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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety

The White House, May 25, 2022 – “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order as follows: Section 1. Policy. Our criminal justice system must respect the dignity and rights of all persons and adhere to our fundamental obligation to… Continue Reading

Mandatory Student Spyware Is Creating a Perfect Storm of Human Rights Abuses

EFF: “Spyware apps were foisted on students at the height of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Today, long after most students have returned to in-person learning, those apps are still proliferating, and enabling an ever-expanding range of human rights abuses. In a recent Center for Democracy and Technology report, 81 percent of teachers said their schools use some form… Continue Reading

A Supreme Court speech showdown is coming, and nobody knows what to expect

The Verge: “The US Supreme Court is poised to consider a question with seismic consequences for online speech. Over the past year, laws in Texas and Florida have set up a legal battle over whether the First Amendment protects social networks’ right to curate user-generated content or whether these sites should be treated more like… Continue Reading

13 Ways Overturning Roe v. Wade Affects You (even if you think it doesn’t)

Via LLRX – 13 Ways Overturning Roe v. Wade Affects You (even if you think it doesn’t) – Kathy Biehl is a lawyer licensed in two states, as well as a prolific multidisciplinary author and writer. Roe v. Wade has been settled law during her entire career. In this article Biehl succinctly and expertly identifies… Continue Reading

If the Democratic Party is serious about preserving America as a constitutional republic, they better act fast

Via LLRX – If the Democratic Party is serious about preserving America as a constitutional republic, they better act fast – Thom Hartmann is a podcast personality, author, former psychotherapist, businessman, and progressive political commentator. He untangles the history of the Electoral College and unequal representation in the U.S. Senate to starkly illuminate why our… Continue Reading

California’s unprecedented reparations report details 150 years of anti-Black harm

NBCNews: “A new report from California’s first-in-the-country statewide reparations task force details how slavery touched nearly every aspect of Black life in America, producing “innumerable harms” that are still felt today.  California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans INTERIM REPORT [June 2022], offers a comprehensive look at the impacts of… Continue Reading

Disability vs The Working Place: Which One Is The Disability?

Via LLRX – Disability vs The Working Place: Which One Is The Disability? – “This is a profound insight from this super-powerful TEDx talk by Lesa Bradley on discrimination in the workplace: Your workers don’t actually have a disability until you place them in a context that disables them. This talk speaks about inclusivity of… Continue Reading

Abortion Surveillance After Roe

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Report, May 24, 2022: “Abortion rights will soon be a thing of the past for millions of Americans. At the time of publication, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion shows a majority of justices are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and any federal constitutional right… Continue Reading

How DHS Massive Biometrics Database Will Supercharge Surveillance and Threaten Rights

Immigration Defense Project – HART Attack: “The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is building a $6.158 billion-dollar, next-wave biometric database that will vastly expand its surveillance capabilities and supercharge the deportation system. The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System (HART) will collect, organize, and share invasive data on over 270 million people (including juveniles), with… Continue Reading

The Surveillance State Is Primed for Criminalized Abortion

Wired – “A new report lays out existing US policing capabilities that can easily be repurposed to monitor pregnant people. In the three weeks since a draft opinion leaked from the United States Supreme Court promising to roll back the federal constitutional right to abortion in the United States, reproductive rights activists and privacy advocates… Continue Reading

The Future of Abortions in America – An access map

The Cut and New York have removed their paywall for articles about finding abortion care. Find abortion services near you. How to have a medication abortion. How to protect yourself when seeking an abortion. Don’t trust DIY abortion advice on Tiktok. How to get help for your abortion via mutual aid networks. The crisis pregnancy… Continue Reading

8 Nonfiction Books About Censorship

Book Riot: “If there’s one thing to love about Book Riot, it’s that contributors and editors around here are excellent at covering censorship and book banning attempts. From historical topics like the history of Nazi book burning, to heartwarming attempts to rectify wrongs like the Brooklyn Library offering teens across the U.S. access to banned… Continue Reading