Like everyone who joins the ACLU, I get mad and quit them every once in a while. Their positions in defense of liberty are sometimes extreme. I remember the first time I quit them. It was over the kid from Russia ;who was being made to go back to Russia and I don’t even recall the legal issue. But the way they stepped up over this past weekend to fight the “Muslim ban” was definitely heartwarming. And reassuring.
So now I’ll have to write them a check. You can, too. HERE’S the website. For as little as $35 (or less- they’re not going to turn anyone down) you can be a soldier in the good fight.
When I think of all the other entities I write checks to- the Zoo, the THA, the Democrats, Food for People, EPIC, the Chamber, etc.- it doesn’t seem like much.
Ed Asner, the “Lou Grant” of television fame, star of numerous films and a lifelong labor and civil rights activist, will speak at the annual meeting of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity chapter of the ACLU on Saturday, March 22. The meeting is free and open to the public and will take place at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Boulevard in Redding from 1-4 pm. Donations will be accepted to support the programs of the local ACLU chapter.
Asner, who is 83, and has been nominated for 20 (twenty) Emmies and won seven. He also has had an extensive voice acting career, his most recent success being the animated “Up”, currently in rotation on HBO and other channels. He is the only actor to win televisions’s highest honor for playing the same character in a sitcom and a drama. He was president of the Screen Actors Guild for five years and has been active in a variety of causes both involving the rights of the working performer and other causes such as human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. Recently, with actor Mike Farrell (MASH) has been outspoken in his criticisms of the Obama administration’s Syria policy.
I would expect high interest in this event, so get there early and carpooling would be an excellent idea. I hope to be there. They don’t make ’em like this guy anymore.