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Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott Has Pissed Away $400,000 Defending His Drug Test Schemes | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has spent nearly $400,000 in taxpayer dollars defending his various drug testing schemes, the American Civil...

Why Is This Charter School Management Company Still in Business?

Alan Singer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

Despite its checkered history, National Heritage Academies continues to expand. In Tennessee, it is one of the major supporters of a law that will allow for profit charter school companies to operate in the state. The question remains. Why is this charter school management company still in business?

Rep. Joe Walsh Says He Can Overlook Bruce Rauner's Views on Abortion

William J. Kelly | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

Conservative leaders criticized Rauner last week after he skipped an Illinois Right to Life (ILRTL) dinner to attend a pro-choice gala for the ACLU. Rauner reiterated his pro-choice position on abortion Monday at a North Shore women's group.

Ryan J. Reilly

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There. | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting ...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Attends Pro-Choice Event, Anti-Abortion Groups Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

A Republican businessman challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) attended an abortion-rights gala Saturday. Unsurprisingly, anti-abortion groups in th...

South Dakota's Attorney General Vows to Battle Elderly Lesbians (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn have a simple request for their home state of South Dakota: to have their legal marriage license recognized. But Attorney General Marty Jackley says he'll oppose them in court if they go through with their plans to sue the state for recognition.

WATCH: Your Chance To Crash NYC's Most Anticipated Gay Wedding Reception

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is offering five lucky guests the chance to win a trip to New York and "crash" a May 19 wedding reception fo...

Ryan J. Reilly

In-Person Voter Fraud Is Virtually Nonexistent, Federal Judge Rules | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Trying to crack down on in-person voter fraud isn't a strong enough justification for Wisconsin's voter ID law, a federal judge ruled Tu...

ACLU Sues Border Patrol For Records On 'Largely Opaque' Operations

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | Latino Voices

April 29 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ignored repeated requests for stop-and-search data and other information related to its "ext...

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Carmen Iguina

Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

Hans Johnson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republicans Must Turn Over Emails On North Carolina Voting Law, Federal Judge Rules | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any race-related emails that North Carolina Republicans may have sent in connection with the voter restrictions they passed last summer ...

Simon McCormack

The U.S. Is The Only Country in The World That Does This | Simon McCormack | Posted 03.28.2014 | Crime

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without paro...

The Salvation Army's White-Flag Surrender to Secularism

Dan Arel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

This week the Salvation Army caved, and a settlement has been reached that upholds the separation of church and state and will no longer allow the organization to hold those they serve or those they employee to any religious standards while receiving taxpayer dollars.

How Racist Is Marijuana Prohibition In Your State?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

The ACLU released a new tool on Tuesday, allowing users to track the racial disparity and frequency of marijuana arrests across the U.S., as well as t...

ACLU Sues To Overturn Idaho 'Ag Gag' Law

Reuters | Laura Zuckerman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green

SALMON, Idaho, March 17 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Monday asked a federal judge to strike down a state law it says v...

The Right to Be Wrong

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The Seattle Archdiocese has a constitutional right to impose Catholic teachings in church-run schools. I disagree with those teachings, but I also respect and cherish the First Amendment.

Judge Asked To Order Utah To Recognize Gay Marriages

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, March 12 (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage ...

Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

Michael Winship | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

"All of this stuff was classified. Not just classified; it was classified at the highest level. These were the secrets that the government said were most critical to keep. But what kind of democracy would we be if the public had never learned of this information?"

Immigration Agency Should Live Up to Its Promise

Michael Kaufman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Kaufman

When is a promise not a promise? That's what Luciano Sandoval is asking after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) broke its pledge to stop arresting individuals at Kern County, California courthouses.

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

They've Done Their Time, Now Let Them Vote

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

Society is much more secure when all people feel they are fully part of it. If we want formerly incarcerated Californians to be good citizens, we need to convince them that they are a part of society, too.

Why We Entered the ACLU's 'My Big, Gay, (Il)legal Wedding' Contest

Megan Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Megan Smith

By sponsoring a national contest like this, the ACLU has raised awareness around issues regarding the freedom to marry by showing how marriage equality has a real impact on people like us. Now couples all over the country are starting conversations about why marriage equality matters.