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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Re: “Permit request withdrawn for LGBTQ homeless transitional housing after nonprofit receives threatening letter

As a Leawood resident, let me say that this disturbing letter does not represent the feelings of everyone in this neighborhood. Some of these young people have been beaten and disowned by their parents. They need all the love and compassion they can get. What a good opportunity it would have been for their neighbors to help them through a horribly lonely and traumatic period in their young lives.

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Posted by rita sklar on 09/11/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Federal judge halts four new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

Thank you Arkansas Times for a well-researched (and well-written) article. It's hard to unravel a lawsuit tackling four laws--especially when each of those laws purport to do something other than what they really do, or do much more than anyone thought they would do.

But the people whose goal is to stop abortions at all costs--including a woman's privacy, health, or life--are using this era of political opportunity to throw whatever they want at the wall and see what sticks.

The goal is to keep the advocates and the courts busy and tied up--and they're doing that.

But we've got the law on our side, and WITH YOUR HELP--because we need it more than ever--we can hold the fort. We will hold the fort. All of us, together, against the hordes.

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Posted by rita sklar on 07/31/2017 at 7:12 PM

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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

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