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Thinking Freely

23 EpisodesProduced by ACLU of MarylandWebsite

Thinking Freely is a monthly political podcast, from the ACLU of Maryland, informing people about what's happening politically in Maryland from the courts to the streets. You'll hear from ACLU staff, our clients, and community leaders about the issues facing our civil liberties and how you can get i… read more

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Back to School: A Race Conscious Call to Action

August 27th, 2021


Many Maryland children are heading back to school. After a year and a half of virtual learning, most students will go back into their school …

The Derek Chauvin Verdict, Anton Black, and Protecting Black Lives

April 30th, 2021


On April 20, 2021, the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial issued a guilty verdict on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd. However, one verdict is not justice – it’s simply accountability. Over 5,000 people were …

Life, Liberty, and Humanity: Women in the immigrant community fighting for a better Frederick

April 1st, 2021


Immigrants in Frederick County have been fighting for their rights for years. We’ve seen some great victories this year. Immigrants have won in the …

Coverup, Police Killing and the Medical Examiner: Anton Black should still be alive today

February 20th, 2021


Police officers on Maryland's Eastern Shore killed Anton Black, a 19-year-old Black teenager, on the afternoon of September 15, 2018. Over two years …

Free the Vote: Let people who are incarcerated access the ballot

January 22nd, 2021


The right to vote and participate in our democracy is currently denied to over 18,000 citizens who are incarcerated in Maryland. Dating back to the racist Jim Crow era, state felony disfranchisement laws were created to …

Welcome 2021: Still work to do (Bonus Episode)

December 29th, 2020


After the 2020 election, a national awaking on systemic racism, COVID-19, and a politically divided nation, it is important to reflect on where we …

Reimaging policing and more in Maryland's 2021 legislative session

December 17th, 2020


Another Maryland Legislative session is upon us, with the General Assembly set to start on January 13, 2021. Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual session and we will work to make sure people’s voices are heard by …

Police Free Schools in Maryland

October 24th, 2020


School Resource Officers, more commonly known as SROs, are really school police. There are thousands of them in schools across Maryland, even though …

Constitution Day 2020 - Let People Vote

September 25th, 2020


Listen to a special episode of the Thinking Freely podcast, as we talk with experts on making voting safe, easy, and accessible for voters during the 2020 election this year's constitution day event.

Learn more about …

Still Rising: How the Latinx community is exercising their power in Frederick

September 17th, 2020


As we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, we must continue to uplift the humanity of Latinx people. We need to protect immigrants from victimization and …

Your Voice, Your Vote: Let’s Make Sure Everyone Can Vote in the 2020 Election

August 25th, 2020


The fight for voting rights remains as critical as ever, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talked to leading voting rights experts in Maryland: Joanne Antoine, Executive Director of Common Cause, Reverend Kobi …

Stop Spy Planes Over Baltimore: End Mass Surveillance

July 21st, 2020


With police spy planes, everywhere Baltimore goes, the government will always know. Spy planes carry sophisticated cameras developed for the …

No More Police Killings – Reimaging Policing Now

June 25th, 2020


Too many people have lost their lives at the hands of police. But perhaps the saddest thing is that many of these deaths were unnecessary and could …

Know Your Rights: What to Do in Police Encounters

May 5th, 2020


Knowing your rights is vital. Especially during police interactions. You cannot assume that officers will behave in a way that protects your safety …

Uplifting our Humanity and Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 2nd, 2020


During these difficult times, the ACLU of Maryland is here to defend and protect our civil rights and civil liberties. We are providing guidance to …

Women Exiting Incarceration Demand Better

March 5th, 2020


For Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the issues facing women exiting the criminal legal system and why we need a dedicated pre-release facility for women.

The number of women and girls in the criminal legal …

Race Discrimination on the Prince George's Police Force

February 5th, 2020


We want officers to speak up against racist police practices and sexual harassment to help change the culture of policing. But when officers of color …

Maryland 2020 - Power to the People in the General Assembly

January 2nd, 2020


Another Maryland Legislative session is upon us, with the General Assembly set to start on January 8, 2020. This session, the ACLU of Maryland will be working on six priority areas: 1) Race and wealth equity for …

The Time is Now to Center Race & Wealth Equity in Maryland Education

November 22nd, 2019


Maryland students have a right to a high-quality public education guaranteed by the state constitution. But for far too many students, that right is undermined by generations of underfunding. This has most deeply …

Racism, Algorithms and the Fight for Redemption

October 27th, 2019


For years, people sentenced as children to life in prison with the possibility of parole, and their families, have tried to get Maryland to live up …

Taking Back Our Voting Rights from Jim Crow

September 26th, 2019


Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. But the right to vote and participate in our democracy is currently denied to thousands of people in …

Let Baltimore Speak: The Fight Against Gag Orders

August 23rd, 2019


The First Amendment was meant to serve as the backbone of our democracy, allowing people who are critical of the government the right to speak. Historically, white supremacists have co-opted the First Amendment to …

RISE UP : How Black and Brown immigrants are gaining power in Frederick

July 15th, 2019


Our immigrant communities need to be supported. Instead, their lives and rights have increasingly been attacked, especially under the Trump Administration. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has prioritized …

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