Fight Racism and White Supremacy in Florida

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.


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Tell Your Lawmakers to Take Action
 

  • Tell Gov. DeSantis to divest from police and invest in Black and Brown communities 

    The epidemic of police violence in this country is not an issue of “bad apples.” Modern policing is rotten at its core. This must change now. Real change will come when we make meaningful changes to how police are funded.
     

  • Tell the Orange County Mayor and Commission "No" to $15M Budget Increase to Orange County Sheriffs
    Send an email to the Mayor and County Commissioners, urging them to REJECT the proposed $15 million dollar increase and instead invest those dollars in support of Black lives-- to uproot systematic racism, and protect our communities. 
     

  • Tell Gov. DeSantis to End Police Brutality in Florida. 
    We're in the middle of the largest nationwide movement for racial justice in recent history. Gov. DeSantis cannot sit on his hands. He must use the power he holds to take concrete steps to address systemic racism in policing now.
     
  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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. 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. 
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

    Send your email: 
    Jacksonville
    Miami 
    Orlando 
    Tampa
    Tallahassee


Vote Your Values

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. 

General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Resources

Register to Vote and Update Your Voter Registration

Request a Vote by Mail Ballot in Florida and Cure Signature Mismatches 

Know Your Rights and Tips for Voting


Speak Out 

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.


Commit to Learning

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 

Submit your own recommendations for inclusion by emailing us at acluflonline@aclufl.org

BOOKS

  • “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 

  • "13th" 
  • "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"
  • "Pariah"
  • "Malcolm X"
  • "Rosewood"
  • "Freedom Riders"
  • "Eyes on the Prize"
  • "Glory"
  • "Selma"

PODCASTS & PODCAST EPISODES

  • The 1619 Project 
  • Code Switch Podcast 
  • Pod Save the People
  • Mixed Company 
  • "In the Dark" season 2, Curtis Flowers