Archive for September, 2009

Support, Some Relief, Concerns, and a Tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

American_Civil_Liberties_Union_:_Tribute:_The Legacy_of_Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg_and_WRP_Staff Ruth Bader Ginsburg founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972. See American_Civil_Liberties_Union_:_Womens_Rights . Just recently, on Sept. 25, 2009, a short post was written by Jessica_Valenti_|_Feminist_Author and Executive_Editor_of_Feministing noting Supreme_Court_Justice_Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg_had_been_admitted_to_the_hospital and then a quick update about Justice_Ginsburg_having_been_been_discharged_from_the_hospital and having gone “back to work the same day.” (Both posts at Feministing).
Justice Ginsburg is very much needed on the bench for the important cases in this upcoming term. The fundamentalist conservatives have been emboldened with the retirement of Justice Souter, and seem desperate to roll back women’s rights while the Courts are still heavily populated with Bush-era appointees. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be soft spoken, but it was she who founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972. There is more about the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project at http://www.aclu.org/womensrights/index.html I do hope Justice Ginsburg is careful to recover fully and not over-do it. She is a bright shining star on the Supreme Court.

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Internet Censorship Struck Down Time After Time

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The fight against online censorship continues. Time after time internet censorship has been struck down as unconstitutional. Much praise and support for this seemingly endless battle is deserved by the American_Civil_Liberties_Union (ACLU) http://www.aclu.org/ along with other anti-censorship organizations like The National_Coalition_Against_Censorship at http://www.ncac.org/ and Feminists_For_Free_Expression http://www.ffeusa.org/
Here’s a bit of the background on the last decade or so of the repeated BAD FAITH attempts of authoritarian prudes and bigots to censor free expression including nudity despite the Supreme Court decisions noted below holding that the censorship violated the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This will also be posted as a comment. Hopefully there will be more articles on this blog to follow. What will it take to get the “gatekeepers” to stop censoring us? Why can’t liberty be respected for its own sake? When is Congress going to pass some laws that put teeth in the Bill of Rights and support free expression instead of trying to chisel away at it or look the other way? Here are some of the articles and decisions which affirm the right of free expression (including nudity). So what have your experiences been with censorship?

ACLU_Defends_Free_Speech_On_Line 
http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/internet/onlinefreespeech.html    

SUPREME COURT Refuses To Revive Online Censorship Law  (01/21/2009) 
ACLU wins 10-Year Battle To Protect Free Speech  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vNwEfOrbbo   
                                                                                                                                                          
http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/internet/38428prs20090121.html                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                 
ACLU VICTORIOUS IN DEFENSE OF ONLINE FREE SPEECH 
ACLU v.Gonzales:  Joan Walsh of salon.com victorious, 2007  
COURT RULES THAT GOVERNMENT MAY NOT CENSOR THE INTERNET  

                                                                                                                                                
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Ashcroft v. ACLU in 2004, United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group in 2000, RENO v. ACLU in 1997 http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/ashcroft-v-aclu
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
Ashcroft, Attorney General v. American Civil Liberties Union et al. 
Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
No. 03-218. Argued March 2,2004 - Decided June 29, 2004  
The Supreme Court held that the Third Circuit was correct to affirm the District Court’s ruling that enforcement of COPA should be enjoined because the statute likely violates the First Amendment.  
Ashcroft v. ACLU Amended Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 
http://www.aclu.org/images/asset_upload_file246_24202.pdf   
                                                                                                                                             
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
United States et al. v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., (98-1682) 529 U.S. 803 (2000) 
30 F. Supp. 2d 702, affirmed 
Argued November 30, 1999-Decided May 22, 2000 
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware    
The Supreme Court Ruled that the District Court did not err in holding the Telecommunications Act of 1996 violative of the First Amendment.  
 http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-1682.ZS.html                                            
                                                                                                                                      
Supreme Court Rules: Cyberspace Will be Free! ACLU Hails Victory in internet Censorship Challenge (06/26/1997)      
the Supreme Court ruled in Reno v. ACLU that the Federal Communications Decency Act is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.      
Counsel for the plaintiffs: Ann Beeson, Esq., ACLU Associate Legal Director 
                                                                                                                                               
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
                           Syllabus                                                                                             
RENO, Attorney General of the United States, et al, v. American Civil Liberties Union et al. 
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania    
No. 96-511 Argued March 19, 1997 — Decided June 26, 1997  
929 F. Supp. 824, affirmed.                       
The Supreme Court Held that The Communications Decency Act’s “indecent transmission” and “patently offensive display” provisions abridge “the freedom of speech” protected by the First Amemndment. Pp. 17-40                                            
http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/96-511.ZS.html                                                                                                                                     
                                        
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