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From Incredible to Inevitable: How the Politics of Criminal Justice Reform May Be Shifting

Vanita Gupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

We must take an unflinching look at the extent to which the previous policies have failed to promote public safety and health, and have instead diverted taxpayer money from schools to prisons.

FBI's Latest Power Grab Is a Bold and Unnecessary Move

Michelle Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michelle Richardson

The administration is asking Congress to give the FBI more of your private information without even going to a judge. We're asking Congress to reject this power grab and side with the Constitution -- just as their oath of office demands.

ACLU Sues Government For Info On 'Spying' Efforts

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — Civil rights groups sued the U.S. government Thursday to try to force it to reveal more about the surveillance of Americans' internat...

Civil Liberties Groups Seek To Cut Red Tape To Defend Alleged Terrorist

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two civil liberties groups went to court Tuesday to challenge a requirement that they get a government license before mounting a le...

Take Action on IVAWA Now to End Violence Against Women

Ramona Ripston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ramona Ripston

The ACLU of Southern California is joining hundreds of women's NGOs around the world in calling for the enactment of this bill, known as International Violence Against Women Act.

On The Cusp of History

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

Anyone who works on reforming the criminal justice system can attest to the fact that such efforts often take years of commitment and dedication befor...

U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Animal cruelty is a vice, and more people than ever realize that it is a form of social pathology. The people who commit these acts are a danger not only to animals, but also to our communities.

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.

No More Intimidation Tactics: A Wake-Up Call for Utah

Karen McCreary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen McCreary

The anonymous compiling of secret lists and the watchful, spying eyes of vigilante groups is cowardly and antithetical to long-established American ideals of liberty and individual sovereignty.

Supermax Prisons: Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading

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

The ACLU has been bringing challenges to supermax prisons for over a decade, and what we've found is troubling. The official line is that these prisons are reserved for the "worst of the worst" but most states have only a few such prisoners.

ACLU Demands Religiously Owned Hospitals Provide Emergency Reproductive Health Care

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

In a dramatic and much needed move, the America Civil Liberties Union has demanded that the federal government step in and require religiously sponsored hospitals to stop endangering women's lives by denying them emergency reproductive health care.

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...