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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1993
I have just read your story on Ramona Ripston and I must comment that whether she reflects one's point of view or not, here is a person that must be congratulated on her determination and strength. According to your article she took over an organization and turned it to her beliefs or faith. However, as Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." LLEWELLYN B. MOSES Sherman Oaks
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February 15, 2011
Now, Egypt's future Re " 'Hope for the future,' " Feb. 12 What is the future for the Egyptian people? I am reminded of Benjamin Franklin's response to the woman who asked him as he emerged from the constitutional convention in Philadelphia, "What do we have?" He replied: "A republic, madam, if we can keep it. " That will now be the challenge for the Egyptian people. America has survived many challenges, wars and even a civil war. The democracy we cherish can get pretty messy at times, yet the Star Spangled Banner still waves, the hope lives on and the dream has never died.
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OPINION
February 15, 2011
Now, Egypt's future Re " 'Hope for the future,' " Feb. 12 What is the future for the Egyptian people? I am reminded of Benjamin Franklin's response to the woman who asked him as he emerged from the constitutional convention in Philadelphia, "What do we have?" He replied: "A republic, madam, if we can keep it. " That will now be the challenge for the Egyptian people. America has survived many challenges, wars and even a civil war. The democracy we cherish can get pretty messy at times, yet the Star Spangled Banner still waves, the hope lives on and the dream has never died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2011 | Elaine Woo
Before a crowd of 800 in a Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom, a series of prominent figures from politics, entertainment and law are taking the podium to praise the career of Ramona Ripston, Los Angeles' tough-talking doyenne of civil liberties. Ripston is about to retire after nearly 40 years as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, so she is subject to a little ribbing. One speaker tells how Ripston recovered from a stressful meeting by power-shopping through Saks Fifth Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has nominated the head of the local American Civil Liberties Union to the region's top homeless agency, angering those who believe the ACLU has stymied solutions to one of the nation's largest homeless problems. Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, is one of four nominees the mayor's office hopes will fill seats on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A divided Los Angeles City Council confirmed the mayor's appointment of a third person with ties to the ACLU to a panel on homelessness Wednesday, ending a bruising political battle over how their appointments would affect the city's efforts to clean up skid row.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Growing up with a Jewish mother and a Catholic father, Ramona Ripston learned early about intolerance. Her maternal grandparents sat shiva to mourn the marriage of her parents and snubbed their grandchildren for a decade. As a young woman, Ripston witnessed her parents' fears as her father's colleagues from Brooklyn College in New York were summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2011 | Elaine Woo
Before a crowd of 800 in a Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom, a series of prominent figures from politics, entertainment and law are taking the podium to praise the career of Ramona Ripston, Los Angeles' tough-talking doyenne of civil liberties. Ripston is about to retire after nearly 40 years as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, so she is subject to a little ribbing. One speaker tells how Ripston recovered from a stressful meeting by power-shopping through Saks Fifth Avenue.
NEWS
January 19, 1997 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is a tiny girl in a red shirt and orange socks standing in the doorway of Ramona Ripston's office. "Ready now, Ramona? Ready for my song?" Ripston nods and the child begins to sing: It's still the same old sto-ree. A fight for love and glo-ree. A case of do--or die! The fund-a-men-tal things ap-ply . . . AS . . . TIME . . . GOES . . . BY. It is the day of the American Civil Liberties Union's first victory in the battle to overturn state Proposition 209.
OPINION
March 2, 2005
The American Civil Liberties Union is not a labor union and does not contribute money to political candidates (letters, Feb. 26). The ACLU is strictly a nonpartisan organization committed to preserving the civil liberties and civil rights of everyone. Ramona Ripston Executive Director ACLU of Southern California Los Angeles
OPINION
December 6, 2010
Forget the latest episode of "House. " The big TV event on Monday, at least in California, will be the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on Proposition 8, airing on C-SPAN. A panel of two appellate judges known to have liberal leanings and one with a more conservative reputation will consider the state's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by voters in 2008 but tossed out by a federal judge earlier this year. We agree with U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker's ruling that found the proposition unconstitutional, and with his finding that gay men and lesbians have historically been targets of discrimination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Civil rights attorney Hector Villagra will succeed Ramona Ripston as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the organization announced Monday. Villagra, the group's legal director, identified an increasingly anti-immigrant environment as the ACLU's biggest challenge in the defense of individual rights. He also said he expected to make a priority of extending the group's advocacy to the underserved and the vulnerable, including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
Ramona Ripston has never been one to back away from a fight. As the driving force behind the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for 38 years, she's battled police over the treatment of prisoners and the homeless. She's marched against segregation and sued for better inner-city schools. She's taken authorities to court for withholding public housing and medical care from those she believes need them most. But with the recession taking a deep bite out of government budgets and philanthropy, Ripston has wearied of the setbacks dealt the causes she holds dear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Growing up with a Jewish mother and a Catholic father, Ramona Ripston learned early about intolerance. Her maternal grandparents sat shiva to mourn the marriage of her parents and snubbed their grandchildren for a decade. As a young woman, Ripston witnessed her parents' fears as her father's colleagues from Brooklyn College in New York were summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
OPINION
August 18, 2006
Re "Help the homeless don't need," editorial, Aug. 16 The Times described the ACLU as an impediment to settling a lawsuit about how the city treats homeless people in downtown L.A. In fact, we are doing everything in our power to settle this case. Earlier this year, a federal appeals panel enjoined an unconstitutional city code that allowed police to throw the homeless in jail simply for sleeping or sitting in public when there was nowhere else to go. The editorial suggests that not all parties are adhering to a court-ordered confidentiality agreement designed to move the mediation process along expeditiously.
OPINION
April 23, 2006
Re "ACLU's victory is a loss for skid row," Opinion, April 18 What a difficult position L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry has chosen to defend. According to her commentary, it's acceptable for police to arrest and jail homeless people only because they have nowhere to sleep. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution prohibits punishing people for "the unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the city of Los Angeles." The court also said it was "undisputed" that the plaintiffs "had no choice other than to be on the streets."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A divided Los Angeles City Council confirmed the mayor's appointment of a third person with ties to the ACLU to a panel on homelessness Wednesday, ending a bruising political battle over how their appointments would affect the city's efforts to clean up skid row.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has nominated the head of the local American Civil Liberties Union to the region's top homeless agency, angering those who believe the ACLU has stymied solutions to one of the nation's largest homeless problems. Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, is one of four nominees the mayor's office hopes will fill seats on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority board.
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