Category Archives: Civil Liberties

10 Things You Can Do to Support our Muslim Neighbors

By Mary Quinn, CEO, YWCA of Greater Harrisburg In light of recent events internationally, nationally and locally, there is much fear and distrust of Muslim people. Unfortunately, instead of reaching out to learn and build relationships, many people have chosen … Continue reading

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Public Defenders Key to Reducing Mass Incarceration

Posted at http://talkpoverty.org/2015/10/28/public-defenders-key-reducing-mass-incarceration/ The well-known introduction to Law & Order—the longest running legal series in TV history—is indicative of the criminal justice narrative that dominates American thinking: “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally … Continue reading

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What If We Achieved Real Equality for Women?

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/08/27/what-if-we-achieved-real-equality-women Published on Thursday, August 27, 2015 By Policy Shop / Demos By Amy Traub In 1970, women marched in Washington, D.C. to celebrate 50 years since the signing of the 19th Amendment. Forty-five years later, how far … Continue reading

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Silencing Factory Farm Whistleblowers Violates the First Amendment

Posted at http://foreffectivegov.org/blog/silencing-factory-farm-whistleblowers-violates-first-amendment by Scott Klinger, 8/7/2015 For decades, the meat and dairy industries have been subjected to undercover investigations by organizations and individuals who are concerned about inhumane and unhygienic conditions on industrial farms and in slaughterhouses. As a … Continue reading

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Charges Against Journalists Raise Troubling Questions About Press Freedom in Ferguson

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/11/charges-against-journalists-raise-troubling-questions-about-press-freedom-ferguson Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Common Dreams ‘If Wes Lowery and Ryan Reilly can be charged like this with the whole country watching, just imagine what happens when nobody is.’ By Sarah Lazare, staff writer … Continue reading

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Host a Live Free Sabbath to Address Racism and Violence

From the PICO National Network (http://www.piconetwork.org): My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.” … Continue reading

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Majority of Americans Oppose NSA Spying: Poll

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/05/18/majority-americans-oppose-nsa-spying-poll Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Common Dreams Survey commissioned by ACLU shows “how disconnected members of Congress are from the feelings of a lot of the public.” By Nadia Prupis, staff writer A new survey … Continue reading

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High Number of Philadelphia Police Shootings “Part of a Larger Pattern”

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-27/civil-rights/high-number-of-philadelphia-police-shootings-part-of-a-larger-pattern/a45386-1 March 27, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Justice Department report that found a high number of shootings by Philadelphia police confirms what critics have been … Continue reading

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What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

Posted at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/what-white-people-can-do-_b_5675759.html?utm_hp_ref=tw By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor, The Huffington Post Posted: 08/13/2014 4:18 pm EDT Updated: 4 hours ago ‘Can we switch for just one day?’ my friend Sean jokingly asked me as we were working out at the gym. … Continue reading

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