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The mission of Speak Up Florida is to advocate and empower communities to contribute in constructing comprehensive and holistic solutions to the challenges faced by the collateral damages affected directly by the War on Drugs. These damages include mass incarceration, increased police violence, and issues of homelessness. The mission is fulfilled through education, advocacy, and development of community leaders. 


In 2015, black citizens who were fatally shot by police rated 3x more, compared with whites and other races. 


Florida has more ordinances criminalizing homlessness than any other state in the US. 


Of the 50 states, the Florida Department of Corrections has the third largest prison system, with 100,000 people behind bars.


America’s longest war, leading to the legal racial caste system which took the place of the original Jim Crow laws.

About Us

Speak Up Florida is a non-profit organization founded in 2014, by like minded community members concerned with the effects that the War on Drugs has had within society, especially those of low economic status.

This has ultimately correlated to the racial and socio-economic disparities and disadvantages  which the New Jim Crow demonstrates.

5 week study course by Speak up

The New Jim Crow

“Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work”
The New York Review of Books


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Our board of directors are passionate and diverse. Each contributing to the organization in their own unique ways. 

“The reason why I joined Speak up Florida is because I wanted to be involved in an organization that empowers people through education. Speak Up Florida allows me to use my skills as an educator, researcher, and historian to the benefit of the community.”


Historian, author

“Education is priority, for a mind without truth leaves room for deceit.”



“Tackling the issues of mass incarceration racism within our criminal justice system is an issue that I find essential in the journey to realize a truly fair society.”


Music Teacher, Activist

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anthony james

Co-Founder & Chair

teresa pugliese

Co-Founder, COO

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frank hamilton


Speak Up exemplifies my desire to empower marginalized and disenfranchised communities.

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