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Moby Re-Affirms His Support for America's ACLU

Author: Jonty Adderley
Saturday, January 4, 2003
Moby re-affirmed his support for civil liberty campaigning organisation the ACLU in a recent posting on his website journal, in a relatively muted dig at America's ruling elite.

"For our non-American friends, the A.C.L.U. is the 'American Civil Liberties Union', a legal rights organization that protects the basic constitutional rights of all American citizens (and non) of which I'm a very proud member and supporter," said Moby.

"In these times wherein the government somehow feels compelled to whittle away at our constitutional rights I feel even more driven to support organizations such as them."

The ACLU's chief defender of club culture, legal expert Graham Boyd, also returned to the media spotlight last week, revealing the civil liberties group are looking into getting formally involved on the police raid in Racine, Wisconsin in which hundreds of innocent clubbers were terrorised and fined.

"(Police) are essentially going after a kind of music, it's a culture that's under assault," Mr Boyd told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

During the raid, heavily armed police pointed guns at DJs, lined revellers up against walls and issued massive fines to all 441 people present, a strategy Mr Boyd suggested would have killed popular music if applied to the cannabis culture prevalent in jazz in the 1930s.

"If you had that same kind of law enforcement as they're using today, we may have never heard of Louie Armstrong," he said. (Help defend electronic music and nightlife in the US)