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Let the Debates Begin

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

The debate we are now having about government surveillance has become possible only because of "unauthorized disclosures" to the press. It is scandalous that the president didn't see the need for the debate earlier, and bring it to the public's attention himself.

America's Take On the Fourth Amendment and the NSA

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michel Floyd

The original revelations about spying on the AP have been overshadowed by the recent confirmations of the NSA's long suspected and extensive domestic spying activities. The opinion of the public appears to be strongly in favor of improved privacy protections.

New Yorkers Unite in Support of Colorado Gay Couple Refused a Wedding Cake

Denise Oliveira | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Denise Oliveira

New Yorkers are coming together to support the ACLU, which will be representing a gay couple whose request for a wedding cake was turned down by a Colorado bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop. I spoke with ACLU Colorado lawyer Sara Rich to get more details about the legal action.

The Startling Cost Of Enforcing Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liber...

Elise Foley

Border Patrol Sued Over Deportations

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the federal government Tuesday over its voluntary departures program, through whic...

ACLU Report: Racist Marijuana Laws Target Blacks

Tom Angell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Tom Angell

While marijuana use rates between blacks and whites are comparable, blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Blacks Are Nearly 4 Times More Likely To Be Arrested For Pot Possession

Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

The U.S. War on Marijuana is not just costly, time-consuming and unnecessary -- it's also racially biased, according to a new report. In recent yea...

Civil Rights Groups Sue Arizona Over 'Wolf In Sheep's Clothing' Abortion Law

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

PHOENIX -- Civil rights groups on Wednesday sued Arizona to block a 2011 law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the child that makes it a f...

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss State Abortion Lawsuit

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge said Wednesday that a challenge to Arkansas' new law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy can proceed...

Amanda Terkel

ACLU Pushes For Cam And Mitch To Get Hitched On 'Modern Family'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- If the American Civil Liberties Union gets its way, everyone in the country will get to witness perhaps the most high-profile same-sex w...

Human Rights Groups Blast 'Cruel, Inhuman, And Degrading' Gitmo Practice

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights groups on Monday called on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to halt the force-feeding of hunger...

Are the FBI and IRS Secretly Reading Your Email Without a Warrant?

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.10.2013 | Technology
Democracy Now!

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents revealing that the FBI and IRS may be reading emails and other electronic communications of ...

'Maryland, My Maryland'

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Sanford Jay Rosen

I understand the demographics that changed Maryland into a solidly progressive "blue" state, and those that morphed Georgia and Texas into solidly conservative "red" states, but I still have to square the Maryland of today with the Maryland in which I lived in the 1960s for seven years.

20,000 Students Sue Educators Over English Classes

AP | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 04.24.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- About 20,000 students in California who need to learn English aren't getting adequate language instruction, according to a lawsuit agai...

Stop Unreasonable Electronic Searches and Seizures

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 06.23.2013 | Technology
Christopher Calabrese

Just before Tax Day, a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU revealed that the Internal Revenue Service claimed the authority to read emails, instant messages, and text messages -- all without a warrant.

Pro-Creationism Assemblies Protested

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging a Kansas school district to cancel mandatory student assemblies that feature a pro-creationism speaker, t...

ACLU Concerned About Bombing Suspect's Miranda Rights

AP | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union says it's concerned the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be questioned by investigators wit...

David Sands

Detroit Cops Accused Of Dumping Homeless People Out Of Town

HuffingtonPost.com | David Sands | Posted 04.19.2013 | Detroit

Detroit police are scooping up homeless people downtown and dumping them in remote locations, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan said in a...

White House Threatens To Veto Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.16.2013 | Technology

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a controversial cybersecurity bill out of concern that it fails to protect the privacy of Internet users...

Can Maryland Ban Cyberbullying?

The Baltimore Sun | Arthur Hirsch | Posted 06.14.2013 | DC

A 2013 Maryland General Assembly bill bearing the name of a Howard County teenager who killed herself last year is expected to be signed into law, but...

Elise Foley

New Immigration Group Pushes Border Message

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with groups organizing to block comprehensive immigration reform, a coalition of pro-reform groups to be announced next week hopes...

Florida Democrat's Vote Advances 'Anti-Religious Hate' Bill

Shawna Vercher | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Shawna Vercher

Democratic State Senator Geraldine F. Thompson cast a deciding committee vote in Tallahassee that advanced Bill 58, which national advocacy organizations have labeled the "Anti-Religious Hate" bill.

Did FAU President Clip Student Protestors With Her Car?

Sun Sentinel | Scott Travis | Posted 06.06.2013 | Miami

Florida Atlantic University is being accused of retaliating against seven students who protested the school's partnership with a controversial prison ...

Report Makes Harsh Claims About State's Jailing Of Poor

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several courts in Ohio are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing...

ACLU Fights State's Terrible Statute Banning Sex Between Gay Teens

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced plans this week to fight a discriminatory Nevada statute that bans consensual sex between gay teen...