Thursday, April 24, 2008

Harold and Kumar ACLU Shout-Out!

Planning on seeing the new film, Harold and Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay? The movie has a comedic take on an issue that the ACLU is very concerned about. There is even a shout-out to the ACLU's work on racial profiling:

The ACLU has been working hard to raise awareness about post-9/11 abuses of power, including how the Bush administration has gutted Habeas Corpus, sponsored torture and detained hundreds of people at Guantanamo Bay without trial. Find out more about these issues at the ACLU Close Guantanamo website.

The Village Voice also ran a good article about recent films that feature Iraq War themes, including the H&K teen raunch romp.

The ACLU recognizes that when civil liberties are addressed on screen, so too, are they addressed over dinner, at school, or on the phone with friends. We believe that democracy is best served when individuals engage each other in dialogue and debate. While “Harold & Kumar” seeks primarily to entertain the public, the ACLU aims to educate the public. If the film facilitates discussions amongst young audiences about racial profiling, torture and detention, then we view it as an asset to our work and to the greater public discourse about some of our most fundamental freedoms.

Take action to close Guantanamo today!