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Advocacy in Florida

  1. Find the legislators that represent you...
    1. In the Florida senate: https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find
    2. In the Florida house: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/findyourrepresentative
  2. Learn more about your representatives by visiting their website or online social media profiles. What committees do they serve on? What are their priorities?
    1. Your legislator may also have a newsletter.
  3. You can contact your representative in the following ways:
    1. Write, call, or fax their office. Here are some tips on writing to your legislator:
      1. https://www.apa.org/advocacy/guide/letter-email
      2. https://www.thoughtco.com/write-effective-letters-to-congress-3322301
    2. Attend town hall meetings or other local events
    3. Invite them (and/or their staff) to your library or institution for a tour or to participate in an event or program.
  4. Resources from ALA and ACRL on the issues and other ways to be an effective advocate for libraries:
    1. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/
    2. https://www.ala.org/advocacy/frontline-advocacy-toolkit
    3. https://www.ala.org/acrl/issues

Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom Alliance

The Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) is a non-profit organization made up of current and emeritus faculty of American colleges and universities. Their mission is to uphold the principles of academic freedom for faculty members at colleges and universities in the United States by providing legal support to members whose rights relating to academic freedom have been violated or are under threat.

Scholars at Risk Network

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals, started in 1999, whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Their initiatives include the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, which tracks violations of academic freedom, Academic Freedom Legal Clinics for students and faculty, and the Scholars in Prison project, which advocates on behalf of students and scholars wrongfully imprisoned in connection to academic or expressive activities.


Legal Roundups from AAUP

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) provides an annual legal roundup summarizing significant court decisions affecting academic life.

The Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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