Category Archives: Civil Rights

Alessandra Soler Interview — Podcast December 19, 2016

Now More Than Ever, the ACLU Is At the Forefront In the Defense of Our Civil Liberties, As It Has Been Since 1920: Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, returns to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the state … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

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2015: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast January 4, 2015

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Democratic Perspective’s 2015 in Review. Democratic Perspective looks back at the state of the nation in 2015, and isn’t exactly thrilled with what the record of events reveals. The prospects for 2016 don’t look a whole lot … Continue reading

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Decisive Moments? Recent Supreme Court Rulings and Their Impact — Podcast July 6, 2015

A Session of Surprises at the Supreme Court: Conservatives Lose a Few for a Change.  Steve Williamson returns from his sabbatical, and joins Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster in a Democratic Perspective review of the recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, independent redistricting … Continue reading

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Religion As an Excuse for Bigotry — Podcast May 11, 2015

Are State-Sponsored Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Simply a Fig Leaf for Anti-Gay Discrimination? Democratic Perspective reconsiders the Establishment Clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment, the history of religious conflicts in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and more generally, the relationship of religion … Continue reading

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What We Do Know About Police Brutality Is Bad: What We Don’t Know May Be Worse — Podcast May 4, 2015

Police Violence: a Statistical Black Hole. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson review the shocking lack of statistical information on the frequency of unprovoked police violence against a citizenry they’re sworn to protect and to serve. Our cellphone cameras have now given … Continue reading

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Alessandra Soler Meetze Interview — Podcast April 20, 2015

The ACLU in Arizona, 2014/15: Some Good News for a Change. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson discuss some recent civil liberties litigation victories with Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU for Arizona. Dreamers got their driver’s licenses, Joe Arpaio was enjoined from … Continue reading

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2014: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast December 29, 2014

Looking Back AND Forward: Democratic Perspective’s 2014 in Review. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the most prominent themes of Democratic Perspective’s broadcasts in 2014. From the growing inequality in income and wealth in the U.S. to dark money and phony Republican scandals in national … Continue reading

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The Case for Reparations — Podcast June 23, 2014

Has the Bill for Slavery Finally Come Due? Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Case for Reparations: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson consider Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent article The Case for Reparations in The Atlantic magazine. After two hundred fifty … Continue reading

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