American Civil Liberties Union

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    October 24, 2014

    Miami-Dade's Sex Offender Law Challenged in Federal Court by ACLU

    In 2007, Miami New Times first documented the unintended side effect of Miami-Dade County's strict laws about where convicted sex offenders can live: Namely, that dozens of men were forced by law to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in squalid conditions. The men were eventually moved out amid na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    ACLU Demands Florida Immediately Recognize Out-of-State, Same-Sex Marriages

    The ACLU of Florida has filed a new motion in federal court demanding that Florida immediately recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states or countries. ACLU spokesman Baylor Johnson tells the Herald that the group is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Hickle " to stop enforce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Florida Police Won't Talk About Their Secret Device That Tracks Your Cell Phone

    How would you feel about police having secret technology that lets them track your exact movements via your cell phone without even having to get a warrant first? Well, it's not a paranoid, PRISM-fueled conspiracy theory. It's happening every day in the Sunshine State, where police agencies are usin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Eight More Couples Sue Florida to Recognize Gay Marriages From Other States

    Following a lawsuit filed in January by six gay couples hoping to strike down Florida's gay marriage ban, a new lawsuit has been filed by eight other couples seeking to have Florida recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Though the first lawsuit named Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    How Often Are Miami Police Secretly Tracking Our Cell Phones?

    Thanks to a little-known device manufactured by a tech company in Melbourne, police departments across Florida have tracked thousands of cell phones -- often without bothering to get a warrant first. In at least one case, the cops purposely kept the device secret in court because the company asked t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

    Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Pottinger Settlement: Homeless Lose Rights

    An agreement reached Wednesday takes some rights away from Miami's homeless population and sets a two-year moratorium during which the city won't be able to modify a landmark 1998 federal consent decree, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced late Thursday. Sex offenders ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Homeless People Say City Workers Are Stealing Their Stuff

    Kevin Henderson had a rude awakening early the morning of July 2, as if sleeping on the sidewalk adjacent to the Highland Professional Building on NW 18th Street wasn't bad enough. The building is a frequent bed-down spot for the homeless because of its wide overhang, which protects them from the ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Thousands of Floridians' Private Prescription Info Leaked From State's RX Database

    As part of Florida's efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances. Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Blacks Are Five Times More Likely Than Whites in Miami To Be Arrested for Pot

    Miami has a serious pot problem. According to a study released yesterday by the ACLU, Miami-Dade is one of the most aggressive and racially biased counties in the country when it comes to marijuana arrests. Not only did Miami have the ninth most marijuana arrests of any American city in 2010, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Howard Simon, ACLU Executive Director, Says Florida Voting Changes Are Racist and Wrong

    America has turned against black and Hispanic voters.As I show in my column this week, 41 states have recently pushed forward with voting restrictions that will primarily effect minorities. Mostly Republican legislators, who flooded into office after the 2010 election, have shortened registration pe ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    October 18, 2011

    Occupy Miami Hip-Hop & Rock Jam Featured Black Bobby, Politics, and Poetry

    ​After only three nights occupying part of Miami, a committed group of activists managed to throw together quite the successful concert in under 24 hours. In order to keep the movement's momentum up in this truly offensive weather, organizers set up a covered stage outside Stephen P. Clark Govern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    ACLU Sues to End Rick Scott's Drug Testing Laws on Behalf of Navy Vet

    ​The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed suit yesterday to end the state's new controversial requirement that all people seeking help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program undergo a drug test. The law was passed earlier this year at the behest of Gov.Rick Scott, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Miami Beach To Fire Police In Gay Harassment Case; Charges Pending to ATV Cops?

    ​Two Miami Beach cops accused of assaulting a gay tourist in Flamingo Park are getting pink slips -- even though prosecutors declined to file charges against them. Officers Elliut Hazzi and Frankly Forte are set to be fired, Commissioner Michael Gongora announced on his Twitter feed this afternoon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2011

    Miami Beach Residents Gather To Demand an End to Urban Beach Weekend

    Rich AbdillA protestor holding one of the many signs against Urban Beach Weekend.​About 200 residents gathered in front of Miami Beach City Hall Friday night to demand an end to the city's Urban Beach Weekend, which this year saw 431 arrests and two police shootings that left one man dead and four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Mayor Bower: Miami Beach Can't Do Anything About Urban Beach Weekend

    Miami Beach is largely helpless to stop Memorial Day partiers from coming to town for Urban Beach Weekend, which saw seven injured and one killed in police-related shootings this year, city Mayor Matti Herrera Bower said Tuesday afternoon. According to police, more than 400 were arrested."There is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    ACLU Files Suit Against Miami Beach for Wrongfully Harassing Gay Men

    Police Chief Carlos Noriega​The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has moved forward on their lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach by officially filing the suit in federal court today. The complaint stems from a 2009 incident in which Harold Strickland, an openly gay former resident of t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    February 9, 2010

    Police Chief Carlos Noriega Meets With Miami Beach's Gay Leaders Over ACLU Suit, Promises Changes

    Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega met with gay leaders earlier this afternoon at city hall, promising changes one week after the ACLU announced a suit charging that Beach cops regularly harass gay men in Flamingo Park. ​Noriega stressed that the two officers at the center of the ACLU sui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    News Roundup: Heat Fall Below .500

    A Man was shot at MIA lounge last night multiple times, while the shooter sped off in a black Mercedes. [JustNews]The ACLU claims two Miami Beach cops harassed and falsely arrested a gay tourist after he saw the men beating another suspect in handcuffs. [Herald]A man in Stuart died after being attac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    ACLU Jumps Into Michelle Spence-Jones vs. Charlie Crist Fight

    ​The American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ongoing Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones saga on behalf of five voters in her district. Just days after being re-elected in November, Spence-Jones turned herself in on charges of grand theft after accusations she stole money from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Timoney Loses, Freedom Wins, Taxpayers Pay

    Miami Police Chief John Timoney screwed up, and we taxpayers are just gonna keep paying and paying.Back in November 2003, the City of Miami shut down some protests against a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting being held here. The cops beat some protesters and illegally jailed others. Jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    News Roundup

    The former partners at a major Miami architecture firm are accusing one founder of fraud. [Herald]Wingnuts everywhere rejoice. Miami's ACLU affiliate was forced to cut 20 percent of its staff. [Herald]Authorities rounded up 117 illegal immigrants. Only 30 had previous criminal records. [NBC6]How col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    ACLU Stands Up For Banished Sex Offenders

    After a conflict with Miami Police, the sex offenders who have been sent by the state to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are getting some help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Yesterday the Florida branch of the ACLU delivered a letter to Miami Chief of Police John Timoney asking the ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008


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    January 26, 2007

    No Protests at Super Bowl Time, Baby!

    Don't mess with Max! Activist Max Rameau is having a tough time getting a County-issued protest permit to erect his tent city in front of the county building at 111 N.W. First St. next Wednesday, and he's gotten the ACLU involved. As we reported earlier this week, Rameau and other activists ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005
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    April 7, 2005

    The Long Silence

    How did county police officials respond to a damaging report on racial profiling? They didn't

  • News

    May 23, 2002

    Queer Adoption

    Florida's ban on gays as adoptive foster parents is medieval

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of March 7, 2002

    More debate about "Strings Attached"

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Last week's cover illustration? Disgusting!

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    Strings Attached

    Orthodox Jews in Miami Beach consider it a harmless symbol, but others believe it violates the U.S. Constitution

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    June 14, 2001

    It Takes a Cuban

    After a legendary career as president of the Miami ACLU, John de Leon is heading even further south

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    April 26, 2001

    We're Doing God's Work...

    With just a teeny-weeny bit of help from Key Biscayne police detectives

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    Fair Weather Freedom Fighters

    The Latin Grammys got the headlines, but brave and bruised theater director Alberto Sarraín got the honors

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Frank Talk About Free Speech

    Attorney Victor Diaz chats up the ACLU's Howard Simon

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Cuba Ordinance 101

    A New Times guide to busting the county's Cuba law

  • News

    March 2, 2000


    What's a day in Miami without a bizarre twist?

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    It's Payback Time

    Eleven years after the ACLU sued the City of Miami for harassing homeless citizens, the plaintiffs will get their cash

  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Street Sweepers

    The City of Miami's court-approved plan to deal with the homeless is one part tough love, two parts blind hope

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    Foundation Follies

    The Cuban American National Foundation sues its enemies again, but this time they're fighting back

  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Civil Wrongs

    The Weed and Seed program is supposed to clean up inner-city neighborhoods. Fat chance.

  • News

    June 19, 1997
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    June 12, 1997
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    August 29, 1996

    Give It Arrest

    The ACLU claims Dade County is using a temporary employment law to keep Hispanic day laborers off the job and in jail

  • News

    May 4, 1995

    The Seven Year Bitch

    The homeless story that won't go away still won't go away

  • News

    July 13, 1994

    No Butts

    When Cable-TAP told them to cover their asses, the Alliance Film and Video Project called the ACLU in instead

  • News

    December 23, 1992

    Letter? What Letter?

    Bill Clinton wants the military to stop discriminating against gays. Florida's top academic officers apparently couldn't care less.

  • News

    November 20, 1991

    Better Dead Than Read?

    A new crop of Miami Beach commissioners might finally lay to rest the Huber Drug Letter controversy

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