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  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
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Re: “Death announced of recently released North Korean prisoner


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Posted by rita sklar on 06/19/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Data mix-up from Ark. secretary of state purges unknown number of eligible voters

Voter disenfranchisement is serious business! This is everyone's one opportunity to be absolutely equal, to participate in democracy, to have your voice count. It is not too corny to say that the vote is the most precious thing we have.

We have been dealing with the Secretary of State's office over improperly purged voting lists for the last few years: purged because a person moves, or gets married and changes his or her name, or some other reason. It is irresponsible, to say the least.

The Times is right: let's start by not disenfranchising people who have done their time for their crime. I'll bet they learned a lot in prison that they want to express through their vote. Or is that the reason for making it so hard for felons to get the vote back?

Rita Sklar, ACLU of Arkansas

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Posted by rita sklar on 07/25/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Sixth Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice

Thank you for the honest coverage and great pictures!

Posted by rita sklar on 02/08/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Arkansas and the 'black power' movement

What a thrilling story. Thank you John Kirk for teaching me so much about this aspect of the ongoing struggle for equality for Africa-Americans in Arkansas. And thank you for all you do to enlighten us, and remind us that the struggle for civil rights for all is nothing near over.

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Posted by rita sklar on 02/04/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Fred Poe dies traveling at 81

We at the ACLU are honored that Fred Poe thought enough of his ACLU membership to put it in his obituary. (I understand he wrote it himself.)

Sympathies to my friend Ellison and the rest of his family and friends. I regret I couldn't make it to the Memorial today. I bet it was grand!

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Posted by rita sklar on 12/03/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Leon Russell, Lucious Spiller

Ps--I realized too late that my review meant for Leon Russell came off as a review of the Rev Room. Heaven forbid! The Rev Room is an awful venue where neither the management nor the audience show much respect to the performers. During the Guy Clark show, the great man actually had to break out of his performance to ask people to shut up. A great but unfortunate moment for a 'music venue.' No, Leon Russell gets four stars, the Rev a Room, 0.

Posted by rita sklar on 10/23/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Leon Russell, Lucious Spiller

From the pre-review of Leon Russell, who is gracing our city with a visit tonight, you wouldn't know the author was talking about one of the great Rock & Roll musical talents. Whatever one thinks of Russell's voice or "style," or "the 70s," for that matter, the man deserves more respect.

Leon Russell started as a session musician, recording piano for such greats as Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. He was the band leader on Joe Cocker’s phenomenal 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen' touring revue in 1970 and also "anchor[ed] the house band for George Harrison’s Bangla Desh benefit in 1971." (From the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 2011).

His songs have been covered by, among others, Ray Charles, George Benson, Dusty Springfield and Willie Nelson. He has played and or recorded with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

As a producer, he "launched the careers of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, J.J. Cale, Phoebe Snow and Dwight Twilley. It was on [one of his labels] that venerable Texas bluesman Freddie King revitalized his career." (Same source)

If his hits 'Song for You,' 'Delta Lady,' or 'Stranger in a Strange Land' aren't your cup of tea, perhaps his rendition of George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness' would strike a chord.

Great musicians think he's one of the great rock pianists of all time. And millions of fans, like me, find his music and performances charged with musical virtuosity and emotionally and sensually engaging on the deepest levels.

Posted by rita sklar on 10/23/2015 at 6:48 AM

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