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.
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.
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.
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
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.