State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental rights.
Three troubling trends of the 2011 state legislative session were:
- restrictions on accessing abortion;
- racial profiling bills targeting Latinos and immigrants; and
- measures suppressing the right to vote.
Did your state see a battle on one of these issues? Check out this map to learn more.I found the map really informative and always enjoy it when the ACLU provides resources on local issues. (Not that national ones aren't important. But I do believe it's easier for us to have more of a say in our own communities than it is to be heard on the national level.)
In fact, leaving parenthetical, that's because they're so dependent on votes. Very few people fill out a lengthy ballot in full -- unless they vote straight ticket for a political party. Meaning that locally, they know they have to fight for every vote. So they're more apt to take you seriously.
Check out the map and see what's going on in your area.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"