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Reimagining the Role of Police

Over the last week, ACLU staff across the country have worked as legal observers; educated protesters about their rights; been arrested, tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets; challenged curfews; organized town halls; talked to victims of police abuse; donated money to

June 5, 2020

Testimony on School Resources Officers

Testimony to the Portland Board of Education by Zachary Heiden, Legal Director, ACLU of Maine
We urge you to reject funding for police officers in Portland schools and put those resources where they are truly needed – into mental health resources for your students who desperately need them.

May 19, 2020

Editorial: Shrink Maine’s prison population to fight COVID

The following appeared on the Portland Press Herald editorial page:

Maine’s restaurants and bars have been shut down. So have schools and non-essential retail stores. Workers who can’t work from home are facing layoff or furlough.

April 2, 2020
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