FROM Ramona Ripston
Ramona Ripston Retires as Executive Director of the Southern California ACLU Ramona Ripston is retiring today after 40 years as executive director of the ACLU of Southern California. During that time, she’s been a champion of affirmative action, school busing, gay marriage and abolishing the death penalty. She had a lot to do with reforming the LAPD after incidents of police abuse that led to the Rodney King uprising in 1972. More recently, she’s focused on homelessness--on the ground that “poverty is a civil liberties issue.” She herself has told the LA Times that the Southern California ACLU is “a peculiar ACLU.”
New Building Honors ACLU’s Ramona Ripston Ramona Ripston may not be a household name to Southern Californians, but for 36 years she had led the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which definitely is. Yesterday, the ACLU reported that blacks and Hispanics are stopped, frisked, searched and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department more often than whites, concluding that the LAPD must do more to eliminate bias from law enforcement. Last week, across the street from the Police Protective League, the ACLU opened the Ramona Ripston Center for Civil Liberties and Civil Rights . (Image: Ramona Ripston with staff attorney Mark Rosenbaum)
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