This week, a group of legislators gathered together at the statehouse (along with the Governor and the Attorney General) to announce the expansion of the Legislative Prayer Caucus, One of the organizers of the event told WABI, "I think that everyone's right to worship as they choose is one of the fundamental privileges that have made our nation great and it needs to be preserved,"
Tonight, the ACLU of Maine will co-present a provocative new documentary at SPACE Gallery. "Better This World" tells the story of two friends from Texas who were caught up in protest activities at the 2008 Republican National Convention and who eventually were charged with terrorism-related offenses.
Our Constitution protects religion in two broad ways: it guarantees an individual the right to practice his or her religion, and it also prohibits the government from showing a preference for a particular religion or for religion over non-religion. It is important to remember that both of these protections are part of our constitutional religious liberty, and neither is more important than the other.
Do you really need another reason to vote Yes on Question One to protect voting here in Maine? It should be enough that voting Yes on 1 restore same-day voter registration, making it easier for people with busy lives or multiple jobs to exercise their constitutional right to vote. It should be enough that voting Yes on 1 supports Maine's long tradition of making sure that all citizens get to cast a ballot.
Tomorrow night, the ACLU of Maine will present the 2011 Roger Baldwin award to the Maines Family, for their courageous and passionate advocacy on behalf of transgender people. Last Spring, the legislature considered a bill that would have removed Human Rights Act protections for people who are transgender. Defeating the bill required transgender people to come to the statehouse to explain why the legal protections were necessary, and nobody did a better job of this than Nicole Maines.
This week, the ACLU Voter Rights Project and Demos joined us in sending a letter to Secretary of State Summers calling on him to apologize to Maine voters who were mailed a newly-created "unenroll" form after being singled out by the Chair of the Maine Republican Party.
I have a great deal of affection for the beautiful town of Harpswell. When I was a college student, I had a number of friends who wintered in beautiful (if poorly insulated) summer homes along Harpswell sound, and I still have strong memories of some of the area's beautiful sites.
America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before - unfairly and unnecessarily ...