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Craig A. Johnson

Date:          Wed, 7 Feb 1996 20:10:01 -0500
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ACLU Launches 'Freedom Network' Web Site 
Brings Civil Liberties Activism To Cyberspace

Wednesday, February 7, 1995

The American Civil Liberties Union today launched its new World Wide
Web site -- the ACLU Freedom Network -- with special features for
students, activists and all Americans concerned about protecting and
preserving liberty.

Opened as political leaders in Washington are poised to end free
expression on the Internet, the ACLU's Freedom Network has complete
information on the threats to cyber-liberties, including details of
the ACLU's upcoming litigation against the Communications Decency Act.
Internet users can find the Freedom Network by directing their web
browsers to the following address: <<>>.

The ACLU's  provocative and informative site contains a comprehensive
array of documents, news releases, legal briefs and Congressional
memos on all aspects of the ongoing struggle to protect civil
liberties. Among the special features are extensive looks at 15
issues, including:

   Church and State
   Criminal Justice
   Death Penalty
   Free Speech
   Immigrant's Rights
   Lesbian and Gay Rights
   National Security
   Racial Equality
   Reproductive Rights
   Student's Rights
   Voting Rights
   Women's Rights
   Workplace Rights

Each issue area contains internal links to ACLU press releases,
publications, and other resources -- including links to other Web
sites -- allowing users to stay on top of the latest developments in
their areas of interest.

Activists, journalists, and many others will want to sign up for
e-mail delivery of ACLU News Releases, Legislative Alerts, Scheduled
ACLU events on AOL, and the biweekly newsletter, ACLU Cyber-Liberties
Alert. For subscription instructions, request the FAQ at

Another Freedom Hall feature allows internet users to fax or e-mail a
letter to Attorney General Janet Reno, urging her to refrain from
prosecuting any indecency cases until the courts rule on the
Constitutionality of the indecency provisions of the
telecommunications bill. 

The Freedom Network's "In the Courts" and "In Congress" sections
provide further primary source material, such as the text of Supreme
Court  decisions and summaries of current Congressional bills, as well
as unique ACLU information -- including photos and  profiles of some
ACLU clients. 

Students and teachers will want to explore our special section devoted
to education, and sign-up for our online Students and  Faculty
databases. Users can even pick up some T-shirts -- or videos, or
books, or posters -- in our sophisticated online store.

The launch of the Freedom Network marks the third step into cyberspace
for the ACLU, which has since 1994 explored the medium's capacity to
broaden the nationwide community of civil libertarians, distribute
information, teach young people and bring activists together. In
addition to Freedom Hall, the ACLU hosts a very active forum --
Constitution Hall -- on America Online, the nation's largest
commercial online service. (Keyword ACLU).



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