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Chillin' Wit' Reggie Shuford, executive director, ACLU of Pa.

IT'S A STUNNING Sunday along Spring Garden Street, and Reggie Shuford's stuck on the phone outside the Silk City Diner. As executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Shuford, 48, is a busy man with a phone that's nearly always buzzing and pinging with something or someone new.


Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home

2 hrs ago | The Ashland Daily Tidings

Late Ashland resident Temple's memoirs recall ACLU battles Posted at

Johnny Temple always admired his dad's writing, so when he had the opportunity to publish selected excerpts three years ago, he jumped at it.   The memoirs of former Ashland resident Ralph Temple, who rose to become one of the country's top civil rights lawyers of the last century with the American Civil Liberties Union, are due to hit shelves for the first time in paperback Oct. 1. "He was a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised ... he approached issues of social justice and treated them as if they were life or death battles," said Johnny Temple, known best for his work as a bass guitarist with Washington D.C.-based bands Soulside and Girls Against Boys.


Related Topix: Ashland, OR, Activism

Sun Sep 14, 2014


'Boardwalk Empire' Michael K Williams New ACLU Ambassador #StopMassIncarceration

You know may know him as Chalky White from the hit HBO prohibition drama, Boardwalk Empire, or from his roles in The Wire and 12 Years a Slave, but Michael K. Williams has a new title. Williams has signed on to be an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union.


Related Topix: Entertainment, The Wire, Drama, Television, Boardwalk Empire, Michael K. Williams

Daily Kos

We Don't Flaunt Torture and Murder

Last month I confessed to the nation and the world, "We tortured some folks." And of course, I've also confessed that we use extrajudicial killing without a conviction -- what folks used to call Murder -- to support American interests and help keep us safe.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

Measure 89 is well-intended but unecessary: Editorial endorsement

A ballot drop site outside Sherwood City Hall in May. Ballots for the November election will be mailed in mid-October. We could not support with more enthusiasm the goal of Measure 89's sponsors, which is to prevent gender-based discrimination.


Related Topix: Oregon, Opinion

Daily Kos

This week in the war on voting: WI gets greenlight on ID law, Brennan's Student Voting Guide ready

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday gave Wisconsin the go-ahead to implement its voter ID law that a federal district court in April had ruled in Frank v. Walker violated the Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.


Related Topix: Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, US News, Milwaukee, WI, African-American, Train Disaster, Scott Walker, US Governors

Commit to the Constitution

When Americans debate important legal questions involving the Constitution guns, gay marriage, police surveillance, affirmative action, to name just a few our founding document often ends up seeming like a Rorschach blot or a cloud in the sky: everyone sees something different in it. A conservative activist who identifies with the tea party likely will have a different perspective on the Constitution than the president of the local ACLU chapter.


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Common Dreams

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

WLUK-TV Green Bay

Balanced Coverage: reaction to the ruling on Voter ID

The appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's voter ID law Friday afternoon. That means the law, passed nearly three years ago but in limbo since will be used November 4th.


Related Topix: Greenville, WI

National Review Online

Matthew Continetti: The Silent Coup

Writing in June that the nonprofit " strongly opposes " the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLU's Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal "deceptively complex," "unnecessary," "redundant of existing law," "dangerous for liberties," "vague," "overbroad," "exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes," and "the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly limit specifically enumerated rights and freedoms." Reid's baby, the ACLU said, would "'break' the Constitution" by "amending the First Amendment."


Boing Boing

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.


Related Topix: Libraries, Internet, Science / Technology, Computers, Privacy

ABA Journal

ACLU to defend man jailed for posting heavy metal band's violent song lyrics on Facebook

One day last month, the lyrics were from a heavy metal song by Exodus that was inspired by the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech, Billboard reports. "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood-splattered treatise of hate.


Related Topix: Exodus, Thrash-Metal, Muhlenberg County, KY


Van Hollen, ACLU react to voter ID ruling

Attorneys for both sides were quick to react to Friday's federal appeals court ruling reinstating Wisconsin's voter ID law. Wisconsin attorney general JB Van Hollen had this to say after the ruling: "Today's decision is a victory for common sense, fair elections, and the right of every eligible voter to cast a vote that will count."


Related Topix: Activism

Fri Sep 12, 2014


A Look At Voter Photo ID Requirements

Nineteen states have laws that require voters to show photo identification at the polls, though legal fights are pending over the issue in four states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Civil rights groups argue such laws unfairly target poor and elderly residents who are less likely to have IDs, while supporters say they protect against voter fraud.


Related Topix: Wisconsin Government, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, US Governors, Eric Holder, Mike Beebe

CBS Local

Results Out For 1st Month Of Baltimore Youth Curfew

BALTIMORE - The results are out for the first month of the new youth curfew in Baltimore supporters say it's good news, but others say the information is vague. Supporters of the curfew law say they're seeing great progress, but some critics are concerned with who it could target and the impact.



ACLU To Congress: Don't Leave Without Voting On ISIS Plan

Congress, exhausted after a month-long recess, is set to adjourn again next week to allow incumbents to get onto the campaign trail ahead of the midterms. But in letters to the Hill, the ACLU is urging lawmakers to stick around at least until it had taken a vote on whether President Obama has the authority to launch strikes against militants in Iraq and Syria.


Related Topix: US News, Liberal Political News

Papers Sue for Pa. Lethal-Injection InfoThe ACLU has filed a motion...

Four newspapers, two in Philadelphia, have sued Pennsylvania in order to get information on the supplier of Pennsylvania's lethal injection drugs. The motion was filed by the ACLU on behalf of the Philadelphia Inquirer , Philadelphia City Paper , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Guardian US.


Hollywood Reporter

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Michael Kenneth Williams Pushing For Prison Reform With ACLU

The Boardwalk Empire star has signed on as the American Civil Liberties Union's Ambassador for ending mass incarceration, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. In the role, Williams will lend support to the ACLU's fight to push for criminal justice reform and advocate that people struggling with addiction or mental illness receive medical treatment instead of being sent to prison.


Related Topix: Entertainment, The Wire, Drama, Television, Michael K. Williams, Prison

Altoona Mirror

ACLU: Statue desecration case has serious issues

The American Civil Liberties Union is expressing interest in the case of an Everett 14-year-old charged with "desecrating" a statue of Jesus. On Thursday, a Pittsburgh-based ACLU attorney said the state law cited in the case - a rarely invoked ban on "defacing, damaging, polluting or ... mistreating" venerated symbols - poses constitutional problems.


Related Topix: Bedford County, PA

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Oklahoma ACLU says law enforcement database is being misused

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is seeking access to records from a law enforcement website it says is being misused to "track the activities of thousands of American citizens without their knowledge or consent." The Guthrie-based private company has instructed more than 50,000 officers in techniques to spot drug smugglers on the nation's highways.


Related Topix: Guthrie, OK, The Washington Post Company, Logan County, OK