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Want to help preserve civil liberties but don't like the ACLU?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Telperion, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Telperion

    Telperion Well-Known Member

    Please consider supporting the Institute for Justice.

    Most recently in Kelo v. New London, IJ represented the homeowners of New London, CT in their fight against the city and private developers who wanted the seize their homes for private development under the power of eminent domain. Where was the ACLU in Kelo? The national organization declared itself "neutral" on the case. Interestingly, there is another issue where the ACLU is "neutral": the right to keep and bear arms. No big surprise, as neither private property nor gun ownership fit well into the ACLU's collectivist vision.

    You can read some of the IJ's cases and get an idea of their operating philosophy. I submit they may be a better fit for many people here.
  2. neoncowboy

    neoncowboy Well-Known Member

    Got a link to their stance on 2nd amendment freedom?
  3. Kurush

    Kurush Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good organization, but I don't see anything about the PATRIOT act. Protecting the rights of african natural hair stylists to not be licensed as cosmeticists is probably important in some unfathomable case-law way but I think PATRIOT is a more immediate problem.
  4. Telperion

    Telperion Well-Known Member

    neoncowboy- It appears they don't handle 2nd amendment cases regularly, but one of their attorneys assisted on the Cato DC gun ban lawsuit.

    Kurush- fighting the PATRIOT act head-on while counterterrorism is the Federal government's top priority is an almost guaranteed loser. Especially for a small non-profit law firm. The fed.gov is is warpath mode to show it is doing something, anything, dammit, about terrorism, and the Courts are unlikely to substantially stand in the juggernaut's way. It sucks, but if the PATRIOT act is going to be truly stopped, it will probably be have to be done in Congress, which is unlikely as long as the public remains clamorous for its security at any price. :(

    Can never everyone happy around here... :uhoh:
  5. lysander

    lysander Well-Known Member


    Depending on how my grades come back...I might see about a summer spot with these folks.

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