Betsy DeVos has a massive loss in court. Mass police get caught spying on left activists. The Trump administration is keeping 13,000 children in cages. We discuss the loses and wins in the NY primary, and implore listeners to call their Senators to oppose Kavanaugh and the Handmaid’s Tale future he wants to build.
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You may be familiar with the many times the ACLU has sued the president, but today we’re going to cover two lawsuits against the Trump Administration you may NOT have heard of. We interview Glenda Aldana Madrid, Staff Attorney at the the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about their lawsuit against Jeff Sessions. We also discuss a couple of lawsuits against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and some awesome Listener Mail about the UK election.
MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:
The Mass. Attorney General on DeVos’s latest move: “I’m going to sue them.”
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Donald Trump said that President Obama wiretapped him. Like most things that Trump says, that’s a lie. But the law that authorizes the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens is up for reauthorization this year. We talk about why that matters, and what we can do about it. We also discuss how the Trump Administration wants to delay (and kill) a rule that helps prevent Wall Street from stealing your money through conflicted retirement advice.
Finally, we have a discussion with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio (@ChaseStrangio) about the legal details of Gavin Grimm’s case, the underlying law that protects him and other trans students (Title IX), and also get an update on the ongoing legal battle against the anti-LGBT bill HB2 in North Carolina. We also reminisce about how isolating it was to be young queer kids, and hope things are at least a little better for the young queers today.
- Send a comment letter to the Department of Labor, telling them not to delay the rule that protects retirement savers from conflicts of interest.
- Call the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask for your Senators (or your Representative), and tell them: I am very concerned about the reauthorization of Section 702 of the FISA amendments act. My understanding is that this law put Congress’s stamp of approval on Bush Admin’s warrantless wiretapping program, and I do not believe that warrantless spying makes us any safer. In fact, it threatens the core liberties that this country should be the most proud of. So you should vote against it!
Humorless Queers tackle the horror show that is Trump’s choices for the cabinet, including Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, and Betsy Devos for the Department of Education. We also discuss the Boston police department’s plan to spend $1.4m on social media spying software. And finally, we’ll have an interview with the co-founder of DemocrEC.org, who are demanding that Republican members of the Electoral College honor the popular vote.
CITED ON THE SHOW:
- Cabinet of Horribles:
- Jeff Sessions (DOJ)
- Steven Mnuchin (Treasury)
- Find out how your Representative voted on the dangerous bill H.R. 6392, which would let Mnuchin pick and choose which banks have to follow the rules.
- Betsy DeVos (Education)
- 12/5/2016 hearing on the Boston police department’s plan to spend $1.4m on social media spying software.
- Learn more @ PrivacySOS
- Attend the hearing itself, Boston City Hall on Monday, December 5 at 1:30 PM.
- Call 617-635-4500 to contact Boston Mayor Matty Walsh’s office, and tell them there’s a much better use of $1.4 million than to spy on Bostonians.
- Fill out our listener survey!
- Moxie Marlinspike: Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance
HUMORLESS QUEERS READING CIRCLE:
- Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
- Taylor Branch: Parting the Waters. America in the King Era, 1954-1963
Credit where due:
The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com.
Alexis speaks with ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about the flurry of news happening around the insanely bigoted anti-trans bill in North Carolina, #HB2. From North Carolina suing the Feds, to the Feds suing North Carolina, we catch you up on what’s going on. We also discuss how much more the Department of Justice needs to do to truly protect trans people, including their ongoing refusal to allow Chelsea Manning to grow her hair long. We also discuss the Departments of Justice and Education issuing guidance to schools on how to ensure the civil rights of students at federally funded educational institutions .
Further Reading / Mentioned on the Show:
- The ACLU’s lawsuit against North Carolina over HB2
- The DOJ and Dept of ED’s Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students
- Chase Strangio’s oped, Don’t Forget, Trans People Are Loved
- Chase Strangio’s ACLU page where folks can find updates on Chelsea’s case and HB2 litigation
How to Help
Here are organizations doing work in North Carolina that folks can donate to or support in other ways:
- SONG – http://southernersonnewground.org/
- Queer People of Color Collective
- Equality North Carolina – http://equalitync.org/
- ACLU of North Carolina – http://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/
- National Center for Trans Equality also has a North Carolina action center: http://www.transequality.org/ncaction
- To donate to Chelsea Manning: https://www.chelseamanning.org/
Credit Where Due
The theme for this show is the song “Missing You” by Jahzzar, also know as Javier Suarez. You can find his work at betterwithmusic.com. And the font for our logo is by the graphic designer Marisa Passos.
Kade discusses problems with the Tsarnaev trial (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), including troubling secrecy and civil liberties violations. And Alexis talks about what we can expect in the realm of Wall Street reform in 2015, especially given the action-packed first week in the House of Representatives.
We also review which news producers really need to quit their jobs, and why the NYTimes editorial board, usually decent on civil liberties, earns a “b*tch, please!” for a December 30 oped on the NYPD.
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Continue reading Ep 3: Problems with the Tsarnaev trial, Wall Street reform in 2015
In the inaugural episode of Humorless Queers, we discuss U.S. Marshalls spying on your cell phone from the sky, and President Obama’s latest banker nomination to Treasury. Continue reading Ep 1: Government Spying from the Sky, Obama (Still) Loves Bankers