Monday, October 13, 2008

Redwood ACLU On Measure T: KMUD News

Redwood Chapter, ACLU vice chair Greg Allen discusses the American Civil Liberties Union's support of a lawsuit to strike down Measure T as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

The interview was conducted by Redwood Community Radio (KMUD) news director Cynthia Elkins the day after a restraining order was not granted against Measure T as filed by two Humboldt County-based firms who wished to contribute to a local campaign.

While the restraining order was not granted, the enforcement of Measure T was halted by an injunction granted by the Federal District Court in San Francisco the following week.

Greg Allen discusses the legal problems associated by Measure T, which were a result of being poorly drafted in the first place by its proponents from Democracy Unlimited and their political committee, the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights.

Greg Allen also points out the absurdity of attempting to challenge the state law concerning corporate personhood as a legal construct by passing a purely local ordinance, and describes the tactics undertaken by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and others from the pro-Measure T campaign to attack critics and stifle dissent.

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