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30 U.S. states, including FL, now considering version of Idaho’s transgender athlete bill

BY: - April 5, 2021

A bill that bans transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports has quickly spread to 30 statehouses across the country after originating in Idaho. Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, the bill originated in the form of House Bill 500 during the 2020 Idaho legislative session. The Republican supermajority that controls the […]

Policing and voting: Republicans in FL Legislature and Democrats in Congress push in opposite directions

BY: - March 8, 2021

With Democrats now in control of Congress, lawmakers at the federal level are advancing policing reforms, expanding voting rights, requiring use of face masks on federal property, and trying to raise the minimum wage. But state-level Republicans in control of the Florida Legislature are moving in the opposite direction on those and other issues, creating […]

COMMENTARY

We can create a Florida that is more just, more equal, and more free

BY: - January 18, 2021

Florida presents an ever-changing political landscape. One only needs to study Florida outcomes in general elections the past 20 years to confirm that. What doesn’t change is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s commitment to civil liberties, social justice and citizen participation in our state, despite shifting political winds. We don’t back candidates […]

ACLU condemns FL ‘anti-mob’ legislation as cruel, timely stunt to advance governor’s agenda

BY: - January 8, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida says the filing of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-mob legislation following Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol is “a cruel political stunt” exploiting the national tragedy to further his anti-protests agenda. “We are not fooled,” wrote Micah Kubic, executive director of ACLU Florida, in answer to Phoenix questions. “The […]

Dark money fuels effort to hinder FL citizens from changing Constitution — ‘It’s just the way it happened’

BY: - October 16, 2020

The organization that placed Amendment 4, which would make it twice as hard to amend the Florida Constitution, on the Nov. 3 ballot was Keep Our Constitution Clean P.C. The organization that solely financed its efforts, to the tune of $9 million in cash and in-kind contributions, was Keep Our Constitution Clean Inc. At least, […]

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Cops on campuses are supposed to keep kids safe, but may do more harm than good, study finds

BY: - September 8, 2020

In 2018, the Florida Legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act with the intention of curbing school violence following the Parkland shooting. The law promised either a law enforcement officer, armed staff, or armed private security at all public schools. A year or so later, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill […]

COVID-19 death toll rises in Florida prisons; inmate advocates demonstrate, families grieve

BY: - August 28, 2020

The official death toll from COVID-19 among state prison inmates in Florida rose Friday to 89, spanning cases in 25 of the Department of Corrections’ 57 major prisons. Three prison staff have died of the disease as well, according to the the Florida Department of Health, which tracks coronavirus deaths in state prisons. The corrections […]

To cover Gov. DeSantis news conference, reporters had to undergo invasive nasal swab testing for COVID

BY: - July 31, 2020

Reporters who showed up for at the Florida Emergency Operations Center Friday for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ briefing on Hurricane Isaias, which has prompted tropical storm warnings in Southeast Florida, underwent an unusual protocol: They were required to submit to nasal swab testing for COVID-19. The governor’s office directed reporters who wanted to cover the press […]

COMMENTARY

Racial disparities in Florida’s criminal justice system are shameful

BY: - July 7, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau states that 17 percent of Florida citizens are Black, while the Florida Department of Corrections reports that 47 percent of men and women in state prison are Black. In all 50 states, less than 14 percent of the population is Black but the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics notes that 33 […]

3 Republicans join House Democrats in passing sweeping police reform

BY: - June 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers (180 Republicans and one Independent) voting against it. Three Republicans sided with Democrats […]

ACLU calls on FL to tackle racial inequalities during pandemic and denounce attacks on Asian Americans

BY: - April 21, 2020

The national American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida is calling on the state to provide more detailed race, ethnicity and other demographic data related to COVID-19 infections and deaths, following alarming disparities and inequalities as the pandemic continues. In such southern states such as Louisiana and Mississippi, data show black people dying […]

FL Supreme Court advisory opinion on Amendment 4 is a win for governor, GOP; voting rights advocates vow to fight on

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative Republicans in an advisory opinion issued Thursday in which the court said 2018’s Amendment 4 requires ex-felons to pay any fines, fees, or restitution before they recover their right to vote. The five-member court (there are two vacancies at the moment) was unanimous on […]