ACLU http://wesa.fm en ACLU Seeks Info On Purging Of PA Voter Rolls http://wesa.fm/post/aclu-seeks-info-purging-pa-voter-rolls <p>A civil-rights group is raising questions about Pennsylvania's participation in a national program designed to help cull voters with duplicate registrations in different states.<br /><br />Witold Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania voiced concern Tuesday about the lack of information from state officials about how they'll oversee the purging of voter rolls under the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.<br /> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:24:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26456 at http://wesa.fm Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy Campaign Kicks Off In PA http://wesa.fm/post/same-sex-marriage-advocacy-campaign-kicks-pa <p>Marriage matters to Diane Polson and Dawn Plummer.</p><p>They have been together for 13 years, but the state will not allow them to marry. Same-sex marriage is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C., but Pennsylvania is not one of them.</p><p>While a challenge to Pennsylvania’s marriage law makes its way through the courts, the ACLU launched its Why Marriage Matters campaign Wednesday.</p><p>Polson and Plummer are now plaintiffs in the ACLU’s lawsuit, a decision sparked by their 5-year-old son Elijah.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:38:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 21217 at http://wesa.fm Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy Campaign Kicks Off In PA Teacher, ACLU File Suit Against Pittsburgh Police Officer Over Summer Arrest http://wesa.fm/post/teacher-aclu-file-suit-against-pittsburgh-police-officer-over-summer-arrest <p>The ACLU of Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit against Pittsburgh police officer Jonathan Gromek, who last summer arrested a black teacher after a community meeting on police/community relations in Homewood.</p><p>All charges against Dennis Henderson were <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/zappala-withdraws-charges-against-pittsburgh-teacher">withdrawn</a> by the district attorney, but Henderson said that the damage that was done can’t be undone.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:05:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia & The Associated Press 20090 at http://wesa.fm Teacher, ACLU File Suit Against Pittsburgh Police Officer Over Summer Arrest PA Settles Lawsuit Challenging Execution Witness Policy http://wesa.fm/post/pa-settles-lawsuit-challenging-execution-witness-policy <p>Pennsylvania has settled a lawsuit that sought to force the commonwealth to allow witnesses to view the entire execution of condemned prisoners.<br /><br />The agreement follows a federal judge’s order last fall that the state shall not prevent witnesses, including reporters, see the entire lethal injection process.<br /><br />Vic Walczak is legal director for the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union, which worked on the case.<br /> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:20:23 +0000 Mary Wilson 19395 at http://wesa.fm Early Unions Collectively Bargained For Their Safety http://wesa.fm/post/early-unions-collectively-bargained-their-safety <p>America&rsquo;s earliest unions of the 19th century were connected to craft and trade guilds. But with factory workers facing terrible working conditions such as 12+ hour work days, and 7 day work weeks in cramped, dangerous spaces, their only choice was to come together to collectively bargain for their safety.</p><p>When <a href="https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/crystal-eastman">Crystal Eastman</a>, Co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union visited Pittsburgh in the 1920&rsquo;s, she reported 526 industrial related deaths in Allegheny County within one year.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=57737">Dr. Charles McCollester</a>, a former professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and author of <a href="http://www.pointofpittsburgh.com/"><em>The Point of Pittsburgh</em></a>, about 3,000 mining industry workers died each year, between 1890 and 1920. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:15:40 +0000 Katie Martin 18256 at http://wesa.fm Early Unions Collectively Bargained For Their Safety Teacher Sues AIU After Being Denied Benefits for Same-Sex Partner http://wesa.fm/post/teacher-sues-aiu-after-being-denied-benefits-same-sex-partner <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Law Project have filed a lawsuit against the Allegheny Intermediate Unit on behalf of Bradley Ankney, a math teacher for the AIU.</p><p>The suit was filed after the AIU rejected Ankney’s attempt to add his partner to his health insurance policy.</p><p>Sarah Rose, staff attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said the AIU does provide benefits to the spouses of employees.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:13:30 +0000 Kevin Gavin 15152 at http://wesa.fm Voter ID Fight Resumes in Pennsylvania Court http://wesa.fm/post/voter-id-fight-resumes-pennsylvania-court <div><p>Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law is back in Commonwealth Court this week, but it's unlikely to be decided conclusively any time soon.<br><br>Voting rights advocates are seeking a permanent injunction against the 2012 law, which requires Pennsylvania voters to present state-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot. Implementation was postponed ahead of last year's general election and again in 2013 in advance of the May primary.<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 02:20:34 +0000 Josh Raulerson 13102 at http://wesa.fm Voter ID Fight Resumes in Pennsylvania Court ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families http://wesa.fm/post/aclu-pennsylvania-sues-commonwealth-behalf-same-sex-couples-families <p>Two weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned key <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/26/the-supreme-court-struck-down-doma-heres-what-you-need-to-know/">provisions in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act</a>, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/federal-suit-filed-pa-force-state-allow-same-sex-marriage">filed a federal lawsuit</a> to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The 23 plaintiffs, including 10 same-sex couples, one widow, and two teenage children of one of the couples, say they've seen firsthand the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/0/hp_breaking/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-legalize-gay-marriage-in-pennsylvania-694787/">inequality of PA law in its discrimination</a> against same-sex couples.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/author/molly-tack-hooper">ACLU Staff Attorney</a> <strong>Molly Tack-Hooper</strong> and <a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/people/full-time-faculty/anthony-c-infanti">Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh</a>, <strong>Anthony Infanti</strong>, weigh in on the legality of the lawsuit and the path for equality in Pennsylvania paved by the repeal of DOMA.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:31:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12888 at http://wesa.fm ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season http://wesa.fm/post/micek-aclu-lawsuit-payday-loans-penndots-lost-construction-season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/index.html">Opinions Editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News </a>explains the many pressing issues at the state level.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12884 at http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season