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As an Airline Pilot, I Struggle Everyday to Find a Clean, Sanitary Place to Pump Breast Milk for My Baby

A breastfeeding pilot for Frontier Airlines details how its lactation rooms for nursing mothers are unworkable. Within days of coming back to work as a Frontier Airlines pilot after having my first child, who was still nursing, I got an extremely painful breast infection. Show More Summary

Are States Coordinating With the Trump Administration to Take Down DACA? We Aim to Find Out.

We have requested records on any coordination on DACA between state officials and members of the Trump administration. The ACLU filed public records requests today in 10 states that have launched a legal attack on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Show More Summary

'What I’ve Always Loved Is the Mischief for Creating Change'

The ACLU interviews Steve Crawshaw, the author of "Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief." When Steve Crawshaw wrote his book about creative protests in totalitarian regimes, “ Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief,”...Show More Summary

Betsy DeVos Refuses to Take a Stand Against Discrimination, Again

Her cagey silence says federal money could be funneled to private and religious schools that exclude LGBT students. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was back in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, this week, for some meetings,Show More Summary

A Federal Court Says Your Prescription Records Aren’t Really Private. The Supreme Court Might Have Something to Say About That.

An outdated legal theory opens up prescription data, call records, and more to warrantless searches. That could change. When you fill a prescription at your local drug store, you would surely bristle at someone behind you peeking over...Show More Summary

I Won the Lottery to Come to America. Now My Family and I May Have to Abandon our American Dreams If the State Department Doesn’t Issue Our Visas in Time.

We may lose our chance at starting a life in America because of the travel ban. Our family's loss will be permanent. The plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit is remaining anonymous for security reasons. November 8, 2016, was one of the most important days of my life. Show More Summary

Five Years after the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Tragedy, Much Work Remains to Protect Religious Freedom

The ACLU stands in solidarity with every faith community that has been targeted by hate. Enough is enough. On the morning of August 5, 2012, Sikh community members in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gathered at their local gurdwara for regular Sunday services. Show More Summary

Believe It or Not: It’s Been a Good Week for Reproductive Rights

Across America, courts are blocking ridiculous abortion restrictions while expanding access to care. There is plenty of disturbing news these days about the attempts to roll back the right to abortion. There is no question about it —...Show More Summary

50 Years Ago, All Americans Won the Right to Vote. Today That Right Is Under Attack.

On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we must struggle to make sure everyone who wants to vote can vote. On the shoulders of my grandfather Dilmus Agnew, my mother watched Martin Luther King, Jr. give his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech in our nation’s capital in 1963. Show More Summary

How the People of Maricopa County Brought Down ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’

The downfall of Sheriff Joe should be a warning to policy makers who want to turn police officers into immigration agents. Almost 10 years ago, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres filed a lawsuit in Arizona after being illegally detained by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Continues His Assault on the Most Vulnerable Among Us

According to news reports, the Trump administration will investigate colleges for using race as one factor in admissions. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was created 60 years ago “to uphold the civil and constitutional...Show More Summary

This Coal Baron’s Lawsuit Against John Oliver Is Plain Nuts

Powerful people just can't seem to grasp that the First Amendment protects people's right to make fun of them. You’d better stick to coal baron Bob Murray’s script, unless you want to find yourself facing off against him in court. Murray,...Show More Summary

Trump Is Locking Up and Threatening to Deport Children Based on Mere Suspicion of Gang Affiliation

At least nine minors on Long Island have been labeled gang members, snatched up by ICE, and locked up without charges. Last week, flanked by police officers in Long Island, President Trump told a crowd of supporters his administration was getting rid of immigrant “animals” who were causing gang violence in their communities. Show More Summary

Across America, The Single Most Powerful Person in Local Criminal Justice Systems Operates With Near Impunity

Unchecked prosecutorial power has been a major contributor to mass incarceration, but voters have the power to change that. For anyone who cares about transforming America’s criminal justice system, pivotal elections are fast approaching. Show More Summary

In 2017, Pregnancy Still Earns Women Pink Slips

When Ms. Luke found out she was pregnant, she was elated. Then her employer fired her because she had a lifting restriction. In 2011, Eryon Luke got good news: She was pregnant with twins. Along with the happy test results, though, came an instruction from Luke’s doctor not to lift more than 30 pounds. Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s Talk to Police Officers Was Police-State Authoritarianism Distilled to Its Essence

The president wants to return to the unconstitutional, ineffective policing that has eviscerated community-police relations. “ …and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Show More Summary

Tomorrow Ohio Plans to Restart Executions With Drugs Known to Torture

Ohio’s death penalty has failed on all accounts. We must not bring it back. Update: The state of Ohio executed Ronald Phillips at 10:43 AM ET on July 26, 2017. After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on July 26. Show More Summary

CIA Torture Psychologists Compare Themselves to Nazi Poison Gas Manufacturer as Defense

As we know from Nuremberg, contractors are accountable when they provide unlawful means for and profit from war crimes. As the recently departed White House press secretary demonstrated earlier this year, making comparisons to the Nazi regime’s murderous use of poison gas is rarely a good idea. Show More Summary

Even Fake Law Enforcement Agencies Can Get Weapons of War for ‘Policing’

The GAO was able to acquire $1.2 million in weapons from the Pentagon posing as a fake law enforcement agency. It appears all law enforcement — even a “ fictitious federal agency ” — can get federally supplied weapons of war, with quite...Show More Summary

President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Is an Affront to the Core Tenets of the US Military

I’m a former Army captain, and the only thing I care about in a war zone is the competence of the person next to me. This morning, on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman desegregating the military, President Donald Trump announced...Show More Summary

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