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ACLU's Work for LGBT Community Has Broad Reach

James Gilliam | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
James Gilliam

Though much has changed since my first Pride celebration, we still face hurdles to full equality. We lack federal protections in the workplace and for LGBTQ students.

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Carmen Iguina

Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

They've Done Their Time, Now Let Them Vote

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

Society is much more secure when all people feel they are fully part of it. If we want formerly incarcerated Californians to be good citizens, we need to convince them that they are a part of society, too.

Why Are There So Few Women Behind the Camera?

Melissa Goodman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Melissa Goodman

According to the Directors Guild of America (DGA), women directed only 14 percent of TV episodes last year. Of the 200 shows the DGA analyzed, 38 didn't hire a single woman.

I Live in a State that Respects Women. And Sadly, that's Unique.

Melissa Goodman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Melissa Goodman

I live and work in the magical land of California, which last year, had the notable distinction of being the only state in the nation to buck this ugly trend, stand up for women and actually expand a woman's access to abortion.

Bye, Bye, Baca

Hector Villagra | Posted 03.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Baca finally exercised the kind of leadership that has sorely been lacking from his office when he announced his retirement at the end of this month. His decision makes possible a new era of accountability and reform in a department plagued by abuse and impunity.

Veterans Deserve Better

Hector Villagra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

"Veterans don't deserve special care, benefits or assistance." How many Americans hold this view? How many would vote for a politician who supported it? And yet this is the message that veterans like Greg Valentini hear every day.

Baca's Strike Force

Peter Eliasberg | Posted 12.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Eliasberg

The announcement this week by Sheriff Lee Baca that he agrees with and intends to implement all of the recommendations laid out in a new report by the Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence is welcome news.

You Have the Right to Remain Spied on

Peter Bibring | Posted 08.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Bibring

"Operation Flex" was a fishing expedition that targeted people because of their religion. But we'll never be allowed to know whether the FBI violated the Constitution when they authorized it because it would require the disclosure of state secrets.

Attorney General Invokes State Secret Rules After Muslims Sue FBI

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 10.02.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has invoked state secrets rules to prevent information from being released in a lawsuit filed by...

City Charges Street Artists For Gaining 'Notoriety Through Crime'

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 06.02.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Not so long ago, Cristian Gheorghiu roamed the streets of Los Angeles at all hours, black marker in his pocket, hunting for walls ...

Chelsea Handler Presents 'Bill Of Rights' Award At ACLU Dinner

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.26.2011 | Los Angeles

On Monday, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer was honored for his longtime support of human rights and civil liberties by the ACLU of Southern Califor...