AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
of Champaign County
June 3, 2004
Present: Bill Brown,, Roger Clark, Susan Cohen, Brian Issleb, Stuart Laird, Allan Levy, Stan Levy, Esther Patt, Gary Peters, Steven Portnoy, Jay Rosenstein, Shirley Stillinger, Harvey Welch, Paul Wisovaty
Absent with notice: Rachael Dietkus, Ward Henson, Harry Hilton, Rocky Maffit,
The meeting was called to order by the chair, Stephen Portnoy, at 7:34 p.m. The minutes were approved as distributed. The treasurer’s report was accepted as distributed by the chair; the total assets of the chapter are $2,919.86.
Rachael will attend the ACLU membership meeting in San Francisco this summer.
The ACLU has won the Crue case, which had been appealed by the U. of I.
There will be no meetings in July or August, unless something urgent comes up.
Bill Brown reported on the meeting, which was attended by five steering committee members.
Juvenile Issue Forum (JIF)
Shirley Stillinger reported on the most recent meeting of the JIF, which had a large attendance but fewer decision-makers; she distributed copies of her notes from the meeting. There will be another meeting in early August. She and Stan Levy also reported on a class being taught by Tina Gunsalus and Steve Beckett at the law school: over 200 law students must court-watch twelve hours a semester but no use has been made of the information they have collected. Tina plans to develop a form to collect data from the students’ observations.
Meeting with Rep. Tim Johnson
Bill, Steve, and Mary Dixon meet with Rep. Johnson, who was very cordial to them. He told them that he supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Donation to the Roger Baldwin Foundation
The steering committee voted to donate $250 to the Foundation in honor of Ed Yohnka, who spoke at our annual meeting in April without a fee or honorarium.
The Emergency Contraception Campaign
Esther presented a request that our steering committee join the local effort in support of HB 6577–The Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Act; several states have already passed similar laws. The steering committee supported the campaign for access to emergency contraception without a prescription but asked Steve to talk to Mary Dixon to confirm the
Illinois Division’s position.
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