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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?

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 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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.