HEADLINE: ACLU challenges drug testing of Fla. state workers
CAPTION: The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Florida Gov. Rick Scott over ordering drug testing for all state employees, regardless of suspicion. (June 1)
(sot: Howard Simon, Executive Director, ACLU of Florida)
We only have the capacity to deal with about 2 a week. And this Governor and this legislature is manufacturing legal challenges. I want to say this should be a civics lesson for the people of Florida. Thank God the entire government is not run by the governor’s office or by the legislature. We have a third branch of government, which is the courts and it’s now time for the courts to step up and protect the citizens of Florida from the abuse of their rights.
The state’s own test showed that welfare recipients don’t have a rate of drug abuse any more so than people who are not on welfare. Nothing had demonstrated that state employees are drug abusers. The only thing that has changed is the radical politics of this governor, not welfare recipients and not state employees.
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Paulette Brown, President, American Bar Association; Partner/co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Locke Lord LLP
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco; Lecturer, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of California Berkeley—Moderator
Paulette Brown is the first woman of color to become president of the ABA and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 most influential minority lawyers in America.” She has been a municipal court judge, in addition to focusing on all facets of labor and employment litigation. Brown has devoted her presidency to “rebuilding the nation’s confidence in our justice system” by “working to eliminate bias and enhance diversity and inclusion” and offer “tangible, sustainable solutions that will have a positive impact on the perception of our justice system.”
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Klein was born in Queens (Rockaway Beach), New York, the son of Miram (née Warshauer) and John Klein, a printer. His maternal grandfather was professional musician Frank Warshauer. He has referred to his heritage as Jewish.
Klein graduated from the Hackley School and the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American civilization. In 1969 Klein began reporting for the Essex County Newspapers, and The Peabody Times in Peabody, Massachusetts In 1972 he reported for Boston’s WGBH, and until 1974 he was also the news editor for The Real Paper in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone from 1975 to 1980, and Washington bureau chief from 1975 to 1977. He became friends with actor–director Tom Laughlin after interviewing him for Rolling Stone and appeared briefly as a reporter in Laughlin’s 1977 film Billy Jack Goes to Washington.
Klein published Woody Guthrie: A Life in 1980 and Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam in 1984. He was a political columnist for New York from 1987 to 1992, winning the Peter Kihss Award for his reporting on the 1989 race for mayor of New York. In May 1992 he joined Newsweek and wrote the column “Public Lives,” which won a National Headliner Award in 1994. Newsweek also won a National Magazine Award for their coverage of Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory. From 1992 to 1996 he was also a consultant for CBS News, providing commentary.
In December 1996 he joined The New Yorker to write the Letter from Washington column. In 2000 he published The Running Mate, a sequel of sorts to Primary Colors. In March 2002 Klein published The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency, an account of Clinton’s two terms in office.
In January 2003, he joined Time to write a column called In the Arena on national and international affairs. It appears in Time’s upfront Notebook section and has been criticized for its reporting about then–minority leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic opposition to warrantless wiretapping. The column has been the source of several retractions by Time.
Klein is a regular blogger on time.com’s Swampland blog. In November 2007, Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald wrote about what he alleged were factual errors in a Klein story about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Klein reported that the Democratic version of the FISA bill “would require the surveillance of every foreign-terrorist target’s calls to be approved by the FISA court” and that it therefore “would give terrorists the same legal protections as Americans.” Time later published a comment: “In the original version of this story, Joe Klein wrote that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would allow a court review of individual foreign surveillance targets. Republicans believe the bill can be interpreted that way, but Democrats don’t.” Greenwald noted that the text of the legislation does not require court review of individual targets, and that Time’s response disregards this fact. Klein’s response was, “I have neither the time nor legal background to figure out who’s right.”
Later, Greenwald reported that Time “refused the requests of two sitting members of Congress … to correct Klein’s false statements in Time itself.” Greenwald has reported that Senator Russ Feingold has been informed by Time that his letter rebutting Klein will be published in a forthcoming issue.
In October 2012 Klein was criticized by Glenn Greenwald for revealing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program his advocacy of U.S. drone strikes. Klein dismissed child deaths caused by drones in the countries where they are operating, stating that the bottom line in the end was to ask “whose 4-year-olds get killed? What we’re doing is limiting the possibility that 4-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror.”
In a June 2013 cover story for Time magazine, Klein reported on Oklahoma tornado relief, but came under fire for implying secular humanists did not help deliver aid. Klein later clarified he only meant to refer to “organized” secular humanist groups, a claim that was also contested and called inaccurate.
In October 2014 Klein traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for his article in Time magazine titled “Shut down in Tuscaloosa.” Klein interviewed a small number of academics from the University of Alabama. Klein’s article came under fire from the focus group he interviewed due to allegations of misquotes, improper citations, and wrong names used in the interview.
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“Know that God is good all the time,” said a woman speaking through a bullhorn on the sidewalk directly across from a shrine that marked the spot that 18-year-old Michael Brown lost his life at the Canfield Green Apartments.
Representing Bethesda Temple’s Missionary and Outreach Ministry, She offered mini-sermons in between their singing.
“We will glorify his holy name,” a small representation of the group sang fervently as the rain poured down – almost in a soulful chant-like cadence.
“It may not look like it right now, but all things work for the good of those who love the Lord,” the woman said fervently.
For many who were in the Canfield Green Apartments that morning, it appeared to most certainly not look like it.
They peeked from their front doors and stood on steps, watching as protesters and activists slowly started to convene for two different demonstrations that were to honor the life of the 18-year old boy who was shot down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. One was a moment of prayer for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson lead by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The other was a moment of solidarity (and march) for all of the young African American men who were casualties of police violence.
It was within the hour of the one-week anniversary of Brown’s death.
A week probably felt like an eternity to the folks who have watched their corner of Ferguson become a nonstop hotbed of protests and activity.
It was first the most disheartening of crime scenes as Brown’s body lay uncovered for hours.
Then Gatherers from across the county, city and nation convened. Along with them on this day were FBI agents, who swarmed the complex knocking on doors in search of witnesses and information related to
In this national media sensation of a story, residents’ privacy has become the unspoken of collateral damage.
Yet as they sat and watched in a stance to suggest they were guarding what was left of their personal space, residents still managed to be gracefully open to their complex playing host to protests and demonstrations.
One woman clapped along as the Bethesda group sang. Another said “how you doing” as a non-resident woman and her son walked from the parking lot getting positioned to hear The Rev. Jesse Jackson lead protesters in prayer.
A couple of them even walked down to hear Jackson uplift the hundreds of protesters who had come to hear him deliver an encouraging word in the fight for justice on Brown and his family’s behalf.
“Here we stand 50 years after the march on Selma with some unlearned lessons,” Jackson told the crowd. “Too much fear, too much hatred, too much violence and too much bloodshed. Michael lives as long as we remember him. He was robbed of the right to walk the streets where he lived. Too long we have learned to survive apart. Now we have a different lesson – let’s learn to live together.”
In the solitude of prayer, hands gripped tighter as people from various walks of life stood as one as Jackson’s words echoed among them.
“We choose life over death,” Jackson said. “We choose futures over funerals. In the end if we do not faint we will not fail.
We pray for the family of Michael Brown and we must end the violence. There is power in non-violence – whether it’s Selma, Alabama, or India, or South Africa. You must choose prayers and love over rockets and missiles. We’ve survived apart for so long – there is power in living together.” Video Rating: / 5
Many American prisons are banning smoking, which is adding to the tense atmosphere inmates face behind bars.
But officials say it’s the only way to prevent lawsuits from non-smoking inmates and guards, who say the smokey atmosphere is making them sick.
One New York facility has been phasing out smoking, in preparation for a complete ban beginning on Monday.
Inmates who live behind these bars will have to get along without their usual nicotine fix from smoking.
Some of them are worried that stress and friction will increase, causing fights or unrest.
But officials here at the Albany County jail in New York state say everyone’s health will benefit from the ban.
Assistant superintendent Thomas Wigger has been researching and planning how best to phase out smoking for several years. He says the inmates reacted well to the announcement of the ban.
“There were some minor rumblings, there were some cackle calls, you might say, but overall we didn’t have much resistance and we still have not to this date.”
SUPER CAPTION: Thomas Wigger, Assistant Superintendent, Albany County Correctional Facility
Some prisoners have tried, without success, to find legal grounds to overturn smoking bans at other American facilities.
“The constitution protects liberty but I am not aware that the courts have construed smoking tobacco in prison as part of liberty.”
SUPER CAPTION:John Boston, Legal Aid Society
Boston says state or local governments would have to pass specific legislation to create the right for prisoners to smoke.
Officials say about two-thirds of the 800 inmates at Albany are smokers. Although there’s been some grumbling, only one official complaint has been filed.
“It’s pretty hard, having to cut down to two packs over the past few weeks, it’s been real rough. But, I guess I’ll be quitting seeing if they are banning it.”
SUPER CAPTION: Richard Strack, inmate
“I think it’s a blessing, I mean in the short nine months that I smoked, I have suffered some ill effect from it already: shortness of breath, chronic cough and a little lethargy from the smoking. And it’s a blessing to me to be able to stop.”
SUPER CAPTION: Mark Phillips, inmate
“You get one hour a day rec. in the gym to relieve all this tension. We ain’t gettin it all off in the gym, when the smokin’ stops, we’re gonna be gettin it off on each other.”
SUPER CAPTION: Kenny Goss, inmate
The state of Vermont dropped its ban because it found it encouraged staff corruption and increased violence among inmates.
Wigger admits there could be similar problems at his jail.
“Staff members may be tempted to bring cigarettes to inmates. We’ve heard that once they’re banned in a facility, cigarettes may go for upwards of 75 dollars a pack. So our staff members may be tempted.”
SUPER CAPTION: Thomas Wigger, Assistant Superintendent, Albany county correctional facility
“There will be a black market, there’s a black market with everything, every place you go. Well, if somebody has got them I’m going to take them, just take them. ” (laughs)
SUPER CAPTION: Kenny Goss, inmate
With all tobacco products contraband from Monday, potato chips may replace cigarettes as the preferred currency among inmates.
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Reggie Gordon, CEO of the American Red Cross – Eastern Virginia Region since July 1997, is a Richmond native that has dedicated his career to the nonprofit sector. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and law degree from Howard University School of Law. He began his career with the Central Virginia Legal Aid in Emporia, Virginia, which provides free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents. Next, he relocated to Washington D.C. with the National Red Cross where he served as a Senior Associate General Counsel and the National Ethics Officer. In 1997, Reggie returned home to Richmond and worked with the United Way as a fund developer. The United Way supports the Homeward program whose mission is to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness in the Richmond region and he became the first executive director of this program in 1998. After seven years with Homeward, he became the executive director of the William Byrd Community House, which aids in transforming lives and building self-sufficiency for area families in need.
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Clinic co-directors Allen Hench and Tara Boyd and clinic students Pedro Bermeo and Christina Leaton discuss the Nonprofit Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. In the yearlong clinic, which is offered in conjunction with the Legal Aid Justice Center, students advise and work directly with local nonprofit organizations on matters such as initial formation, tax-exempt status, ongoing legal compliance and good corporate governance. More information: http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/academics/practical/nonprofitclinic.htm Video Rating: / 5