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The True Costs of Police Misconduct

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

If the money Newark spends to defend and compensate for police officers' mistakes went towards reforms instead it would save money, lives, and public confidence in the long run.

Jennifer LaPenta, Girl Jailed For Inappropriate T-Shirt, To Sue Judge

Lake County News Sun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

LaPenta, 20, accompanied a friend to appear before Judge Helen Rozenberg Monday wearing a T-shirt that read: "I own the (female body part), so I make ...

Arizona's Immigration Law: Racial Profiling at Its Worst as 10 States Explore Copycat Legislation

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

Arizona's law is racial profiling at its worst, and it forces police officers who know better but are just doing their jobs to harass millions of innocent legal immigrants who have done absolutely nothing wrong.

ACLU Sues Connecticut High Schools Blocking Graduation At Megachurch

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

HARTFORD, Conn. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop two Connecticut high schools from holding their...

Human Rights: Time to Practice What We Preach

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

The commitments to "principled engagement" and "living our values" are especially vital to advancing human rights. For years, U.S. leadership on the world stage has suffered because the U.S. seems to hold a double standard.

Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against LGBT Discrimination

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

As you probably know, a couple of days ago the Supreme Court decided Christian Legal Society of Hastings College of the Law v. Martinez. The court ru...

Latinos and Muslims Shouldn't Be Afraid to Travel This 4th of July

Ramona Ripston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ramona Ripston

The United States has always served as a welcoming beacon to immigrant groups. I hope our nation hasn't decided that some immigrant groups are more equal than others.

An Arcane, Destructive -- and Still Legal -- Practice

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

On June 29, 2010, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced the "Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act," H.R. 5628. This bill would ban...

Walmart Fires Marijuana User

AP | DAVID RUNK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — A man who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday he was wrongf...

[VIDEO] The Boys in Obama's Pocket

Michael Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rogers

For a few moments last week, the President carried in his pocket a picture of two boys standing in front of the White House, the younger one with his ...

Dr. Dorothy Height Told Us That It's Not a Man's Civil Rights World

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

The female icons of the civil rights movement are a vanishing species in our collective consciousness. The passing of Dr. Dorothy Height was a huge loss to the nation. I lost a mentor. Whenever we met, she always said, "Carry on."

Cut This: The Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

California must re-evaluate its budget priorities. End the death penalty and save $1 billion in five years.

Torture Talisman, Torture Taboo

Barry Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Eisler

The right has done America a lot of damage by cross-promoting its ideology through fiction. It's time the left returned fire, using every tool at its disposal to restore America to safety and sanity.

Mayor Villaraigosa and the War on Those Old, Inept, Do-Nothing Public School Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

On June 15, 2010, on this very site, Mayor Villaraigosa called upon the Board of Education, the ACLU, Public Counsel, the State Board of Education an...

ACLU Accuses JeffCo Sheriff Ted Mink Of Unlawfully Imprisoning Suspected Illegal Immigrant For 47 Days

Westword | J. David McSwane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

​The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Jefferson County Sheriff, accusing him of illegally detaining a man for ...

Nebraska City Passes Strict Illegal Immigration Law

AP | MARGERY A. BECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FREMONT, Neb. — While busy running a general store that caters to the growing number of Latinos in this Nebraska meatpacking town, Alfredo Velez...

If the GOP Tried to Dump Greene Democrats Would Loudly Scream Racism

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Here's a what if. A black man wins the GOP US Senate primary race by a landslide in a Deep South state. He's the first African-American to be nominate...

Arkansas Adoption Ban Overturned: Law Kept Unmarried Straight, Gay Couples From Adopting

AP | CHUCK BARTELS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A state judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas law approved by voters that banned gay couples and other unmarried people li...

The President and Hospital Visitation

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

I got a genuine all-American lump in my throat when I read President Obama's Memo to Kathleen Sebelius on Hospital Patients yesterday.

CIA Waterboarding Video Destroyed: Porter Goss Agreed With Decision To Destroy Interrogation Tapes

AP | MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Internal CIA e-mails show the former agency head, Porter Goss, agreed with a top aide's 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of the ...

California: Protecting Public Safety by Preserving the Safety Net

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

Because of California's continuing budget crises, the question is no longer will we cut the corrections' budget but how.

Based on a True Story: Treme Documents Work of the ACLU

Marjorie R. Esman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marjorie R. Esman

The HBO series Treme, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, is the most realistic portrait of that troublesome time that I've seen in the almost five year...

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.

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.

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.