35 Burst results for "Aclu"
Loudoun County Father Arrested at School Board Meeting After Daughter Allegedly Raped in School Bathroom
"For years, we have been warning about how the trans lobby is going to be endangering young women because they're going to allow young men that have mental problems who think they are women. Allowed into locker rooms. And we have been pushing back against this. Rather, I don't want to say unsuccessfully. There's been some wins and some losses, but the ACLU and all these major organizations, they are pathologically focused on trying to destroy regular gender norms and reinforce gender dysphoria. Now gender dysphoria used to be something that was talked about and was accepted as a real thing, and now we have decided to reorganize society completely and to play into a very serious mental condition that people should get treatment for. They should get counseling for. And so, in loudon county, you might remember this father that went to the school Scott Smith, who was arrested for disorderly conduct for trying to speak out at the school board meeting and then the national school board association calls him a domestic terrorist now why was he there? I want every father listening to this to know this story. Well, he was there because on May 28th, a boy who pretends to be a girl allegedly wearing a skirt, entered a girl's bathroom nearby stone bridge high school and sexually assaulted his 9 9th grade daughter. This is according to daily wire and Washington examiner. The family's attorney said, quote, a boy was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy. And one count and this is very graphic. So if you want to just talk about poppies and rainbows, go find another network. One count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio, related to an incident that day at the school. The sheriff's office confirmed, via a public records request that this was a real charge, mapping, matching the date and location of smith's rape. His 9th grade daughter gets raped in a bathroom by a man wearing a skirt, who thinks he's a woman. Spare me the we need more Caitlyn jenners in the Republican
"aclu" Discussed on ACLU Civil Liberties Minute
"Can we agree that the north won the civil war. I'm literally ledbetter and this is a civil liberties minute with aclu attorney bail newman. And while we're on common ground. Can we also agree that the union was saved. That lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation. That slavery was a horrifying institution and that we shouldn't venerate historical figures. Who lives to perpetuate assistant that treated human beings as less than human and as disposable property throughout the south beginning about one hundred and thirty years ago. Statues were erected in public places to celebrate the confederacy as if it were a noble cause as if it had won the civil war in recent years some of those statues have been removed from public squares. One of the largest was a twenty one foot high likeness of confederate general robert e lee that stood atop granite pedestal. Twice that height in a major traffic circle in richmond. Virginia which was the capital of the confederacy. It was removed only in september. Twenty twenty one confederate war hero. Statues are a celebration of white supremacy. Sadly most of them still remain throughout the south. There are over seven hundred of these monuments. That's just wrong. Our public squares belong to everyone. They should be places where we celebrate democracy and freedom and equality and not civil war generals who fought to perpetuate slavery. They sell the liberties. Minute is made possible by the aclu because freedom can't protect itself..
Apple Delays Release of Child Safety Features
"On friday. Apple said it will delay the release of child safety features for its devices which include scanning phones in the us for images of child abuse. The features apple introduced last month had faced criticism from privacy advocates claiming it undercut encryption and it leaves users more vulnerable Apple said in a statement to usa today quote based on feedback from customers advocacy groups researchers and others. We have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect. Input make improvements. Before releasing these critically important child safety features and quote so some of the features that were included as part of this include a an update to the messages at where it warns kids and parents when they send or receive sexually explicit photos they also were using technology to scan photos in i cloud and they would provide additional resources for staying safe online through search and through its digital assistant. Siri several organizations have spoken out against this including the electronic frontier foundation. Fight for the future and the aclu they all have said it could provide door access to devices like iphones and it could possibly open the door for abuse against activists whistle blowers or oppressed groups. Such as people of color in the lgbtq community.
Playing Jazz With Charlie Watts, on Nights off From the Rolling Stones
"The rolling stones have often been described as the greatest rock and roll band in the history of rock and roll. We're talking over years about mick jagger. Brian jones keith. Richards bill wyman mick taylor and ronnie wood and the drummer charlie watts who was described in a recent new york times headline as the serene drummer who kept the stones rolling. That times article went on to say that while mr richards guitar. Riff defined the band's most famous single satisfaction. Mr watts drum pattern was just as essential. And that he charlie watts was quote relentless on painted black and supple on ruby tuesday and the master of funky groove on honky. Tonk woman not surprising since jazz was his. I love indeed stones guitarist. Keith richards road. The charlie watts has always been the bed that i lie on musically music including songs lyrics and performance. They are a powerful form of free speech protected by the first amendment and the rolling stones have helped us celebrate that freedom. Their drummer charlie. Watts gave us the satisfaction of music. That sustained us. He died in late august at the age of eighty
Dallas Fed President: Watching COVID Delta Spread for Economic Impact
"Aclu today from dallas. Federal reserve president. Robert kaplan has been among those advocating for easing up this fall on some of the pandemic era economic support coming from the central bank. But kaplan now says he's watching the effects of the delta variant for signs. He might need to adjust his
Mildred and Richard Loving's Love Created Lasting Change for Interracial Couples
"Military. Dolores jeeter was born on july twenty second nineteen thirty nine in central point virginia. Her family was of african american european and native american descent. Unlike most southern cities in the height of jim crow central point was integrated black and white people mixed freely with relatively little racial tension. It was there that a teenage mildred met and fell in love with a young white man named richard. Loving mildred and richard began quietly dating when military became pregnant at eighteen. The couple decided to get married. But in nineteen fifty eight interracial marriage was illegal in the state of virginia barred from marrying in their home state. Mildred and richard drove to washington. Dc to tie the not. The young couple had only been married a few short weeks when in the early hours of one july morning. Sheriff garnett brooks and two deputies stormed into the couple's bedroom and central point acting on an anonymous tip that the couple was living in violation of virginia law. The police demanded to know. Mildew its relationship to richard. Mildred said plainly. I'm his wife and gestured at their marriage certificate on the wall. This did little to persuade the police. Even though they had not married within state lines the virginia law still forbade black and white citizens for marrying outside of virginia and then returning to live in the state as a result both richard and a pregnant mildred spent nights in jail. They eventually pleaded guilty to violating virginia law. Mildred ann richards plea bargain spared them from a one year prison sentence but ordered them to leave the state and not returned together for twenty five years. The loving somewhat followed orders after settling their court fees. They moved to washington dc where they raised. Three children occasionally making independent trips into virginia to visit family at great risk of imprisonment. Mildred richard made clandestine trips into virginia together and secretly lived there for a short period of time but by nineteen sixty three. The couple had had enough mildred. Who was already unhappy with city. Life decided she was done for good after her son was hit by a car on the advice of her cousin. Mildred wrote to then attorney general robert kennedy to ask for his assistance kennedy wrote back and referred mildred and her husband the american civil liberties union or the aclu. The aclu took their case four years later on april tenth nineteen sixty seven following legal challenge after legal challenge. The case of loving. Virginia made its way to the supreme
"aclu" Discussed on Blocked and Reported
"They're the the the the thought police. And we've seen this over and over again. Where like social justice or the idea of social justice has become as me and it's like highly important for everybody to be perceived as being on the right side of social justice. There's also interesting that a lot of these guys. And i think they're mostly males on on on twitter this forum. Fuck you in diet at something. Awful here's how the all described in two thousand fourteen. After shutdown f- idea was a proudly inscrutable. Something awful for him dedicated to terrorizing the sites more accessible communities as well as the internet at large it was like a famously offensive place. I haven't like perused it but it was just known as like the source of a lot of like you know pretty edge lordy stuff and i do think there's a pretty large subset of people who fifteen years ago said like horribly offensive stuff that would get you permanently kicked out of polite company today. Not not rightly righteously. Because i think people should be forgiven for that stuff but who today are like policing others and i think part of the shift away from my caramba style. Happy memes to the current state is is that we should start digging up people. Who did these did harambee jokes. And cancelling them for animal cruelty. We really should yeah. I guess that's it on that Kid you wanted to talk a little bit about this michael. Aclu stored in the new york times as well right. Yeah so michael powell new york times reporter. Who's done some really really good work lately. He was the one who did the great Great not expose. He did that. Great report on. Smith college came out this week with a new piece on what is going on at the aclu. It is called once bastiaan a free speech. The aclu faces an identity crisis. And then the sub head an organization that has defended the first amendment rights of nazis and the ku klux klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important so this is.
"aclu" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Why can't i have the good people. I have a personal stake in this. Brian which i think is relevant. Which is. I'm the daughter of a holocaust survivor. So i certainly am no fan of the nazis in skokie or the white supremacist in charlottesville. And yet i fervently believe that it is incumbent on the aclu not to defend those people. We don't defend them. We are defending a principle which is essential to come to the defense of every causing in this country including the human rights clauses that the aclu is also committed to fighting for example in the skokie case. We pointed out that the very arguments that were being made to silence the nazis in that pre predominantly jewish lover. With many holocaust survivors. Ten years earlier had been made in another town in illinois namely cicero with a very different demographic where they were trying to keep out. Martin luther king. His speech was seen as hateful and offensive in their community. So that exactly why. The aclu needs to continue neutrally defending the principles regardless of the context and and brian. If i could say. I think it's very interesting. That eli's Critique of the aclu is diametrically opposite of the critique that was portrayed in michael powell's article in the new york times article suggested the aclu is not sufficiently rigorously continuing to defend controversial speech whereas elliot's making the point that we're continuing to do so too much in the times article ellie the main examples that they used to show internal discord aclu were not examples of cases that they wouldn't take but of tweets by individuals. Staffers or local chapters. There was an example of one staffer who tweeted that a book That called being transgender. A craze or a fad should not be in circulation that anti trans book another staff are wants tweeted disapprovingly when the trump administration strengthened due process protections. For mayo college students accused of sexual assault under title nine. Traditionally the aclu is for protecting the rights of the accused to some people. These views representing represented troubling change. Do they to you ellie style. Now look the reason why. I'm not defending the ark arguing about the issue and not. The article is because the article was just another piece of anti woke. Cancel culture propaganda right. There are people in this world who used to. We don't have to name who they are. There are people in this world who used to walk up rock across this country saying whatever they want to. Whoever they want without consequences right they could dig a say. That could make a slur. They could make a joke. They can do whatever they want without facing any consequences or pushback. Now there are consequences and push-back. If you say you you might lose an endorsement deal right. You might not get your mypillow ad on television right now. There's consequences and push back in. These people are sad about it and they want somebody to help them the care that they used to be able to make slurs about people and they can't anymore and that's what that articles right that that article was why isn't the aclu. Defending my my my tweets. Why isn't the aclu. Defending alleged attempted rapists who get onto this report wire helping me that was that was that are right and so no i. Don't arwan article holds a lot of water. I don't think that the aco. Since i do not think is duty-bound obligated to defend clansmen. I certainly do not think that the aclu was duty-bound obligated to defend means tweets come on but the mean tweets the the tweets that were critiqued in particular were of individual aclu staff members who were making statements that seemed at odds with the aclu's institutional positions and as anthony romero. The executive director pointed out in the article and i fully agree We defend the free speech rights of our employees into dissent from aclu positions. That should be clear that they are speaking for themselves individually..
"aclu" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"I don't. I don't disagree that it's probably right that it's that that that we are probably being accurately descriptive of what the law can do. But that that's the only way this is but that's very well but you're not giving me a fair opportunity to respond and to respond. Not only in a defensive. The aco you've historic position and the historic position by the way of the entire civil rights movement and racial justice organizations and human rights advocates around the world because the alternative of going back to the pre Emergency standard when government did have more latitude and in other countries. It's still has more latitude to per to prevent and punish speech that it is not proposing such a direct emergency that gives the government too much discretion and that discretion predictably is used over and over and over again to silence. The voices of those you and i would consider to be on the right side of justice and we are not talking only about history one of the aclu clients. Today is derailed mckesson a national leader of the black lives matter movement who is being prosecuted and civilly sued for his civilly sued for a speech that he gave Advocating black lives matter denouncing police violence and police killing and that has been attacked as hate speech we know that government officials have attacked it as hate speech law enforcement and intelligence officials have attacked it as terrorist speech. There was a loss it that succeeded and lower courts trying to hold him and therefore the blm movement personally culpable because at one rally where he was speaking an anonymous person through some kind of brick and injured a police officers so they are being accused of having violated the brandenburg standard. And we know that critics of beal and other protesters are charging them With having instigated the assassination of police officers so if you want to loosen the standards and give the government more power to punish speech because of an indirect potential connection it might have to violence then mark my words. It is going to be precisely those who lack political power including advocates for racial justice pipeline. Protesters we've seen it all over the country we've seen the laws that have swept across this country seeking to punish protesters who are protesting the status quo. That's where the power balance lies. And that's why free speech is especially essential to the racial and social justice causes that the aclu is also fighting for league. Go ahead and respond to their professor. I of course am saying that people liked array deserve a defense i am. I am a forest advocating for arrays position. I think what's happening to him as wrong. And i'm glad the aclu is defending him. The question though on the table is whether or not the aclu has to defend everybody right like see the problem here. Is that the the nazi's fascist and the people that we're talking about. They're not hard for lawyers. All right josh hawley. Has lloyd agree. He can go he can go to. Vanessa wants to jones. Day can go defend the nazis if they want to. The nazis have warriors on their side. So why is it then. Why is it. Incumbent upon the aclu may nonprofit mission driven organization that gets funding from donations. From people like me. Why is it incumbent. On the aclu to be the ones defending the clan and the nazis and all the awful people..
"aclu" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Case. Are you saying you're you're. You're drawing a distinction. I'll let me get in on this in a minute. The distinction you're drawing just so it's clear for the listeners. If i have you write is people should be able to go into public intergroup and say i think we should kill jews and black people. That's okay saying let's go kill jews and black people right now is the only thing that's not okay. Is that an exaggeration. The only thing. That's not okay. Brian odd because the supreme court has recognised other exceptions to free speech and again the over arching principle that the supreme court enforces is It's usually call the emergency. Principal speech may be restricted when it directly imminently threatens or causes certain specific serious harm. And there's no other way to prevent that harm now in charlottesville. The tragedy was not the the speech couldn't have been more odious. The tragedy asks documented by a non partisan report that was commissioned by the city council. After the fact was that there was inadequate law enforcement at every level there was failure to adequately staff failure to communicate. We're heather higher and the other Demonstrators were mowed down. There wasn't a single police officer around that failure. Eleonore style back in on this e. Go ahead would it need that law enforcement. You wouldn't need or ops. You wouldn't need more police if you weren't having out here. Advocating for the death of minorities look if the brandenburg standard if the if the current supreme court standard where draws the line between speech and incitements of violence if that was a good standard if that was working as intended then donald trump and josh hawley and mo brooks would be in jail now. They're not they're not in jail right now because where we decided to draw the line between speech and incitement is wrong. It's not helpful. It's not working so no. I don't agree with the aclu standard. I don't agree with the supreme court standard of where we've drawn the line between incitement and speech. And i think again when we talk about the aclu's commitment and need. I agreed that we must have been speech. But when we talk about their need to defend nazis to defend wipe domestic terrorists loans. That what we are talking about is not speech. It is violence and we have to do a better job and we are capable of distinguishing between of distinguishing between speech and violence. It's not near it doesn't have to be this absolutist thing we're like everything you say except for like eight magic words is okay no we can do a better job we can have more nuance in this argument ellie. How do you respond to the argument that almost any censorious attitude affects less powerful minority groups in the long run. Even if policies restricting speech were meant to protect them short. i mean. that's not. that's not wrong. I understand that most of the time that people empower not going to be on my side. I i i accept that as a fact of life but what i reject. Is this again notion from free. Absolutists that the only way to protect me is to defend the people who would try to kill right. That is that is one of the white standards that we have in this country that somehow the only way to protect the speech rights of minorities and underrepresented groups is to is to zealously to the last defend this speech rights of the powerful majority. Who wishes to do harm. The difference the suggestion that we cannot tell the difference between protests for an extension of justice and equality versus rallies in favor of a white s. No state the the notion that the law is so myopic that it can't tell the difference is offensive to me..
"aclu" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Aclu is looking differently today than in the past at the idea of defending hateful speech and if so how much is that a good thing or a bad thing i think is looking a little bit differently than it has in the past and i think that is great. I think that is necessarily look. I am all for protecting speech. I have a job because of free speech. I love speech. Speech is my friend but the maximum protection of free speech at all costs tends to idle over the distinction between speech and violence. And people act like you. Can you can draw a bright line between speech and violence but as we have seen as you pointed out in your opening. Brian we saw in charlottesville. We saw on january six this the trigger between speech and violence happened so quickly that it's that it's very hard to say one is speech and one is illegal violence. Have you ever been to one casino. What the speech for the speech absolutes always want to tell you as well the only way to stop bad speeches with more spdr ever been to one of these more speech rallies. What are these anti racist rallies in front of the nazis or the fascist or the white domestic terrorists. I have higher. Has you know how fast that rally that. I'm just here. Exercising my speech race you know. How fast can turn into violent encounters with nazis because it turns out brian. The people who march around talking about the desire to do violence against minorities are also the same people willing to do violence against minorities and so having some cognitive new ones having some ability to distinguish between speech that is just speech and speech that is actively in the process of inciting violence against people. Who look like me is important and certainly something that the aclu is more than capable of with hindsight ellie. How would you well. Okay go ahead you go. Thank thank you so much. Brian allen The aclu actually was the organization that advocated for the current strong standard that protects even advocacy of violence But draws the line. And i think it is the appropriate line Elliott be interested if you disagree That what is not protected is intentional. Incitement of imminent violence. That is likely to happen. Imminently and that line was drawn unanimously by the supreme court in nineteen sixty nine in a case where the aclu's counsel of record. The name might sound familiar to you. Eleanor holmes norton longtime representative non-voting representative of the district of columbia and the first african american woman to head the equal employment opportunity commission bully committed to equal rights and racial justice but to this day strongly supports the aco aclu's position and the supreme court's position..
"aclu" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Its traditional commitment to free speech and other classic civil liberties and it's becoming a trendy liberal organization primarily concerned with equality and civil rights. How did you see the aclu changing almost thirty years ago and that was written. And how do you see. Today i did not see the aclu as changing. Then david. i i. I'm sorry david. I'm thinking of our our legal director. bryant i did not see the aclu as changing then and nor has it deviated from its unified mission going back to more than one hundred years ago when we were founded not to be solely a free speech organization not to be solely an equal rights organization but to fight equally strongly for both of those fundamental freedoms along with all other fundamental freedoms for all people. I had to smile brian. And your excellent introduction. You started by saying this has been going on for a while. I would say yeah. It's been going on for one hundred and one plus years now. As in certain cases there are tensions between different rights. and it's not only between free speech and equality rights. They're often tensions between free speech and privacy rights between free speech and not establishment of religion. But it's incredibly important that we have a domestic human rights organization the aclu which is committed not automatically privileging one right or one freedom of one group or another group over each other but instead to do what we demand of our government that it maximally protect all fundamental freedoms for all people. And i will tell you as reflected in the title of my book which you kindly recited Overall in general strong protection of robust freedom of speech even for hateful speech is any -sential prerequisite for advancing the causes of equal rights racial justice lgbtq rights and so forth conversely giving government the power to censor offensive or hateful ideas well inevitably and has inevitably done the most harm precisely to individuals and groups who lack political power. The political dissidents The civil rights and racial justice protesters advocates for other minority groups. So ultimately the aclu's continuing defense of free speech which it continues to do very strongly we got our. We took our lumps for doing in charlottesville in two thousand seventeen. What we had done in skokie Almost fifty years earlier and have continued to do post charlottesville but we believe that unless the government knew actually protect speech even for racist then anti-racists going to be effective in raising their voices and their power to to protest and demand change. So ellie. how much do you agree with the premise..
A Reminder That Democrat Govenor Ralph Northam Wore Blackface, Part of the KKK
"Imagine being that Republican governor of a major state and being caught in a bunch of Photos wearing one of two options wearing either a clue, Klux Klan hood or black face. Can you imagine if that happened? Which one of those is worse? Exactly Didn't imagine not even denying it. Imagine being, said Republican governor Whatever Governor Joey Bag of donuts, whatever it may be, and these photos surface And Yeah, you're like I'm not sure which one I was the guy in the Blue Klux Klan hood or the guy in the black face? Not really sure, but I'm one of them. How you'd forget that I'm not really sure. Imagine being that governor. Imagine the Media cancel culture. Folks have been come for you Demand your job demand you never run for office again, never be seen in public again. Never be recognised in polite society. From that point forward on that wasn't a Republican governor that was the Democrat governor of Virginia. Ralph North. Remember that? He's still the governor right now, of course, because when you're a Democrat, and you do something, not just kind of quietly racist but overtly racist, like ACLU collects Klan hood or black face when you're a Democrat, Racism really doesn't matter. So, according to critical race theory, Not only is Ralph Northam and oppressor because he's white, this guy's actually at Blue Klux Klan hood or a black face of little garb. There he did. I don't know which one. We're not sure which one. It is, either one's no good, but I'm not Really sure which one But because he's a Democrat, which is a protected class. Nothing will ever
Florida Sued Over New Law That Limits Ballot Initiatives
"I'm Julie Walker a federal lawsuit filed Saturday is seeking to strike down Florida's attempt to make it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution the new law was just signed Friday by governor Ron DeSantis it establishes a three thousand dollar limit on individual contributions to groups promoting ballot initiatives the limit is proposed until a proposal is approved for the ballot which could have made it impossible for measures such as medical marijuana or minimum wage increase to get before voters the ACLU of Florida which filed the complaint says it violates the first amendment by burdening free speech and association Republicans who backed the initiative argued it was needed to keep out of state special interest money from influencing the state constitution I'm Julie Walker
George Clooney: World's Worst Pandemic Roommate
"Brace yourselves. y'all george clooney is inviting you to his lake como house. He's also minute brad. Pitt is causing trouble for him. At a mall so georgia's teaming up amazed to raise money for his clinic. Foundation and one lucky winner will score trip to lake como to have dinner with george and amal at their house but before you enter the contest be ward. george is being called. The world's worst pandemic roommate the sooners. This pandemic is over you to come celebrate with a mall in me at our house in late. Have you over to our place a little get together now. One of my favorite things about meeting new people is that you never know when a lifelong friendship is going to blossom. In fact by total dumb luck. I actually ended up spending most of last year stuck rooming with this random guy. And we're basically best friends now but don't take my word for it. Just ask him. Do i recommend hanging out with george clooney. No i do not. I guess. I forgot how strange people could be q. Believe a mall wanted me to throw this away throwing this out no way man the whole video so cute and if you're the winter what is the first question you ask george in a mall. How'd you tame that'd beef. I mean not that. George clooney was like a wild as but he was free and he was out in the streets. And if you don't know what these streets me call your your favorite black person and ask them. What does this mean when you're out in the streets a lot of times we always say like you can't change your man you can't you know. Stop a man for being who he is but it seems like when they intersected it was that we saw this whole new side aclu so it kind of gives me. Oh i know all feel. I would love to hear her perspective because she may he may have just been so head over heels for her from the beginning she may have just been like it. Wasn't that hard basically. He was just pursuing me. Like crazy and it is what it is.
Choosing the Right Nonprofit Business Model With Rinku Sen
"Rinku sen is a writer. Social justice strategist. She is formerly the executive director of race forward and was publisher of their award. Winning news site color lines under her leadership race forward generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes of recent years including drop. The i word it compan- from media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as illegal resulting in the associated press usa today the l. a. times and many more outlets changing their practice she was also the architect of the shattered families report which identified the number of kids in foster care whose parents had been deported. Her books stir it up and the accidental. American sierra is a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race gender class poverty sexuality and other systems as a consultant rinku has worked on narrative and political strategy with numerous organizations at foundations including policy link. The aclu and the nathan cummings foundation. She serves on numerous boards including the women's march where she co president and the foundation for national progress publisher of mother jones magazine. And i don't even think we've told folks what you do today so rinku. Thank you so much for joining us for helping me think through. I'm glad you're here and welcome. Thank you so much joe. It's a real thrill to talk with you today. So and well actually. You just listened to me for the last several minutes so the goal here is to get you talking so i re as i read your bio. I realized that we actually didn't talk about what you do today. So you wanna you wanna give folks sense of that. The new adventure. You're on now. Sure i in early december. I became the executive director of narrative initiative. Which is an organization that puts different kinds of creative people together to make interventions In the big stories we tell and live into so We do a lot of work with right now. The green new deal network to help them. Think through what what kinds of messages and frames they need to move out until the world that will build support for progressive policies and we We also provide a ghost writing service for grassroots organizations. That need help getting things written.
Student's Snapchat Profanity Leads to Supreme Court Speech Case
"The Supreme Court will be hearing one of the most significant cases involving student speech and more than fifty years it involves brandy levy in Pennsylvania I was a fourteen year old kid I was upset I was angry levy had found out she didn't make her school's varsity cheerleading squad four years ago big bell check with the ACLU says levy and a friend were not in school when they posted a snap Snapchat picture with the two of them holding up their middle fingers they hurled F. bombs about cheerleading and school several days later she's told by her cheerleading coach that she's been kicked off the team because of her house levy's parents filed a federal lawsuit claiming the suspension violated their daughters constitutional speech rights it wasn't bullying anyone wasn't harassing the school district says they should not be forced to ignore any speech that disrupts the school environment at Donahue Washington
Arkansas Senate OKs ban on treatments for transgender youth
"The arkansas state senate has passed a bill that would ban gender affirming care to transgender minors including hormones and puberty blockers if republican governor asa hutchinson signs. The bill arkansas will become the first state to ban gender affirming care to trans youth chase strange deputy director for transgender justice at the aclu's and hiv project. Denounce the bill. As quote the single most extreme anti trans law to ever pass through a state legislature.
Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Ruling That Overturned Boston Marathon Bomber's Death Sentence
"Radio boston. I'm donna deering and we start today with another major development in the country's largest drug lab scandal suffolk. County district attorney. Rachel rollins says that her office could vacate up to tens of thousands more criminal convictions. That were based on drug evidence tested at the now closed hinton lab. Wbu our senior correspondent. Deborah becker is reporting on the story. Deb joins us now dead. Welcome back to radio boston. Thanks for having me so deb. D. rollins is proposing to vacate any drug convictions based on results. From the hinton lab from may two thousand three to august two thousand twelve why that nine year time window will. That was the time period when two chemists worked at the hinton lab at the same time. Any dukan and sony ferrick you may remember. Both women were convicted on charges of tampering. With the drug evidence they were supposed to be testing fair conviction though stemmed from her work at the state lab in amherst but both women worked at the hinton lab. At one time. Eric worked there before she went to amherst. Rollin says what's needed is a more thorough review of all the drugs certifications that came from the hinton lab wild. Both women were working there. She calls the drug lab scandal. Systemic misconduct and a catastrophic failure of management that she says needs a complete review so all the testing done at that lab during that time should be looked at and we should point out that after both chemists were convicted tens of thousands of criminal drug convict. Convictions were dismissed because of their misconduct. We're talking about more. Give us a sense of scale here. Deb how many people might this effect will will. There's no precise number but rollins office says is that the hinton lab certified almost eighty three thousand drug samples for evidence during that time and that was in suffolk county and the massachusetts supreme judicial court which has reviewed various challenges and calls for a way to deal with all of the cases in both labs has vacated thousands of convictions based on the testing and hidden lab alone about eight thousand from hinton so the remaining seventy four thousand drug certifications that rollins talking about from suffolk county. She says her office is going to review all of those and they could be part of what she says is a global resolution to deal with these cases once and for all and thousands more convictions could be erased. But there's no exact number because one drug certification could have several drug certifications could have been done for one case so. The exact number is unclear. Got it got it. But it's it's a lot to review. So how does it work are they. Are they essentially starting deb with the assumption that all the convictions must be vacated and then working backward from there as they review the cases. How are they gonna do this well. She says she's going to convene robin says. She's going to convene a summit next month with the defense bar to start this review look at every affected case all the drugs certifications and determine next steps and she says any relief in what she's calling her hinton lab initiative is only for controlled substances convictions. And if someone was charged with something else along with drug use or possession or whatever the drug charges may have been those charges withstand this would only be drug charges in a particular case and then after that they would look at expunging records. If need be it would be a very lengthy complicated process. So our defense attorneys reacting to this well The aclu the american civil liberties union of massachusetts which was the agency really primarily involved in fighting with the s sjc to try to get some sort of resolution for many of these cases that were based on evidence tested at the hinton lab and at the amherst lab. It says it is. It's pleased that rollins has done. This here is matt siegel whose legal counsel for the aclu of massachusetts certainly would our preference and the preference of the public defenders are law firm partners for all of these cases have been dismissed when we first started calling for that step in twenty twelve. There's a saying about the arch of justice and At this point were very glad that seems to be bending in the right direction. I think as referring there to the you know the arc of the moral universals long but it bends toward justice but regardless also the State criminal defender agency. The committee for public counsel services released a statement after They heard about rachel rollins initiative the hidden lab and it also said that. It's pleased that this is happening. And it hopes that other district attorneys will do the same. So will they deb. Do you think we'll other. Da's follow suit. And i guess. I'm wondering if somehow this forces their hands if they have to. Now i don't think anyone necessarily
Sterling Ruby on His Boundary-Bending Work in Art and Fashion
"Everybody. Welcome to be. Oh s live today. I'm very excited to be talking to sterling rudy. An artist whose work. I've loved for a time known to the fashion world because he worked closely with raf simmons on a collection of clothing. And then was very instrumental in shaping the identity that routes that wrath created full calvin klein and a months ago sterling did something quite unprecedented in the realms of and fashion. He launched a couture collection at the same time. As the show's happening in paris. At the invitation of the sean persson to call who are a very fussy Administrative body for french fashion and dunked invite outside is in very easily. So i'm very curious as to how the schommer cindy call invited you to show on the kutu schedule sterling. Welcome to be. Oh a fly thanks tim. Thank you it evening. Good morning I don't really know We we received the invitation through a mutual acquaintance You know we. We did this very small project in the season before which was just the ready to wear women's ready-to-wear season it was. It was a project flag vail and it was just one thing. It was a denim flag that had been sound in the studio is this addition and we partnered with the aclu. Which we've done in the past. And i did this project which was a very Minimum all of minutes where model had this draped over him and stood up.
Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law
"Arkansas's governors signed sweeping abortion restrictions into law coming just short of an outright ban under the bill signed by governor Aissa Hutchinson nearly all abortions would be banned in Arkansas the exception being if needed to save the mother's life the governor expressed reservations about not allowing exceptions in cases of rape or incest but since he signed the bill because of its overwhelming legislative support and his long held pro life convictions supporters are hoping the measure will force the issue before the US Supreme Court with the review of the roe versus Wade decision with a belief three new conservative justices would be more open to striking down the landmark decision but opponents are vowing to block the restrictions before they take effect later this year the ACLU of Arkansas is vowing to see the governor in court I'm Jackie Quinn
Making Beautiful Music With Community-Driven Partnerships
"Henry donahue is the executive director of save the music a national nonprofit that helps students schools and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music prior to save the music. Henry was the ceo and head of partnerships at purpose a digital strategy and creative agency that focuses on social impact projects. Notable clients included every town for gun safety the aclu oxfam international. The ford foundation nike. I- kia audi and liverpool f c. Henry has also worked as a media. Executive focused on digital product development is held senior positions at discover conde nast primedia and lendingtree dot com spent most of the nineteen nineties on the road across the usa as a fundraiser for political candidates including us senators. Jay rockefeller from west virginia. And ron wyden from oregon at the same time. He was playing guitar in an indie rock band and running into small independent record label. Henry has an abbey in american history from harvard college and an mba from darden graduate school of business at the university of virginia henry. Great to have you with us. Sharing the story of save the music and the lessons contained within the be here could see joe thanks. Hey i'm delighted to have you. So why don't we start sharing with our listeners. The origin story of save the music. What was the germ of its mission and tell us a little bit about the journey. Yeah i mean safe. The music's mission and vision are the same today as they were back. joni urine. John sykes aretha franklin one. Dvd's categories aretha flying sleep dion and Every student every public schools should be making music as part of their education. I think you had a great overview of why at the intro. We know for decades of research that when schools have music students do better. The school does better. The community does better In normal times. I travel all around the country even in the toughest schools when you get to that band room or that choir room. You know. it's that joy and inspiration and hope for the future and all those things. So i i love going to high schools middle schools elementary schools. I love interacting advanced features van kits. It's amazing the landscape out there. Is that most schools in the. Us do have music as part of their school day. there's a quote for geoffrey canada That i'm sure i'm angling but it's something to the effect of if you wanna see what a quality education looks like. Look what rich people do about. Eighty percent of american schools have music and art as part of their school day And the programs that caught over the years. And we're we do. Most of our work are in schools that serve black students immigrant students and in rural rural students as well. What do you love about your job. Henry donahue because you loved this i love so it you you mentioned. I mean i've worked in politics and advocacy and social impact in various ways for for a long time You know at purpose Which some of your listeners might be familiar with worked on gun safety. We worked on marriage. Equality we worked on A project involving immigrants and You know the fight for the fifteen dollars minimum wage. All of which were were were deeply deeply satisfying. But when chris mccarthy who's the guy runs. mtv now came to me in we had this conversation about the h. one. Save the music which five six years ago you know still had a very solid sort of core group of program team people working there doing amazing work but has sort of been what i call know an orphan corporate asset on. Cbs empire. You know. I was presented with the opportunity to do the thing that i did for my job. Which was you know corporate impact strategy advocacy and combined with the thing that i spent my whole life in love with which which is music. Which by the way you. You don't have the benefit of seeing henry. But i do. And i see a keyboard. And i see a guitar so yeah. This is a music guy. You're a. You're a an advocate Andrew musician and you get to do both in the same job. That's pretty awesome. Yeah i think this is sort of at the core of was eighth. music does Which is i remember myself as a pretty angry and somewhat directionless
ACLU, for first time, elects Black person as its president
"The ACLU has elected a black person as its president for the very first time New York University law professor Deborah archer becomes the first black president in the one hundred and one year history of the American civil liberties union our expertise is in civil rights and racial justice the ACLU says archer was elected in a virtual meeting of the organisation sixty nine member board of directors the fight against racial injustice is expected to be a top priority for the A. C. L. U. now that Donald trump's presidency is over while trump was in office the ACLU filed more than four hundred lawsuits and other legal actions against his administration I usually after
Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats
"Donald trump's xenophobic effort to exclude people in the us illegally from being counted in the process for divvying up congressional seats was dealt another blow on wednesday when the census bureau's director indefinitely halted an effort to gather data on the citizenship status of every. Us resident bureau workers laboring to comply with the trump order. Were instructed to stand down and discontinue that data reviews census bureau director steven dillingham said in a memo gillingham's memo came after the office of inspector general reported on tuesday. That bureau workers were under significant pressure from to trump political appointees two years ago trump ordered the census bureau to use administrative records to figure out who is in the country illegally after the supreme court blocked his administration's to put a citizenship question. On the twenty twenty census questionnaire information about citizenship status could be used to implement another trump order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for giving up personal seats and electoral college votes as well as the annual distribution of one point five trillion dollars in federal spending among the states an influential. Gop advisor has advocated excluding them from the apportionment process in order to favor. Republicans and non hispanic whites. Trump's unprecedented order on apportionment was challenged more than a half dozen lawsuits across the us but the supreme court ruled last month. That any challenge was premature. Dale ho director of the aclu's voting rights project which had challenged the apportionment order. Joe biden on wednesday to rescind. Its when he takes office. President trump tried and failed throughout his entire presidency to weaponize the census for his attacks on immigrant communities. Ho said it appears he has failed yet again.
Snapchat will terminate Trump's account on Jan. 20
"You don't know what's been going on over the past week hopefully listen to the other episodes this week we've talked about you. Know the story in the capital and all the craziness and all of the illegality the criminality that went on last week and kind of how we've been wrestling through that there has been a backlash not just in your reaction of people not just a political backlash but there's also been a big tech backlash so after all of this happened. Trump's personal twitter account got suspended twitter deleted tweets written by trump from the account so the police account is used by every president it so they didn't take down the police account but he can't access it anymore in all of the tweets that he did send from that official police account president of the united states. If you didn't know were taken down. Facebook permanently banned trump so ready twitch shop fai twitter. Google youtube facebook instagram snapchat. I know it would be hilarious. If snapchat didn't ban donald trump and that was how he was communicating with the american people and used all the filters and all that great stuff that would have been really twenty twenty one. But that's how it happened. He was also banned from tiktok. That would have also been a hilarious way for the president to continue to communicate with the american people if he was like doing the dances and popping up and trying to send his messages through tiktok dances again. Unfortunately we do not. We don't get to enjoy that. Dan from apple banned from discord pinterest stripe amazon cloud hosting now. You would think the everyone on the left is applauding. This and a lot of people on the left are applauding. This even the so-called champion of free speech in the media class or applauding. This saying that this is a great and wonderful thing. Even some people on the right. You're saying this is a good thing now. The aclu actually came out against banning trump from twitter. Which is surprising because the aclu has been on the liberal side of most issues for the past at least thirty years
"aclu" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Is there this is when the ACLU is insane it's not that the curfews and the National Guard troops are here because of the peaceful protests that's not what they're worried about I wonder what they what they want I literally what is the ACLU want ignore looters ignore buildings are on fire maybe they're upset that the fire truck show up I don't know they want a more and I don't know this is realistic or not but they want a more targeted approach to things like curfews so maybe only curfews in areas that have seen looting yeah until until it moves down the street then what well I'm just trying to say this is what they're saying who it's too broad to say now nobody can be on the street anywhere in the city which is not even true because I you got the notice bill I'm sure I got the notice about the curfews and they said if you're going to work you are going to do care giving there were a couple of other reasons that it's fine you can be out for certain reasons it's not an absolute ban where your very presence on the street no matter what becomes a crime yeah I was it was that's what you're saying I was expecting to be stopped by the police on the way and and my little card out you know I'm not saying that job here we are we're essential human beings well done over centuries human beings were essential workers it's just it to me the ACLU you would think would be like we would be thinking Hey but we want to protect the rights of the protesters who are doing the right thing who are just yeah marching and that sort of thing well the police are going after them that's the problem there isn't an over reach of the police for the protesters lined it with they could actually to leave them alone I think in many cases protect them alright lets you another couple stories for retail yeah some big companies are closing some of their stores in light of all this unrest.
"aclu" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Apply list your law firm button the ACLU has a reputation for sometimes being completely crazy and they have filed a lawsuit after lawsuit even counter intuitive I mean there was one lawsuit that was filed on never forget this it was defending a group of not cease when they were denied a petition to have a rally and March down the streets of Skokie Illinois which is are you ready for this American **** party this neighborhood happened to be a neighborhood where Holocaust survivors lifting and the ACLU which incidently relies on Jewish donations more than any other group of people support the ACLU Jews they supported the **** and the ACLU when it comes to first amendment when it comes to constitutional issues they don't care who they're gonna offend and they don't care I mean obviously there ninety nine percent liberal but still I mean they do some crazy cases so here's one and that is that this is not a lawsuit yeah but it is a call from the ACLU hi and that is that men's restrooms should include those tampon descent dispensers and you know come on for god's sake really tampon dispensers in men's restroom it obviously is just a ploy to get some publicity no not at all the argument is that now there's trans people hi there is gender fluid people that in reality you have people going into different restrooms are identifying themselves as one or the other you know for example what you have someone was born a female is going through I the trans transitioning our identifies as a mail goes in the women's restroom and starts having a period because of the female parts which have not yet been altered and the ACLU is saying and there's no tampon this machine in there and that is discrimination and as crazy as that sounds you know what if you accept the fact that the long cannot discriminate on the basis of race and you and and whoever decides their self described gendered that goes into that rest room Hey you know what tell me that someone who now describes himself as a male who is not yet had the operation who has the menstrual cycle happening and can I get a tampon in the restroom you know what it's an argument welcome to the New World let's take some phone calls hi go well then now hello yes ma'am what can I do for you yeah question one it contains like child protective services my final search and seizure expanding and wrongfully removed off of me calling a metaphysical shop to ask we were you know what I'm having a heart really hard time understand you're golden do it slower slower with better diction if you would please because I'm I'm just not going well okay let's try that again I said bank sign was blank fully remove guided by child protective services I am very spiritual sold during the night and they quickly my sister we my sister placed on the back porch would like air bed candles and stuff in the neighbor called the cops okay or so my son was taken how old is how old is your son he is currently ten right now okay and he was he was taken because I the he was cook and medically kidnapped did when he was like eight okay and I bought I became my own lawyer and gotten back what is a medical kidnapped well with a medical kidnapped by log if you refuse or don't want to give your kids like vaccinations or you want to DO holistic treatment if you're in a place where the CDC CDC or the CDA is like really about vaccinations or getting your kids medicine they will then take.
"aclu" Discussed on KTOK
"By the ACLU good morning out in the Katy okay a new center will warm up today compared to this morning that is our forecast is coming up a first of its kind lawsuit accuses Canadian county of operating a cash bail system that routinely jailed for people because they can't afford to pay for their freedom the federal class action lawsuit was filed yesterday by the ACLU of Oklahoma where Twyla Carter is a senior attorney we found that people did not have lawyers we found that judges were not asking questions an individualized hearings that meet the constitution how long have you lived in the area do you have a job how much is your rent what other expenses do you have before a bond amount is imposed on an individual she says people locked up in Canadian county you manage to pay their bond amount or then denied the right to a public defender Carter says that's unconstitutional a marathon school board meeting in Enid as we hear from Beth Myers it was a packed school board meeting in Enid on Monday the marathon ten hour meeting ended with the school board voting unanimously to fire school resource officer Mike Dodds a termination letter says he was fired for insubordination and violating district rules but Dodd's contends he was fired for reporting threats by students he said he was afraid of a mass school shooting but administrators say that he overstepped his boundaries dogs attorney says he will pursue legal action epic charter schools is suing state senator Ron sharper Shani alleging defamation here's Megan bishop epic is Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school and claims sharp published false statements about the school then refused to retract them sharp its claim that epic inflated enrollment numbers to get more state funding earlier the O. S. B. I had looked into allegations of the school's co founders had split some ten million dollars in profits between twenty thirteen and twenty eighteen from alleged go student moment online students or technically and roll but who allegedly got very little instruction from teachers the Senate will now vote on the seven hundred thirty eight billion dollar national defense authorization act after the house yesterday approved the annual Pentagon spending package here's John decker president trump on Twitter signaling he will sign the bi partisan defense bill that authorizes a major spending boost to the Pentagon and endorses his proposed new space force the president tweeting while all of our priorities made it into the final bill pay raise for our troops rebuilding our military paid parental leave border security and space force he continue Congress don't delay this anymore I will sign this historic defense legislation immediately there's a new CEO of continental resources current CEO Harold Hamm who is seventy four has been named executive chairman he calls it a step up William berry has been appointed chief executive officer berry is a former conical Phillips executive and is served on the continental board of directors and a variety of roles since twenty fourteen the leadership change will take effect.
"aclu" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Immigration crisis the ACLU has put out a new video tell ice I do not agree with you being in my home telling non citizen immigrants what do you do during an ice read the animated video shows too aggressive ice agents in plain clothes barging into a house I see usually when I have a warrant but they may live the ACLU's video called we have rights tells non citizens to tell agents to leave their home and not to interrupt during an arrest on the receipt James and Pamela Hughes show Katie our legal analyst Monica Lindstrom says and ice warrant is not enough for a search and I sworn is not signed by a neutral detached third party judge the trump administration says ice agents could serve deportation orders for non citizens who have broken laws no rates have been announced in Arizona Peter say more KTAR news in Arizona department of transportation employee was placed on administrative leave and then fired in early March after the department was notified of a possible security issue court documents say Craig today arms damaged and tried to destroy computer programs or data the Maricopa county attorney's office is prosecuting the case tell him is facing computer tampering charges the values and getting any cooler the National Weather Service says in services Andrew Diemer says it will be a one and a one for one thirteen arrange pretty much today all the way through Monday probably Tuesday may be the ones that you know unfortunately that he just isn't going to quite go away yesterday we hit one hundred and fourteen topping the hottest day of the year so far now let's get a check on traffic.
"aclu" Discussed on ACLU Civil Liberties Minute
"In America, is it constitutional for elections to be decided before any votes are cast. I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute, a three judge federal district court in Cincinnati recently ruled unconstitutional that state's congressional map that Republican lawmakers had drawn up with invidious partisan intent those are the courts words to ensure that the outcome of elections would be determined before any votes were cast they Ohio map which has been in effect since two thousand and twelve yields the same results in election after election after election. The results are twelve Republicans and for Democrats a seventy five to twenty five percent split. Even though the actual vote is very close to even the court noted that the map pack Democrats into his few districts as possible, and then carved up democratic cities and counties to favor. Republicans the wool makers accomplish this with strange squiggly curving shapes in weird lines. But this Ohio decision and the four. Other similar federal court decisions from other states may not last until the summer the issue of partisan gerrymandering is before the United States Supreme court, and the supreme court could well decide that having congressional elections. That are a mockery of democracy is not unconstitutional and is democracy enough for two thousand and nineteen and two thousand twenty will soon find out the civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Hanging in Adolf Hitler's office in nineteen thirty one was a large portrait of Henry Ford because when it came to antisemitism. Hitler said quote, I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration. I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute facts regarding Ford's antisemitism, are well known undisputed and indeed self authenticated. Some were included in a biographical sketch of him in a recent edition of the magazine of the historical society of Dearborn Michigan. The birthplace of Ford's upon him. His car company in response to that article, the mayor of Dearborn Jonah Riley banned the distribution of the journal because the story interfered he said with his message and policies of inclusion and a Riley, it seems may well have full authority to censor the magazine because it's published by the city's historical commission, which is part and parcel and paid for by the city. Fortunately, censorship in America, often backfires, and it did hear the mayor's attempted censorship has. Caused the article and the journal to be distributed far wider than it ever has been in the past. So now, many many more people, including many in Dearborn know about Henry Ford's virulent and dangerous antisemitism, which is all to the good because as the philosopher and writer Jorge Santa Yana said, quote, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
"aclu" Discussed on ACLU Civil Liberties Minute
"On election day two thousand eighteen and overwhelming majority of voters in Florida sixty five percent approved a state constitutional amendment to restore the right to vote to most people who have been convicted of felonies and completed their sentence. And now, I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute, even though that constitutional amendment called amendment four with supposed to automatically go into effect on January eighth and allow former felons to register to vote. Just like everyone else the new governor. Rhonda Santa's has claimed that amendment four can't take effect until the legislature, which doesn't even meet till March approves implementing language advocates dispute that pointing to the fact that nothing in the constitutional amendment itself indicates that any legislation is required. Although some local election officials who control voter rolls and procedures may be swayed by the governor's statement in November two thousand eighteen more than five million Floridians voted in favor of amendment four on that same. Action day one and a half million Floridians the majority of whom are white and included twenty three percent of the African American community were not allowed to vote because of that state's felony disenfranchisement rule that amendment four repealed and reversed the constitutional amendment and the overwhelming support for it means it's time it's past time for the right to vote to be honored in the sunshine state. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
"aclu" Discussed on ACLU Civil Liberties Minute
"The supreme court soon could decide the future of Representative democracy in America. I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute to gerrymander in cases before the high court in the first from Maryland democratic lawmakers in two thousand and eleven redrew district lines to ensure that longtime Republican incumbent tea party Representative Roscoe Bartlett would lose a plan that works spectacularly well from the Democrats point of view when Bartlett who had one is two thousand and ten race by twenty eight points lost the next election by twenty one in the second case from North Carolina. The Republicans in two thousand and sixteen one fifty three percent of the statewide congressional votes. But were awarded seventy seven percent of the seats in the US house of representatives, which was the plan as the Republican lawmaker David Lewis who drew the electoral map said quote, I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats. So I drew this map to help foster would I think is better for the country the court in these cases. Could rule that over partisan gerrymandering, violates the constitutional guarantees of free elections in equal protection? But the court might also rule that there is no constitutional restriction whatsoever on gerrymandering, which would enshrine this democracy killing practice as the law of the land or argument is scheduled before the supreme court in March a decision is expected by June and the stakes couldn't be higher. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Can you be arrested for being mean to the police on the internet? I'm Barrington day Thurston from the onion. And also. You're listening to the civil liberties minute with ACLU attorney Bill Newman, recently, the Exeter, New Hampshire. Police arrested local man for riding a comment on a news website that accused the police chief of covering up for a corrupt officer that statement allegedly violated New Hampshire's criminal defamation law. It makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally and falsely disparage another person New Hampshire is criminal defamation law along with others like it in twenty four additional states in essence makes it a crime to say mean things about people now to be sure freedom of speech does not give anyone the absolute right to spread lies about a fellow citizen. Which is why civil remedies are available, but criminal defamation laws are another story. I you shouldn't go to jail for saying something mean about somebody and second the laws chill speech and third. They are disproportionately used against people who. Criticize the police or politicians. Fortunately, the criminal case in New Hampshire has been dismissed and the ACLU has sued in New Hampshire federal court to have that states criminal defamation law struck down as violating the first amendment. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.
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"Congratulations congress. You've taken a first step. I'm Bill Newman. And this is the civil liberties minute in late December congress passed and President Trump signed into law the first step act a law that brings some beneficial reforms to the federal criminal Justice system on sentencing. The law reduces the mandatory minimum for a second drug offence. For example, from twenty years to fifteen and for third offense from life to twenty five years behind bars still draconian, but less draconian, the first step back also gives judges more discretion when sentencing defendants who previously only minor misdemeanors, and it prohibits shackling women during pregnancy and childbirth and it restricts solitary confinement for juveniles and it reauthorize is the federal program that is cysts recently, really prisoners with counseling, drug and employment services. But the law is not comprehensive criminal Justice reform. The sentencing provisions are not. Retroactive and the law, of course, only affects federal prisoners who only make up a little over seven percent of the two point three million people incarcerated in the United States today our country still imprisons larger percentage of its population than any other country in the world. And so the wall recently passed is rightfully title the first step act. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the ACLU because freedom can't protect itself.