This episode focuses on a Zoom Town Hall where victims of the California conservatorship system shared their stories, local elected officials in Alameda County acknowledged the need for reform, and #FreeBritney activists discussed their movement to rid superstar Britney Spears of the confines of conservatorship.
This episode of the podcast series picks up where the first episode left off. It describes the shift in the advocacy activities of Tom Coleman after his memoirs were published in 2009. He ventured into the area of abuse of people with disabilities, especially those with developmental disabilities, with the goal of promoting more effective responses to such abuse by government agencies.
Glimpse Tom Coleman's past & a few phases of Tom's advocacy for various causes -- from his focus on LGBT rights & sexual civil liberties in the 1970s, to privacy rights, hate crimes, domestic partner benefits & recognition of family diversity in the 1980s, & then on to the rights of single people during the next two decades ending with the publication of The Domino Effect, Tom's memoirs as an equal rights advocate.
In this premiere episode, host Thomas F. Coleman explains how The Freedom Files will blend past, present, and future with some episodes focusing on current events and the people involved in them while others will recall events and people from the past -- all of which will focus on the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equal rights. Tom will highlight some of the upcoming episodes.