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ICYMI: ACLU Miami Breaks Down How Your Civil Rights Were Impacted During the 2022 Florida Legislative Session

Civil Rights of many were impacted this past Florida’s legislative session. In order to make sure the community knew their effects, the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter hosted a virtual meeting titled “Civil liberties and new Florida laws from the 2022 legislative session.” The meeting took place July 20th on Zoom and was open to the public, however, if you missed the live event you can view the session now on their Facebook page.

This meeting featured speakers who discussed civil rights in Florida, what bills passed, the impacts of those laws, and the 2022 Florida legislative session. To help break things down was panelist, Senator Shevrin D. Jones, who was elected to the Florida State Senate in 2020 and is up for reelection this year in the 35th District. Other panelists included Annie Filkowski, Policy Director for the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Dr. Marvin Dunn, Professor Emeritus and retired Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University, and Karla Hernández-Mats, President of the United Teachers of Dade. The panel was moderated by Rachel Streitfeld, Esq., who is the Founder and Managing Partner of Bright Side Legal, North Bay Village Commissioner, and ACLU Miami Vice President. 

Streitfeld shared with Hy-Lo News the importance of the meeting.

“Viewers can expect an education on the legislative bills that passed and approved in this most recent session that affect civil liberties issues for Floridians,” she said. 

When asked why the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter should host this event, she spoke about how this organization is the oldest fighting organization to defend the constitution and the applications guaranteed to Florida. 

“The ACLU has a very well funded high functioning organizational apparatus to tract issues and advocate them and to file lawsuits to enforce the United States constitution and the Florida constitution,” said Streitfeld.

Civil Rights are the embodiment to express ourselves fully– being able to have our rights to love whom we want, to protect our bodies, to not be censored by the government, and our right to privacy. 

“Civil Rights is a broad term for those guarantees in the constitution that make us equal and free,” said Streitfeld.

After the meeting, event organizers hope that people will be inspired to be more engaged in local government, be encouraged to vote and voice their opinions, and get updates on the issues that will affect them most.

To watch the panel on the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

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