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ACLU Calls For Federal Probe Into Mexican Farmworker's Slaying

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to launch an investigation into the fatal polic...

Mollie Reilly

Judge Blocks Obama Administration From Detaining Asylum-Seekers As Immigration Deterrent

HuffingtonPost.com | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking the Obama administration from detaining individuals seeking asylum ...

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Deviants or Drones

Randy Miller | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

A law requiring that students simply obey law enforcement in any given situation, even if authority goes against the rights of the public, sets a dangerous precedent for future action by police and policymakers that is not for the benefit of the public.

Alabama Chief Justice Makes 11th Hour Attempt To Halt Gay Marriage

AP | KIM CHANDLER | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours...

'The Guy Next To You Is Eating His Feces': What Solitary Is Really Like

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 02.06.2015 | Crime

The state of Texas holds more than 6,000 people in solitary confinement and they stay in isolation for an average of four years, according to a new re...

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Black Radical Who Matters For Our Time

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices
Johanna Fernandez

Because they speak uncomfortable truths, black prophetic voices, while they are alive, are vilified and violently persecuted by repressive agents of the state.

This Man Faces Life in Prison for ... Rapping

David Loy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
David Loy

I've heard free speech isn't free, and Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, has learned that the hard way.

FBI: Give Me Back My Email to WikiLeaks

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

I asked some lawyers if I have any meaningful basis for suit, action, or complaint in any venue. Probably not, they said. You'd be better off to launch a public campaign to raise awareness. So here's my public campaign to raise awareness. I'm publicly demanding that the FBI return my email and destroy all copies in its possession

Mississippi School Board Fights To Block Gay-Straight Alliance From Forming

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

A Mississippi school board has rewritten the district's rules on school clubs after a student expressed interest in forming what the superintendent ca...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Asked To Hear Voter ID Case As Crucial Year For Voting Rights Commences

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A team of legal advocates for voting rights on Wednesday filed a petition to the Supreme Court asking it to hear a case concerning Wisco...

Critics: Kids Will Be Ultimate Victims Of Michigan's Welfare Drug-Testing Program

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

A new Michigan law that creates a suspicion-based, drug-testing pilot program for welfare recipients has been condemned by state groups and lawmakers ...

ACLU Files Complaint After School Bars Transgender Boy From Using Men's Bathroom

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Thursday after a Virginia school district adop...

Believing Our Lying Eyes

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

We cannot allow Eric Garner's sadly prophetic next words, "It stops today," to refer only to his life. It is past time that we admit what so many have known for too long: That all too often, our justice system simply is not just.

Fix the Police! Accountability Needed in Law Enforcement

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

There are many fine officers who are careful and restrained in their use of force, but as long as the system protects those who cross the line, even in a case where the killing was filmed and the death was ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, public anger and distrust toward law enforcement will only grow.

How Much Can Federal Guidelines On Racial Profiling Change Law Enforcement?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices

President Obama delivered on Tuesday what many hailed as progress in a post-Ferguson world: Funding for 50,000 body cameras that policemen will be for...

Colorado Communities Are Making It a Crime to Be Homeless

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 01.27.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Communities in Colorado and around the nation have passed a wave of new laws and ramped up enforcement of old ones targeting people who are homeless, from bans on sleeping in cars or taking shelter in bus stations to laws that prohibit sitting or lying down in public areas to restrictions on when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity.

The Army Is Making Me Choose Between My Faith and My Country

Iknoor Singh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Iknoor Singh

I follow the Sikh faith, which requires that I keep my hair long and wear a turban and beard. The ROTC recruiters said I would not be able to enlist unless I complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Ryan J. Reilly

The Civil Rights Chief DOJ Thinks Liberals Will Love, Conservatives Can Work With

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a liberal activist lawyer who has spoken out on the “disas...

Ryan J. Reilly

New DOJ Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta Known For 'Trailblazing' Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The newly named acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a well-respected ACLU lawyer who has long been active...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.