Making Democracy Work

Civil Liberties

Focus of the Civil Liberties Team

While the Civil Liberties Team is not active at this time, any League member interested in the issues may contact the LWVBC President if you want to re-activate the Team for the purpose of study, observation of public meetings, or engaging in a particular project or event. You don't have to be an expert. We all learn in the process of study and involvement in the topic.

Our focus is on issues involving individual liberties (such as freedom of speech, assembly, and religion) and the right to protection from government interference in these liberties.

Project Archive

At meetings for members and the public we have presented information on the "Patriot Act", Freedom of the Press, and Right-to-Die.

In 2012 we compiled a report titled The Right To Die: The Ultimate Civil Liberty?, a compilation of information and sources that we presented at LWVBC meetings in February 2012.

In February, 2014, our topic was freedom of speech and the right to assemble. We titled our meeting presentations From Tea to Tea: Political Protest in the United States. Questions were answered: What is the difference between Civil Liberties and Civil Rights? If you want to have a riot, how many people do you have to invite? Which protests do you think should be listed as the top ten protests in U.S. history?

We published a Voter (newsletter) article on Eminent Domain.