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ACLU of Florida wants records on FBI racial and ethnic profiling listen

07/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is the FBI keeping records about your race or ethnicity? The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is concerned enough that it filed Freedom of Information Act requests today. The ACLU of Florida filed FOIA requests with the FBI field offices in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville to find out how the law enforcement agency collects, uses, and maps racial and ethnic data.

ACLU branches in other states are also filing similar FOIA requests.

Muslima Lewis is senior staff attorney with the ...

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Should Florida lift the ban on gay adoption?

03/31/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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For 33 years the State of Florida has banned adoptions by gay or lesbian couples. This year, as in the eight previous years, a South Florida legislator, Mary Brandenburg, has introduced legislation in Tallahassee to end the ban. And this year in Tallahassee, as in past years, the proposal is not expected to get much of a hearing from politicians.

We have two guests today who are working to end the ban on gay adoption. Cathy James is the non-biological mother of a ten year old son that she...

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Civil Rights Restoration Workshop in Tampa listen

03/29/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, a civil rights restoration workshop was held in West Tampa.

Civil rights are defined as the liberties given to every individual set forth by the U.S. Constitution. Joyce Hamilton Henry is a director with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which organized the event. She said an individual loses many valuable rights when a felony is committed.

*They lose their right to vote; they los...

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ACLU slaps Pasco County Fair with discrimination lawsuit listen

01/08/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced their filing of a federal discrimination lawsuit. The ACLU accuses Pasco County Fair Association of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against three Mexican-American Pasco County residents.

The Federal lawsuit alleges that when three Pasco county residents wanted to rent a hall they were overcharged because they were...

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ACLU sues Alachua Schools over anti-Islam suspensions listen

11/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a federal lawsuit against the Alachua County School District.

The lawsuit charges school administrators with unlawfully censoring students’ free speech when students were suspended or threatened with suspension for wearing t-shirts promoting their religious beliefs in school and at school events earlier this year.

WMNF spoke with Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

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BayWalk protesters demand free speech not corporate bailouts listen

10/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Friday night, over 80 free speech activists demonstrated at BayWalk to protest the St. Pete City Council’s decision to give away the sidewalk in front of that failing entertainment complex.

Two weeks ago, after an earlier vote where the City Council refused to give the public sidewalk away, the activist group St. Pete for Peace said they would not protest there for a year as a good-faith gesture. But following Thursday’s reversal by City Council, that group, as well as others inclu...

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Supreme Court rejects ACLU challenge to Pledge requirement listen

10/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to review a state law requiring public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day unless they have written permission from a parent.

WMNF spoke with Randall Marshall, legal director of the ACLU of Florida, the group that filed the appeal.

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ACLU willing to sue if election bill passes listen

04/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In Tallahassee today, the House of Representatives debated a scaled down Elections Reform bill today that had received harsh criticism from activists and even Gov. Charlie Crist.

The new version removes a provision to eliminate as acceptable two forms of ID used mainly by older voters; requirements that paid petition circulators must register with the state; a requirement that voters who change their address close to an election must cast provisional ballots; and rules that would have made...

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Sarasota citizen files suit against noise ordinance listen

03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two Florida residents, represented by the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit challenging Sarasota’s noise ordinance. The law allows for police to seize and impound vehicles when drivers are charged with playing their music too loud. The lawsuit was filed in state court against the city of Sarasota and Police Chief Peter Abbott.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Mark Cannon, a resident of Sarasota, and Latrese Allen, a resident of Bradenton. Cannon was stopped for “loud music” and his v...

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Magistrate: Bait shop mural not a violation listen

03/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The owner of a Clearwater bait and tackle shop got an early birthday present this afternoon. Herb Quintero, whose birthday is Sunday, learned that a Judge Magistrate is recommending that the city of Clearwater stop citing him for a violation of its sign ordinance.

When the city first cited Quintero because of a mural depicting game fish on his shop, The Complete Angler, he covered it up with a banner of the First Amendment.

Quintero is represented by American Civil Liberties Union (ACL...

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