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Episode 5: "People are actively looking out for each other"

The Trump administration's hostility towards immigrants continues. In May, the ACLU of PA and cooperating counsel filed in federal court for the release of Ivan Nuñez Martinez, a gay married man who has lived a quiet life in the United States for 17 years. Miguel Andrade of Juntos and Golnaz Fakhimi of ACLU-PA discuss the community and legal response to his detention and the intersectionality between immigrants rights and LGBTQ equality. More information is available at...


Episode 4: A winning issue at the polls

Chris Goldstein is one of the leading voices for reforming marijuana laws in Pennsylvania. In this wide ranging discussion, Chris talks about the progress of the cannabis reform movement, marijuana as a winning political issue, and both the symbolism and the flaws of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law. Read Chris's Philly 420 columns on philly.com: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/ And you can follow him on Twitter @ freedomisgreen.


Episode 3: "Not a legitimate reason for government censorship"

Speak! ACLU-PA has sued SEPTA for denying ad space for the Center for Investigative Reporting. And we warned a sitting congressman to stop blocking people who criticize him from his Facebook page and his town hall meetings. Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper joins the pod to talk about the free speech implications of both cases. Then we again Meet The Staff. Communications Associate Ben Bowens talks with Nyssa Taylor, ACLU-PA's criminal justice policy counsel. Nyssa talks about her work...


Episode 2: "Lives are at stake"

In episode 2, we talk with Brandi Fisher of the Alliance for Police Accountability, a grassroots, community-based organization in Pittsburgh. Brandi talks about understanding that different communities are served differently by the police, why we have to keep fighting, and why APA has expanded its mission to include both police accountability and mass incarceration. Then we're joined by Naiymah Sanchez, organizer and transgender advocacy coordinator for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, for our...


Episode 1: "They find their voice"

Welcome to our premiere episode! Parthiv Patel is a lawyer, a Dreamer, and a client of the ACLU-PA. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Parthiv was initially denied his admission to the bar because of his immigration status. He discusses his experience as an immigrant, how he got his law license, and what the Dream Act means to people like him. Information about his case is available at aclupa.org/patel. In March, the ACLU-PA recognized Sister Janice Vanderneck with...


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Speaking Freely is the podcast that tells the story of civil liberties in Pennsylvania. With each episode, you'll hear from those who are directly impacted and those who are shaping the latest civil liberties issues.