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ACLU Chair Closes Monthly Boad of Directors Meeting, Homeless Issues Off the Agenda
by Robert Norse
Last night the local ACLU, long notorious for its refusal to join other ACLU's across the state in supporting the trampled rights of local homeless people, underlined its authoritarian process by excluding members of the public (including ACLU members) from its Board meeting. Though Chair Peter Gelblum was the voice demanding that everyone leave, the rest of the Board remained silent, and "activist" Steve Pleich insisted that prior willingness to have members of the public present was only "a courtesy". Other than support for the statewide California Homeless Bill of Rights, likely to remain stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Pleich and the Board refused to discuss, much less take stands on upcoming anti-homeless legislation, the abusive Sleeping Ban, and other official hate crimes against the homeless.

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