The ACLU on the Ramparts

Who’s Afraid of John Ashcroft?

When Mahmoud Allam, Egypt's consul general, saw the letter, he—who had previously not heard of the ACLU—asked: "Is it banned here?" Not yet. Ashcroft has only been in office for a few months.

Anthony Romero, whose father was a janitor and then a banquet waiter at New York's Warwick Hotel, is the first in his immediate family to graduate from high school and college. He got his law degree at Stanford. In the ACLU's 81-year history, he is the first Latino and openly gay executive director. You will be hearing a lot from him as the battle to regain our rights goes on.

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