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32 Prison Guards Fired Amid Outrage Over Inmate Abuse

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime

Sept 20 (Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate ...

Fear Of ISIS Triggers Double Threat To Checks And Balances

Hina Shamsi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Hina Shamsi

We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is ducking any decision on whether to go to war in Iraq and Syria, and a president who is grabbing unprecedented power to take the country to war all on his own.

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Opponents Want New Hearing

AP | By TODD RICHMOND and SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling by a thr...

The ACLU Supports Campaign Finance Reform and Free Speech

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

This is a tough issue, but the desire to do something should not lead us to abandon core free speech values that have served us so well for more than two centuries.

Help for the Weary Traveler

Tolu Olubunmi | Posted 11.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Tolu Olubunmi

Basically, a child in a new land, who may barely speak the language is being forced to face an imposing figure in a black robe asking why he should be allowed to remain in the U.S. and not be returned to possibly die in the country he just fled. This is absurd.

The Rift in the ACLU Over Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the views of the super-rich, this state of affairs is an unmitigated disaster for American democracy. Not only does it distort our electoral process, but it corrupts our elected officials and disillusions our citizens.

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Docs v. Glocks Case Fires Up in Florida: ACLU Files Brief on First Amendment Speech Rights

Clay Calvert | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

Florida physicians are caught in the National Rifle Association's crosshairs of censorship. That's the gist of the ACLU Foundation of Florida's argument in a brief filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the case of Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Treatment Of Mothers In Deportation Proceedings | Elise Foley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigration and civil rights groups filed a suit Friday against the federal government, alleging it is trampling on due process by makin...

Q & A: Minors Crossing The Border Don't Always Get Lawyers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Isabella Ordaz and Adriana Champagne A sudden increase in undocumented children attempting to cross the U.S. border has drawn the attention of m...

Too Many American Cops View Citizens as "The Enemy"--And Washington's to Blame

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

A sea change has been taking place over the last decade that's been invisible to most Americans. Across the country, in big cities and small towns, police forces have been turning into armies. It's taken the events in Ferguson to blow things wide open.

The Colorado Attorney General's Ugly and Wasteful Crusade Against Marriage Equality

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The backwards ideas of one person should not hold up the freedom to marry for an entire state.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I was invited to join a media conference call immediately following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' favorable ruling in Virginia's Bostic v. Schaefer marriage-equality case.

Roque Planas

Mother Sues Border Patrol Over Death Of Child Shot Multiple Times | Roque Planas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Latino Voices

The mother of a 16-year-old Mexican national shot at least 10 times is suing the Border Patrol agents responsible for his death, the American Civil Li...

The Civil Rights Fight of the Information Age

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Very soon the Federal Communications Commission will either empower minority voices on the Internet and help close the digital divide, or it will make it easier for communications giants to silence and exclude those communities from the free or low-priced content now on the web.

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.

An Interview With Shenna Bellows

Colleen Crinion | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Colleen Crinion

At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person

An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took A Picture Of This

James Prigoff | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
James Prigoff

A professional photographer taking a photo of a well-known Boston landmark is now considered to be engaged in suspicious terrorist activity?

Ryan J. Reilly

86-Year-Old Photographer Sues Feds Over Massive 'Suspicious Activity' Database | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An 86-year-old photographer and four other Americans who were entered into a massive "suspicious activity" database for innocent activit...

Why Does This Town Have Two Grenade Launchers?

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime

Even the current police chief has no idea why his department acquired two grenade launchers. In a Facebook post promoting its new report on militar...

Have Gay Groups Set Their Own Trap With a Religious Exemption in ENDA?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

ENDA would allow a Catholic hospital or school to fire a lesbian nurse or janitor or cafeteria cashier simply on the basis of her sexual orientation. That is a much broader exemption than allowed for any other group under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And it's abhorrent.

Arthur Delaney

The Latest State To Make Poor People Pass Drug Tests | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits. A new law taking effect this week ...