Over the past year, I have blogged quite a bit about the consequences of mass incarceration for those in prison – they are separated from their communities, locked away under terrible conditions of confinement, and, upon release, subjected to legalized discrimination and denied basic constitutional protections - making it all the more likely they will someday be sent back to prison. However, what I have focused less on are the consequences for the family members of those incarcerated – those who are left behind when someone is sent away.
Educating young people about their constitutional rights has been a key component of the ACLU of Maine’s mission for well over a decade. In that time our program has grown step by step, and this year we are proud to say we reached more students and schools than ever before.
Thursday, June 5 is a national day of action to take back our privacy. It’s easy to participate: go to www.resetthenet.org to take the pledge and get the tools to protect your privacy online.
One year ago, Edward Snowden brought us proof that government spying is out of control, and that it reaches each and every one of us. Today, he is joining thousands of Americans across the country to take back our privacy.
Last week, I watched a short film by The House I Live In director Eugene Jarecki titled Just Say No …to the War on Drugs. In the 2 minute and 30 second film, Jarecki lays out the failure of the War on Drugs, its enormous costs – both fiscal cost to taxpayers and human cost to our communities, and its ultimate failure to curb and deter drug abuse whatsoever.
At last year’s Pride Parade, the ACLU of Maine crew marched through the streets of Portland with bright blue signs declaring “I’m On Team Edie!” This was our show of support for Edie Windsor, the ACLU’s client in the groundbreaking laws