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Arianna Huffington on Civil Rights

2004 former Independent Challenger for CA Governor


Patriot Act erodes civil liberties that we have fought for

Ashcroft crafted his masterpiece, the USA PATRIOT Act-Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Yes, it is a forced acronym.

The act, which erodes essential civil liberties and rights that countless Americans have fought and died for, expands the capacity of government to do pretty much whatever the hell it feels like doing as long as it link its actions, no matter how tenuously, to the fight against terrorism. It allows searches, seizures of people and evidence, wiretaps, & e-mail taps without probable cause. Through a revision of grand jury rules, it erodes the Great Wall that bars the CIA from domestic spying. It allows the FBI unimpeded access to financial and medical records and even, though this provision has not been used (yet), to information from public libraries about suspicious book borrowing. And it clarifies the status of non-citizens detained on national security matters: they have no status.

Source: Fanatics and Fools, by Arianna Huffington, p. 64-5 , Apr 14, 2004

Prop 54 is racial discrimination without a paper trail

We will never know if we have achieved a colorblind society if we pass Proposition 54, because it would make it impossible to collect the kind of data we need to know whether weíre making progress. Prop 54 is basically racial discrimination without leaving a paper trail. It will make it impossible for government institutions to collect the kind of data that we need to establish where we are.

Let me just say how we are going to know when we have a colorblind society. We donít have a colorblind society when you have minorities, especially African-Americans in this state, who have a much bigger chance of getting into jail than getting into college. We donít have a colorblind society when there is one-third more uninsured Latinos than whites. We donít have a colorblind society when minorities are much more likely to be in schools with teachers who lack certification and with no textbooks.

Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento , Sep 24, 2003

For giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

HUFFINGTON: Iím very glad that Arnold is in favor of providing health care for the children of illegal immigrants. Thatís really good news, because you did vote for 187. And because you have also come out against licenses for undocumented immigrants. So there is a bit of a contradiction here. Itís all very well to say youíre for children, you want them to be insured, but if their parents cannot legally drive them to work, whether theyíre insured and theyíre safe, isnít that a bit of a contradiction?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Weíre talking about health care, and youíre talking about driverís licenses.

HUFFINGTON: But they are connected because parents drive their children.

SCHWARZENEGGER: I am against the driverís license because it is without any background check and without any fingerprints or anything. Therefore, it is dangerous for the security of California. Davis came out a year ago and has made it clear and has said, we cannot do that because it is endangering us, it is a security problem.

Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento , Sep 24, 2003

Prop 54 is racial discrimination without a paper trail

Q: Do you support Proposition 54, which prohibits local governments from collecting race related data?

HUFFINGTON: Iím campaigning against Prop 54 all around the state. It is bad for healthcare, bad for education, bad for public policy. It is nothing more than racial discrimination without a paper trail.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek , Sep 3, 2003

Supports same-sex marriage under equal protection clause

Q: Do you support the bill to give same-sex couples most of the same legal benefits as married couples?

HUFFINGTON: I would sign it. I believe in the equal protection clause of the constitution.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek , Sep 3, 2003

Supports same-sex unions with full rights

On the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry: Arianna strongly supports same-sex unions with full rights. She believes that the equal protection clause of the constitution applies to everyone, not just heterosexuals - and that the rights and privileges of marriage should not be denied to same-sex couples.
Source: 2003 Gubernatorial campaign website, AriannaForGov.com , Aug 15, 2003

Supports affirmative action wholeheartedly

On Affirmative Action: Arianna supports affirmative action wholeheartedly. She believes that racism continues to play a powerful role in this country, and that affirmative action helps to level the playing field so that everyone can compete fairly.
Source: 2003 Gubernatorial campaign website, AriannaForGov.com , Aug 15, 2003

Prop. 54 is a racist gag order

On Proposition 54: Arianna opposes Proposition 54. This is not a ďRacial Privacy InitiativeĒ - itís a Racist Gag Order that would end up preventing the state from fighting against racism. Prop 54 would prohibit the state from collecting racial data. This would allow government agencies to get away with racial discrimination without leaving paper trail. It would also mask the particular needs and problems of different communities - like the prevalence of sickle cell anemia among African-Americans.
Source: 2003 Gubernatorial campaign website, AriannaForGov.com , Aug 15, 2003

Live the Ten Commandments, instead of posting in schools

In the wake of tragedies like the one in Columbine, TV bookers race to their Rolodexes to line up the usual suspects to explain how something like this could occur. So for the umpteenth time we get the gun-control advocates debating the NRA mouthpiece, and talking heads from the Christian Coalition and the ACLU locking horns over the value of posting the Ten Commandments on the school cafeteria wall.

Now, Iím certainly in favor of all the gun control we can get-but if we want to rebuild our frayed civil society, weíd better reload young peopleís hearts and spirits at the same time. And while reading the Ten Commandments is great, living them is even better-particularly the biblical admonition about tending to the least among us. The TV bookers need to program their speed dials to include people around the country who are using family volunteering to keep kids connected to their own families as well as their communities.

Source: How to Overthrow the Government, p.205 [X-ref Gun Control] , Jul 2, 2000

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