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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Congratulations, Congress! You’ve taken a First Step! | In late December Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the First Step Act, which brings some beneficial reforms to the federal criminal legal system.

Raped and Alone on Christmas | A 13 year-old girl carries on a family tradition of bringing a ray of sunlight to inmates who have been raped in prison.

Coming to America: Jeff Sessions the Sequel? | Hard to believe, but William Barr, Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, could pose an even  graver danger to civil rights and civil liberties than Jeff Sessions. 

Fake News As Real News | A government, foreign or domestic, that succeeds in branding all media stories that reflect badly on it as “fake news” – that actually is relatively new as well as deeply disturbing and dangerous.

What’s an auld lang syne anyway? | A holiday favorite! Let’s ring in the new year with a celebration of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech and artistic expression.

Can taxpayers be forced to financially support a religion not their own? | A court fight in Maine raises this issue.

 

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