Vaccine Passports, Privacy And Civil Liberties; and Attorney Flint Taylor : Police Brutality And The Derek Chauvin Trial

Vaccine Passports, Privacy And Civil Liberties

New York State became the first in the country to premier a Covid-19 vaccine passport. They call it the Excelsior Pass and proponents say its a safe and efficient way for people to return to sporting events, concerts, Broadway theaters and other large group settings. You show a QR code proving a recent negative test or full vaccination.

The pass is voluntary and lets New Yorkers to upload their official results”from a number of different vaccination sites and labs”into the system to verify that the person holding the pass meets the standards for entry. The state first used the pass at a Buffalo Bills football game in January after which they monitored attendees for 14 days after and discovered almost negligible transmission.

Registration in the program requires three pieces of information: Name, date of birth, and zip code. The pass is matched to vaccination and testing records using a series of questions to prevent fraud. When the person arrives at a venue, all they have to do is show a photo ID with their code, which will generate a green check mark at the venue.

New York state officials say theyve been in close talks with surrounding states about integrating systems, but their neighbors say its not the priority.

What are vaccine passports and who is considering implementing them? Connecticut, for example says it doesnt have immediate plans to roll out a vaccine passport, although Governor Ned Lamont has said its possible to see private sector solutions if demand grows and if the technology is proven effective.

Guest – Attorney David J. McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. McGuire also is the chair of the Connecticut Special Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serves on the states Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board, and is a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.


Attorney Flint Taylor : Police Brutality And The Derek Chauvin Trial

The cruel and sadistic police murder of George Floyd last June on a Minneapolis sidewalk was videoed by a courageous 17 year old bystander. Her video was viewed by Americans across the country and the world. It captured Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, smirking, with one hand in his pocket as he knelt for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on George Floyds neck. Floyd was handcuffed behind his back and restrained by two other police officers at the time. He begged for his life, called for his mother, and repeatedly said I can’t breathe!”

Onlookers gathered in protest as the murder progressed but their intersession was of no avail. George Floyds life drained out of him. He lost his pulse. Still Chauvin persisted, kneeling on a dead man. An ambulance came to take away George Floyds corpse.

People responded, it was massive and sustained. In some two thousand cities across America 20 million people, white and Black , Black lead, protested in the streets. More than demanding that George Floyds killer be brought to justice, they demanded that police departments be defunded, that police be controlled by the community, and that ending police murders of Black people be brought to halt once and for all.

We are now in the midst of the trial of killer cop Derek Chauvin. Millions of Americans are watching the trial. It seems to them that this latest racist police outrage is the culmination of so many past murders. They are asking, what is to be done?

Guest ” Attorney G. Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People Law Office in Chicago starting out over 50 years ago representing the family of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Who was assassinated by the Chicago Police Department with the help of the FBI. He has represented numerous police torture survivors during the past 33 years. Taylor was one of the lawyers involved in the struggle for reparations and has chronicled the decade long fight against Chicago police torture in his award-winning book The Torture Machine : Racism and Violence in Chicago.

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