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The Army Is Making Me Choose Between My Faith and My Country

Iknoor Singh | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Iknoor Singh

I follow the Sikh faith, which requires that I keep my hair long and wear a turban and beard. The ROTC recruiters said I would not be able to enlist unless I complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Ryan J. Reilly

The Civil Rights Chief DOJ Thinks Liberals Will Love, Conservatives Can Work With

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a liberal activist lawyer who has spoken out on the “disas...

Ryan J. Reilly

New DOJ Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta Known For 'Trailblazing' Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The newly named acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a well-respected ACLU lawyer who has long been active...

Look Inside Oklahoma's New Death Chamber

Associated Press | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.10.2014 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed c...

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

The Staggering Racial Disparity In Boston's Police Encounters

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

Despite making up less than a fourth of Boston's population, African Americans are disproportionately targeted by the city's stop-and-frisk law, accor...

Ryan J. Reilly

Police Violated Constitutional Rights Of Ferguson Protesters, Federal Judge Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Police overseeing security at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in August violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators and journali...

JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism -- Too Bad Their School Board Wasn't Listening

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

How disappointing that a majority of the school board chose to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members.

ACLU Challenges New Alabama Abortion Law

AP | PHILLIP RAWLS | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking a...

One Incarcerated, Transgender Buddhist's Experience With Medical Care in Federal Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Christopher Zoukis

"Frankly, I'm terrified I won't be able to walk anymore. Prison in a wheelchair... I can't imagine it."

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...