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					               Financial Report                                                                                                                                                                                                           Annual Report 2003
        Substantial financial resources are essential to pursue the wide-ranging civil liberties activities of the ACLU of
        Florida. What is remarkable about the ACLU is the way that financial support is raised — by the energetic and                                                                                                            Message from the ACLU of Florida President
        dedicated work of committed Board members, staff and dozens of volunteers. They are the engine that drives all                                                                                                                     These are dark and perilous         chapters in Lee County, Treasure
        that the ACLU is able to accomplish. The ACLU receives no government funding. Its existence depends entirely                                                                                                             times for civil liberties in our country,     Coast, the Panhandle and, most




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Judy G. Rolfe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and it is easy to feel discouraged about      recently, in Volusia/Flagler
        upon private donations, foundation grants, court-awarded legal fees and membership dues.                                                                                                                                 the future of those liberties. But there is   counties, where a chapter was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 reason for optimism. In response to the       chartered in December 2003.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pressures to reduce liberty in the name of    Formation of a chapter is now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 safety, the ACLU nationally and here in       underway in Monroe County.
                            ACLU Foundation of Florida Operating Income and Expenses                                                                                                                                             Florida has been growing exponentially.       Student groups are also
                                                                         Fiscal year ending March 31, 2004                                                                                                                       To share with you that growth in Florida,     burgeoning. Today we have six,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "let's do the numbers."                       including our first-ever high
                    The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions to it are deductible for income tax purposes.                                                                                                             Ten years ago, the ACLU of          school group in Orlando.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Florida had approximately 11,000                        Our operating budget
        REVENUE AND SUPPORT:                                                                 EXPENSES:                                                                                                                           members and supporters in this State.         today is four times the size of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               our budget in 2000. Increased
        Contributions and grants                             $1,097,266                      Program Expenses                                                          $683,174                                                                                                contributions and grants have
        Bequests                                               $222,321                      Supporting expenses:                                                                                                                                                              permitted us to expand our staff
        Attorney fee and cost reimbursement:                    $16,696                      Management and general                                                  $115,428                                                                                                  in that time period from nine that
        Event loss/revenue, net                                 $10,267                      Fund raising                                                            $100,682                                                                                                  year to sixteen today. We have
        Investment gains                                       $230,783                      Total expenses:                                                          $899,284                                                                                                 doubled our legal staff from two
        National revenue sharing                                 $4,872                      Changes in net assets                                                    $690,851                                                                                                 to four full-time lawyers, whose
        Other income                                             $7,930                      Net assets, beginning of year                                          $1,232,828                                                                                                 work is supplemented by                ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero front and center at the March for Women’s Lives on April 25 in Washington, D.C. More
        Net assets released from restrictions                         -                                                                                                                                                                                                        attorneys from the community           than 75 ACLU members from Florida attended the historic event.

                                                                                             Net assets, end of year                                                $1,923,679                                                                                                 who volunteer to take on ACLU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               cases. We have also doubled the number            and centers around the state to help ex-                    a historic march sponsored, among
        Total revenue and support:                           $1,590,135                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          felons apply for restoration of their                       others, by the ACLU. And in May, at our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of staffed offices we maintain, adding to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               our two established offices in Miami and          rights, and meeting with Supervisors of                     Annual Nelson Poynter Award Dinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Tallahassee two new ones -- a Northwest           Elections to press for procedural and                       we honored Cheryl Little, Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Florida office in Pensacola and a West            operational reforms in the maintenance                      Director of Florida Immigration
                                     ACLU of Florida Operating Income and Expenses                                                                                                                                               ACLU of Florida President Jeanne Baker.       Central Florida office in Tampa; two              of voter lists and deployment of new                        Advocacy Center, for her extraordinary
                                                                         Fiscal year ending March 31, 2004                                                                                                                                                                     parts of our state that suffer woeful civil       voting systems.                                             work in trying to bring due process,
                                                    The ACLU is supported primarily by membership dues.                                                                                                                          Three years ago, just before the events of    liberties violations but until now have                        Other issues are also at the top               liberty and justice to the "huddled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 September 11, 2001, we had grown to           lacked local staffed ACLU offices to              of our agenda. The ACLU of Florida is                       masses yearning to breathe free."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 15,000; a year ago, to 18,000. But today,     support volunteer efforts.                        actively engaged in working to educate                                 Some would say that we owe
        REVENUE AND SUPPORT:                                                                 EXPENSES:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we have more than 22,000 members and                    Most importantly, all of this           the public about the USA PATRIOT Act,                       much of our newfound growth to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 supporters – a growth of 50 percent in        growth has translated into more program.          with Chapters regularly holding town                        Attorney General John Ashcroft. But
        Membership:                                            $285,760                      Program Expenses:                                                         $211,699
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the past decade, but almost 25 percent in     In addition to its steady output of               hall meetings on this topic and                             this is only part of the story. The rest of
        Bequests                                               $273,144                      Supporting expenses:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the last year alone.                          lawsuits, legislative lobbying, and public        successfully working for the passage of                     the story is that we have a superb
        Investment gain                                         $31,784                      Management and General:                                                    $37,755                                                                                                                                                  city and county resolutions supporting                      Executive Director and staff, a
        Other income                                             $1,893                      Fund raising                                                               $27,306                                                            Our chapters have similarly         education on a wide range of important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 grown in number. Fifty years ago,             civil liberties issues, the ACLU of               the Bill of Rights and opposing the                         committed State Board of Directors who
                                                                                             Total Expenses:                                                           $276,760                                                                                                                                                  Patriot Act. So far, Broward, Alachua,                      work hard to ensure the financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Florida had but one chapter – the first       Florida recently initiated and has now
        Total revenue and support:                             $592,581                      Change in Net Assets                                                      $315,821                                                                                                                                                  Sarasota, Lee, and Tampa have joined the                    underpinnings of the organization,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ACLU organization below the Mason-            taken a lead statewide in two critical
                                                                                             Net Assets at the beginning of the year                                   $179,029                                                                                                                                                  growing list of communities to take such                    enthusiastic Chapter Boards who keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dixon line, in Miami. Twenty-five years       voting rights areas -- the re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 later, the number of Florida chapters had     enfranchisement of ex-felons, and the             action.                                                     the flame of civil liberties alive in
                                                                                             Net Assets at the end of year                                             $494,850                                                  increased to seven. Today, that number        protection of the rights of citizens to                        The new Northwest and West                     communities across the state of Florida,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has more than doubled to fifteen chapters     have their votes counted accurately.              Central Florida offices recently launched                   and you, the members and supporters
                                        Source: Audited financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2004 by L. Brown and Company, P.A.
                                                  Copies available by writing: ACLU, 4500 Biscayne Blvd., #340, Miami, FL 33137.                                                                                                 scattered around the state – core groups      Chapters are assisting in this voting             a renewed commitment to racial justice                      who are the very backbone of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 which meet regularly to monitor and           rights work by collecting petitions to            in this State. In April 2004, we                            organization. Thank you for your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 respond to civil liberties violations "on     eliminate the felon-disenfranchisement            subsidized a contingent of Florida ACLU                     continuing support and solidarity!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the ground," in their local communities.      provision of the Florida Constitution,            members to travel to Washington, D.C.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In just the last few years, we have added     volunteering at ACLU-run workshops                to join in the March for Women's Lives,
         ACLU-FL Volunteers and Interns
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Jeff Borg.




    We thank the following volunteers and interns who have helped build our
    program and carry out our message through their dedicated work in the
    ACLU office:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Courage to be a Civil Libertarian — When It Counts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HOWARD L. SIMON                               issue before the Supreme Court was                     Supreme Court included the following                    as was done for the Japanese
    Stephen Narain                              Amber McNair                                                                                                                                                                     EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                            whether the federal courts had                         plea: “It is only natural that in times of              internees.
    Diana Gibson                                Lindsey Siegel
    Jennifer Brown                              Pilar Siman                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jurisdiction to review any claims of                   crisis our government should tighten the                          It is a lot harder, and it
    Tommy Wilson                                Antionette Virgin                                                                                                                                                                          Last November Fred Korematsu        wrongful imprisonment made by the                      measures it ordinarily takes to preserve                requires greater courage, to be a
    Candance Carreno                            Racquel Wolowitz                                                                                                                                                                 filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the    detainees.                                             our security. But we know from long                     civil libertarian when it counts. And
    James Clayman                                                                                                                                                                                                                United States Supreme Court.                            The court rejected the                       experience that we often react too                      that time is now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Korematsu asked the Supreme         President’s assertion of unreviewable                  harshly in circumstances of felt necessity                        Attorney General John
     With Thanks to the Following Attorneys                                                                                                                                                                                      Court to decide whether the doors of the      discretion. “A state of war is not a blank             and underestimate the damage to civil                   Ashcroft claims to be making the
    For Donating their Services in 2003-2004:                                                                                                                                                                                    nation’s federal courts will be open or       check for the President when it comes to               liberties. Typically, we come later to                  country secure from terrorism by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 closed to detainees held by the U.S.          the rights of the nation’s citizens,” wrote            regret our excesses, but for many that                  championing the USA PATRIOT
    Michael R. Barnes                           Matt Moore                                                                                                                                                                       military at Guantanamo Bay. Some of the       Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.                           recognition comes too late. The challenge               Act, issuing Executive Orders for
    Robert E. Biasotti                          Kathrine M. Mortensen                                                                                                                                                            detainees claim that they are not “enemy                This was not the first time that             is to identify excess when it occurs and                secret arrests and secret trials, and
    John R. Blue                                Colleen O’Laughlin                                                                                                                                                               combatants” but were swept up on the          Korematsu appeared before the U. S.                    to protect constitutional rights before                 dramatically expanding government
    Mark Brown                                  Joel Perwin                                                                                                                                                                      streets of Afghanistan or simply turned
    Michael A. Cheah                            Beverly Pohl                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Supreme Court. In 1942, five months                    they are compromised unnecessarily.                     efforts to spy on innocent people.
    Charlotte Danciu                            Rachel A. Ramsey                                                                                                                                                                 over by U.S. paid bounty hunters.             after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor,                These cases provide the court with the                  This is a defense of freedom that
    W.F. Casey Ebsary Jr.                       Paul Rebein                                                                                                                                                                                The High Court issued its           Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi                       opportunity to protect constitutional                   will turn our country into a police
    Philip L. Graham Jr.                        Lida Rodriguez-Taseff                                                                                                                                                            historic rulings in the cases of the          challenged their arrest under President                liberties when they matter most rather                  state.
    Jim Green                                   Bruce Rogow                                                                                                                                                                      Guantanamo detainees and the U.S.             Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066,                      than belatedly, after the fact.”                                  When the history of the
    Ephraim Hess                                Gregory Samms                                                                                                                                                                    citizens held in military brigs as enemy      ordering the internment of all Japanese                          With the wisdom of someone                    post 9/11 period is written, it will be
8   Bruce Howie
    Louis M. Jepeway, Jr.
                                                Elizabeth Schwartz
                                                Greg Shibley                                                                                                                                                                     combatants in June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The administration claimed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Americans.                                             whose life was turned upside down by a                  the small number of visionary and                     1
    James Andrew Kent                           Sydney Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Supreme Court’s rejection                previous inept response to a national                   dedicated ACLU members, those
    William A . Knight                          Stacey K. Sutton                                                                                                                                                                 have the right to hold the detainees          of Korematsu and Hirabayashi’s appeal,                 emergency, Korematsu is urging us not to                with the courage to be a civil
    Steven Kozlowski                            Gray Thomas                                                                                                                                                                      indefinitely, for the “duration of            upholding the forced removal of                        be “civil libertarians in hindsight.” Too               libertarian when it counts, who will
    Doug Laycock                                Glen Torcivia                                                                                                                                                                    hostilities,” without charges and without
    Luke Lirot                                  Sylvia H. Walbolt                                                                                                                                                                                                              approximately 120,000 persons of                       often, we just acknowledge that there are               be seen as the true patriots.
    Howard Marks                                Lynn Waxman                                  Former Palm Beach Chapter Chair Ruth Gottlieb and husband, Joseph Gottlieb, enjoying a bite to eat during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 access to a lawyer, and that its judgment     Japanese descent, is one of the most                   always innocent victims in any war and
    Mike Masinter                                                                            the cocktail reception at the ACLU Foundation of Florida’s 25th Annual Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award                         in these matters was not reviewable by        shameful chapters in our history.                      end up apologizing and compensating the
                                                                                             Dinner held on May 22 in Coral Gables.                                                                                              anyone, including the federal courts. The               Korematsu’s brief to the                     victims of our mistakes many years later,
    About the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ACLU Desilver Society
              The American Civil                of malfunctions of voting equipment.                          signature-gathering in various areas of the                                                                        spend a considerable amount of time            The DeSilver Society is named after Albert DeSilver (1888-1924), one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union and the
    Liberties Union of Florida, with                      In addition to improving the way                    state. Nearly 500,000 signatures are                                                                               responding to requests for media               first ACLU member who made certain that his support for civil liberties and the work of the ACLU would live on after his death.
    headquarters in Miami, is the state         votes are cast and counted, the ACLU of                       required to place the amendment on the                                                                             interviews and making frequent television
    affiliate of the national organization.     Florida is working to end an enormous                         ballot.                                                                                                            and radio appearances in English and           The ACLU established The DeSilver Society to recognize those thousands of supporters who, in the same spirit of Albert DeSilver,
    Chartered in 1965, the ACLU of              injustice underlying our entire voting                                                                                                                                           Spanish. Reporters may call our offices        extended their commitment to the defense of civil liberties beyond their lifetimes through bequests, life income plans or other giving
    Florida operates with the help of 16        process — the mass disenfranchisement                         Legislative Advocacy                                                                                               up to 15 times per day when they are           options.
    staff members and 15 volunteer-run          of more than 600,000 Floridians with past                              Much of the ACLU of Florida’s                                                                             seeking comment on issues such as
    chapters across the state. The              felony convictions. In Florida, civil rights                  work to protect civil liberties is carried                                                                         voting rights, police misconduct or gay        The struggle to defend individual rights never ends, because no generation can secure liberty for all time. Each generation must do
    organization's oldest chapter — the                                                                                                                                                                                          adoption.                                      its part to keep the promise of the Bill of Rights alive.
    Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU                                                                                                                                                                                                      From March 2003 through April
    of Florida — was founded in 1955.                                                                                                                                                                                            2004, we issued 77 press releases and          The ACLU of Florida gratefully acknowledges the devoted support of the following DeSilver Society members who have provided




                                                                                                                                                                        Photo reprinted with permission from Associated Press.
    The newest chapter — the                                                                                                                                                                                                     organized press conferences on the civil       the ACLU with the resources needed to protect civil liberties for future generations:
    Volusia/Flagler chapter covering                                                                                                                                                                                             liberties implications of Section 215 of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DeSilver Society member Dr. Ethelene C. Jones.
    Daytona Beach and surrounding                                                                                                                                                                                                the controversial anti-terror law dubbed
    areas — was chartered in December                                                                                                                                                                                            the USA PATRIOT Act, court arguments
    2003.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the ACLU’s challenge to Florida’s gay       Anonymous                                                    David Eidelkind                                                            Lisa Baez Kidd                          Harry I. Rubin
              In addition to its Miami                                                                                                                                                                                           adoption ban, the issue of paper trails for    Patricia M. Arnold                                           Clyde Ellis                                                                Stewart Kohn                            Maria Teresa Sanchez
    office, the ACLU of Florida also has                                                                                                                                                                                         touch-screen voting systems. Although          Mary Jane Bauer                                              Kurt Flachs                                                                Gerald Kurland                          Leo and Frances Sandron
    offices in Tallahassee and Pensacola.                                                                                                                                                                                        press calls are usually handled through        Phyllis H. and Jack M. Bennett                               Melvin Frank                                                               Carla Lamarr                            Leonard Sanaginario
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robert Blacher                                               Irving P. Golden                                                           F. Keith Lathrop                        Richard Sargeant and Peter Genovese
    We opened a fourth office in Tampa                                                                                                                                                                                           the state office in Miami,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sydelle Blatt                                                John Gorman                                                                Toni Latino                             Lewis Serbin
    in April 2004 staffed by attorney                                                                                                                                                                                            Communications Director Alessandra             William T. Bode                                              Enid Gottesman                                                             Denis Loring                            Samir Siddiqui
    Rebecca Harrison Steele. Officially                                                                                                                                                                                          Soler Meetze often drafts press releases       William M. Boyd                                              Howard Greenfield                                                          Randall C. Marshall                     Sandra L. Snow
    named the ACLU of Florida West                                                                                                                                                                                               and coordinates media interviews with          Jo Ann and Don Boydston                                      Ellen M. Griswold                                                          Earle McGue and Pauline Heffley         Larry H. Spalding
    Central Florida Office, the Tampa                                                                                                                                                                                            chapter representatives. ACLU of Florida       John Anthony Brown                                           Jane Gross                                                                 Siobhan McLaughlin                      Jean Stanley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard A. Busemeyer                                         Joseph and Susan Haislip                                                   Wayne E. McNaughton                     Robert G. Stevenson
    office is home to our new Racial                                                                                                                                                                                             Executive Director Howard Simon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eleanor Carlson                                              Ada G. Halbreich                                                           Carole Mehlman                          Ralph L. Struever
    Justice Project.                            At a press conference in Miami earlier this year, Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 frequently writes opinion columns and          Bret Cipes                                                   Charlotte Hamlet                                                           Tom and Bonnie Menaker                  Stanley L. Swart
                                                Program, discusses disturbing new revelations about the MATRIX database surveillance program.                                                                                    “Letters to the Editor” in newspapers          Richard C. Connolly                                          Ida Herst                                                                  Oscar Merber                            Carl E. Trough
    Legal Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                across the state, as do staff members and      Norris Crenshaw and Frank Greer                              Audrey Hirsch                                                              Ramon Mestre                            Thaddeus Vernik
              The ACLU of Florida’s             lost upon conviction of a felony include                      out in the legislative halls of our Capitol                                                                        chapter board representatives.                 Michael Cuddy                                                Sandy Hoover                                                               Fulvia Mombello-Russo                   E. Landon Walston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anthony J. D’Aniello                                         Arthur Immerman                                                            Frances Jellinek Myers                  Doug and Sue Wartzok
    Legal Department undertakes                 not only the right to vote, but also the                      in Tallahassee. We maintain a strong                                                                                         In April 2003, the ACLU of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Helen Gordon Davis                                           Clifford R. Jackman                                                        Nancy Foley Noonan                      Anne S. Wax
    litigation that advances and defends        right to hold certain state job licenses,                     presence in Tallahassee, where Legislative                                                                         Florida launched a redesigned website          George and Madeline Day                                      Jacques F. Jacobson                                                        Marilyn Lee Perron                      Nathan O. White
    constitutional rights in Florida. Each      which makes it difficult for many people                      Staff Counsel Larry Spalding serves as                                                                             that incorporates new features such as a       Claire DeSilver                                              Donald Wolcott Johnson                                                     Gregg Phifer                            Darlene Williams
    year, we litigate about 60 cases under      to support their families as productive,                      the ACLU’s voice before the Florida                                                                                "Take Action" section, which allows            Albert R. Dilley                                             Ethelene C. Jones                                                          Jan Reiner                              Alan Winet
    the guidance of our legal director,         tax-paying citizens.                                          Legislature. During the 2004 Legislative                                                                           members to sign-up to receive daily            John W. Donnelly                                             Chet Kaufman                                                               Hugh W. Ripley                          Lynn E. Wolf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alan Ehrlich                                                 P.J. Keagle                                                                Larry S. Roberts
    Randall C. Marshall. His work is                      In an effort to provide people                      Session that capped near midnight April                                                                            action alerts. A new security feature on
    supplemented by highly respected            with past felony convictions with in-                         30, Spalding tracked more than 100 bills                                                                           the website also allows civil libertarians     For more information about wills, charitable gift annuities or other gift planning opportunities, contact the ACLU’s planned giving department toll-free at (877) 867-
    attorneys who donate their time and         depth, ongoing assistance throughout the                      with civil liberties implications. The                                                                             to become members on-line and to               1025, or send an email to DeSilver@aclu.org. Supporters who have already included the ACLU in their wills or estate plans are encouraged to notify the ACLU’s
    talent to the ACLU.                         often years-long process of applying for                      ACLU lobbied aggressively against a                                                                                purchase tickets for ACLU events using a       Planned Giving Office. We want to welcome you as a member of The DeSilver Society.
              Over the past year, the           restoration of their civil and voting rights,                 joint resolution that asks voters to                                                                               credit card. The website (www.aclufl.org)
    ACLU of Florida has been called             the ACLU of Florida opened four Rights                        approve a constitutional amendment                                                                                 contains information in English, Spanish
    upon to defend constitutional rights        Restoration Advocacy Centers this past                        authorizing the Legislature to pass a law                                                                          and Creole, including briefing papers,
    in the important areas of freedom of
    religion, freedom of speech, voting
    rights and privacy. We dedicated
                                                year in Miami, Tallahassee, Homestead
                                                and Pensacola. We also launched a toll-
                                                free hot line to help people regain their
                                                                                                              requiring that parents be notified when a
                                                                                                              minor seeks an abortion. Although the
                                                                                                              dangerous bill passed during the recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ACLU publications and "Know Your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rights" brochures. Since the launch of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the new site, we've seen a significant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Investors in Liberty
    much of our legal efforts to fighting       rights. Former felons can call the number                     session, the ACLU is seeking a court                                                                               jump in web traffic. As compared to            Thanks to our many supporters who have contributed so generously to the ACLU. We want to single out those supporters in Florida who made extraordinary
    attempts by state officials to intrude      — 1-877-U-COUNT — from 9 a.m. to 5                            injunction to prevent the issue from going                                                                         figures from 2002, we’ve seen nearly a         contributions to the ACLU/ACLU Foundation of Florida in 2003. Their names appear directly below. Because of the generosity of all of our donors, the values of the
    on the privacy rights of Floridians.        p.m. Monday through Friday.                                   before voters on November 2. The lawsuit                                                                           70 percent increase in web traffic due in      Bill of Rights continue to be more than a promise on paper. We also want to thank those Board members and other volunteers who have participated in our efforts to
    One particularly disturbing showcase                  The struggle to end Florida's                       argues the ballot language is                                                                                      large part to the streamlined, user-friendly   raise funds to support the ACLU’s work on behalf of civil liberties in Florida and across the nation.
    of extraordinary power came on              voting ban against people with past                           “intentionally misleading” because it                                                                              design.
    October 21, 2003 when the Florida           felony convictions took a dramatic new                        suggests that privacy rights will be                                                                                         In 2003, the ACLU of Florida         President’s Committee                                        Liberty Council                                                            Freedom Circle                          Janet R. McAliley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gold Circle                                                  ($5,000 to $9,999)                                                         ($1,000 to $2,499)                      George McEver
    Legislature passed a one-time bill          turn this year. Florida State Senator M.                      protected, when in reality the amendment                                                                           also introduced to its members a                                                                                                                                                                                               Earle McGue and Pauline Heffley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ($100,000 or more annually)                                  Anonymous                                                                  William H. Abner
    allowing Governor Jeb Bush to issue         Mandy Dawson filed language to place                          limits the constitutional right to privacy                                                                         completely redesigned Torch, a tabloid         Anonymous                                                    Jack and Ruth Admire                                                       Louis J. Appignani                      John W. Miles
    a "stay" to prevent the removal of a                                                                                                                                                                                         size newsletter that is typically published    Frank Brunckhorst                                            Dade Community Foundation                                                  Jeanne Baker and Walter G. Bradley      Paula Montgomery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard Neiman
    feeding tube from Terri Schiavo, a                                                                                                                                                                                           three times a year in April, August and                                                                     Anne Dahling                                                               Gregory A. Baldwin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Silver Circle                                                Saul Glottmann                                                             Andy and Marion Barnes                  Susan Welles Nelson
    severely brain-damaged woman who,                                                                                                                                                                                            December. The April and August issues
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ($50,000 to $99,999)                                         Enid C. Gottesman                                                          Eileen H. Belcher                       David E. Newman
    the courts found, did not wish to be                                                                                                                                                                                         are four-page editions, while the                                                                           Glen King Parker                                                           Michael E. Berman                       Rafael Oliver-Vidaud
    kept alive artificially. For highlights                                                                                                                                                                                      December issue is usually eight pages.                                                                      Robert Rauschenberg                                                        James D. Brower                         Bertram B. Parker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bronze Circle                                                Joe Redner                                                                 John and Glenda Burkhart                Patricia M. Patterson and James M.
    on this case and many others from                                                                                                                                                                                            The newsletter, which is distributed to our                                                                                                                                                                                    Bisbee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ($25,000 to $49,999)                                         Larry S. and Maria E. Roberts                                              Barry Butin
    our legal docket, turn to page 4.                                                                                                                                                                                            members throughout the state, provides                                                                                                                                                                                         Joel S. and Jean Perwin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lee and Sydelle Blatt                                        Harold Schiffman                                                           Patt Derian and Hodding Carter III
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 supporters with regular docket updates         Robert Kerrigan                                              Isobel and Roger Sturgeon                                                  Frank H. and Mary Teale Dupuis          Michael E. Pheneger
    Voting Rights Project                                                                                                                                                                                                        and informs the public about upcoming                                                                                                                                                  Lewis S. Eidson, Jr.                    Joseph M. Plunkett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. & Mrs. A. Purkis
              Through our Voting Rights                                                                                                                                                                                          ACLU events across the state.                  Justice Council                                              Constitution Circle                                                        Lori G. Emly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ronald Ravikoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ($10,000 to $24,999)                                         ($2,500 to $4,999)                                                         Lucille and Belvin Friedson
    Project, the ACLU of Florida has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anonymous                                                    William M. Boyd, II                                                        David and Ruth Gorton                   Paul W. Rebein
    spent a considerable amount of time                                                                                                                                                                                          Development & Fund                             The Busemeyer Atheist Foundation                             Martin and Nancy Engels                                                    Law Firm of Greenberg Traurig           Frederic Rolf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neal A. Roth
    this past year working to ensure that                                                                                                                                                                                        Raising                                        Andrew and Shayna Kayton                                     Margaret R. Fuller                                                         Howard Greenfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trase and Ethel Rowland
    all citizens are able to cast their votes                                                                                                                                                                                              Defending First Amendment            George Lindemann, Jr.                                        Edwin E. McAmis                                                            Robert J. Haiman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ramon L. and Dorothy Posel                                   Lida Rodriguez-Taseff                                                      Marcia Halpern                          St. Petersburg Times
    and have them accurately counted.                                                                                                                                                                                            freedoms, equality, privacy rights, and        Julius J. and Helene B. Slazinski                            Leonard and Annsheila Turkel                                               Glenn W. and Linnea Harrison            John Antonio Sandrolini
    The ACLU of Florida has been at the                                                                                                                                                                                          fundamental fairness requires constant         Earl and Sally Wiener                                        Jeanne M. and Robert F. Westcott                                           Law Firm of Holland & Knight LLP        Aaron Schecter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Winstel                                                Jim Woodfin                                                                Jane K. and Norman N. Holland           Lewis J. Serbin
    forefront of the push to achieve                                                                                                                                                                                             vigilance and support. Each year,                                                                                                                                                                                              Frank Shear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert P. Hummer
    verified, secure and auditable voting                                                                                                                                                                                        individuals and institutions — including                                                                                                                                               Kenneth Hurley and Roberta S. Nord      Steven and Alex Shelton
    in counties with touch-screen voting        Volunteer Bertrall Ross (left) at the Rights Restoration Advocacy Center, sponsored by the Florida Rights Restoration                                                            foundations, unions and corporations —                                                                                                                                                 Harry N. Jacobs                         Louis M. Silber




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    machines. In April 2003, we filed a         Coalition, reviews paperwork submitted by an applicant at the Miami location.                                                                                                    demonstrate their commitment to those                                                                                                                                                  Mohsin Jaffer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James J. Jenkins                        Chesterfield Smith and Jacqueline
    "friend-of-the-court" brief in a Palm                                                                                                                                                                                        shared constitutional values through steady                                                                                                                                                                                    Allee-Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        William H. Jeter, Jr.
    Beach County case arguing the only          an amendment to the Florida Constitution                      for the citizens of Florida.                                                                                       gifts and grants to the ACLU Foundation.                                                                                                                                               Ethelene C. Jones and Walter Graves     Neal R. Sonnett
    way to meaningfully audit electronic        on the statewide ballot. The constitutional                                                                                                                                                In addition to these foundation                                                                                                                                              Thomas Julin                            Lois and Richard Sontag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anne Strozier and Michael A. Viren
    voting machines and conduct                 amendment, if passed, would remove the                        Communications                                                                                                     grants and private donations, we also                                                                                                                                                  Nicholas and Anne Karamessinis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zia E. Taheri
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Irwin Katz
    recounts during close elections is to       lifetime voting and civil rights ban                                    The ACLU of Florida is                                                                                   receive funding from court-awarded legal                                                                                                                                                                                       Raymond J. Taseff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anthony E. and Grace M. Kessel
    equip the computers with printers           against people with past felonies — a ban                     responsible for ensuring that the ACLU’s                                                                           fees and membership dues. In fact, our                                                                                                                                                 Stewart and Estelle Kohn                J. Holley Taylor

2   that generate voter-verified paper
    trails. We believe paper records are
                                                that has been in our state constitution
                                                since 1868 — and restore individuals'
                                                                                                              voice in defense of civil liberties is heard
                                                                                                              across the state of Florida. One of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 membership base grew significantly in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2003 and we now have more than 22,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Benedict P. Kuehne and Lynn B. Kislak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ira Kurzban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parker D. Thomson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael E. Tubbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                University of South Florida Foundation
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carl J. Lacher and Don Meritt
    necessary to provide a measure of           civil and voting rights after completion of                   ways we deliver our message to the public                                                                          members and supporters in Florida. We do                                                                                                                                               Alice M. Lanich                         Maria D. Vesperi and Jay Sokolovsky
    voter confidence, to assess the             their sentences.                                              is through the media. By issuing press                                                                             not receive any government funding.                                                                                                                                                    Felix Keith Lathrop                     E. Landon Walston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Benjamin Waxman and Gwen Wurm
    integrity of the data, and to conduct a               Local ACLU chapters and                             releases, coordinating media briefings                                                                             Annual membership dues are $20 for an                                                                                                                                                  Denis W. Loring and Donna Levin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rosemary B. Wilder
    meaningful audit in case of a close or      members of the statewide Florida Rights                       and press conferences, we are able to                                                                              individual; $30 for a joint membership.                                                                                                                                                Sharon Lutz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amelia Maguire                          Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Wolf
    disputed election, especially given         Restoration Coalition have organized                          inform the public in a timely manner                                                                               Students and others on limited incomes                                                                                                                                                 Michael C. Maher                        Fred P. Wurlitzer
    increasing voter unease about reports       local working groups to coordinate                            about pressing civil liberties issues. We                                                                          may join for $5.                                                                                                                                                                       Randall C. and Margaret J. Marshall     Frederick and Elinor Zwerling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Judge Fredericka Smith and WPLG senior political reporter Michael Putney chat over cocktails at the ACLU                                Manuel Martinez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foundation of Florida’s 25th Annual Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award Dinner held on May 22 in Coral Gables.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Putney was the master of ceremonies at the event honoring immigrant rights advocate Cheryl Little.
    Grassroots Advocacy Across Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Safe and Free: Fighting Attacks on Civil Liberties
                                                                                                                                              North Central: The chapter spent                                                                                    The anti-terrorism measures                               When Congress killed the
                                                                                                                                              much of this past year tabling at local                                                                   adopted by the federal government in                       Pentagon’s controversial “Total




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                                                                                                                                              events. Chapter leaders created a list serve                                                              the aftermath of the September 11,                         Information Awareness” data-mining
                                                                                                                                              through yahoogroups.com to improve                                                                        2001 attacks triggered one of the most                     program in September 2003, the
                                                                                                                                              communication with members. The chapter                                                                   serious civil liberties crises our nation                  federal government then turned to
                                                                                                                                              also is reviewing a complaint filed by a                                                                  has ever seen. Case in point: the 342-                     Florida for support to create a state-run
                                                                                                                                              local war protester who was arrested on                                                                   page USA PATRIOT Act, which                                equivalent called MATRIX. Operated
                                                                                                                                              “obscenity” charges because of a sign                                                                     transfers sweeping new powers to the                       by a private company, Seisint Inc. of
                                                                                                                                              featuring a person with his head in the sand,                                                             Executive Branch — powers that                             Boca Raton, the MATRIX surveillance
                                                                                                                                              his rear end in the air, with a flag                                                                      undermine the Bill of Rights and are                       system combines information about
                                                                                                                                              protruding, and the words “BUSH                  The above Gainesville-area war protester was jailed on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        unrelated to keeping us safe. Even                         individuals from government databases
                                                                                                                                              LOYALISTS” and “Question Authority.”             “obscenity” charges for displaying this sign.            more frightening is the fact that many                     and private-sector data companies, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the measures that were implemented                      makes that data available for search by
                                                                                                                                              Palm Beach: The revitalized Palm Beach chapter now has active membership,                                 nationally were replicated statewide in                    government officials.
                                                                                                                                              nominating and legal committees, and has initiated a local newsletter. Along with the                     the years following the attacks.                                    The ACLU of Florida, with
                                                                                                                                              Urban League, the Palm Beach chapter co-sponsored an “Election Fest” rally for fair                                 In July 2003, the American                       the help of the National ACLU
                                                                                                                                              elections.                                                                                                Civil Liberties Union filed the first                      Technology and Liberty Program, filed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT                         a public records request in late 2003 to
                                                                                                                                              Panhandle: Thanks to chapter efforts, the Florida health department recalled                              Act by taking aim at Section 215 of the                    find out what information sources the
    Former ACLU Miami Chapter President Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, joins Miami Herald columnist Robert Steinbeck
    at a televised forum held in October 2003 on the trampling of rights by police officers during the FTAA meetings.                         religious AIDS education brochures that state health officials were distributing in                       controversial law, which vastly expands                    system is drawing on — information
                                                                                                                                              Pensacola and other parts of the state. The pamphlets were loaded with Biblical references                the power of FBI agents to secretly                        program officials have refused to
    Brevard: In March, Chapter Vice-President Kevin Aplin participated in a heated                                                            and asked readers to “answer Jesus’ call” by reaching out to people with HIV and AIDS.                    obtain records and personal belongings                     disclose. As a result, we learned of
    debate against State Attorney Norman Wolfinger and the FBI’s Phillip Doucet, who                                                          The chapter also hosted a panel discussion on same-sex marriage at the University of                      of innocent people in the United                           disturbing new revelations, including
    serves as the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Supervisor. The debate centered on                                                      West Florida, featuring participants from groups including PFLAG, Holy Cross                              States, including citizens and                             the fact that Florida Governor Jeb         A protester stands at a busy intersection in Tallahassee holding a sign that expresses his opposition to the USA
    the civil liberties implications of the USA PATRIOT Act. More than 250 people                                                             Metropolitan Community Church, Coastal Pride and the UWF Gay/Straight Alliance. A                         permanent residents. The ACLU of                           Bush has personally taken a lead role      PATRIOT Act.

    attended the event, which was held in Viera and sponsored by the League of Women                                                          chapter-sponsored event on the USA PATRIOT Act was held at city hall featuring                            Florida embarked on its own public                         in selling this
    Voters.                                                                                                                                   National ACLU Board Member Mike Pheneger, who encouraged people to lobby their                            education campaign shortly after the                       intrusive system                                                          involvement is                  participated in dozens of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lawsuit was filed, urging librarians                       to other states
    Broward: The Broward chapter
                                                                                                                                                                          elected officials to pass a city resolution against the
                                                                                                                                                                           controversial anti-terror law. Chapter officials also organized              statewide to post placards that warn the                   such as Georgia,             “If I thought                                available on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ACLU of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community forums in cities across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the state, including Miami,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        public about how easy it is for the FBI                    New York and
    kicked the year off with an annual
    meeting at the Hollywood Playhouse,
                                                                                                                                                                           several rights restoration workshops to help former felons
                                                                                                                                                                           regain their civil and voting rights.                                        to obtain information about a person’s                     Utah. In January             anything we were                             Florida’s website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Orlando, Ft. Myers, Viera, St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Augustine, Tampa and Tallahassee,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reading habits. Nearly a dozen public                      2003, he even
    where several hundred members,
    supporters and guests from around the                                                                                                                                  Pinellas: In addition to hosting the ACLU of Florida’s                       libraries, including several on college                    gave a personal              doing would not                              www.aclufl.org.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   On the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             where activists debated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             government officials and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and university campuses statewide,                         briefing on the
    county enjoyed The Value of Names, a
    play about McCarthyism. Chapter
                                                                                                                                                                           annual dinner last year, the chapter has been busy tabling at
                                                                                                                                                                           local events and informing members of the community about                    participated in the campaign by                            program to Vice              support the                                  grassroots level,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the ACLU of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             distributed fact sheets and reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on the USA PATRIOT Act. At a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        posting the ACLU’s Section 215                             President Dick
    representatives spoke to numerous
    community groups, including the
                                                                                                                                                                           important civil liberties issues. As they do every year, chapter
                                                                                                                                                                           volunteers staffed ACLU booths at the annual Circus                          placards throughout their libraries.                       Cheney, at which             troops, or (would)                           Florida has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             embarked on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community forum hosted by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ACLU of Florida on September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There have been startling                        he sought the
    Goldcoast Humanists, Temple Beth
    Am, League of Women Voters, Friends
                                                                                                                                                                           McGurkus Festival in October and sponsored an ACLU booth
                                                                                                                                                                           at a reading festival in St. Petersburg to commemorate                       developments in recent years in the                        Vice President’s             aid the enemy, I                             statewide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             campaign to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10, 2003 in Miami, civil liberties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             experts and community leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        areas of government video and data                         support for
    of the Broward Library and Palm Aire
    Democratic Club. In addition, the
                                                                                                                                                                           Banned Book Week in November 2003. The chapter is a
                                                                                                                                                                           member organization of the Florida Rights Restoration                        surveillance. Using the justification of                   additional federal           wouldn’t do it.”                             preserve freedom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by lobbying in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             discussed with members of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community the impact recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fighting terrorism, the government has                     funds for the         – Michael Pheneger, ACLU National
    chapter helped organize rights                                                                                                                                         Coalition, a non-partisan statewide coalition of nearly forty                                                                                                                                                     favor of local                  federal anti-terrorism legislation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        been slowly chipping away at privacy                       program.              Board Member and retired Army
    restoration workshops and a “Taxation                                                                                                                                  groups campaigning in favor of a constitutional amendment                                                                                                                                                         resolutions that                and administrative actions have on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rights by collecting massive amounts                                An           colonel who lobbied in support of
    Without Representation” rally in April.                                                                                                                                to automatically restore voting rights for former felons after                                                                                                                                                    warn federal                    Florida communities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of information on immigrants, foreign                      ACLU report           Tampa’s Pro-Civil Liberties
                                                                                                                                                                           they’ve completed their sentences. One of the chapter’s most                                                                                                                                                      officials about                             In an effort to reach out to
                                                            Broward Chapter members at a “Taxation Without Representation” rally in April. The event was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        visitors, as well as American-born                         detailing Gov.        Resolution.
    Central: Chair Scott Rost and                           organized to protest Florida’s voting ban against people with past felony convictions.                         noteworthy achievements this year came with the passage of                                                                                                                                                        some of the most                youth and update students on the
    Legal Panel Chair Larry Walters have                                                                                                                                   a resolution by the St. Petersburg City Council decrying                     citizens.                                                  Bush’s                                                                    dangerous                       government's crackdown on civil
    been busy making waves in the local press, commenting on everything from the USA                                                                                       sections of the USA PATRIOT Act as unconstitutional.                                                                                                                                                              provisions of the               liberties in the tense post-9/11
    PATRIOT Act and students’ rights to knowing your rights when stopped by police.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           USA PATRIOT Act. With the help of                              climate, the ACLU also organized
    Rost also has participated in numerous speaking engagements throughout the year.                                                          Sarasota: The chapter, which has grown to include more than 1,300 members, was                                                                                                                                  ACLU leaders, St. Petersburg, Tampa,                           a nationwide College Freedom
                                                                                                                                              part of a coalition that successfully lobbied in favor of a USA PATRIOT Act resolution                                                                                                                          Lee County, Sarasota and Broward                               Tour — the organization's first




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    Lee County: The chapter joined the Lee County League of Women Voters in                                                                   that was introduced and passed by the Sarasota City Commission. The chapter also hosted                                                                                                                         took action in 2003 and early 2004                             national effort to reach college-age
    taking action against portions of the USA PATRIOT Act that violate fundamental                                                            several community events on election reform issues, restoration of voting rights for                                                                                                                            against the controversial law, bringing                        youth. The event, which kicked off
    rights. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of volunteers, the Lee County Board of County                                                      former felons and separation of church and state.                                                                                                                                                               the total number of communities in                             in Miami on September 8, 2003,
    Commissioners voted unanimously in November 2003 to send a letter to President                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Florida to pass pro-civil liberties                            featured provocative performances
    George Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft and leaders of Congress, voicing their                                                        Tampa: Several Tampa ACLU board and active members attended the March for                                                                                                                                       measures to six. (Alachua became the                           by controversial hip hop duo Dead
    concerns and criticism of the controversial anti-terrorism bill.                                                                          Women’s Lives in April in Washington, D.C. Thanks in-part to the efforts of chapter                                                                                                                             first county in Florida to adopt an anti-                      Prez and an outspoken exchange
                                                                                                                                              leaders, the Tampa City Council adopted a resolution against the USA PATRIOT Act in                                                                                                                             PATRIOT Act resolution on October                              with publisher Larry Flynt about
    Miami: Chapter officials dedicated much time and effort this past fall to working                                                         April. The group also hosted several voting rights restoration seminars to assist ex-felons                                                                                                                     22, 2002).                                                     the importance of preserving First
    out an agreement with the city of Miami that allowed protesters to demonstrate                                                            regain their civil rights.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aside from lobbying in favor                       Amendment rights.
    outside the Latin Grammy Award ceremonies. Shortly after the FTAA meetings in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of anti-USA PATRIOT Act resolutions,
    Miami in November, chapter volunteers began investigating reports of police                                                               Tallahassee: The chapter hosted a fish fry and workshop to support the restoration                                                                                                                              ACLU leaders organized and
    misconduct. The chapter achieved a significant legal victory with a favorable                                                             of civil rights for ex-felons in October 2003, in conjunction with Concerned United
    settlement in a lawsuit filed against the federal government and U.S. Customs agents                                                      People, a Jefferson County community development organization. The Florida State
    for civil rights violations stemming from the wrongful detention of a New York cab                                                        University ACLU chapter joined in by initiating a monthly restoration assistance program




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    driver who was subjected to a strip-search and X-ray examination after arriving at                                                        where law students help individuals seeking the reinstatement of their rights. In December
    Miami International Airport. Members joined the Miami-Dade Bill of Rights                                                                 2003, the Tallahassee chapter filed a lawsuit against the Department of Juvenile Justice,
    Defense Coalition in lobbying county officials to pass a resolution against the USA                                                       challenging a policy that requires suspicionless drug testing for all of its employees. The
    PATRIOT Act.                                                                                                                              chapter also thwarted efforts by the Leon County Board of Commissioners to build a 22-
                                                                                                                                              foot-high menorah in front of the Leon County Courthouse.
    Jacksonville: In addition to
    speaking to dozens of community                                                                                                           Treasure Coast: Public education has been the focus of many of the chapter’s
    groups, Chapter Chair Ken Hurley has                                                                                                      efforts in 2003. Chapter members hosted numerous talks on the USA PATRIOT Act and
    been keeping busy hosting a cable                                                                                                         free speech, including a well-attended screening and discussion on Ray Bradbury’s
    access program dubbed Civil                                                                                                               Fahrenheit 451. The chapter sponsored a second movie screening and presentation in
    Discourse. The television program runs                                                                                                    March on the collateral consequences of using criminal prosecutions and incarceration to
    every Thursday on Jacksonville’s Cable                                                                                                    stamp out illicit drugs. The event featured a special screening of BUSTED: The Citizen’s
                                                                                                                                              Guide to Surviving Police Encounters about the right and wrong ways to handle different
6   Channel 29. The chapter hosted a town
    hall meeting entitled America After 9-                                                                                                    police encounters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3
    11: The Media and Our Civil Rights
    that featured guest speakers from the                                                                                                     Volusia/Flagler: The Volusia/Flagler chapter was awarded its official charter in
    press and groups including the Council                                                                                                    December 2003. Shortly thereafter, newly-elected officials laid the groundwork to tackle
                                                            Ken Connors and Cee Cee Severin perform at the
    on American Islamic Relations, the                      Jacksonville chapter’s “Songs of Protest, Revolution,
                                                                                                                                              important civil liberties issues, including censorship, voting rights and the restoration of
    FBI and the University of North                         and Audacity” fundraiser in June.                                                 civil rights for former felons. Numerous neighborhood ACLU discussion groups were
    Florida.                                                                                                                                  held in members’ homes in order to register new members.                                                  Larry Flynt speaks to students in Miami about the importance of preserving the First Amendment at the ACLU College                                                                         Former ACLU University of Central Florida Student Group President Rachel Olander, shown at the Orlando City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Freedom Tour, a seven-city, eight-campus tour that kicked off at the University of Miami on September 8, 2003.                                                                             Hall on October 24, 2003, led a broad coalition of activist groups in a fight against the USA PATRIOT Act.
                                      ACLU of Florida In The Courts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Highlights of Our Legal Docket
                                        Ending Florida’s Voting Ban: After years of litigation, the ACLU of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fighting Illegal Searches & Seizures:                          In a case that serves as yet
                                        Florida achieved a hard-fought victory when an appeals court ruled that the Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            another example of how the ACLU of Florida defends civil liberties for all Floridians




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                                        Department of Corrections (DOC) wasn’t following state law by assisting inmates,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               regardless of their political points of view, the organization stepped up to protect the
                                        prior to their release from incarceration, with the applications necessary to restore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          confidentiality of the medical records of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who
                                        their civil and voting rights. Florida is one of only seven states that strip people of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is the subject of an on-going criminal investigation involving alleged "doctor-
                                        their civil and voting rights following a felony conviction. The prison system is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              shopping." In a "friend-of-the-court" brief filed with the 4th District Court of Appeal
                                        required, under state law, to help prisoners with the necessary forms to restore their                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in February, the ACLU argues that the Palm Beach County State Attorney violated
                                        rights. But for nearly ten years, the DOC evaded its legal responsibility and failed to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Florida's constitutional right of privacy when he failed to follow well-established
                                        assist nearly 125,000 prisoners in regaining their rights. Now, as a result of litigation,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     protocol, mandated by law, when confiscating Limbaugh's medical records. On
                                        the state has agreed to restore the rights of approximately 25,000 former felons and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           November 25, 2003, state law enforcement officials seized Limbaugh’s medical
                                        place public service announcements in statewide media outlets in an attempt to reach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           records as part of a criminal investigation to determine whether Limbaugh illegally
                                        out to the felons who did not receive assistance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              obtained prescriptions for pain medication from several doctors. Although officers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       obtained a search warrant to seize Limbaugh’s medical records, the ACLU argues that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a warrant fails to comply with carefully crafted procedural protections required by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       state law to preserve the right of privacy that include notice and a hearing to contest
                                                                                                                                                             Krutel Joseph, who has a prior felony conviction, receives assistance with an application to restore her                                                                                                  the release of the files.
                                                                                                                                                             civil rights at ACLU’s Rights Restoration Advocacy Center in Miami — one of four similar centers across
                                                                                                                                                             Florida.



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                                                                                                                                                   Safeguarding Privacy Rights:                      In a victory for privacy rights,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                District Court of Appeal. The ACLU filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief with the appeals court in support of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the privacy of medical records.
                                                                                                                                                   Pinellas Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird struck down a state law that
                                                                                                                                                   authorized Governor Jeb Bush to order the reinsertion of nutrition and hydration
                                                                                                                                                   tubes against the wishes of Theresa Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged woman who
                                                                                                                                                   has been in a persistent vegetative state since suffering cardiac arrest in 1990. Last
                                                                                                                                                   year, when Governor Bush ordered the reinsertion of Schiavo’s feeding tubes
                                                                                                                                                   without the consent of her husband and duly appointed guardian, the ACLU of
                                                                                                                                                   Florida filed suit to protect the constitutional privacy rights of Floridians to refuse
                                                                                                                                                   medical treatment. Baird said the unprecedented move by state politicians “deprives
                                                                                                                                                   every individual … of his or her constitutionally guaranteed right to the privacy of




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                                                                                                                                                   his or her own medical decisions.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Protecting the Right to Vote:                  The ACLU filed a “friend-of-the-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 court” brief in February, arguing that the touch-screen voting machines used in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 15 of Florida's most populous counties lack a reliable method for verifying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ballots in violation of a state law that mandates manual recounts in close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 elections. The ACLU’s brief was filed in a case brought by Congressman
                                      At a court hearing on December 23, 2003 in Clearwater, Judge W. Douglas Baird listens to arguments to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert Wexler against Palm Beach County and Florida election officials for
                                      determine the constitutionality of a law passed by the Florida legislature that allowed Gov. Jeb Bush to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 their failure to conduct a manual recount during a special election for District
                                      order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 91 of the Florida House of Representatives. State law mandates a manual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recount of "over votes" and "under votes" when the margin in an election is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 between one-quarter and one-half of a percent of the votes cast. The ACLU of
                                        Preserving Freedom of Speech:                       In November 2003, a federal judge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Florida has argued that while providing for a voter-verified paper trail may not
                                        ordered the city of Miami to refund more than $36,000 in concert security costs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          be the ultimate answer to ensure the integrity of the voting process, a paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 record is necessary to audit the voting machines, diagnose problems, conduct a




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Al Crespo.
                                        charged during a concert by a controversial band reviled by some in the Cuban exile
                                        community, saying the required payment of city-imposed security fees had a ''chilling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    recount, and provide a measure of voter confidence, especially given increasing
                                        effect'' on free speech. The Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU filed a lawsuit in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        voter unease over stories of voting malfunctions. More recently, the ACLU
                                        2000 on behalf of concert promoter Debbie Ohanian challenging the constitutionality                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      challenged a state rule banning manual recounts on touch-screen voting
                                        of security fees imposed by the city during the 1999 concert by the Cuban band Los                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       machines.
                                        Van Van. The extra security was necessary because the concert attracted thousands of
                                        anti-Castro protestors. The ACLU sought to recover the high security fees, claiming
                                        the city had an obligation to provide security to maintain the public order during the
                                        protests. The lawsuit addressed whether the Miami Police Department was lawfully
                                        entitled to charge Ohanian to provide outside security during the concert, which was
                                        held on October 9, 1999 at the Miami Arena.



                                                                    “You want to bring an
                                                                    event that offends one                                                                   A concertgoer attending the 1999 performance of the Cuban band Los Van Van in Miami gives protesters
                                                                                                                                                             the universal salute as he enters the concert at the Miami Arena.

                                                                    part of the community,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Combating Police Misconduct:                      The ACLU sent letters to city and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       police officials demanding that the city of Miami compensate individuals whose civil
                                                                    you’ve got to be ready to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rights were violated by police during last year’s Free Trade Area of the Americas




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Al Crespo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ministerial meetings in downtown Miami. The demand letters outlined instances of
                                                                    go to court.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      harassment, excessive use of force and the unconstitutional destruction of property.
                                                                    — Tomas Regalado, Miami City Commissioner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One innocent bystander was Bryan Brown, a disabled United States Veteran who was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       arrested on November 20, 2003 while riding his bicycle and taking pictures of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       public protests. Although police officers had no basis for seizing Brown’s property and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       no need to use force, they repeatedly shocked him with taser guns. Officers then took
                                                                                                                                                   Defending Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians:                                 The ACLU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       his bicycle and personal belongings, including a camera that was destroyed by a city
                                                                                                                                                   continues its fight against the Florida law that prohibits gay people from adopting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       police officer. He was experiencing an asthma attack and pleaded with the police to
                                                                                                                                                   The ACLU brought the lawsuit on behalf of four gay men who would like to adopt in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       give him his inhaler, which was in his backpack, but they refused. David Lippman
                                                                                                                                                   Florida but are prevented from doing so because of the law, which was enacted in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also was a victim of police misconduct. The freelance reporter, who traveled to Miami
                                                                                                                                                   1977 during Anita Bryant’s infamous anti-gay campaign. In July, the Court of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to cover the demonstrations, had his pickup truck towed by police officers and FBI
                                                                                                                                                   Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld the law on a 6-6 vote — a blow in the ACLU's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       agents who thought they had seen a “suspicious package.”
                                                                                                                                                   on-going fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The ACLU
                                                                                                                                                   argues that the state has no justification for the ban because it frequently relies on
                                                                                                                                                   gay people to be foster parents or legal guardians for children in need of stable
4                                                                                                                                                  homes. In addition, more than one-third of all Florida adoptions are by single people.
                                                                                                                                                   Two of the three families represented by the ACLU are raising Florida foster children.
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                                                                                                                                                   Steven Lofton and his partner Roger Croteau are raising five children, including three
                                                                                                                                                   foster children from Florida. Although the Florida children — two 16-year-olds and a
                                                                                                                                                   12-year-old — have never known any other family, they cannot be adopted by Lofton
                                                                                                                                                   or Croteau because of Florida’s law. Wayne Smith and Dan Skahen have taken in
                                      Plaintiff Doug Houghton, who is challenging Florida’s ban on gay adoptions, has been the legal guardian of   many foster children over the years and are now foster parents to six children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Protesters clash with police during the Free Trade Area of the Americas ministerial meetings in downtown
                                      12-year-old Oscar for eight years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Miami in November 2003.

				
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