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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...

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.

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...

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.

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.