Ira is one of America's unsung champions of civil rights and liberties. As his generation retires from the barricades, Ira reminisces on his life at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans.
Ira Glasser is one of America's unsung champions of civil rights and liberties. As the leader of the American Civil Liberties Union for 23 years, he transformed the organization from a small, "mom-and-pop" operation on the verge of bankruptcy into a civil liberties juggernaut with offices in every state and a $30 million endowment. As his generation retires from the barricades, Ira reminisces on his life at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans, from civil rights leaders to neo-Nazis. His story takes us to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where in 1947 Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers broke the color barrier in baseball and inspired a generation of civil rights activists; to the offices of Robert Kennedy, where the U.S. Senator spoke with a young Ira and convinced him to take his first job with the ACLU; and to California, where a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor explains to Ira why he thinks the ACLU was wrong to defend the right of neo-Nazis to demonstrate near his ...
Amid high-profile controversies surrounding free speech and racial equality, former American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Ira Glasser reflects on his life at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans, from civil rights leaders to neo-Nazis.
What does it mean to fight for civil liberties in America?
"Might Ira" answers this question definitively-it means fighting for the rights of those you do not agree with. Drawing a line from Nazis in Skokie to white supremacists in Charlottesville, this movie shows its viewers what free speech looks like, and why it is so important that it is vigilantly defended. The arrangement of historical events, sprinkled in between a menagerie of interviews from those across the political spectrum, illustrates how the defenders of civil liberties do their work. It's an inspiring movie for anyone seeking to fight for First Amendment principles, or interested in understanding why this fight must continue to be fought.
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