Welcome to our podcast, Talking Liberties with the ACLU of Illinois. In each episode we will talk about the issues we work on each and every day to serve you, the people of Illinois, and people all across this country. You'll hear from our staff, our clients, and our allies about the most prominent civil liberties issues of the day. We want to be able to share with you both topics that are currently in the news, as well as those that you don't always see on the front page of your newspaper. 

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PODCAST EPISODES

EPISODE 1: CRUEL AND INHUMANE - THE ONGOING IMMIGRATION CRISIS

The ACLU of Illinois speaks with Ashley Huebner, the Managing Attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Asylum Project, for updates on the ongoing immigration crisis. Then we chat with Kelly and Miguel Cervantes - Kelly is active on the Executive Committee of the ACLU of Illinois Next Generation Society and Miguel currently plays Alexander Hamilton in HAMILTON in Chicago.

EPISODE 2: SUPREME COURT ROUNDUP -  THE MUSLIM BAN & BEYOND

After several major decisions coming from the Supreme Court and the surprise retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the ACLU of Illinois speaks about the future of our civil rights with Sufyan Sohel (Deputy Director & Counsel for CAIR-Chicago)and Professor Geoffrey R. Stone (former Dean of the University of Chicago Law School).

EPISODE 3: REFORMING THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

This week, the ACLU of Illinois released its public comments on the consent decree draft aimed at reforming the Chicago Police Department. We speak with our Police Practices Director Karen Sheley on the next steps in the decades-long process towards creating a police department that truly serves and protects all Chicagoans. We also need your help in supporting these reforms!

EPISODE 4: VOTING IN THE 2018 ELECTION

Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the ACLU of Illinois speaks with Congressman Mike Quigley (5th District - IL) on election security, Russian cyber-attacks and the state of our electoral system. We also talk with Ami Gandhi (Director of Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights) about reducing barriers to voting and improving civic participation in Illinois - and whether you can take that "ballot selfie."

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