The Civil Liberties MinuteTM podcasts—written and recorded each week by attorney Bill Newman, director of the ACLU’s western Massachusetts office—highlight threats to civil liberties and what you can do to protect freedom.

Civil liberties luminaries including Lilly Ledbetter, Baratunde Thurston, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Frances Crowe, Martín Espada, Ramsey Clark, and Louis Black introduce episodes.

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“Don’t know much about history…biology…science books….” | To teach or not to teach evolution. The fight hardly ended with the Scopes trial;  the battle has recently raged in Arizona.

Now Who Will Police the Police? | The Department of Justice has had the authority to try to restrain police departments that regularly violated civil rights with use of excessive force, false arrests, and racist practices. On his way out the door Jeff Sessions changed that.

Honey, Come Quick—It’s the ACLU Carolers! | ‘tis the season to celebrate the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious freedom; both the establishment clause and its guarantee of a wall of separation between church and state; and the free exercise clause—the right to practice religion, or not, as each individual sees fit.

A reprise of this holiday sing-along classic (ok, not exactly a classic).

“Stay In Your Lane!” | The National Rifle Association’s response to medical professionals who have  called for gun violence to be treated as a preventable public health issue was to tell  the medical community to mind their own business, in the NRA’s words to “stay in their lane.” What are we to make of that?

Show Me Your Papers | Testimony in the case that challenges the inclusion of a question on citizenship in the 2020 census has now been completed.  The federal district judge will rule soon, but his decision is unlikely to be the last word.

ICE Detains American Citizens? | Here’s a story, sadly too typical, of ICE doing exactly that. Fortunately the ACLU got involved and sued.

Attorney General Jeff Session Is Gone | His assaults on civil rights while in this post are legion, but his successor could threaten fundamental freedoms even more.

Anti-Semitism in America | Following the murders at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Civil Liberties Minute about anti-Semitism in America that we recorded last June resonates. Here it is (again). 

 

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