I can't think of a better way to celebrate Veterans Day than by exercising our First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Allie Bohm of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office posted a touching blog today remembering her Grandpa. My grandfather is also a veteran, and I am proud of him for his service in World War II. I'm proud of my dear friend who serves currently in Afghanistan and other friends who have served tours in Iraq. I am not proud of military policies that discriminate against gay and lesbian service members and women. Read Allie's blog below
The ACLU of MAINE is hosting an event at Bayside Bowl in Portland this evening from 5 to 7. Bring your ACLU membership card and bowl for free or get a free drink.* Or JOIN on the spot and enjoy your free bowling or a beer on us.* It will be a fun opportunity to talk civil liberties and politics and blow off steam after a dramatic week. We hope to see you there!
*Participants must be 21 to drink any sort of alcohol.
I am embarking on the process of buying a house. Indeed, I handed much of my personal financial information to a mortgage officer yesterday. So this blog post by the ACLU was alarming to say the least. Apparently, some banks are discriminating against pregnant women or couples who are planning on having children! Disclaimer: my bank h
The Westboro Baptist Church deeply tests my support of free speech. It seems particularly ugly to target funerals with hateful speech. This powerful first-hand account from Chris Hampton of the ACLU's LGBT Rights Project reminded me that we must protect the constitutional principle of free speech for all people, no matter how painful or difficult:
A friend of mine chuckled this week when I said I was visiting our Senators' offices this week. "An exercise in futility," he said. He had cause to say, "I told you so," when the Senators joined the filibuster of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. Folks on Facebook, Twitter and blogs expressed outrage and disappointment that our hopes for repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the DREAM Act were yet again deferred.
This year is the ACLU's 90th anniversary. To kick off our anniversary festivities, ACLU leaders gathered at Ellis Island last night to celebrate how far freedom has come in the last 90 years and to commit ourselves to leading freedom forward over the next 90 years. It was a privilege for me to join some of the finest legal minds in the country and our most loyal supporters for an evening of reflection and resolve.