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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001
Re "Search, but Don't Destroy Liberties," Voices, July 7: So, American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Ramona Ripston thinks that students should not be touched when there is no reason to suspect they are carrying a weapon. Why, then, should I be forced to go through the metal detector at the courthouse when no one has any reason to suspect that I'm carrying a weapon? That is a form of intrusion on my personal privacy. Does anyone remember the schoolyard shootings that seem to be popular these days?
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1993
In response to "Passion for Causes Shapes Life of ACLU's Ripston," May 11: So Ramona Ripston has "spent 30 years on causes she felt would improve people's lives. . . ." How touching. While she fights for the freedom of gang members to assemble, deal drugs and terrorize people in city parks, does this crusader ever give any thought to the families who can't go to the parks because of the gangs? Does she ever spend 30 seconds trying to improve the lives of little children who are imprisoned in their own homes while the gangs "occupy" the parks?
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
May 7, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Ramona Ripston, the former executive director of the Southern California affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union who helped shape it into a national leader on constitutional issues, has been asked by board members to return to the post, informed sources said Wednesday.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ramona Ripston might as well have stepped into the path of a runaway freight train. Ripston, who heads the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern California office, appeared Tuesday on a panel at Gov. Pete Wilson's summit on crime, where she had hoped to slow the momentum of Wilson's effort to lengthen criminal sentences and build more prisons. Her reception at the hands of Wilson's handpicked group of crime fighters was somewhere between chilly and nasty. "We have met the enemy, and Mrs.
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
January 31, 1986 | MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps it's an occupational hazard, but the new executive director of the Southern California affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union is dogged by a vague feeling of deja vu.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001
Re "Search, but Don't Destroy Liberties," Voices, July 7: So, American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Ramona Ripston thinks that students should not be touched when there is no reason to suspect they are carrying a weapon. Why, then, should I be forced to go through the metal detector at the courthouse when no one has any reason to suspect that I'm carrying a weapon? That is a form of intrusion on my personal privacy. Does anyone remember the schoolyard shootings that seem to be popular these days?
OPINION
February 1, 1998 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt, a contributing editor to Opinion, is director of the JSM+ New Media Lab. He interviewed Ramona Ripston at his offices in Marina Del Rey
Accusing the Boy Scouts of religious discrimination, defending the parental rights of a transsexual, fighting an ordinance against panhandling--these and other often unpopular causes are the daily business of the American Civil Liberties Union. There is perhaps no more polarizing organization in America and, to many conservatives, the ACLU is seen as a radical front for left-wing ideology.
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.
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