ACLU GA 2019 Membership Meeting
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ACLU GA 2019 Membership Meeting

October 12, 2019

– [Crowd] They’re our children! – [Man] No papers, no fear! – [Crowd] Immigrants are welcome here. Love, not hate, makes America great! – United States of America is supposed to be a land
of freedom and opportunity and democracy and rule of law. But the President’s declaration last week of a fake national emergency threatens the rule of law and makes our country look more
like a tin pot dictatorship than an actual republic. – [Crowd] This is what
democracy looks like! – We’re here to say let’s stop
this ban, it’s not gonna fly. – Some voters in Randolph County, Georgia are outraged because
the board of elections is trying to close seven of
its nine voting precincts. Randolph County is 60% African American and many voters do not
have transportation. – Jim, I’ve got a copy here of about 20 something pages of a letter the ACLU of Georgia sent
to the Randolph County Board of Elections and Registration and in this letter, it’s basically hinting the ACLU of Georgia believes the proposal by the Board of Elections and Registration would make it harder for African Americans in that county to vote. – [News Anchor] Victory this morning for the citizens of Randolph county. The board of elections
has voted down the plan to close seven of nine precincts. – We’ve been seeing, particularly
in the last 18 months has just been relentless
voter suppression. – [News Anchor] When the
county government heard that the bus was on its way over with all these older black
folks from the senior center the county government
called that senior center and said, Don’t let them come. And they took them off the bus. And they wouldn’t let them go. – [Woman] We’ve seen poll closings. The problems most recently
with absentee ballots. And then there’s also been the threat of this new exact match. – Under current law, the state
can reject absentee ballots if the voter’s signature
doesn’t match the one on file. Well, this morning attorneys for the ACLU argued in court that signatures may change for a variety of reasons, like age, disability, or injury. They also argued voters
should have an opportunity to dispute any findings
of mismatched signatures. – Smart Justice Georgia is a state campaign focusing
on decriminalizing marijuana, ending abusive police practices, and stopping the way people of color are treated by the system in Georgia. – I was lost in the system. Matter of fact, I never would have got out if they hadn’t, Black Mama Bail
Out, hadn’t come and got me, because they lost me in the system. They had thrown my case out. – When you are talkin’ about poor people who are being unfairly incarcerated, it may be anyone in our community who’s living and walking in the margins. And so this is important to all of us, it’s important to our communities, it’s especially important to our families. – [News Anchor] The ACLU of Georgia has filed a class action lawsuit against the Georgia
department of corrections and other state agencies on behalf of deaf and hard of
hearing inmates and ex-cons. Jerry is on of the plaintiffs. – He was thrown into solitary
confinement for almost a week because he allegedly committed
a disciplinary infraction but at the disciplinary hearing he wasn’t even given the
tools to even defend himself. He couldn’t even understand
what was going on because there was no sign
language interpreter. – Our son, it was a miracle for him. – [News Anchor] Matthew and Suzanne Brill say their 15 year old son David went from having up to 10 seizures a day to being seizure free for 71 days after he began smoking marijuana. The Brills were charged
with reckless conduct after someone alerted the Georgia Division of
Family and Children Services. On April 20th, David was removed
from the Brills’ custody. That day he had a seizure and had to be rushed to a hospital. – Governor Brian Kemp has officially signed a medical marijuana bill into law. It allows for the in-state
production and sale of low potency medical marijuana oil. That allows parents to
legally obtain the oil. – In Georgia, the governor is poised to sign one of the most restrictive anti abortion laws in the country. State lawmakers narrowly
passed a measure Friday that would outlaw most abortions once a heartbeat can be
detected in the embryo. The ACLU says it will sue
to block the legislation. – We will see you in court. Governor Kemp, we are preparing
with our local attorneys, with our national attorneys, with our coalition of partners, a comprehensive challenge to the many ways that this
bill is unconstitutional and violates the fundamental
constitutional rights of women in this country. 97% of those in the senate
who voted for this bill were male legislators. In the house, 85% of those
who voted for this bill were male legislators. So clearly we need more women
in our Georgia legislature. The ACLU of Georgia, we stand with you in the
fight against discrimination, the fight for freedom of expression, (crowd cheering) Yes, we want everyone
across the state of Georgia to be free to be who they are! – [News Anchor] In Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb, and Gwinnett counties, they all get an F on their performance in the 2018 election. – The counties that we are suing are run by both Democrats and Republicans. And both parties have failed to protect the sacred and
constitutional right to vote for all citizens. ♪ Thank you ACLU ♪ (soulful acoustic guitar music)

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