Volunteer Spotlight: Saskia Levy-Sheon

Saskia Levy-Sheon

Saskia Levy-Sheon and her kitten, Emma.

Hometown:
Oakland, CA

School:
Bryn Mawr College, 2016: International Studies

What do you do as a volunteer for the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I’m an intern with the Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project, so I help out with many of the ACLU’s projects related to women’s health and reproductive rights.

How long have you volunteered with the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
I started my internship at the beginning of June, 2015.

How did you first get involved with the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
When I was in high school I was involved in the Youth Activist Committee at the ACLU of Northern California. We organized an annual conference for youth and led Know Your Rights workshops for our peers. I was introduced to the Duvall Project last year in one of my classes.

Why is volunteering with the ACLU of Pennsylvania important to you?
I greatly appreciate the work the ACLU has done historically to protect the civil liberties of a wide variety of individuals and groups. I believe that the Duvall Project is doing important work to protect the rights of vulnerable populations, and I strongly agree with their view that sexuality and health must be recognized as fundamental human rights.

What civil liberties issue(s) are you most passionate about and why?
I have been passionate about issues of reproductive freedom from a young age. I believe that reproductive freedom is the key to gender equality and that it intersects with a variety of other civil liberties issues in important ways.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering for the ACLU of Pennsylvania?
When I’m not at the office I am usually cooking, hiking, playing with my kitten, or learning a new language.

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If you are interested in volunteering with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, please visit: aclupa.org/volunteer

ACLU Week in Review

By Ben Bowens, Communications Associate, ACLU of Pennsylvania

June 8 – June 12
WE MOVED! — This week marks the end of a long moving process for all three offices across the state of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia). Check out some of the highlights (and some lowlights) from the move in this gallery.

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Back with a normal week in review next week!

ACLU Week in Review

By Ben Bowens, Communications Associate, ACLU of Pennsylvania

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June 1 – June 5
This week we set our sights on reforming Pennsylvania’s flawed civil asset forfeiture practices. After releasing a report entitled “Guilty Property: How Law Enforcement Takes $1 Million in Cash from Innocent Philadelphians Every Year — and Gets Away with It,” we, along with our coalition partners, held a press conference announcing our support of legislation aimed at reform. Check out the report, listen to our legislative director explain the issue and read some other ACLU stories making headlines this week below.

Let’s reform asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania!

New ACLU Report Shows Philadelphia DA Seizes $1 Million in Cash Annually from Innocent Philadelphians

The ACLU of Pennsylvania today released a new report that documents the impact of Pennsylvania’s unfair civil asset forfeiture laws and the aggressive enforcement of these laws by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal mechanism that allows law enforcement to take and keep property it claims is connected to illegal activity without charging the property owner with a crime. read more…

ACLU Supports Legislation to Reform PA’s Asset Forfeiture Laws

The Directors Guild of America says networks and studios are to blame for the “deplorable” dearth of female directors in Hollywood, following a call by the American Civil Liberties Union for an investigation into the industry’s “systemic failure” to hire female directors. read more…

Andy Hoover on The Rick Smith Show

Michigan launches a Mobile Justice app!

Mich. joins other states with ACLU app to record police

A mobile app that allows residents to film police encounters on their phone, and send them to the ACLU moments after the recording is over is becoming available in more states.The ACLU of Michigan is the latest state chapter to roll out an app called “Mobile Justice.” read more… PA’s app is coming soon!!!

ACLU of North Carolina turns 50

ACLU of North Carolina celebrates 50th anniversary
Read more at http://www.wral.com/aclu-of-north-carolina-celebrates-50th-anniversary/14690170/#PAf8It0WQHIxYlbC.99

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding by sparking conversations about the civil liberty issues the group has tackled over the years.The ACLU-NC will commemorate the anniversary on Sunday with a panel and history exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. read more…

ACLU pushing for police reform in Minneapolis

ACLU presses Minneapolis to move on police reforms

American Civil Liberties Union leaders laid out their list of recommended police reforms Thursday as they called on Minneapolis officials to help reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system. An ACLU report made public last week found that people arrested in Minneapolis for low level crimes were nearly nine times more likely to be black or Native American than white. read more…