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Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

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Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Return of the Debtors' Prison

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony D. Romero

State and local governments should be helping their poorest residents improve their lives, rather than perpetuating a vicious and unfair cycle that criminalizes poverty and exacerbates inequality.

Judge: Honolulu Can Continue To Clear, Seize Homeless Property

Associated Press | Landess Kearns | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied the American Civil Liberties Union's request to stop Honolulu officials from clearing homeless...

Listen In As New Hampshire Judges Send Poor People To Jail

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "What if I don't have the money?" the man asked the judge. He was in court because he hadn't completed the 32 hours of community s...

The No-Fly Follies

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."

Federal Court Weighs Whether To Immediately Halt NSA Spying

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court appeared reluctant on Wednesday to put an immediate halt to the federal government's collection of m...

When the Unbalanced Life Is Worth Living

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Jane Adams Ph.D.

It's easier to give your all to an enterprise when there are no other claims on your attention, and young adulthood is that time.

Want Your Tubes Tied At A Catholic Hospital? Try Threatening To Sue.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Catholic hospital on Monday reversed its decision to deny a pregnant woman post-birth sterilization after the ACLU threatened to sue,&...

A Call to Action: Challenging the Conspiracy of Silence

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime
Hector Villagra

Will we accept a deeply divided nation where only whites can have a high level of confidence in the criminal justice system generally and the police specifically? Or will we push for a country where everyone can trust that the police are there protect and serve them?

Another Day, Another Victory: Courts Are Weighing Religious Claims to Discriminate and Finding Them Wanting

James D. Esseks | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
James D. Esseks

In just the past 24 hours, two courts reaffirmed that religious beliefs can't justify discrimination against lesbians and gay men.

Kids Get Handcuffed At School More Often Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

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Disturbing Video Shows Kentucky Officer Handcuff Crying Third-Grader At School

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

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Free Speech Is No Threat to Gun Ownership

Howard Simon | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Howard Simon

Florida legislators have lost their way on the issue of guns. There is a constitutional right (both state and federal) to own a gun. I get it! But the Second Amendment doesn't trump the First Amendment: The two are not even in conflict.

The Mall Is for All

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Simple discomfort is not a justification for violating human rights, calling in the police, or keeping the public out of public spaces.

Obama Can Do Much More To Reform Prison System, ACLU Says

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama freed dozens of nonviolent federal prisoners this week, but the American Civil Liberties Union says he can and should do m...

The Confederate Flag and the 10 Commandments

Herb Silverman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Herb Silverman

As a card-carrying member of the ACLU, I support the free speech rights of individuals to prominently display flags and commandments of their choice on private property, bumper stickers, and T-shirts. But nobody may enlist the government to promulgate a particular religious view.

Happily Ever After: Religious Freedom Prevails at Walt Disney World

Heather L. Weaver | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Heather L. Weaver

When Gurdit Singh was offered a job in 2008 as a mail carrier at Walt Disney World, he was thrilled. On his first day, however, it quickly became apparent that his new job might not be the path to happily ever after he had imagined.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Not Coming Home...It's Time for #Black Spring

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julie Bergman Sender

As is true with all political and social justice movements, activists and artists alike pour into the streets and pour out their hearts in an effort not simply to capture a moment but to create it. The marriage between art and activism is indelible.

How Bernie Sanders Can Kill the 1 Percent's TPP Trade Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was a close second in a recent straw poll of Wisconsin Democrats, has called for a "political revolution" to revitalize democracy in the United States. Is Sanders ready to walk the walk?

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawyers Go After 'Dank And Dangerous' Conditions At Aging Baltimore Jail | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights lawyers filed a motion on Tuesday to reopen an old federal lawsuit on the treatment of Baltimore city jail inmates, saying ...

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.

Pregnant Mom Screams 'Please Stop' As Cops Wrestle Her To The Ground (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.28.2015 | Crime

A newly released police body cam video shows cops in California wrestle a pregnant woman to the ground and arrest her after she refuses to show them i...

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?