1. Edie Windsor and the ACLU Challenge the Defense of Marriage Act


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    Check out: aclu.org/DOMA The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law passed in 1996 that both created a federal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman and expressly gave states permission to refuse to recognize marriages entered into by same-sex couples in other jurisdictions. The part of DOMA that defines marriage at the federal level – known as Section 3 – was a radical departure from 220 years of federal practice, which was to rely on each state to define marriage and to recognize any marriage legally entered into under state law as a valid marriage for federal purposes. We are challenging Section 3 of DOMA on behalf of our client Edie Windsor in Windsor v. United States, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. In June, the Court will rule on whether DOMA violates equal protection by treating married gay couples as unmarried in over 1,100 federal programs.

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    • Gideon: Unfulfilled at 50


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      Check out: www.aclu.org/gideon We all know this refrain, echoed time and time again by cops on TV and cops on our neighborhood streets. But is this promise actually fulfilled for those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer? In deciding Gideon v. Wainwright in 1963, the Supreme Court held that our Constitution mandates that anyone accused of a felony offense should have guaranteed access to defense counsel to represent them, even if they can not afford one. This promise was meant to ensure that the poor of our nation have equal access to justice. Fifty years after Gideon, this promise remains woefully unfulfilled. About 80% of criminal defendants in the states cannot afford to hire a lawyer. The public defender systems on which poor people rely are grossly underfunded and staffed by committed, but overworked, lawyers. As a result, many individuals charged with crimes plead guilty in hearings that often last only minutes, after sometimes having just met their attorney. Our criminal justice system needs to do better. Over the next year, the ACLU will share stories that illustrate the state of indigent defense 50 years after Gideon. We hope that these real-world accounts will motivate us to re-examine our constitutional duty to provide zealous, competent, and well-resourced advocates for those accused of a crime. We all know the Hollywood version. Check back throughout the year for the real story: www.aclu,org/gideon

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      • Glenn Greenwald at ACLU of Oregon 2013 Liberty Dinner


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        www.aclu-or.org The ACLU of Oregon is an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. Our annual Liberty Dinner, held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, was a benefit for the ACLU Foundation of Oregon and featured guest speaker Glenn Greenwald. Glenn Greenwald worked as a constitutional and civil rights litigator before becoming a columnist and blogger to Salon.com and then The Guardian, where he focuses on political and legal topics. He has written three New York Times bestsellers: How Would a Patriot Act? (2006); A Tragic Legacy (2007); and With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful (2011). He also wrote Great American Hypocrites (2008). More about the ACLU of Oregon: The Oregon Affiliate of the ACLU is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. We believe that the freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people. We advance civil liberties and civil rights by activities that include litigation, education, and lobbying.

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        • Debtors' Prison - Megan


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          I shot this interview for the ACLU as part of their "Debtors' Prison" campaign, raising awareness for people who have been illegally jailed for failure to pay fines.

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          • Debtors' Prison - Jack


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            I shot this interview for the ACLU as part of their "Debtors' Prison" campaign, raising awareness for people who have been illegally jailed for failure to pay fines.

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            • Whistle Where You Work #5 - Food Irradiation; Taking On Injustice at the FBI


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              First, our panel discussion looks at Americas trend toward (and ramifications of) Food Irradiation. The FDA gave the green light to food producers to zap spinach and lettuce in 2008, and other companies want to mass-irradiate beef products as well. Food activists arent sure about the safety of the process and they want to require manufacturers to label irradiated foods. Guests for this segment include Caroline Smith DeWaal, Food Safety Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Steven Hedges, Chicago Tribune reporter. Then, a fascinating interview with Mike German. As an FBI undercover agent during the 1990s, he disrupted terrorist cells and was critical to convicting terrorists. In 2002, he joined a counter-terrorism investigation in the FBIs Tampa Division, which set in motion a chain of chilling events that led to his blowing the whistle on illegal wiretaps and, ultimately, to his resignation from the FBI after 16 years of service in 2004. Today, German is the national security counsel for the ACLU in Washington, DC. This episode was filmed on September 23, 2008.

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              • NYCLU Expands Their Surveillance of NYPD From Android to iPhone


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                In early February, the New York Civil Liberties Union followed released their controversial Stop and Frisk Watch app for the iPhone users to record New York City police officers’ activity in the public view in video or written form. The app automatically forwards the video and data to the NYCLU to have their attorneys scour for any police wrongdoing. This follows the release of the original Android version eight months prior. At the heart of the issue is the long, contentious battle between the NYCLU and the NYPD over the “Terry Stop.” Commonly referred to as Stop, Question and Frisk by law enforcement, Cornell University Law School defines it as: "a brief, non-intrusive, police stop of a suspect. The Fourth Amendment requires that the police have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed before stopping a suspect. If the police reasonably suspect the person is armed and dangerous, they may conduct a frisk, a quick pat-down of the person’s outer clothing. See Terry v Ohio, 392 US 1, (1967)." The NYCLU claims that minorities are disproportionately subjected to these street interviews and that 56 percent of the time involve a frisk based on the NYPD’s own 2011 data that is part of the information the NYCLU sued for access to and won. NYPD argue utilizing the same data shows that for the proportions of individuals of each race subject to a reasonable suspicion stop is approximate to the racial breakdown of all known crime suspects. The NYCLU says that despite the legal back and forth between them and NYPD, it is the citizens of New York City they are listening to more. “It’s been so powerful and gratifying to hear that cop watch groups are using the app and to hear from young people from the Bronx to Bed-Stuy talk about the sense of power they feel having the app on their phones,: says Jennifer Carnig, NYCLU’s Director of Communications, in an email interview. “We really hope the iPhone version will allow even more people to hold the NYPD accountable. The potential is exciting.”

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                • A New Approach to Marijuana in Washington


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                  The state of Washington voted yes on I-502, an initiative to tax and regulate marijuana. The video advocacy team of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union traveled to Seattle right after the elections to find out why and how the state opted for the legal regulation of this drug. We have interviewed a couple of professionals and activists who explain us the consequences of this pioneer legislation, with special regard to the possible responses of the federal government. Available with subtitles on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ooUrDRiZLrg Recoded with Sony NEX VG-20

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                  • Stand up For Freedom PSA - directed by Mikal Din


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                    I produced a PSA for the ACLU, commenting on the dangers of Censorship in a democratic society. Premiering at their annual gala and on TV spots nationwide.

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                    • Breast Cancer Action & The ACLU: Take Back My Genes


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                      UPDATE: Breast Cancer Action is planning a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court during oral arguments on April 15th. Find out more, participate in the rally, and help support the cause at the BCAction website: http://bcaction.org/2013/03/20/human-genes-belong-to-human-beings-not-corporations/ Breast Cancer Action & the ACLU hosted a discussion on January 30th discussing their upcoming Supreme Court case against Myriad Genetics. BRCA 1 & BRCA 2, aka the "breast cancer genes," are genes that, with certain mutations, can be used to predict the development of breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad Genetics has a patent on these genes, giving them total control over pretty much everything that has to do with the genes. They have created a monopoly that has numerous negative implications for breast cancer patients: prices for the screening test are inflated and expensive; insurance coverage is limited; patients can't get a second opinion of their test results; and other scientists are not allowed to do further research about the BRCA genes, which is needlessly slowing down the progress being made towards discovering a cure. Read more about the case and how you can give your support: http://bcaction.org/2012/12/27/a-corporation-owns-my-genes-and-yours/ http://www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty-womens-rights/association-molecular-pathology-v-myriad-genetics

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