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Yesterday the ACLU of MAINE joined EqualityMaine and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders at a press conference to support marriage equality.  Approximately 100 marriage equality supporters turned out in red to listen to show our support for equality.  Governor John Baldacci made a surprise appearance to everyone's delight.  Beverly Uhlenhake of Bangor and Carla Hopkins of Mount Vernon spoke of their families.  Each of them hopes for the respect and the legal protections that civil marriage brings.  Reverend Elsa Peters of the First Congregational Church of South Portland closed the event
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The State Department has banned yet another intellectual from the country because of his political views.  Columbian journalist Hollman Morris won a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University but was denied a visa to study in this country under the Patriot Act.  His crime?  He dares to criticize the ties between illegal paramilitary groups and outgoing Columbian President Alvaro Uribe, one of Washington's closest allies. 

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Check out ACLU of MAINE Legal Director Zach Heiden on Maine Public Radio.  MPBN just completed an important piece on Maine Jails' Prohibition of Opiate Addiction Treatment.  MPBN tells the story of an ACLU of MAINE client, Erin Smith, who is in successful treatment for an opiate addiction.  Erin was sentenced to jail for driving while her license was suspended.  When the jail threat
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The Justice Department brought a much-needed perspective to the Arizona debate yesterday in its lawsuit against the state.  The federal lawsuit does not address racial profiling or civil rights.  Instead, the lawsuit addresses the competing goals of our immigration laws -- security, foreign relations, and humanitarian interests.  The Department of Justice states very clearly in its opening paragraphs of the legal complaint:

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It appears that the Bethel School Board took the ACLU of MAINE's end-of-school privacy alert seriously.  They passed a resolution opposing the collection of student social security numbers this week.  Read more here:

http://www.bethelcitizen.com/node/2728/
 
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National Public Radio did a delightful thing this morning, something they have done annually for twenty-two years.  They read the text of the Declaration of Independence out loud.  I hadn't reflected on those words in some time.   In honor of Independence Day celebrations this weekend, I encourage you to reread the Declaration of Independence.  Or listen to the NPR audio
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You can hear ACLU of MAINE Field Director Brianna Twofoot on Maine Public Radio, which covered Saturday's hearing.  Equally importantly, you can hear from Maine residents who themselves experienced profiling.  Eda Trejo is a mother and lives and works in Portland.  She and her husband have been stopped multiple times.  Rodents Biacho, who was an accountant in Sudan, shared his experience being stopped wh
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Have you given any money to charity?  Do you donate to organizations overseas?  Do you give to organizations in regions of past or present conflict like Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, or Africa among others?  The Patriot Act gives the government broad power to prosecute anyone who gives money or even intangible support including training or advice to any organization designated as terrorist by the State Department.

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I remember vividly seeing for the first time the photos from Abu Ghraib.  It was one of the few times in my career when I had to close the door to my office and sob. 

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