we need grassroots supporters like you to help achieve its critical goals.
With our partners across Florida, the ACLU of Florida is dedicated to dismantling and eradicating white supremacy and racism in all of its forms. We have developed a list of actions you can commit to right now to make a difference.
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- Support Organizations That Are Led by People of Color
Frontline local advocacy groups leading on racial justice issues in Florida - especially those led by People of Color - need your time, talent and treasure. Follow them on social media, center and lift them up at every opportunity, volunteer your talents to advance their mission, and donate.
- Black Lives Matter Broward Alliance
- CAIR Florida
- Community Justice Project
- Dream Defenders
- Emgage Florida
- Engage Miami
- Equal Ground
- Equality Florida
- Family Action Network Movement
- Florida Immigrant Coalition
- Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
- Florida State Conference of the NAACP
- Jacksonville Community Action Committee
- LatinoJustice PRLDEF
- Maven Leadership Collective
- Miami Workers Center
- New Florida Majority
- Northside Coalition of Jacksonville
- Organize Florida
- Power U Center for Social Change
- Tallahassee Community Action Committee
- S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective
- Southern Birth Justice Network
Tell your State Legislators to End Police Brutality in Florida
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. As elected leaders in Florida, state senators and representatives must act now to ensure that Black people are no longer subject to the cruelties of racialized violence or police brutality.
Send your email
Tell State Attorneys in Florida to End Police Violence
Every day, racist policing terrorizes people of color in every aspect of life. Running while Black. Breathing while Black. Driving while Black. It is a matter of life and death. Yet, too often law enforcement is not held accountable for their actions. Tell your state attorney to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions.
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Divest from Police. Invest in Black and Brown Communities.
These inherently systemic issues require immediate and permanent solutions. That requires a bold reimagining of the role police play in our society: It is time to divest from law enforcement and reinvest in the Black and Brown communities they unjustly target. The ACLU is urgently committing to this broader, more profound fight – which groups like Movement for Black Lives have been leading – and we need grassroots supporters like you to help achieve its critical goals. Please add your name today in support of this vision and to receive further details and actions on how you can take part.
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Take Action for Tony McDade
Too often Trans people of color are left out of conversations surrounding police brutality. We cannot end police terror and violence on Black communities without calling for justice for Transgender Black people and Transgender people of color. On May 27, Tony McDade, a black transgender masculine person was shot five times in the back and killed by a Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) officer.
In recent years, law enforcement in Florida as well as media outlets have also misgendered multiple trans people who have been killed. Black trans lives matter.
We join Tallahassee Community Action Committee in calling for justice for Tony McDade. Send an email to State Attorney Jack Campbell, Chief of Police Lawrence Revel, Mayor John Dailey, the City Commissioners and City Manager Reese Goad to get justice for Tony McDade.
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Demand Civilian Oversight of the Police in Miami-Dade County
Right now, we have an opportunity to create real, organized, and systemic change in Miami-Dade County. Sign the petition to urge the Miami-Dade County Commission and Mayor Carlos Gimenez to implement, fully fund and support civilian oversight of Miami-Dade Police Department.
Sign the Change.org petition
Tell Florida sheriffs to end police brutality in Florida
As an elected leader in our communities, the sheriff is responsible for protecting all members of the community they are sworn to serve. Yet, too often, law enforcement are not held accountable for their actions, and without accountability there can be no justice.
Tell sheriffs across Florida #NotOneMore. Take two minutes to send your email to demand they take immediate action to end police brutality in our communities.
Send your email
Tell Mayors in Florida to Divest from Police
Elected officials have the power to reduce the harmful abuse and harassment of impacted communities by police, by reinvesting into community-based services, resources, and alternatives to policing that are best suited to responding to actual community needs. We need to fundamentally reimagine the role police play in our society, and that role has to be smaller, more circumscribed, and less funded with tax-payer dollars.
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Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Everyone should have the right to exercise their voices at the ballot box. Yet, voter suppression among communities of color, students, disabled people, and the elderly, persists throughout Florida’s history.
Our democracy works best when more people participate, but make no mistake, dating back to Jim Crow and extending forward, voter suppression is real and it impacts voters of color the most. If political candidates and sitting politicians refuse to lead on racial justice, they should not be a leader.
You have the power to select, endorse, and vote for a candidate that speaks to you and your community’s values.
This November, vote for candidates you trust to listen and lead on racial justice. Ask every candidate on the ballot about their record, platform, and plans to advance racial justice before you cast your vote.
Florida Primary Election - Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020
- Be an ACLU Justice Voter and vote for Sheriff, State Attorney and Supervisor of Elections candidates that will advance civil liberties and racial justice. Get informed by visiting our website.
- Advocate for increased access to the ballot box in your community by visiting our Advocacy 101 web page
Register to Vote and Update Your Voter Registration
- Visit this webpage to register to vote or update your voter registration in Florida.
Request a Vote by Mail Ballot in Florida and Cure Signature Mismatches
- Visit our vote by mail resource page to request your absentee ballot in Florida.
- Update your Signature and Contact Information by July 20
- Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot by 5 pm August 8.
- Print and complete the voter registration form, sign it, and mail or deliver it to your SOE's office. En Espanol
- Contact your local Supervisor of Elections. Click this link to find your SOE office
Know Your Rights and Tips for Voting
- Check out our ACLU of Florida Voter website for tips on voting and know your rights information
Florida Returning Citizens Can Register to Vote
- On May 24, 2020, a federal court ruled that many Floridians with felony convictions are eligible to register to vote and vote even if they still owe money from their felony conviction(s). As a result of this court decision, you may be eligible to vote even if you still owe unpaid money from your conviction. Check out our voter guide for more information.
This is a moment when we need to hear most from Black people and people of color, but that doesn’t mean the burden of communication should fall on them either. White people can use their privilege to raise awareness of the state of racial justice in Florida and all of the opportunities to do better mentioned on this page. A simple but effective way to reach others is by writing a letter to the editor to your local newspaper and contacing your local legislators. Find contact information and tips on our website.
There have never been more ways to explore how racism impacts us today and how our history led us here. It is on white people to do their homework. It is not enough to be not racist, each of us must be actively anti-racist. These are recommendations from the ACLU of Florida team, as well
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- “The Color of Law,” by Richard Rothstein
- “The History of White People,” by Nell Irvin Painter
- “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander
- “Teaching to Transgress: Education As the Practice of Freedom,” by Bell Hooks
- “Between the World and Me" and "We Were Eight Years in Power," by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “Citizen: An American Lyric,” by Claudia Rankine
- “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi
- "Tears We Cannot Stop,” by Michael Eric Dyson
- “The Fire Next Time” and "Go Tell It on the Mountain," by James Baldwin
- “Why are All the Back Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- “Women Race and Class” and "Angela Davis: An Autobiography," by Angela Davis
- "Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower," by Brittany Cooper
- "This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America," by Morgan Jerkins
"One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy," by Carol Anderson
"Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty," by Dorothy Roberts
"Sister Citizen," by Melissa Harris-Perry
"Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools," by Monique Morris
“The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson
"This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color," Cherrie Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldua (Editor), Toni Cade Bambara (Foreword)
"The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "Barracoon," by Zora Neale Hurston
"Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents," by Octavia Butler
"Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison
"The Souls of Black Folk," by W.E.B. DuBois
MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES
- "When they see us"
- "The Innocence Files"
- "Just Mercy"
- "The Hate U Give"
- "American Son"
- "I am not your Negro"
- "Fruitvale Station"
- "Do the Right Thing"
- "Get Out"
- "Malcolm X"
- "Freedom Riders"
- "Eyes on the Prize"
PODCASTS & PODCAST EPISODES
- The 1619 Project
- Code Switch Podcast
- Pod Save the People
- Mixed Company
- "In the Dark" season 2, Curtis Flowers