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On Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois, we are here to chat about the big issues of the day, both home in the Land of Lincoln and across our country. We are here to help educate and tell you how you can get involved so we work together towards a more perfect union. Each episode features interviews, news updates, events, and actions that you can take right now to protect your rights. Remember: dissent is patriotic!
 
For ACLP members, Child Life Specialists, partners and charities involved with the wonderful world of child life and for those looking to become a child life professional, this podcast is for you. Connect with professional opportunities, stay informed about child life news, and learn about what's new in child life. Hosted by Jennifer Lipsey, CEO and Bailey Kasten, COO from the headquarters for the Association of Child Life Professionals in Arlington, VA. We love child life!
 
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For a decade, the ACLU-PA has been part of the team monitoring how the Philadelphia police use stops and frisks of pedestrians on city streets. The monitoring process stems from the settlement of a 2010 lawsuit brought against the city by ten Black and Latinx men who were illegally stopped on account of their race.While there's been progress in the…
 
Even as Roe hangs by a thread, there are countless barriers to make abortions difficult, even impossible for people to access. On this episode we were joined by Representative Jan Schakowsky, Megan Jeyifo and Aalap Bommaraju from the Chicago Abortion Fund, and Ameri Klafeta from the ACLU of Illinois to talk about how the stigmatization of abortion …
 
Illinois has a new law updating and adding to the standards for how personal health and sexual health education is taught in this state. We sat down with Scout Bratt, Outreach & Education Director at Chicago Women's Health Center and Chelsea Diaz, our Advocacy Associate to find out more about what the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act includes, an…
 
For approximately two decades, Berks County in eastern Pennsylvania has had a working agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold people in detention on ICE’s behalf. Under the leadership of presidents from both major political parties, the facility has held parents and children as young as newborns. Several years ago, a coalition of…
 
Eighteen years ago, after receiving a courtesy ride from a Philadelphia police officer, Nizah Morris, a Black trans woman, was found hit over the head. She died shortly after. After years of asking for police transparency and answers, Nizah's murder is still unsolved, and evidence from her case remains unavailable to the public. On this episode, we…
 
In 2019, Jaylan Butler – an innocent college student returning from a swim meet on his team’s bus – was taken to the ground and had a gun held to his head by police officers in Illinois. Jaylan bravely filed a lawsuit against those officers to hold them accountable for their actions, and that case was recently resolved. We speak with Jaylan about h…
 
With the state budget deadline looming on June 30, this month is the busy season - or the silly season - at the PA General Assembly. Lawmakers are debating reproductive rights, voting rights, and the continued expansion of the criminal legal system. Here to discuss it all is ACLU-PA's legislative director, Elizabeth Randol.See how your state lawmak…
 
As more states legalize cannabis, including New York and New Jersey, Pennsylvania is at risk of being left behind, continuing to enforce an outdated, archaic prohibition regime that mixes up more than 20,000 people in the criminal legal system every year. In this episode, Yoko Miyashita explains the economic implications of legalization, including …
 
We all want young people to be able to talk to their parents about important life decisions. However, the idea that the government can force healthy family interactions ignores reality for many youth and the lasting injuries that result from enforcing these laws. That is why the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA) is dangerous in Illinois and mus…
 
Deborah Archer is a professor at New York University School of Law, where she is the co-faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law. She's also the new president of the ACLU, the eighth in the organization's history and the first Black person to serve in the role. In this conversation, Professor Archer discusses her vision for t…
 
From 2016 to 2018, 20,000 people in Illinois were convicted of felonies for possessing small amounts of drugs, and 7,500 were imprisoned. On this episode of Talking Liberties, we are joined by a panel of experts and survivors to discuss why it is time to unwind the War on Drugs and install a public health approach to reducing the harms associated w…
 
On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District. In 2017, a Mahanoy student was kicked off the junior varsity cheerleading team after she posted a "snap" on Snapchat that said "fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything" while hanging out with a friend at a convenience store on a Saturday. R…
 
It's 4/20! And arrests for marijuana possession continue apace in Pennsylvania. Chris Goldstein of NORML joins the podcast and reviews the latest arrest data, celebrates progress on ending prohibition around the country, and talks about what the legalization movement can do differently.Chris on Twitter: [at]freedomisgreenChris's writing for NORML: …
 
We are joined by ACLU of Illinois Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs Director Khadine Bennett to talk through the initiatives we are advancing in Springfield in 2021, including ending qualified immunity, reforming drug sentencing and protecting personal privacy, among other issues.Bởi Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois
 
Women from the ACLU of Pennsylvania discuss women's rights and the inclusion of BIPOC women and trans women in the movement for women's rights. This conversation was recorded as a Facebook Live on March 22, 2021, in celebration of Women's History Month.For more information about the ACLU of Pennsylvania, visit https://aclupa.org.…
 
Passionate about a public issue that affects you, your family, or friends? Looking to make your voice heard with the most impact? We have got you covered! This episode, we are joined by ACLU of Illinois Advocacy Associate Chelsea Diaz to talk through the 'how-to's' on the best ways to reach your state legislators, effective organizing in Springfiel…
 
In normal times, women who are incarcerated face a unique set of challenges that are different from men's. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded those challenges. Ivy Johnson, Adrian Perry, and Dr. Jill McCorkel are members of the Incarcerated Women's Working Group, a coalition of 40 public interest organizations in Philadelphia advocating for women…
 
Human Rights Watch and the ACLU of Illinois recently collaborated on a report - "The Only People It Really Affects Are the People It Hurts: The Human Rights Impacts of Parental Notice of Abortion in Illinois” -which concluded that PNA is dangerous for youth in the state, violates their human rights, and threatens their health and safety. We speak w…
 
A proposal before the Pennsylvania General Assembly would completely upend how voters elect judges and justices to our state appeals courts. House Bill 38 is a proposed state constitutional amendment that would create geographical judicial districts, with each judge and justice on the state Superior, Commonwealth, and Supreme Courts representing th…
 
The civil liberties impact of the three crises of 2020 - the COVID-19 pandemic, the racial reckoning captured in the Black Lives Matter movement, and the election - cannot be overstated. In this episode, ACLU-PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford explains how the organization managed, survived, and thrived and takes a look ahead to 2021.ACLU-PA and …
 
For a century, the American Civil Liberties Union has fought to keep Americans in touch with the founding values of the Constitution. In this episode of Talking Liberties, we speak with Ellis Cose, the author who literally wrote the book on the subject - Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America, who takes us thr…
 
40 people incarcerated in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections have died from COVID-19. 29 of them have died since October 15. As of December 7, there are 2,000 active cases among the DOC population.Robert Saleem Holbrook of Abolitionist Law Center joins the podcast to discuss the urgency of this moment and the failure of Governor Wolf's resp…
 
As part of the ACLU's Centennial celebration, the writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon published the book Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases. The book features 40 writers with each writing a chapter about a different ACLU case. Beyond a simple rehash of the cases, the writers explore their own connections…
 
As #TransgenderAwarenessWeek comes to a close, we sat down with ACLU of Illinois LGBTQ and HIV Project Director John Knight to look at the big picture regarding the fight for transgender rights here at home and across the country. We also discuss John's work representing Aimee Stephens, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision this year th…
 
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a challenge to the city's enforcement of its nondiscrimination ordinance in its contracts with foster care agencies. The city was sued by Catholic Social Services, which argues that it has a First Amendment right to discriminate against same-sex couples while fulfill…
 
ACLU-PA's election protection work has been at full speed for months. In this episode, Sara Mullen, advocacy and policy director; Vic Walczak, legal director; and Elizabeth Randol, legislative director, talk about what election protection means, what our team has been doing, and what it means for you as a voter.Trouble with voting? Call or text 866…
 
Got questions about voting in Illinois ahead of November 3rd? We've got answers! In this episode, we speak with Matt Dietrich, Public Information Officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, and Michelle Hernandez, ACLU of Illinois Advocacy Associate, to discuss changes to election laws in 2020, early voting, voting by mail, voting in jails or…
 
Marian Schneider served as deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State under Governor Wolf and has worked as a voting rights attorney for 15 years. In this episode, Marian answers some of the most common questions we hear about voting.Know your rights when voting by visiting our website, aclupa.org/vote. And if you have trouble voting…
 
Transgender people are too often exposed to horrific abuse in prison, facing physical and sexual assault at much higher rates than other prisoners. And experts recognize that denying someone the health care they need for gender dysphoria causes transgender people serious and lasting harm. For this episode, we speak with Taylor Brown, staff attorney…
 
Election season is here, and Alexa Grant of Common Cause PA and Donnell Drinks of ACLU-PA fill us in on some of the things you need to know before you vote.Know your rights: aclupa.org/voteRegister, check your registration, find your polling place: votesPA.comCommon Cause PA online: commoncause.org/pennsylvaniaVolunteer to be a voting ambassador: a…
 
The U.S. Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy - and it's currently under siege. Protecting our right to vote-by-mail will be essential this November, as millions of Americans from all 50 states use this option as the safest way to vote during the COVID-19 crisis. We are joined by U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who talks to us about qu…
 
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that discrimination in the workplace against LGBQ&T people is a form of sex discrimination. What does the ruling mean for people in Pennsylvania? And what is the additional work that needs to be done to be sure that prohibitions on discrimination are comprehensive? For this episode, we hear from Naiymah Sanchez…
 
State government can have profound impacts on Pennsylvanians' lives, for better and for worse. On this episode, ACLU-PA Legislative Director Elizabeth Randol talks about her work lobbying the state Legislature on civil liberties, how probation reform turned into probation deform, and legislators' responses to the crisis in policing. She also gives …
 
Americans are reimagining our fundamental notions about policing, especially in response to the continued killings of Black and Brown people by police officers. For too long, we have prioritized policing over other community resources. We speak with ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Staff Attorney Elizabeth Jordan about the steps we can take to rei…
 
In the last 20 years, the presence of police officers in schools has increased dramatically, to the detriment of the lives and futures of students. The harm of police in schools has particular impact on students of color, with disabilities, and of limited income. In this episode, we hear from Harold Jordan, senior policy advocate for ACLU-PA, who h…
 
What does it mean to divest in police? Paige Fernandez, policing policy advisor for national ACLU, joins the podcast to talk about how we change the police by shrinking their size, scope, and power and why reform didn't work.Defunding the police will actually make us saferBy Paige Fernandez, ACLUhttps://www.aclu.org/news/criminal-law-reform/defundi…
 
Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois returns with our 20th episode, recording from our own homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. We speak with our Executive Director Colleen Connell about how the pandemic has touched all areas of our work - including reproductive rights, people in prisons, law enforcement, and more - and how we can work togeth…
 
The Philadelphia Bail Fund works to put itself out of business by ending the use of cash bail and pretrial punishment. Malik Neal, co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Bail Fund, explains the organization's work, how it supports people who are detained pretrial and their families, and the lessons he's learned about the criminal legal system …
 
The month 24 podcast (another year!) looks at the past twelve months as I discuss recovery from year one to year two, and how this past year was different from the first post-op. Plus, realities, return to sports, and what comes next.The Torn ACL Recovery Podcast is a short series podcast about ACL surgery (known as ACLR) and the recovery process i…
 
Content warning: This episode includes the use of a racial slur in the context of discussing the history of race baiting by advocates for marijuana prohibition.Happy 4/20! In this episode, we hear from Patrick Nightingale, criminal defense attorney, former prosecutor, and executive director of Pittsburgh NORML. Patrick discusses the state of reform…
 
The civil liberties implications of the current public health crisis are significant. Hear from ACLU-PA's Reggie Shuford, Vic Walczak, and Nyssa Taylor about how we've been responding.Find the latest news about ACLU-PA's responses to the pandemic at www.aclupa.org/covid-19.Take action to urge Governor Wolf to use his executive powers to release peo…
 
In a pandemic, it is as critical as ever to know your voting rights. In our second live podcast, we hear from Eileen Olmsted of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and Sara Rose of ACLU-PA, covering a wide range of topics, including Pennsylvania's new vote-by-mail option and voting with a criminal record.Visit the Pennsylvania Departme…
 
Welcome to a bonus episode of Talking Liberties. On Saturday, February 29th, the ACLU hosted a candidate’s forum for the office of Cook County State’s Attorney. We were pleased to be joined by Bill Conway, former Chicago City Alderman Bob Fioretti, and current Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. We bring you that discussion in full here. We also…
 
More than one in four transgender people have lost a job due to bias, and more than three-fourths have experienced some form of workplace discrimination. Refusal to hire, privacy violations, harassment, and even physical and sexual violence on the job are common occurrences, and are experienced at even higher rates by transgender people of color. O…
 
Last week, the ACLU, ACLU-PA, the Abolitionist Law Center, and two law firms announced a settlement to our lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that challenged the department's use of permanent, automatic solitary confinement for people who are sentenced to death. Some people on Pennsylvania's death row have been in solitary c…
 
In 2017, the Illinois legislature passed the TRUST Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from holding a person based on a “detainer” issued by immigration authorities unless presented with a signed judicial warrant. However, three men recently filed lawsuits after they were arrested for minor traffic infractions and detained by the Sheriffs in…
 
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