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Keeping Truth Legal: It Is Our Right to Film Police

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Why is this still an issue? Why are we still arguing and attempting to legislate something that has already been proven unconstitutional? Why was the man who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore arrested, with no probable cause, along with countless others over the years?

Death Penalty: 'Civilized' Vengeance or Biblical Contradiction?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Lorraine Devon Wilke

The Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been sentenced to death. The 21-year-old man who accompanied his brother on a journey of violence and terrorism will now live out the years of his appeals process until a lethal injection is administered to end his life. Certainly there are no winners.

When Police Are Outside Agitators

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Police must change their perspective from enforcing to protecting. They must know and respect the communities they serve. They must not be above the law. Change will occur only if we push for it together. Let's be about it.

The Apology Letter (a Letter to the Man I Murdered)

Shaka Senghor | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Shaka Senghor

Every time I thought back to that fateful night, I found myself asking the question, "Why didn't I just walk away?"

ACLU Accuses Hollywood Of Discriminating Against Female Directors

AP | By SANDY COHEN | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Directors Guild of America says networks and studios are to blame for the "deplorable" dearth of female directors in Hollywoo...

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Defends Arrest Of Man Who Was Filming Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

City officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are defending the arrest of an observer who was filming an arrest during a protest last month, telling a federal...

Escaping from the Dark

Matthew Cooke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Technology affords us a new hope. With the advent of the iPhone we're in a national state of shock regarding the incredibly destructive "shoot first" culture of many police departments. This shock could lead to major reform that could uplift and save so many lives.

ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, May 5 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detain...

Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

The Whole World Is Watching

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.29.2015 | Technology
Hector Villagra

Video images have clearly become a powerful tool in documenting encounters between the public and police. The ACLU of California wants to make it more likely that even more individuals will use their phones to record those incidents, enabling the public to hold officers accountable when they cross the line.

Me and My Two Dads

Tevin Johnson-Campion | Posted 04.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Tevin Johnson-Campion

My two dads taught me everything I know about love and family. And now we're ready to show the rest of America what it means, because many people don't realize that marriage bans affect kids and families, not just same-sex couples.

Mariah Stewart

Tiny St. Louis County Town Used Police Force As 'Bullies,' Former Mayor Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- Pine Lawn, a tiny St. Louis County town notorious for corruption and predatory ticketing practices, is being sued by its 80-year-old form...

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are Pisstory

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to pr...

South Dakota's 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Child-Custody Hearings Are No More

Stephen Pevar | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

For far too long, the state of South Dakota was unnecessarily and illegally breaking up Indian families with impunity in sham judicial proceedings. Judge Viken's ruling should help keep this from happening in the future.

Are You Ready For Your Close-up?

Stampp Corbin | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

With the ongoing incidents concerning inappropriate police shootings, the call for body cameras is getting increasingly louder. So loud that scores of police departments across the nation have already implemented or begun implementation of the technology.

Experiences With South Carolina Law

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Police investigations in South Carolina and many other states almost always exonerate the officer in a questionable situation. SLED is an independent state law enforcement agency, kind of like a state FBI, but many who don't trust police officers also don't have much confidence in SLED.

If Clarence Darrow Defended Tsarnaev: The Art of the Closing Argument

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Crime
Phillip Martin

History is still waiting to judge the conclusion of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. But in the Tsarnaev case and many others, the standard that defense attorneys and prosecutors have tried to live up to for nearly a century has been the 12-hour closing argument by Charles Darrow in the trial of Leopold and Loeb.

A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado's Cake Wars

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Those who would use the cake cases to promote legislation allowing businesses to discriminate in the name of religion should be careful what they ask for.

The Chicago That We Want

Colleen Connell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Chicago
Colleen Connell

You won another four years, Mayor Emanuel. You told us you'd listen to us and do what is best for Chicago. We want a safe, effective, united Chicago for all residents, no matter our neighborhood or skin color.

Julia Craven

TSA Says It Will Stop Touching So Many Black Women's Hair

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

No, you cannot touch my hair -- but it isn’t as if the woman had asked for my permission. An agent of the Transportation Security Administration...

The ACLU's Frat House Take on 'Revenge Porn'

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 04.01.2015 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

What explains the view that disclosing information about a person's medical history or financial status, regardless of motive, is destructive and should be punished by law, but that disclosing pictures of a person's naked body is trivial and should not be punished unless motivated by a desire to harm the victim?

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Protesters Rally In Chicago Demanding Police Reform In 'Stop And Frisk' Searches

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office while demanding reforms to the nation's second l...