Student Rights: Zero Tolerance Policies, Equal Protection and Racial Profiling

Affiliate: ACLU of Florida
July 20, 2006 12:00 am

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Sixth Episode Wraps up Exciting Season of ACLU’s FreedomWatch TV Series

MIAMI — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s Greater Miami Chapter presents the last episode of this season’s informative ;FreedomWatch; series, airing on Miami-Dade;s Cable-TAP channel. The show, which is currently running, takes a look at “zero-tolerance” policies aimed at students and asks the question: Do Zero Tolerance Policies Provide Equal Protection — or are these policies based on Racial Profiling?

Student Rights – Do Zero Tolerance Policies Provide Equal Protection airs July 18 – 27 and is hosted by Carlene M. Sawyer, Executive Director of The Murray Dranoff Foundation.

Invited guests are Oscar Umana and Osvaldo Mondis who are students at PowerU.

Check your local listings or see the channel line-up below. This season’s line-up includes: Civilian Oversight of Police Activities in Miami; The Most Difficult Choice – Reproductive Rights in America Today, airing May 23-June 1; Who’s American Today? Comprehensive Immigration Reform, airing June 6-14; Freedom of Speech – Here and Abroad, airing June 20-29; Privacy and Executive Power – Security or Violation, July 4-18; and Student Rights – Do Zero Tolerance Policies Provide Equal Protection, airing July 18-27(currently showing).

The television show, produced by the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter, airs Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through July 27 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the following channels: Ch. 21 Adelphia Miami-Dade, Ch. 36 Adelphia Key Biscayne, Ch. 78 Atlantic Broadband, Ch. 13 BellSouth (analog), Ch. 578 BellSouth (digital), Ch. 78 Comcast Aventura, Ch. 78 Comcast Doral, Ch. 78 Comcast Kendall, Ch. 78 Comcast Miami, Ch. 78 Comcast North, Ch. 78 Comcast Opa Locka, Ch. 78 Comcast West, and Ch. 35 Strategic Technologies.

The ACLU’s educational series is airing under the auspices of The Miami-Dade County Cable Television Access Project (Cable-TAP) — a joint venture of Miami-Dade College School of Entertainment and Design Technology, and the Miami-Dade County government — which was established to provide technical and creative services to Miami-Dade County non-profit organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies on the production of television programming. Together they interconnect to almost 500,000 households in Miami Dade County.

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