Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.


Regulating the Prison Telephone Industry

The ACLU has been leading the push for the regulation of prison phone companies and their unfair extortion of inmates and their loved ones. The few companies in control of prison phone lines have been known to charge extremely high rates to prisoners’ families, sometimes reaching as high as $17 for a 15-minute call.


In case you forgot, TWELVE YEARS after the first detainees were brought to the detention center at Guantanano Bay, we still have not managed to complete the special military trials of the men who stand accused of the 9/11 attacks.


As we witness a state by state erosion of abortion rights, we can clearly see particular patterns of attacks that have emerged. Because the right to safe and legal abortion has been guaranteed by the Constitution, state legislators are unable to ban abortions outright. In the past few years, anti-choice advocates and legislators have sought to circumvent the Constitution by introducing bills that chip away at abortion access.


Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of LD 1686 – a bill that would expand access to the life-saving opioid antagonist, Naloxone (also known as Narcan). If passed, LD 1686 would allow first responders, police and family members of someone at risk of an overdose to possess and administer Naloxone.


It’s been nearly a year since the Guardian and the Washington Post first began publishing reports based on leaks from Edward Snowden, and in the months that followed neither newspaper was immune from criticism.

Publishing articles that expose government misconduct and shine a light on previously undisclosed programs is never easy to do, and yet it is an essential public service protected by no less an authority than the U.S. Constitution.


Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.

Bill for Equal Pay Blocked by Senate

As you may have read in Samaa’s blog earlier this week, Tuesday was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is 14 weeks into the year, symbolizing the additional amount of time that the average women in the U.S. have to work in order to earn what the average man earns in one year.


Tuesday, April 8, was Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day represents the number of extra days a woman in the U.S. must work before she is paid the same amount as the average man in the U.S. (in other words, the average woman worked through all of 2013 AND the first 14 weeks of 2014 before earning what the average man made in 2013 alone). This day was created by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 to raise awareness about the gap that continues to exist between men’s and women’s wages.


Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.

 Victory for Religious Freedom in New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a brief in support of New York City barring religious groups from holding services in school buildings. On Thursday, the federal appeals panel ruled that the city’s ban was in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and did not violate the First Amendment right to free expression.


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