Edward Snowden is a patriot.
As a whistleblower of illegal government activity that was sanctioned and kept secret by the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government for years, he undertook great personal risk for the public good. And he has single-handedly reignited a global debate about the extent and nature of government surveillance and our most fundamental rights as individuals.
Earlier this week the ACLU of Massachusetts called for a statewide moratorium on the use of license plate readers. We did so because a MuckRock/Boston Globe investigation revealed serious abuses by the Boston Police Department in its use of the controversial surveillance technology.
The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.
As an ACLU-WA intern this fall, Brooke Glass-O’Shea has researched and analyzed a variety of issues, notably Seattle’s Community Police Commission recommendations and a proposal for sobriety checkpoints. A self-described “policy nerd,” Brooke says that very specific legal issues are her favorite to research because she loves the details of the law.
Budget Matters 2013 was held last Thursday. We've had a number of requests for PowerPoint presentations from the break-out panels. We had to get clearance from all the panelists, so we were not able to put them up right away.
Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement in response to the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision to strike down HB 2032, the income tax cut and capitol repairs law, because it violates the single subject rule in Oklahoma’s Constitution:
Last Friday, more than 90 people attended the CBP’s budget workshop in Sacramento. This event included a discussion of the budget process as well as a preview of what to expect in 2014, featuring Craig Cornett, fiscal director, Office of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
One evening in 2010, Monica’s baby had a seizure. After a frantic call to 911, a terrifying rush to the hospital, and a night spent by her son’s side, Monica had to get to her 7 am shift at a local Safeway. She hated to leave her son but she couldn’t afford to lose a day’s pay or risk her job. But now with paid sick days in Seattle, Monica — and more than two and a quarter million other workers across the county — don’t have to leave an ill child or go to work sick.