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Hope for Morality in California?

Alex D'Andrea | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Alex D'Andrea

One is not surprised that the only form of communication left at one's disposal is the litigation route -- how sad and deplorable is this?

Despite Being Called 'An Evil Little Thing,' Teen Says Fight Over Mural 'Worth It' | By Mark Schieldrop | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

Jessica Ahlquist, the plaintiff in the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union case against the Cranston School District over a prayer mural hangi...

Virginia is for Lovers... of Solitary Confinement?

Tanya Greene | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Tanya Greene

The horrors of 23-hour-a-day lockdown, sensory deprivation and isolation were lauded by DOC officials as a necessary measure for handling the "worst of the worst." Unfortunately, this supposed "worst of the worst" includes the mentally ill.

Civil Liberties Say Barricades At Zuccotti Park Are Illegal

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 03.10.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Barricades surrounding a New York City park that was the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement are a violation of city zoning ...

Battle Brews Between Snyder, ACLU Over Domestic Partner Benefits

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.06.2012 | Detroit

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over a law banning domestic partner benefits in the state. The leg...

Too Sexy For The High School Yearbook?

Posted 01.06.2012 | Denver

A Durango High School senior had her yearbook portrait yanked and says that school administrators told her the photo violated school dress code. Th...

Michigan Wants To Drug Test Welfare Applicants

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 12.29.2011 | Detroit

Officials in Michigan's Department of Human Services want to bring back drug testing of welfare recipients, a controversial practice that Michigan cou...

Out in the Cold at Age 84: Wisconsin's Ruthelle Frank Fights for Her Right to Vote

Jon Sherman | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Ruthelle Frank, a resident of Brokaw, Wisconsin since her birth in 1927, has none of the accepted forms of photo ID under Wisconsin's photo ID law which goes into effect at the February primary election.

Tyler Kingkade

New Lawsuit Against Wisconsin Voter ID Law Broadens The Attack | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights groups filed a third lawsuit against Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law on Tuesday, launching the first federal challen...

Settlement Reached In Lesbian Senior Yearbook Photo Lawsuit

AP | By HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. -- The ACLU says a Mississippi school district will require students to wear caps and gowns in senior pictures after a lesbian student ...

School Excludes Lesbian Student From Yearbook For Wearing Tuxedo

Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

For her senior portrait, 17-year-old lesbian student Ceara Sturgis posed in a tuxedo, going against the school's requirement that girls wear dresses. ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Kills Effort To Ban Military Detentions Of Americans At Home | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators compromised Thursday on a bill that attempts to spell out the military's right to detain Americans indefinitely, killing a bid ...

Amanda Terkel

Bachmann: Suspected Terrorists 'Don't Have Any' Rights | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) came out strongly against reading suspected terrorists their Miranda rights. She criticized President Obama bowing to ...

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Occupy Seattle Protester Alleges Miscarriage After Pepper Spray Incident | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Parents

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, the repeated use of pepper spray by police officers against Occupy Wall Street protesters has elicited widespread critici...

Groups Say Controversial Amendment Would Lead To Legalized Torture

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups on Tuesday implored lawmakers to oppose Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte's effort to expand forms of interrogation ...

Jason Cherkis

Does Oakland's Police Chief Think Occupy Activists Are Anarchists? | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.21.2011 | San Francisco

WASHINGTON -- Last week, civil rights attorneys in Oakland filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and a civil suit against the Oakland Polic...

Substance, Not Soundbites, Needed at GOP National Security Debate

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

During last week's debate, four of the GOP candidates promoted "enhanced interrogation tactics," including waterboarding, as necessary for national security. Plain and simple, waterboarding is torture. As such, it is illegal under U.S. and international law.

Are You Okay With Government Surveillance From The Sky? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.15.2011 | Los Angeles

Lancaster City Council voted unanimously last week to begin near-constant aerial surveillance of its city on May 1. City leaders say the program will ...

California High Schools Search Students' Text Messages

LAWeekly | Dennis Romero | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home

Those pesky bleeding-heart liberals at the ACLU actually want teachers and school administrators to keep out of your kids' cellphones. A report iss...

Latino Father In Alabama Claims His Daughter, An American Citizen, Was 'Singled Out' Due To HB56

Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices

Cineo Gonzales says his daughter, an American citizen, came home from school with a paper explaining HB56, Alabama's new immigration law thought to be...

D.C.'s Anti-SLAPP Law Sees New Challenge In Court

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's anti-SLAPP statute is back in action. The withdrawal of Redskins owner Dan Snyder's defamation lawsuit aga...

Joy Resmovits

Who's Accountable For Disabled Students In Voucher Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education

The Department of Justice has begun an investigation into Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction, probing whether Milwaukee's state-administered...

Locked Up with No End in Sight

End ICE Abuse | Posted 12.27.2011 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

The ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project receives hundreds of letters each month from individuals inside immigration detention who have been locked up for years, fighting their cases to remain in the United States.

Immigration Detainees Fear Rape and Death

End ICE Abuse | Posted 12.27.2011 | Latino Voices
End ICE Abuse

There is one immediate thing the Obama administration can do to help ensure the protection of immigration detainees: make sure that all detainees are covered under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003.

Judge Hands Rick Scott Initiative A Setback

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER and KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving bene...