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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.

Mariah Stewart

Tiny St. Louis County Town Used Police Force As 'Bullies,' Former Mayor Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- Pine Lawn, a tiny St. Louis County town notorious for corruption and predatory ticketing practices, is being sued by its 80-year-old form...

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are Pisstory

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to pr...

South Dakota's 'Gone in 60 Seconds' Child-Custody Hearings Are No More

Stephen Pevar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

For far too long, the state of South Dakota was unnecessarily and illegally breaking up Indian families with impunity in sham judicial proceedings. Judge Viken's ruling should help keep this from happening in the future.

Are You Ready For Your Close-up?

Stampp Corbin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

With the ongoing incidents concerning inappropriate police shootings, the call for body cameras is getting increasingly louder. So loud that scores of police departments across the nation have already implemented or begun implementation of the technology.

Experiences With South Carolina Law

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

Police investigations in South Carolina and many other states almost always exonerate the officer in a questionable situation. SLED is an independent state law enforcement agency, kind of like a state FBI, but many who don't trust police officers also don't have much confidence in SLED.

If Clarence Darrow Defended Tsarnaev: The Art of the Closing Argument

Phillip Martin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Phillip Martin

History is still waiting to judge the conclusion of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. But in the Tsarnaev case and many others, the standard that defense attorneys and prosecutors have tried to live up to for nearly a century has been the 12-hour closing argument by Charles Darrow in the trial of Leopold and Loeb.

A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado's Cake Wars

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Those who would use the cake cases to promote legislation allowing businesses to discriminate in the name of religion should be careful what they ask for.

The Chicago That We Want

Colleen Connell | Posted 06.08.2015 | Chicago
Colleen Connell

You won another four years, Mayor Emanuel. You told us you'd listen to us and do what is best for Chicago. We want a safe, effective, united Chicago for all residents, no matter our neighborhood or skin color.

Julia Craven

TSA Says It Will Stop Touching So Many Black Women's Hair

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

No, you cannot touch my hair -- but it isn’t as if the woman had asked for my permission. An agent of the Transportation Security Administration...

The ACLU's Frat House Take on 'Revenge Porn'

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

What explains the view that disclosing information about a person's medical history or financial status, regardless of motive, is destructive and should be punished by law, but that disclosing pictures of a person's naked body is trivial and should not be punished unless motivated by a desire to harm the victim?

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Protesters Rally In Chicago Demanding Police Reform In 'Stop And Frisk' Searches

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office while demanding reforms to the nation's second l...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Won't Consider Challenge To Wisconsin Voter ID Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law Monday, though it had blocked the state from requ...

The Recent Attacks on NIF: Who, What and Why

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

Those of us committed to democracy vigorously defend freedom of speech as an essential tool for effective democracy and a substantial benefit guaranteed by it.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon v. United States

Francis Levy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

The first amendment is really the first cause of American life. It's America's raison d'etre. It was the liberal ACLU who defended the Nazis in Skokie. How free speech issues make strange bed fellows!

Maxwell Tani

ACLU Sues Florida County Over 'Prison Gerrymandering'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Tani | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prominent civil rights group is suing a Florida county for using its prison population to boost some voters' political power. Pris...

Colorado Civil Liberties On the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The margins between advancing, losing or just holding ground in civil liberties are very narrow in a state like Colorado. Voters would do well to pay attention to what goes on in the legislature and to take seriously the threat of legislation.

Michigan Public School District Backs Down From Christianity Requirement

The Associated Press | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

McBAIN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan public school district says it's no longer asking that its next superintendent be a Christian after getting...

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...