In June of last year, a treasure trove of documents detailing the vast scope of government surveillance were unexpectedly released and immediately took the world by storm. Nearly simultaneously, through an iconic interview at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, we met the young, soft-spoken contractor who had left behind a stable life in order to make those revelations come to light.
The ACLU released the following comment on the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson:
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri:
As we wait to hear the decision from a grand jury in Missouri about whether or not charges will be brought against Officer Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, ACLU staff is in Ferguson to support the work of our local affiliate there, to educate protesters about their rights, and to react immediately should there be any civil liberties violations.
The 1 in 3 Campaign has organized an online abortion speakout forthis Thursday, November 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature over 100 people sharing stories about their experiences with abortion. The speakout brings together movement leaders, celebrities, politicians and abortion advocates from across the country to share their experiences during this premiere event.
As early as this week, the U.S. Senate may vote on the USA Freedom Act, a bi-partisan bill that would significantly scale back the federal government’s ability to illegally spy.
As we know from disclosures made by Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly spying on Americans for over a decade, conducting widespread surveillance, misleading Congress, and trampling on your basic civil liberties as protected by the Constitution.
Tuesday night, I had the chance to spend a couple of hours in the presence of SisterSong’s execute director, Monica Simpson. The SisterSong collective, one of the first reproductive justice organizations, was formed in 1997 to address the reproductive and sexual health and rights for women of color. You can read more about Monica Simpson here.