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.

Friday, October 3, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Redwood ACLU To Hold Civil Liberties Debate For Arcata City Council Candidates

The Redwood Chapter, ACLU is returning to its tradition of hosting well-fought and open debates between candidates for local office, as it has in the past for candidates contesting seats on the Arcata City Council and the Northern Humboldt Union High School District.

For the second time, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will include the Arcata City Council contests in a debate on local civil liberties issues as well as on other community concerns. The event will be held on Monday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center in Arcata.

The debate format is to start off with a few questions concerning the issues the Redwood Chapter advocates for in the community, followed by questions solicited via notecard from members of the public in the audience. There will be time for rebuttals between candidates in order to foster a vigorous debate, although we also ensure equal time for all the candidates to speak their peace.

The debate is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so community members with questions are strongly encouraged to arrive early.