AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
of Champaign County
April 7, 2005
Maeve Anderson, Bill Brown,, Roger Clark, Rachael Dietkus, Ward Henson, Esther
Patt, Gary Peters, Jay Rosenstein, Richard Schnuer, Steve Shoemaker, Shirley
Stillinger, Vinay Tota, Harvey Welch,
with notice: Susan Cohen, Brian Issleb, Stuart Laird, Alan Levy, Stan Levy,
Stephen Portnoy, Kristen Solberg, Carol Spindel
Guest: Pam Burnside,
Senior Assistant Public Defender
The meeting was called
to order by the acting chair, Bill Brown, at 7:35 p.m. Introductions were made
around the table and the minutes were approved as distributed.
The Roger Baldwin
Foundation of the ACLU will honor Hiram Paley at its Bill of Rights Celebration
in Chicago on October 1.
Rachael said that the
Urbana Human Relations Commission is organizing a program for the fall on
prisoner reentry into the community. They would like ACLU support.
Pam Burnside presented
two videos taken by the Champaign Police Department in the course of an arrest
in support of her argument for the need for a civilian police review board. The
videos did not seem to correspond with the written police report. Ms. Burnside
said there was a need to work on the Champaign city council members and the
city manager and asked for attendance at meetings and letters of support. There
was extensive discussion.
Maeve reported that the
students were looking forward to the statewide meeting the next Saturday. She
also said that the chapter is going to have a membership drive on the quad on
the Day of Silence.
So far, the number of
reservations is 120. Rachael passed around a menu and said she would be sending
out a press release.
Bill announced that
there would be two new members on the slate to be presented at the annual
meeting: Richard Schnuer and Marsha Woodbury. Stuart Laird will be taking
The meeting was
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, May 5, 2005