Greater Miami Chapter

Civil libertarians raise a toast to freedom
at our 2017 Bill of Rights Reception.


Executive Director Howard Simon addresses guests. Photo by Jeff Borg.

MEMBERS of the Greater Miami Chapter enjoyed drinks, dim sum, and the camaraderie of their fellow civil libertarians on the evening of Friday, November 3, at the de la Cruz Collection in the Design District.

We honored three community leaders with awards for defending our Bill of Rights and advancing the cause of liberty in South Florida.

Ibette Yánez of the de la Cruz Collection, Christopher Brochyus and Heather Burdick of the ACLU’s Greater Miami Chapter, and Roni Bennet of South Florida People of Color show the Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award. Photo by Jeff Borg.

Carlos Miller received the Gene Miller Voice of Freedom Award for journalism. Photo by Jeff Borg.

South Florida People of Color, represented by Executive Director Roni Bennet, received our Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award for working against racism and bigotry through creative opportunities for open dialogue and personal connections.

Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of the news site Photography is Not a Crime, received our Gene Miller Voice of Freedom Award for empowering citizens to hold police accountable and Be the Media.

Joseph Adler accepts the Stanley Milledge Award. Photo by Jeff Borg.

Joseph Adler, producing artistic director of GableStage, received our Stanley Milledge Award for supporting free speech, voting rights, due process, and other civil liberties — even when it was politically risky.

Guests enjoyed the art of the de la Cruz Collection. Photo by Jeff Borg.

Our host and major sponsor, the de la Cruz Collection, is a visual art space that educates through lectures, workshops, scholarships, and travel. The chapter thanks the de la Cruz Collection; our sponsors John de Leon, Jepeway & Jepeway, and Benjamin Waxman and Gwen Wurm; and everyone who joined us.