About the Chapter
The ACLU is freedom’s watchdog — a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend the individual rights and personal freedoms of every man, woman and child in this country. The Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU of Florida is dedicated to equality and justice; our mission — as a 5500+ member collective of like-minded and committed activists — is to ensure that Miami-Dade County stands tall in the eyes of the nation as a community that respects and upholds the Constitution.
- Free Speech
- Voting Rights
- Racial Justice
- LGBTQ+ Rights
- Juvenile Justice
- Police Practices
- Disability Rights
- Religious Liberty
- Student/Youth Rights
- Human Rights and Immigration
- Women’s Rights/Reproductive Freedom
- Criminal Justice Reform/Prisoners’ Rights
Greater Miami Chapter history:
We’re the largest and oldest chapter in Florida — formally recognized by the ACLU as an affiliate on June 6, 1955; following the formation of chapters in Gainesville and Tampa, our name was changed in 1959 to the Florida Civil Liberties Union — in 1965, the name was changed again to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and the Miami affiliate was recognized as a chapter within the state-wide organization.
“UNEQUAL TREATMENT: RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN MIAMI-DADE CRIMINAL JUSTICE”
Our landmark report is the most comprehensive study of its kind in analysis of recent criminal justice data in Miami-Dade County. The report is a joint effort of the ACLU of Florida and the Greater Miami Chapter — authored by sociologists from the University of Miami. … years of exhaustive data-crunching and compilation — very proud of our chapter!
>>> full 52-page report PDF: https://bit.ly/3cZmjRs
>>> data analysis findings + infographics: https://bit.ly/3lfTxiC
Please join us and participate as a guest at our monthly dinner meetings: 6:00 pm – the first Tuesday of each month except January and August. An opportunity to meet, greet and interact with our board members – share your ideas and concerns.
Note: For the foreseeable future, we’ll be holding our board meetings virtually through ZOOM — please watch our social media for the login information.
Nicole Sinder – President
Rachel Streitfeld – 1st Vice President
Manning Salazar – 2nd Vice President
Mauro Santos – Treasurer
Mike Toth – Secretary
Joseph F. Bessard