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ACLU begins voter registration outreach campaign listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida today launched a voter registration outreach campaign targeting people with past felony convictions whose rights have been restored, as well as those who are unsure of their civil rights status.

The campaign comes on the heels of seven years of work educating the public about rights restoration and attempts to get the word out to re-enfranchised voters – a job at which the FRRC says ...

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FRRC fights for ex-felon's voter rights

08/04/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a non-partisan group committed to reforming voting rights for ex-felons, held its statewide annual convention at Stetson University’s College of Law in Tampa. The group is campaigning to make the process for disenfranchised felons to obtain their rights more efficient and effective by pushing for an amendment on the statewide ballot that would automatically restore suffrage.

Florida has recently been one of only three sta...

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Independent Review Commission on Jails meets listen

08/01/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today in Tampa, the Independent Review Commission on Jails held its 10th meeting at the County Center. The commission was established earlier this year to investigate allegations of abuse in the Hillsborough County jail system after the release of a video showing a quadriplegic man being dumped from a wheelchair at the Orient Road Jail.

Mike Pheneger is chairman of the Greater Tampa chapter of the ACLU. He stood before the panel today and discussed his concerns with the sudden escalation o...

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Palm Beach schools sued over minority graduation rates listen

03/31/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Low graduation rates, especially among minority students, in the School District of Palm Beach County have led to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Muslima Lewis is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida and director of their Racial Justice Project.

Today, WMNF spoke with Lewis about the lawsuit and about the high school graduation rates in Palm Beach County and in Florida.

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ACLU meeting focuses on racial justice listen

03/12/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa ACLU held a meeting on racial justice at the John F. Germany Library in Tampa yesterday. The speakers touched on subjects pertaining to racial injustice, such as felon disenfranchisment and educational inequality.

The Florida ACLU is one of the fastest growing ACLU affiliates in the nation, with local chapters in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Gainsville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola.

The Tampa chapter of the ACLU has been involved with a number of events in the area...

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Incidents prompt review of Orient Road Jail listen

03/10/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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During the last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has faced allegations of abuse of jail inmates by detention deputies. In response, Sheriff David Gee has formed an 11-member panel to investigate the Sheriff’s Office and conditions within the county’s jails. Today was the first meeting of the Independent Review Commission on Jails.

The most famous case of abuse is the first that came to light, in a video published on the internet in early February. Silent surveillance v...

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ACLU weighs in on intelligent design listen

12/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Board of Education will be instituting new teaching standards for science next fall. As WMNF has reported this month, the proposed Sunshine State Standards for science have been praised as a vast improvement over the current standards.

The emphasis on teaching evolution has motivated some proponents of the idea of "intelligent design" to lobby for the inclusion of that concept in the science standards.

Last Friday, the ACLU of Florida wrote a letter to the state Board of Ed...

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