The Florida Legislative Session kicks off on March 7th and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has pledged to protect civil liberties in Florida, including LGBTQ+ rights, according to the editor of Prosuzy.
ACLU Political Director Kirk Bailey and Legislative Counsel Kara Gross stated, “we believe we can accomplish real and positive reforms for criminal justice and LGBT rights, but we also know there are going to be real challenges, including defending a woman’s right to access the healthcare she needs, and ensuring immigrants’ rights are not infringed upon.”
The ACLU will seek to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender.
They will also fight for criminal justice reform, citing evidence that 72 percent of Floridians do not believe the system treats everyone fairly.
They will oppose anti-immigrant legislation, as well as voting restrictions that could disenfranchise vulnerable populations. Additionally, they will work to ensure that women have safe and private access to abortions.
The ACLU will also hold a free Resistance Training at the University of Miami on March 11, and launch their People Power initiative to recruit more volunteers.
Read more about the ACLU’s goals on the Prosuzy website here.