Julia Dawson, a community activist, was born and raised in Miami, Florida. In the early 1970’s she became active in the feminist movement, primarily with the National Organization for Women (NOW). She served as president of three Florida NOW chapters, Florida Legislative Director and lobbyist, and a member of the NOW national board. Under her leadership as president, the South Brevard Chapter established the South Brevard Women’s Center in 1975, which is still open today serving the needs of women in that area.
She entered Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC at age 35 and after graduating in 1979 moved back to Miami where she lives today. Julia has served on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Board of SAVE Dade which led the fight to successfully pass Miami-Dade County’s Human Rights Ordinance and then defeat repeal efforts, and was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Independent Review Panel which provided civilian oversight of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
In 1994, she founded the Miami Clinic Access Project which organizes pro-choice community activists to defend local abortion clinics from anti-abortion extremists. Julia is currently a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Miami. Today, Julia is active on gender justice, civil rights and social justice issues and works on policing issues and civilian oversight of police. Julia has a grown son and daughter, and two granddaughters.