12 episodes

Thinking Freely is a monthly political podcast, from the ACLU of Maryland, informing people about what's happening politically in Maryland from the courts to the streets. You'll hear from ACLU staff, our clients, and community leaders about the issues facing our civil liberties and how you can get involved.

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    • 4.7, 14 Ratings

Thinking Freely is a monthly political podcast, from the ACLU of Maryland, informing people about what's happening politically in Maryland from the courts to the streets. You'll hear from ACLU staff, our clients, and community leaders about the issues facing our civil liberties and how you can get involved.

    Stop Spy Planes Over Baltimore: End Mass Surveillance

    Stop Spy Planes Over Baltimore: End Mass Surveillance

    With police spy planes, everywhere Baltimore goes, the government will always know. Spy planes carry sophisticated cameras developed for the military, mounted on airplanes, that can see the entire city, and that track the movement of every person or vehicle moving outside. Baltimore has a terrible history of racial bias and a lack of accountability for abuses by police. It should be the last place to use a program of mass surveillance. In this episode, we talk with Dayvon Love, the Public Policy Director for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people in Baltimore, and David Rocah, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, to talk about the spy planes program, the legal case, our privacy rights, government surveillance, and the impact the spy planes are having on residents of Baltimore, especially Black residents. Let’s stop the Baltimore Police spy plane program.

    • 1 hr
    No More Police Killings – Reimaging Policing Now

    No More Police Killings – Reimaging Policing Now

    Too many people have lost their lives at the hands of police. But perhaps the saddest thing is that many of these deaths were unnecessary and could have been avoided. Today, we will be joined by Tracy Shand, sister to Leonard Shand, and Shamāiah Manriquez, sister to Emanuel Oates, to share their experiences about how the killing of their brothers by police could have been and should have been, prevented. We will also talk to Jay Jimenez, our Legal Program Associate, about some of the trends we are seeing in police killing and important recommendations for the police that would reduce these tragic deaths.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Know Your Rights: What to Do in Police Encounters

    Know Your Rights: What to Do in Police Encounters

    Knowing your rights is vital. Especially during police interactions. You cannot assume that officers will behave in a way that protects your safety or that they will respect your rights even after you assert them. That’s why the ACLU of Maryland developed our free Know Your Rights program so that you can know how to exercise your rights and what to do when your rights are violated. This month, we talked to two experienced Know Your Rights Trainers, Kimi Washington and Gus Griffin, along with Amy Cruice the Director of ACLU of Maryland’s Know Your Rights Program, about why knowing your rights is so important and how you can request a KYR training.

    • 24 min
    Uplifting our Humanity and Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Uplifting our Humanity and Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis

    During these difficult times, the ACLU of Maryland is here to defend and protect our civil rights and civil liberties. We are providing guidance to our elected officials, so they can craft a COVID-19 response that is compassionate and protects the populations most vulnerable to harm, including immigrants and those caught in the legal justice system – as well as all Maryland voters. As always, we will provide people with action items you can do to support this vital work.

    • 43 min
    Women Exiting Incarceration Demand Better

    Women Exiting Incarceration Demand Better

    For Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the issues facing women exiting the criminal legal system and why we need a dedicated pre-release facility for women.

    The number of women and girls in the criminal legal system has grown substantially over the past several decades. The over-incarceration of women devastates families, because 75% of women who are incarcerated are the primary or sole caretakers of children. Currently, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services operates nine dedicated lower-security facilities for men who are preparing to return to their communities from prison. But there are none for women. The re-entry services available to women are inadequate as they are, but the situation is even more egregious in light of the services available to men. We were joined by Qiana Johnson, the Executive Director of Life After Release, to discuss why women need a dedicated pre-release facility in Maryland and how to support incarcerated women.

    • 31 min
    Race Discrimination on the Prince George's Police Force

    Race Discrimination on the Prince George's Police Force

    We want officers to speak up against racist police practices and sexual harassment to help change the culture of policing. But when officers of color speak up against these unconstitutional practices they often experience discrimination and retaliation. For this Black History Month, we sat down with an African American officer, Lieutenant Sonya Zollicoffer, second vice president of the United Black Police Officers Association and with a Latino officer Retired Captain Joe Perez, president of the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association. We talk about why they and over 10 other officers of color, decided to file a lawsuit against Prince George’s County Police Department challenging the department’s pattern and practice of unconstitutional conduct. And we ask them about their message to other Black and brown officers and women officers fighting against discrimination in their police departments.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Nikki_M_M ,

Maryland needed this podcast!

Finding podcasts that cover local issues is tough. This one is exactly what I was looking for. The description says it will cover a wide range of topics, including important court cases and actions. I love how the first episode is about the awesome organizing happening by Black and Brown people in a county fighting ICE and police practices. 🙌❤️

5stat ,

Informative and timely!! Well done.

Great episode looking forward to listening in the future!

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