ACLU-PA REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH MONTCO COMMISSIONERS
MontCo commissioners reached a settlement agreement with county residents who filed suit after the commissioners fired Dean Beer and Keisha Hudson from the public defender's office without public comment or vote, in violation of the Sunshine Act.
I have been urging the staff at ACLU-PA and all of my friends, especially my white friends, to watch When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s brilliant dramatization of the Central Park Five, later reclaimed as the Exonerated Five.
As the harsh reality of the Trump administration’s extreme agenda has settled in over the last year, we are honored that so many people have put their trust in the ACLU to defend civil liberties and to push back against the worst instincts of those who govern.
In August, we were all horrified by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists were on the march, spewing their vile worldview and motivating one of their kind to drive a car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer.
A robust dialogue has risen up about police practices—stop-and-frisk, broken windows, the biased implementation of the War on Drugs—which have led to both unnecessary deaths and, thankfully, to the “social death” of mass incarceration.