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Rhode Island's David Segal's Call for a Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is impossible for any fair minded soul, whether Democratic or Republican, to look at the current state of the American democracy and not believe that something has gone profoundly wrong.

U.S. Congress and Arizona Deliver One-Two Punch to Immigrants

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Kaye

By failing to act on immigration reform, Washington is ceding authority to those who have more respect for guns and prisons than for human dignity.

New Jersey's Governor Cuts Women's Health Out of the Budget

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

Christie proposes slashing $7.5 million of funding for women's health and reproductive services, in a move that would undermine basic health care and erode fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the law.

Do Homeless People Have Rights?

Christine Schanes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Schanes

If every city with an insufficient number of shelter beds were to pass an ordinance against sleeping in all public places, there would be no place for a homeless person to sleep.

Time to Stand Up, Not Step Down

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

Who is Dawn Johnsen, and why did Senate Republicans force her to withdraw her bid to be confirmed as Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel?

Evanston Wants To Ban Saggy Pants...Is It Constitutional?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Municipalities trying to outlaw the wearing of sagging pants is nothing new. In 2004, the entire states of Louisiana and Virginia both tried to pass l...

Banned Under Bush, Muslim Scholar Tariq Ramadan Returns to US

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Sledge

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan -- whose visa was formerly revoked by the State Department in 2004 -- has returned to the United States for a series of lectures.

Incarcerating Pregnant Women Who Are Struggling With Addiction Makes for Bad Law and Even Worse Public Policy

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

If a pregnant woman can be charged with a crime for potentially harming her fetus, then literally everything she does or does not do could land her in jail.

Constance McMillen, Fake Prom?: Itawamba Dance Was Kept Secret From Lesbian Teen

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A lesbian teen who successfully sued her Mississippi school for the right to bring her girlfriend to prom was left out and was instead directed to a "...

You Wanna Go to the Prom?

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

I have a challenge to every prom committee out there in every city, town, and village across America. Show the world that we're not all like the parents and students of the Itawamba County School district.

Buried in the Bureau of Prisons

David C. Fathi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David C. Fathi

Imagine a country in which prisoners can be denied visits, and even telephone calls, with family members for years at a time. Imagine a country in w...

Court Ruling Highlights Need for New State Secrets Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity and its lawyers during the Bush administration had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Is Your Email Private?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.

Why Getting Rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is So Important

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

DADT is a blot on the Constitution. It enshrines in federal law a principle which had been rejected in most other contexts: that discrimination could be justified by the prejudice of others.

NY Judge Rules Against ACLU: CIA Can Keep Secret Lists

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A judge for a second time has denied efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the CIA to release names and documents re...

Constance McMillen 'Sham' Prom Accusation Denied By Itawamba School District

AP | SHELIA BYRD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JACKSON, Miss. — A rural Mississippi school district that was sued by a lesbian student who wanted to bring a same-sex date to the high school p...

Probe Into Destruction Of CIA Interrogation Tapes Is Winding Down

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson and Julie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes that depicted harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects appears to be nearing a close, ending...

Time to Put an End to Racial Profiling in Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Because of excessive power given to law enforcement, families have been torn apart, and entire communities -- which have witnessed illegal, abusive practices -- fear going to the police.

From Sharpeville to Selma: Ongoing Struggles for Equality

Chandra Bhatnagar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chandra Bhatnagar

Fifty years ago yesterday, in the township of Sharpeville in South Africa, thousands of black South Africans peacefully demonstrated against racist ...

Steven Eugene Washington, Unarmed Autistic Man, Killed By LAPD

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A fatal weekend police shooting of an unarmed man who family members say was autistic prompted the American Civil Liberties Union ...

Constance McMillen Prom Lawsuit Heard By Court: Lesbian Teen Wants School Dance For All

AP | SHELIA BYRD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABERDEEN, Miss. — Mississippi officials who canceled a prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend told a federal judge Monday th...

Segregating HIV Positive Inmates Is Medically Unjustified and Hinders Rehabilitation

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

As the ACLU points out, prisons throughout the US are able to give medical care for HIV without forcing inmates to give up their right to privacy and freedom from discrimination.

The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

(Originally posted on Yes Magazine) Earlier this month, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the nation in support of immigrati...

A Bittersweet Moment

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Late on Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent no less, a long-overdue bill that will help to reform one of the most egreg...

The Big Lie About Guantánamo Lawyers

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The recent attacks on lawyers who have worked on behalf of Guantánamo detainees have employed the tactic of the "Big Lie"—tha...