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Policing and Democracy Breakdown

Hector Villagra | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Hector Villagra

It's not enough to support or favor police reform; we must demand it. We need to let politicians know - through letters, phone calls, email and faxes as well as visits to and pickets of their offices and ultimately at the polls - that there is a price to pay for failing to enact police reform, and we must be willing to make them pay it.

It's Time For Congress To Protect Intimate Privacy

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 07.18.2016 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Numerous privacy laws protect the confidentiality of medical records, financial information, and many other forms of sensitive information. But existing laws offer much less protection for our most sensitive information: private photographs and videos of nudity or sexual activity.

Trump Has So Many Unconstitutional Ideas That The ACLU Is Tracking Them

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union has officially begun to count the ways that Donald Trump would violate the Constitution as president if he followed...

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Today is Helen Keller Day, which commemorates her birth on June 27, 1880. Keller remains one of the most well-known, beloved, but misunderstood public figures in American history.

#LoveWillWin

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A celebration of Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando turned into a killing field fueled by intolerance, hate and weapons of war. Now is the time to remember those who stand up and stand together in love.

CIA Psychologists Admit Role In 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program In Court Filing

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two psychologists who helped the CIA develop and execute its now-defunct “enhanced interrogation” program partially admitted for the...

Federal Judge Refuses To Block Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based...

What I really want for Father's Day: Stop Solitary for Kids

Marc Schindler | Posted 06.20.2016 | Crime
Marc Schindler

As Father's Day approached, and I watched my kids excitedly make plans to celebrate, I couldn't help but reflect on my juvenile justice reform work. As a former youth corrections administrator, I noticed their excitement is so different than the isolation we know is too often experienced by kids in facilities.

New CIA Torture Documents Confirm Chilling Details of Khaled El-Masri's 'Kafka-esque' Ordeal

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

After being mistakenly abducted in Macedonia and detained in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, Khaled El-Masri told his interrogators that his ongoi...

Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.

The NRA Has Actually Got Something Right On Gun Control

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

When the Supreme Court declared for the first time in history that Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, the late Justice Anton...

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

Lawsuits Target Catholic Hospitals For Refusing To Provide Emergency Miscarriage Management

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eight years ago, Dr. Lori Freedman began a study of how the medical practices of obstetrician-gynecologists are affected by abortion tra...

Will Philadelphia Adhere to Decades-Old Restrictions on Police Infiltration at Upcoming DNC Protests?

Kris Hermes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) less than two months away, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has remained virtually silent on its security plans.

From Tehran to Atlanta, Lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani Fighting for Human Rights

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights lawyer who has worked for over a decade in the US South. She was the first woman of color to lead the National Lawyers Guild.

Why Do Cops Lie? Because They Can

Hector Villagra | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Hector Villagra

Who are prosecutors, judges and jurors going to believe? That's the tempting question that leads down the rabbit hole where officers end up brazenly and coolly beating an inmate and lying about his being the aggressor.

Prison Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

The population of Cranston, Rhode Island, was 80,387 as of the 2010 census. Within its borders lies the state's only state prison, the Adult Correctio...

Homophobes and Transphobes Are Destroying America

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

In the course of a day, nearly all LGBTQIA people in this country must be aware that their identity and even their sole existence may endanger their personal safety.

American Public Can't See Full Senate Torture Report, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

An appeals court ruled on Friday that more than 6,000 pages of the so-called Senate torture report cannot be made public because they consist of congr...

Pumping Milk at 40,000 Feet: Four Women Pilots Are Navigating a Course toward Fairness

Joan Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Joan Williams

Women who work in roles traditionally held by men often face stereotypes and unfair treatment on the job. This was certainly true for four Frontier Airlines pilots who filed complaints yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after Frontier denied their right to accommodations for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

ACLU Sues To Block Mississippi Law That Allows Denying Service To LGBT People

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday said it filed a lawsuit in federal court to block a Mississippi law allowing people with reli...

Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

The Heller School | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
The Heller School

Aggressive changes in policy are necessary to save the next generation of Black students and break down institutional structures that support white supremacy. This requires a new holistic educational curriculum and training for students, and more importantly, educators and administrators.

Explaining The Trump / Republican Base Part 3: "Impact" of Journalists

Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Media
Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Photo courtesy of Adobe "The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." Edward R. Murrow For those who are unfam...

3 Men Who Were Brutally Tortured In CIA Prisons Are Fighting Back In Court

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

A federal court will hold the first hearing on Friday in a lawsuit between three former CIA black site detainees and the two psychologists who were hi...

Appeals Court Sides With Trans Student Denied Access To High School Boys Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a trans student in Virginia who sued his county school board over a policy barring him from using...