Yep, it was one year ago yesterday that Speaking Freely officially launched to coincide with the start of the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover trial challenging the Dover Area School Board’s decision to insert a statement about intelligent design into its 9th grade biology curriculum. Some highlights from the year that was:
- We Won! Judge Jones decided in favor of the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller.
- Senate stops Patriot Act. A filibuster stopped (at the moment) the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act.
- Governor Rendell vetoes the No Voting Rights Act. The gov demonstrates his belief in expanding the vote, rather than suppressing it.
- The Marriage Protection (From What?) Amendment dies at the state capitol. This was one election year ploy that didn’t fly.
- Voting Rights Act renewed. Protect the vote!
- SCOTUS rules for the rule of law in Hamdan.
- George Will taps ACLU talking points, comes out of the closet for checks and balances. Just another flaming liberal.
- National ACLU honors Speaking Freely with Impact! Awards. Surprising, humbling, and a true honor, in light of all of the great work that is being done by ACLU affiliates around the country.
Unfortunately, there were some lowlights.
- Congress and prez renew PATRIOT Act.
- NY Times reveals warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency, which we actually didn’t post about when it was first revealed because we were so wrapped up in the PATRIOT Act and Dover.
- Rape victim denied emergency contraception at Lebanon hospital.
- City of Hazleton approves anti-immigrant ordinance.
There are probably highlights and lowlights I’m forgetting, so feel free to post your own. It is an honor and a privilege that you read this blog, and we appreciate the opportunity to bring forward this important information about freedom in America. I look at SF as a laboratory for working through our public message, and it provides me with an opportunity to really think through what we’re saying and how we’re saying it. Thanks.
Now go grab some cake. Jessica and Lisa are on the turn-table.
Andy in Harrisburg