1. A Prison for McRae NTSC version


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    A PRISON FOR McRAE (NTSC version) Written and directed by Christiane Badgley A small town in southern Georgia is counting on prisoners to solve its economic woes. But for two years, McRae's speculatively built, private prison has been standing empty. Through the story of this town's prison adventure, A PRISON FOR McRAE , looks at the economic consequences of America's prison boom. A PRISON FOR McRAE was produced for Arte France in 2003. The film has never been broadcast in the U.S. I decided to upload it because many of the questions raised in the film remain pertinent. The U.S. incarceration crisis is ongoing. Several years ago I uploaded excerpts from the film (also on Vimeo) and a viewer who had been incarcerated at the prison posted a comment about detention conditions. I made this film before the CCA's McRae prison opened. Since opening, the CCA facility has been mired in controversy. A 2011 article in the Huffington Post, "License to Abuse? Time for Bureau of Prisons to Sever Ties With CCA," details some of the problems at the facility (and other CCA prisons). Link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/azadeh-shahshahani/bureau-of-prisons-cca_b_930856.html

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    • Markos Miller of Ten Ten Pié reflects on "religious freedom" bills in Maine


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      We talked with Markos Miller, owner of Ten Ten Pié, about "religious freedom" bills here in Maine. According to Bangor Daily News: "A draft of a Maine senator’s “religious freedom” bill shows the plan is nearly identical to the Indiana law that has sparked national controversy in recent weeks from those who say it has legalized discrimination based on sexual orientation." http://bangordailynews.com/2015/04/07/the-point/maines-religious-freedom-bill-is-nearly-identical-to-indiana-law/ For more information, visit the ACLU of Maine's website: http://www.aclumaine.org/

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      • The Art of War on Conspiracy Cafe 2011-07j-07


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        Private Equity firm KKR buys domain registrar Go Daddy in cyberspace seizure, controls Kindercare learning centres. Are bells Ba'als in our churches? Christopher Shale death on the crime blotter. Prince Charles' secret meetings. £500 million pounds missing from the Olympics already. China buying into Facebook and Australia. Largest U.S. corporations founded by Russians. Google facing wire tap rap. TDL botnet on the loose. Hackers kill Obama on Fox tweet. Poles vote against abortion. Christians battle ACLU. Private school consortium Apollo rakes in billions of tax dollars. Colorado Senator crosses the line and kills pregnant mother. Gun rights restoration for mental patients. Low energy nuclear reactors (cold fusion) to be marketed in Greece. Hemingway driven to madness by the FBI. Artificial meat is soylent brown. The Iraqi genocide. TSA gets cancer in karma wave. Strauss Kahn and the hooker honey pot. Fukushima a nuclear attack. Weapons disguised as 1,000 pound cameras installed. No quake damage before tidal wave in hardest hit area. On Conspiracy Cafe The Art of War.

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        • Law School Students and Others March to Commemorate Selma Anniversary


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          Students of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and others, Marched on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the march at Selma.

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          • Snowden Interview From Russia by the ACLU


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            The ACLU of Hawaii presents a rare and provocative public discussion at the Davis Levin First Amendment Conference (“Conference”) taking place on Saturday, February 14th in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Edward Snowden, known for his release of sensitive government documents will be video-streaming from Moscow to lead this discussion focusing on government surveillance and the rights of private citizens.

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            • ACLU - Chris and Lisa


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              • Brady Henderson 1-27-2015


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                Brady Henderson, Legal Director for Oklahoma ACLU, speaks at the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's press conference for Richard Glossip. The conference was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on January 27, 2015. Glossip was scheduled to be executed on January 29th. The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution until the court can decide the constitutionality of the procedure Oklahoma uses to execute prisoners.

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                • Advocates Demand an End to Targeting of Southwest Detroit Latino Community


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                  Customers of Mexican bus service are the latest subject to racial profiling by immigration agents DEARBORN – Legal experts, and State Representative Stephanie Chang’s office joined Michigan United at press conference Tuesday morning to decry the de facto targeting of Latino residents in Southwest Detroit by US immigration agents. The event at the Arab Community Center (ACCESS) cited Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) detention of those using the Tornado Bus Company that travels to Mexico from cities throughout the US. Agents are detaining all bus travelers without identification. There is a Tornado Bus stop in the heart of Southwest Detroit’s Latino community. "I am very concerned about the recent Border Patrol stops of the Tornado Bus Company. At a time when we should be encouraging our community members to be getting ready for the opening of the immigration relief application period, border patrol is making our residents feel scared and unsafe in our own neighborhoods,” said State Representative Stephanie Chang.“The fact that these random sweeps and arrests are taking place so close to schools and churches makes these disruptions of people's lives even more egregious. I have sent a request for detailed information to the Customs and Border Protection Detroit Sector office and hope that I receive a timely response. CBP agents are once again spreading fear and unfairly targeting people in Southwest Detroit. We are calling on CBP to treat the Latino community as they would any other community" Organizers pressed three demands: 1. Customs and Border Protection must stop random bus sweeps in Southwest Detroit 2. CBP needs to use body cameras now to record their interactions 3. CBP needs to make a public explanation of how bus sweeps are not racial profiling “I am deeply disappointed by the CBP’s recent actions, targeting heavily Latino communities conducting bus stops to investigate residents' immigration status. These actions constitute racial profiling and exemplify the underlying assumption of our country's immigration enforcement efforts, that Latinos are perpetual immigrants, not Americans, and they are not welcomed,” said Detroit Council-Member Raquel Castañeda-López. “The disproportionate targeting of the Latino community by the CBP creates fear, distrust and animosity in communities. It works against our efforts to become a diverse, inclusive, global city. Unfortunately, this happens in border communities throughout the country. While I support the CBP’s efforts to protect our country, I do not support their discriminatory practices.” An immigration attorney was also present and expressed concerns about how the sweeps, questioning and detentions are being conducted. "Part of what is so frightening is that Border Patrol is interrogating people and then pressuring them to sign away their rights without an attorney," said Carrie Pastor, an immigration attorney working with ACLU Michigan "Frightened people can be intimidated into signing anything, and that's against basic civil rights. ###

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                    • Laura Murphy of the ACLU


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                      Laura Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, said for any meaningful change to happen, the federal government must collect hard data, especially on racial profiling.

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