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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Transgender students, Trump

Trump Order On Transgender Students Is Separate And Unequal

The muddled minds that now run the federal government think it’s fine to legally segregate public bathrooms. This is of a piece with the attitudes and beliefs that created “For whites only” drinking fountains in the Jim Crow South. If you don’t see the correlation, you have company in the White House.

February 25, 2017
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Set Guidelines For Trump Treatment Of Non-Citizens

The most pertinent of the three cases in terms of Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated. The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens.

February 17, 2017
Right-wing, Trump supporters

How I Escaped Being A Right-Wing Extremist

When I was young, I was taught that liberals and Democrats were brainwashed and trained to ignore the truths about what was really going on in America. Arguing with a liberal was a complete waste of time, my dad would say. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.”

February 10, 2017
Trump Immigrant Ban

Trump’s Muslim Ban Creates Chaos, Panic, And Anger Worldwide

President Donald Trump’s sweeping ban on people seeking refuge in the United States and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries caused confusion and panic among travelers on Saturday, with some turned back from U.S.-bound flights.

January 28, 2017
Arkansas, Abortion Law

Arkansas Governor Signs Restrictive Abortion Law Banning Common Procedure

The law, which takes effect later this year, prohibits dilation and evacuation, a practice that pro-choice advocates say is the safest method of ending a pregnancy. Opponents of the Arkansas law vowed to fight it in the courts and predicted it would fail.

January 27, 2017

Immigration Takes Center Stage As Senate Confronts Trump Nominees

Immigration and domestic security, key themes in Donald Trump’s campaign, will likely dominate two U.S. Senate hearings on Tuesday as lawmakers begin several days of questioning the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees.

January 10, 2017
liberals protest against trump

5 Ways You Can Fight Back Against Donald Trump

I doubt I’ll ever forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, but — like you — now all I can do is fight back against Trump. Here is what I think we need to do next.

November 14, 2016
Kansas voter id laws struck down

Kansas Judge Strikes Down State’s Dual Voter Registration System

The ACLU said the system would have denied the right to vote in state and local elections to residents who registered through a federal voter registration form or when they applied for or renewed their driver’s license.

November 4, 2016
Civil rights groups prepare to fight voter intimidation

U.S. Civil Rights Groups Prepare To Fight Voter Intimidation

Civil rights groups will deploy thousands of volunteers in 27 states to ensure that voters won’t be turned away by harassment or long lines.

October 19, 2016
Mike Pence

Appeals Court Rejects Pence Order Barring Syrian Refugees As Discriminatory

Judge Richard Posner, writing for the panel that decided unanimously against Pence, said his assertions of a national security threat were presented “without evidence” and amounted to “nightmare speculation.”

October 3, 2016
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks about the Kansas voter ID law that he pushed to combat what he believes to be rampant voter fraud in the United States in his Topeka, Kansas, U.S., office May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Thousands Of Voters In Limbo After Kansas Demands Proof They’re American

Kris Kobach’s campaign against voting fraud has disenfranchised thousands of Kansas state residents.

June 1, 2016
Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker counting currency at a bank in Westminster, Colorado November 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Colorado City To Pay Restitution To Poor Jailed In ‘Debtor Prison’

The case grew out of an ACLU study last year finding that despite the outlawing of so-called debtor prisons, judges in the city of 440,000 routinely converted fines into jail sentences, said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the group’s Colorado chapter.

May 6, 2016

ACLU Pushes For More Transparency On No-Fly List

In a case that could help demystify how the FBI deems somebody a terror threat, the ACLU argued in federal court here Wednesday that the government has failed to comply with an earlier court order to tell people how they wound up on the no-fly list.

December 10, 2015
Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley On The March From Baltimore

A native son of Maryland, O’Malley was the state’s liberal-leaning Democratic governor for eight years. But to me and many, he will always be the young, hard-charging mayor of Baltimore.

May 29, 2015

Notes From A Baltimore Police Scene

Getting arrested by the Baltimore police is brutal. Just ask Freddie Gray, a man whose suffering, dragging, and death in police hands set off new outrage.

April 24, 2015
South Carolina, Police, Brutality, Walter Lamer Scott, Thomas Slager, Ferguson, Protest, Murder, Black, Top News, National News

Video Set One Fatal Police Shooting Apart

For decades, African-Americans, including those in North Charleston, have complained that police shoot black men with little provocation and then falsely claim the officers did so out of fear for their lives. This time there was video.

April 9, 2015
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Human Rights Groups Urge Criminal Investigation Into CIA Torture

The Senate torture report is spurring new calls to prosecute Bush administration officials.

December 23, 2014

Wilderness Photo Plan Draws More Fire

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has put the brakes on a plan to charge hundreds of dollars in fees for commercial filming and photography on U.S. forest lands, but critics are far from satisfied. “There is no doubt, as you look at this, that there is way too much confusion over what the Forest Service […]

October 6, 2014

Media, ACLU Sue Oklahoma Over Right To Watch Executions

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Oklahoma prison officials violated the First Amendment when they closed the blinds to witnesses during a botched execution in April, media and civil liberties advocates allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union and its Oklahoma affiliate teamed up with the Guardian U.S. and the […]

August 25, 2014

ACLU Reports Consensual Police Search Disparities

By Jeremy Gorner and Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Police across Illinois have made little progress combating racial profiling, searching the cars of black and Latino drivers far more often than those of whites. At the same time, a decade of studying routine traffic stops shows that officers find drugs and other contraband more […]

August 13, 2014

Kids Caught At The Border Deserve Due Process, Including Lawyers

By Hector Villagra, Los Angeles Times When Juan Pablo Guerrero Diaz left El Salvador to come to the U.S., his daughter was still in diapers. Now she is 14, and this year, after fleeing for her life, she was reunited with her parents in Los Angeles. For the girl, the perilous journey north promised greater […]

July 15, 2014
Chris Christie Bridgegate

Christie Draws Failing Grades From ACLU Many Subjects

By Monsy Alvarado, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — A report card released Monday by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union gave New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie poor marks for his first term’s record on civil liberties and rights. The ACLU-NJ examined 12 civil rights areas and gave the governor a D-plus […]

June 10, 2014

White House’s Late Changes To NSA Spying Bill Shake Support

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Carefully crafted legislation that would end the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is under fire after the White House requested last-minute changes that critics say would water down its protections. A year after Americans learned from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the NSA […]

May 22, 2014
Immigration, Trump

ACLU Sues Over Delays For Immigrants Seeking U.S. Protection

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil […]

April 17, 2014