ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine released a report Tuesday that finds students of color experience widespread harassment in schools.  

The ACLU's senior researcher, Emma Findlen LeBlanc, says the results are based on more than 115 interviews with students, parents, and educators at schools across the state. 

"What we found was that students were facing more pervasive and persistent every day discrimination than I think even their families and their teachers fully understood," she says.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates – including in Maine – are under fire from some of their own supporters. The staunch defender of free speech and other constitutional rights is taking flack for the legal support it gave to a white nationalists group’s bid to rally in a Charlottesville park.

Around the country and on the Facebook page of the Maine chapter of the ACLU, members are speaking out. Portland resident Ella Mock asked the ACLU, “When will the Nazi Rally in Portland be? When will you fight for one of my friends to be killed?”

In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a voter enters a booth at a polling place in Exeter, N.H.
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The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Commission on Election Integrity over concerns about a lack of transparency. But Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who serves on the newly-formed commission, says there is no effort to shut out the public.

Freedom of Speech

Sep 28, 2016
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The definition of free speech and freedom of expression continues to be at the center of discussion -- whether it relates to the Presidential campaign, college campuses or Gov. LePage. What is considered hate speech and what is considered politically correct? What about microaggressions and trigger warnings? Is our ability to accept freedom of expression changing? Or are racist attitudes getting a free pass under the name of free speech?

Guests: Zach Heiden, legal director, ACLU of Maine  Dmitry Bam, associate professor at University of Maine School of Law