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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Outside the Razor Wire- A Chance to Succeed? | Prison visits are a lifeline. And they are crucial to a former inmates’ success on the outside after they are released. Yet the Massachusetts Department of Corrections is implementing a policy to greatly restrict friends and family from visiting loved ones in prison.

This murderer lost his case. So did everyone else. | The public does not have a right to fully see what an execution looks and sounds like. So says the State of Arizona. The case involving the horrific tortured execution of Joseph Wood has  just been argued at the Court of Appeals.

Who Stole Nelson Mandela’s Spoon? | This year marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.  His life gave us much to celebrate, but racism and poverty in 2018 also  gives us much to mourn, which  requires us to organize and fight.

In the Country’s Longest War, the United States Has Taken A Lot of Prisoners. | The Country’s prison population has swelled. So has Massachusetts’. Both could and should be reduced by half.

“Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness” | As Alyssa Roth’s new book with this title points out, the largest mental health providers in the United States  are neither hospitals nor clinics but rather prisons and jails. The numbers are shocking, and the results sadly predictable.

Is the TSA tracking you? | There is a shocking lack of privacy at 30,000 feet.

 

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