FLORIDA IMMIGRANT COALITION
MISSION & HISTORY The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 30 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004 .We are led by our membership – grassroots and community organizations, farmworkers, youth, advocates, lawyers, unions and others.
More than an organization, FLIC has become a hub for a bold, agile and strategic multi-racial, intergenerational social movement. We work together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. With staff in five counties, and members throughout Florida, FLIC’s leadership builds depth in local communities, breadth for statewide reach and national alignment.
Our unique power-building model has contributed to our movement’s cohesion, direction, and impact. In a short period and with modest investment, we’ve evolved from episodic, tactical mobilizations to a more sophisticated, strategic and impactful organization. While still emerging, we have become a growing force in Florida.
OUR MISSION To amplify the power of immigrant communities to impact the root causes of inequality, defending and protecting basic human rights, including the right to live without fear.
OUR VISION To usher in a new dawn, moving Florida in a more progressive direction, by becoming an organization rooted in the history of struggles, incorporating leadership of new immigrant generations and promotion of culture, so immigrants and other oppressed peoples can fully participate in a democracy where we can freely create, study, work, play, and love.
IN GRATITUDE We are forever grateful to David Skovholt, Tomas Zamorano, Cheryl Little, Arthur Rosenberg, Juan Carlos Zapata, Margarita Zalamea, Troy Elder, Terry Coble, Lupe Lopez, Jose Lagos, Anna Fink, and the founding board members: Marlon Gonzalez, Lukner Millien, Elvira Menjivar, Marleine Bastien, Herman Martinez, Ernesto Sanchez, Winie Cantave, Winie Tang, and many others we may have failed to mention who laid a solid foundation and vision for our work.