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The Global Search for Education: Planet Earth needs a new 'Billionaires' List

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

What if we defined Billionaires as entrepreneurs helping to solve earth's most pressing challenges? What if we disrupted Forbes Magazine criteria f...

McCrory and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

After Gov. McCrory hastily signed it, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has received considerable news coverage because of the message it sends to the LGBT community and to those who care about them. Surprisingly, however, there seems much less talk about the way the legislation targets the rest of the state as well.

Will North Carolina Be Potty Police Waterloo?

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 03.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbra Siperstein

The threat of transgender women as predators exists only in the imagination of bigots. Supporters of the measures have been unable to point to a single case that justifies the need to legislate where people should be allowed to use the toilet. North Carolina is the first state to pass such a provision.

ACLU Lawyers Say They Were Kicked Out Of Bar Because They’re Black

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 03.24.2016 | Black Voices

The two say their crime was "standing in an establishment while black." The bar says that the two women were loitering. The ACLU is exploring the poss...

Homeless Man Dies In Jail After Being Locked Up For Marijuana Possession

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

Jeffrey Pendleton, a homeless man who won several legal battles over the criminalization of the poor, died in a New Hampshire jail on Sunday after not...

Move Along to Where? Sweeps Illustrate Inhumane Treatment of Homeless and Vulnerable in Colorado

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 03.10.2016 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Denver's recent "sweeps" of people experiencing homelessness are a sad reminder of how inhumanely many Colorado cities treat those among us who already face challenging circumstances.

Hey Hey, Ho Ho, HB 2 Has Got to Go

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

We have traveled from all over the country to show our support for a woman's right to choose. Inside the building, lawyers for The Center for Reproductive Rights engage in high-stakes legal arguments that challenge recent Texas restrictions on abortion.

Why the ACLU Is Defending Apple

Eliza Sweren-Becker | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Eliza Sweren-Becker

If the government has its way, then it will have won the authority to turn American tech companies against their customers and, in the process, undercut decades of advances in our security and privacy.

Advocates Fire Back After Judge Rules Filming Police Isn't A First Amendment Right

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

Free speech advocates say a federal judge's recent ruling on the right to film police officers on the street won't set any legal precedent, but they s...

Justice Scalia and the ACLU Leader

Philippa Strum | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Philippa Strum

I went to the Court prepared to meet an ogre. I had heard that Justice Scalia was delightful in person but I very much doubted that I would be charmed. And yet I was, time and time again.

How Abortion Access Is Kind Of Like The Worst Tech Support Ever

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Women

In an imagined world where other industries handle customers the same way many women are treated when they seek abortions, the results are pretty biza...

Secretary Clinton, Join Bernie Sanders & the Democratic Party: Oppose Capital Punishment

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...

Why Did L.A. County Inmate Unique Moore Die? Lawsuit, Investigation Raise New Questions About Women's Jail

Art Levine | Posted 02.29.2016 | Los Angeles
Art Levine

Unique needed careful monitoring and prompt attention in case of breathing or cardiac emergencies. But as far as Kendra and other former inmates could tell, few, if any, of the mentally ill inmates who mixed in with the general population got medical exams or regular care.

Debunking Misconceptions About Muslim Women, One Person at a Time

Melody Moezzi | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have always found that the most effective way to counter bigotry is via face-to-face human interaction. But when you're up against all caps and seven exclamation points, not to mention a mountain of artillery, lawsuits can become necessary.

These Immigrants Died In Government Custody, And That Could Have Been Prevented

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

Pablo Gracida-Conte had reported problems with vomiting, nausea and chest pains during his 142 days in immigrant custody in 2011, according to a gover...

Public Defender Meltdown in Louisiana

Bill Quigley | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over half its public defender offices are expected to become insolvent.

Lucky for Us Apple Chair Treasures Privacy

Eddie Borges | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Eddie Borges

The Feds saying they want Apple to create new software to unlock an iPhone "just this once" is almost as good as, "you can't get pregnant from just doing it once," "it'll cure your acne," and "I'll be gentle."

ACLU Sues Obama For Targeting Muslims After He Decried Targeting Muslims

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the Obama administration, seeking information about government programs that unfairly target Musl...

Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of Bush-Era Torture Photos

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday begrudgingly released 198 photos showing abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan during th...

States Crack Down On Police 'Stingray' Tech That Can Intercept Your Texts

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 01.28.2016 | Technology

You might not realize it, but your text messages and phone calls could be intercepted by local police on the hunt for a suspect. This is a practice wi...

Black People Ticketed For Not Wearing Seat Belts In Florida Twice As Often As Whites

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

Black people in Florida are being stopped and ticketed for minor seat belt violations nearly twice as often as white people statewide and up to four t...

Body Cam Footage Leads To Civil Rights Charges For Las Vegas Cop

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Footage captured on body camera has led authorities to file federal charges against a former Las Vegas police officer accused of violent...

Do Women Racially Discriminate Against Their Own Fetuses?

Sital Kalantry | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Sital Kalantry

The disproportionate rate of abortions among minority communities in the United States is an important concern that should be investigated, discussed and solved. The Arizona law is not intended to do that. While it is unlikely that anyone will ever be prosecuted under the Arizona law, the statute itself is offensive.

Using White Privilege for Positive Change

Lia Taylor Schwartz | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Lia Taylor Schwartz

As a teenager, I proudly told my first black friends that I was color blind. I thought I was saying the right thing, telling them that race doesn't matter to me. I now realize how sickeningly smug that sounds. I know they weren't colorblind.

New Politicized Visa Restrictions Harm Iranians and Undermine America's Core Values

Omid Memarian | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Omid Memarian

The ACLU calls H.R.158, passed last Tuesday by overwhelming support (419 yes), as a measure calling for "blanket arbitrary discrimination based on nationality and national origin."