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This post is a review of The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. It is related peripherally to campaign financing because there are powerful economic forces who thrive on the nightmare presented in her book, and which will spend mightily in political contributions and lobbying to prevent any change. The book is a powerful one, and I recommend it for all SCPA members.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, 13 January 2012 08:38

Monday, Jan. 16: SCPA will join other groups in the annual peace march in Melbourne on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Info here.

Our own American police bombed the first responders to a wounded man.
When Iraqi and Afghan terrorists have done this to American soldiers, the world's reaction was condemnatory and just. With today's Americans against Americans street warfare, headlines scream that "at least he isn't dead" along with other trivializing spin and excuse making.
The purpose of "flash" bombs is to create fear and panic (shock and awe) in the "enemy."

Troy Davis - A Tragic Miscarriage Of Justice

Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:02

Troy Davis was convicted in 1991 on charges that he murdered a Savannah police officer.

CBS, The Superbowl and Abortion?

Monday, 01 February 2010 22:00

CBS is planning to air an anti-abortion ad during this weekend's Super Bowl game.

Floridians Organize Against REAL ID Act

Wednesday, 22 June 2005 23:00

On June 21st, 2005, a variety of Brevard County groups attended a meeting at Kay's Barbecue in Cocoa, for the purposes of discussing how to organize opposition to the recently passed Federal REAL ID Act, a big brother nightmare.

Though King’s legacy is often inextricably linked to his faith in God, he was hardly a cheerleader for the church as he found it and is best understood as a philosopher and social leader who happened to be passionately committed to Jesus Christ.

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Governor Crist Opens Clemency Report for Applicants

Press release from Governor Crist's office. Thanks to Space Coast social justice advocate Lynda Markham for her good work!

Valetta Chaney discusses two legal cases and their origins in what sounds like a water department with a real problem in the City of Cocoa. When you see a hangman's noose, what do you think of?

Civil Liberties Under Assault in Florida

Monday, 05 February 2007 22:00

by Kevin Aplin
February 6, 2007  

Post 9/11 America has seen a constant assault on fundamental constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.  The right to dissent, due process, privacy, to be free from torture – these are just some of the rights that government has abandoned under the guise of protecting us from terrorism. The ACLU has risen to meet the challenges and make sure the Bill of Rights did not collapse along with the twin towers.  

Since 9/11 ACLU membership has more than doubled and thanks to your contributions the organization is poised to meet the abuses of power in Florida and across the country.  Highlighted below are some of the things that your generosity is helping accomplish.  

The ACLU has filed a series of Freedom of Information requests to seek records related to President Bush’s asserted authority to search Americans’ mail without a warrant. Last August in a landmark case brought by the ACLU, a federal judge in Detroit declared the Administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program unconstitutional. Now it appears that the President is trying to use the same illegal tactics to justify opening Americans mail.  

According to Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, “No President has the authority to decide on his own what the law is; from the Pentagon and FBI surveillance of peace activists to unchecked NSA wiretapping the executive branch is trampling on the privacy and free speech rights of Americans.”  

The ACLU of Florida has uncovered surveillance of peace activists in Brevard, Palm Beach and Broward counties, and successfully lobbied to change surveillance practices in Brevard. And in 2005 Howard Simon, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida, gave a civil rights training program to the command structure of the Brevard County Sheriff.   

More recently the Brevard office has worked to secure the right of environmentalists to conduct First Amendment activities on public land around the Valkaria Airport.  

The ACLU works on many fronts to protect individual rights including: to restore voting and civil rights to approximately one million disenfranchised former felons; to protect the right of Gay and Lesbian students to organize student clubs in their schools, combat bullying and promote tolerance; to prevent illegal pat-down searches when entering sporting events; and successfully challenging censorship by school libraries.  

The ACLU of Florida is lead council in a landmark lawsuit challenging the integrity of electronic touch screen voting machines responsible for 18,000 unaccounted votes in a congressional election in Sarasota.  

In 2000 the ACLU of Florida had two full time lawyers and we have grown to nine. We have staffed offices in Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Orlando and Brevard, and plan to open one in Jacksonville soon.  Staffed projects include Racial Justice and Voting Rights, Gay and Lesbian issues, Religious Freedom and Providing Access to Teen Health. This work is only possible with your support.   

If you are interested becoming a member or volunteering please contact:
Kevin Aplin Vice President
ACLU of FL Brevard Chapter
(321) 768-6262
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Links to cases referenced above can be found at

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