Any conduct (typically along lines of institutionalized power and
privilege) that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms any living being on the basis of ability, activist experience,
age, class/income level, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, nationality, physical
appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation, species, status as a parent or other such factors. Oppressive
behavior comes in a wide variety of forms, from seemingly harmless jokes to threats of violence, from interrupting to verbal
abuse, from unwanted touching to rape, from hitting to murder. Some forms are more extreme and irreparable than others, but
all are unacceptable under this difination in which I adhere to.
Phone interview with ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman as he reacts to
the recent Supreme Court ruling. Content edited for time.
Jason MeisnerTribune reporter - 7:44
p.m. CST, November
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an
appeal of a controversial Illinois law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job. By passing on the issue, the justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that found that
the state's anti-eavesdropping law violates free-speech rights when used against people who audiotape police officers.....(more)