40 episodes

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!

Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois

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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 39: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    Episode 39: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    In 2023 Illinois will end the use of a money bond system - a system that prioritizes wealth when making decisions about who awaits trial in county jail. The new system relies on individualized assessments about public safety to make this critical decision. On this episode of Talking Liberties we were joined by Lake County States Attorney Eric Rinehart, Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell, and ACLU of Illinois Director of Criminal Justice Policy Ben Ruddell to discuss how this new law will reform the pretrial system in Illinois.

    • 35 min
    Episode 38: Civil Liberties Down the Ballot

    Episode 38: Civil Liberties Down the Ballot

    As the 2022 Midterm Election approaches on November 8 many voters are still deciding on whom to vote for – or whether to vote at all. The reality is that our civil liberties are on the ballot at every level and in every race. In this episode we were joined by Khadine Bennett, Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs at the ACLU of Illinois to discuss how a range of offices up for election in 2022 have a real impact on your civil rights and liberties.

    • 42 min
    Episode 37: Fighting Against Book Bans

    Episode 37: Fighting Against Book Bans

    Efforts to ban books in public and school libraries across the country has more than doubled in the past year. In this episode we were joined by Deborah Stone-Caldwell, director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association, and Rebecca Glenberg, Senior Supervising Attorney at the ACLU of Illinois to discuss the threats to challenged books across country and in Illinois, and what each of us can do to fight back against these threats in our own communities.

    • 37 min
    Episode 36: ICE Enforcement In Our Communities

    Episode 36: ICE Enforcement In Our Communities

    In 2018, ICE conducted a series of controversial raids across the Chicago area using traffic stops and other techniques to detain hundreds of individuals for immigration violations. In this episode, we are joined by Antonio Gutierrez, an organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD)and Mark Fleming, a lawyer from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to discuss those raids, the lawsuit filed in response to the arrests, and how the settlement will change ICE practices in Illinois and across the country.

    • 34 min
    Episode 35: Banned From Changing Your Name

    Episode 35: Banned From Changing Your Name

    Illinois currently has one of the most restrictive laws name change laws in the country – a law that bans people from being able to change their names for at least ten years. On this episode we discussed the harms that this law imposes and efforts in Springfield to remove this unjust restriction. We were joined by advocates Eisha Love, a transgender activist, and Avi Rudnick a lawyer and the Director of Scattered Site Housing at Chicago House and a Board member of the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois Name Change Mobilization which helps transgender people change their names.

    • 31 min
    Episode 34: "It's Always Except Abortion"

    Episode 34: "It's Always Except Abortion"

    Even as Roe hangs by a thread, there are countless barriers to make abortions difficult, even impossible for people to access. On this episode we were joined by Representative Jan Schakowsky, Megan Jeyifo and Aalap Bommaraju from the Chicago Abortion Fund, and Ameri Klafeta from the ACLU of Illinois to talk about how the stigmatization of abortion has allowed for policies like the Hyde Amendment and PNA to continue to restrict access to abortion – and the consequences of that here in Illinois and across the country.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

hafti77 ,

Illinois needs the ACLU

thank you for what you do from the bottom of my heart. I was able to contact our senators today about a drug decriminalizaiton bill because of your efforts and awareness.

lstettle ,

Really great informative podcast

The host has a great presence and a good interaction with his guests. He makes the topics interesting and makes sure people know how they can get involved.

ACLUfan ,

Illinoisans needs this podcast!

Great to get both my IL news fix and an in-depth look at issues threatening our civil liberties!

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