Casey Bruce
Casey Bruce Miami Girls make History
Casey Bruce
Casey Bruce Miami Girls Make History

Casey Bruce joined the ACLU of Florida in June 2016 as the Digital Communications Associate. In this role, she manages the ACLU of Florida’s social media strategy and provides communications support to the ACLU of Florida’s volunteer chapters. Prior to this position, she worked at the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Washington D.C., focusing on streamlining the organization’s communications strategy and advancing friendship-building initiatives among young political leaders in the U.S. and internationally. She has worked with numerous organizations, such as Miami City Ballet, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications, such as Generation Progress, The Huffington Post, For Harriet, Art Saves Lives International, Red & Black Newspaper, Eidé magazine, InfUSion magazine, and Atlantablackstar.com, where she’s written about women and girls rights, poverty, and racial justice. She earned her B.A.J. in magazines and B.A. in film studies from the University of Georgia.

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WHY MIAMI?
I came to Miami for love, and stayed because of the culture, diversity, and opportunity to become a part of a community of people that cares about what happens to their city.

I moved to Miami in February 2016 after becoming engaged to my long-time partner, and we decided to make this city our home. I have chosen to invest in Miami because it’s a place that still needs a lot of love and loyalty from the people who live here. Miami, although diverse, is still strangely segregated by class, race, and culture. Gentrification has taken over parts of the city, and left groups of people, specifically African Americans and Latinos, disenfranchised. As an African American woman that lives in a predominantly black city in Miami, I visibly see the differences between different parts of town, and I believe there are ways to fix this. Miami has a vibrant immigrant and working class community that is constantly being targeted and threatened by local, state, and national politicians. These communities have been historically marginalized and I want to help change that. I want to make this city a vibrant place for my family to grow and be nurtured.

PROBLEM
I work on digital communications for the ACLU of Florida. Our mission is to work daily in courts, with our partners, and in the streets to defend the civil rights and civil liberties of all Floridians. More specifically, the ACLU of Florida is actively working to end the overuse of incarceration in Florida, stop the use of private prison, and reform our criminal justice system. We defend and protect a woman’s right to access and choose the healthcare they need, and the organizations that provide that healthcare. We are working to achieve racial justice, address race-based policing, and discrimination and bias against people of color. We are working to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community. We work to protect immigrants’ rights and a path to citizenship. We are working to restore the Voting Rights Act and ensure all eligible voters have access to the ballot box, including 1.5 million former felons who cannot vote. We also defend free speech, a citizen’s right to privacy, and protect religious liberty.

Besides my work at the ACLU of Florida, I have been actively involved in working to achieve gender equality, women and girls rights, and protecting black and brown communities from discrimination, police abuse, and over incarceration. This is the problem I’m trying to solve in Miami.

SOLUTION
There are so many ways we can solve these problems. In the courtroom, through community outreach and engagement, legislation, coalition building, and giving communities the tools they need to make their own decisions about things that affect them.

The ACLU of Florida has worked tirelessly through advocacy, organizing, litigation, and direct action from volunteers to solve these problems. We are the defenders of the Constitution and work to make our government accountable to its people. We defend civil rights, liberty and freedom to make out communities safer and our justice system fairer.

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