On Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois, we are here to chat about the big issues of the day, both home in the Land of Lincoln and across our country. We are here to help educate and tell you how you can get involved so we work together towards a more perfect union. Each episode features interviews, news updates, events, and actions that you can take right now to protect your rights. Remember: dissent is patriotic!
Episode 25: The Fight to Protect Transgender Rights
As #TransgenderAwarenessWeek comes to a close, we sat down with ACLU of Illinois LGBTQ and HIV Project Director John Knight to look at the big picture regarding the fight for transgender rights here at home and across the country. We also discuss John's work representing Aimee Stephens, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision this year that clearly determined it discrimination under federal civil rights statutes to fire someone because they are transgender.
Episode 24: Voting in the 2020 Election
Got questions about voting in Illinois ahead of November 3rd? We've got answers! In this episode, we speak with Matt Dietrich, Public Information Officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, and Michelle Hernandez, ACLU of Illinois Advocacy Associate, to discuss changes to election laws in 2020, early voting, voting by mail, voting in jails or with a record, and much more.
Episode 23: Prisons Are Failing Transgender People
Transgender people are too often exposed to horrific abuse in prison, facing physical and sexual assault at much higher rates than other prisoners. And experts recognize that denying someone the health care they need for gender dysphoria causes transgender people serious and lasting harm. For this episode, we speak with Taylor Brown, staff attorney with ACLU National, about a new lawsuit filed on behalf of Cristina Nichole Iglesias, who has been denied critical medical care and routinely abused during her time housed in federal corrections facilities for men, as well as Ghirlandi Guidetti, staff attorney with the ACLU of Illinois, about our ongoing litigation to protect transgender people in prisons in Illinois.
Episode 22: Protecting the Post Office
The U.S. Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy - and it's currently under siege. Protecting our right to vote-by-mail will be essential this November, as millions of Americans from all 50 states use this option as the safest way to vote during the COVID-19 crisis. We are joined by U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who talks to us about questioning Postmaster General Louis DeJoy this week as a member of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and what we can do to protect the U.S. Post Office.
Episode 21: Reimagining Policing in Illinois
Americans are reimagining our fundamental notions about policing, especially in response to the continued killings of Black and Brown people by police officers. For too long, we have prioritized policing over other community resources. We speak with ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Staff Attorney Elizabeth Jordan about the steps we can take to reimagine how policing works and how we can continue to hold officers accountable for their actions.
Episode 20: Civil Liberties During the Pandemic
Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois returns with our 20th episode, recording from our own homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. We speak with our Executive Director Colleen Connell about how the pandemic has touched all areas of our work - including reproductive rights, people in prisons, law enforcement, and more - and how we can work together to protect our civil liberties during this unprecedented emergency.
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