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With the legislature in full swing now, the work on our bills is going at lightening speed.

The hearing for the solitary confinement bill will be before the Criminal Justice Committee on February 17th. If you’re interested in attending the hearing and testifying, or if you’d just like to go to show your support, email me and I’ll get you details.

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Over the past few weeks we’ve had several blogs about our nation’s balance between freedom and national security. Yesterday Edward blogged about the Obama Administration’s plan to subject citizens – all citizens – of 14 nations to full body pat downs and electronic strip searches. This is a direct call for racial profiling.

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It has been a difficult decade for civil liberties, but the ACLU of MAINE (and ACLU) have been at the forefront of every significant civil liberties and civil rights debate.  Maine led on national issues time and time again, even as we defended the rights of Mainers here at home.  Here in chronological order are the top 10 fights of the decade for the ACLU of MAINE here in Maine.  We weren't always popular…or victorious, but we were always principled.    

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In response to last week’s attempted attack on a plane heading from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, the New York Times is pointing out the inadequacies of our nation’s security system. “But as this case makes chillingly clear, the airport security systems put in place after the Sept. 11th attacks– complicated, expensive, and hugely onerous for travelers – have serious flaws.”

 

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You may have heard news over the past few weeks of President Obama’s plan to move detainees from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to Thomson, Illinois.  This plan seemingly fulfills Obama’s campaign promise to close the facilities that are an international embarrassment to the US. The

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There’s a running joke in our office about me and REAL ID. Whenever someone wants to conjure up feelings of frustration, fear, or anger in me, just bring up the topic of REAL ID. Immediately I will start a rant about how much I dislike this legislation.

REAL ID was one of the first issues I worked on when I joined the ACLU of MAINE. It’s unbelievably frustrating that today, just weeks away from my second anniversary, we sent out an action alert about PASS ID, the REAL ID revival.

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This morning, I read an article detailing how a faith community and their leader prevented the deportation of many Indonesian congregants at their church in Highland Park, NJ.

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In my research on solitary confinement, I found this video by the American Friends Service Committee that highlights what solitary confinement is like for inmates in America: 

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At the end of last week, Alysia, Claire and I toured the Maine State Prison in Warren. We scheduled the tour in anticipation of Representative Schatz’s bill that will “reduce the use and abuse of solitary confinement.”  The bill is currently with the Revisor’s office at the State House, undergoing language tweaks.

 

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Late, late, late on Saturday night (around midnight) Congresswomen Pingree and Congressman Michaud both cast their votes in support of the Affordable Healthcare for America Act.  I watched

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