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I Want to Be My Child’s Primary Caregiver, But My Employer J.P. Morgan Chase Treats That as a Woman’s Job

I’ve filed a sex discrimination claim against J.P. Morgan Chase because fathers can be primary caregivers, too. Last week, my wife and I were overjoyed to welcome our second child into this world. Our older son is 2, and our baby son is just nine days old. Show More Summary

This Secret Court Opinion Reveals Mystery Tech Firm Challenged NSA Surveillance Order

It’s the first known challenge by an internet company to spying under section 702 of FISA A previously secret document we released today shows that in 2014, an internet company challenged government surveillance demands issued underShow More Summary

The U.S. Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal Information With Other Governments, and We’re Demanding Answers

Eight civil liberty groups worldwide demand information on their governments' international intelligence sharing. While the ACLU’s focus on foreign intelligence surveillance typically centers on the U.S. government’s National Security Agency, intelligence collection actually operates on a global scale. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Strikes Down a Nationality Law That Treated Fathers Differently Than Mothers Based on Outdated Stereotypes

Under the law, mothers could more easily transfer citizenship to their children born abroad than could their fathers. In a step forward for gender equality, the Supreme Court struck down yesterday a nationality law that treated U.S. citizen fathers and mothers differently. Show More Summary

One Year After the Orlando Nightclub Shooting, Solidarity Continues Its Struggle Against the Forces of Division

The anniversary is a reminder that those who try to sow fear and hatred fail more than they succeed. On the morning of June 12, 2016, I awoke to the horrifying, devastating news that there had been a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Show More Summary

‘If We Are Deported, Who Benefits?’

What happened to me could happen to any one of the 750,000 young people whose lives depend on the endangered DACA program. This piece originally appeared on Politico. Until a few weeks ago, I was working as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in a suburb of Atlanta. Show More Summary

Jessica Colotl’s Story Reveals President Trump’s Broken Promise to Protect Dreamers from Deportation

The government’s actions send a frightening message to all Dreamers living in fear and uncertainty under Trump. Let’s say you’re a high school or college student or recent graduate who came to the United States from somewhere else as a child. Show More Summary

Jessica Lenahan Lived Through a Domestic Violence Nightmare and Emerged as a Heroic Advocate for Police Reform

After her girls were kidnapped by her husband and killed, Jessica has worked to ensure police accountability ever since. On June 22, 1999, Jessica Lenahan’s estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped their three daughters from the front yard in Castle Rock, Colorado, in violation of a domestic violence order of protection. Show More Summary

Is the State of Missouri Deliberately Trying to Suppress the Vote as Elections Loom?

Without a real public education campaign and sufficient funding, the new voter ID law is just another barrier to the ballot. Last November, Missourians approved a ballot measure which cleared the way for legislators to pass a bill to make a photo ID a requirement for voting. Show More Summary

After James Comey’s Testimony, Here’s Where We Are, and Here’s Where We’re Going

Comey gave us a lot to think about today, but he also gave senators a lot to investigate. They should begin immediately. Not since the Watergate hearings more than 40 years ago has the entire country tuned into a Senate hearing to hear firsthand about wrongdoing by the president of the United States. Show More Summary

Trump, Hypocritically, Moves to Make Temporary Surveillance Powers Permanent

Trump makes an about face on surveillance and thumbs his nose at congressional oversight in the process. President Trump thinks surveillance is just “terrible.” “You look at the extent of surveillance,” he laments. “Me and so many other...Show More Summary

We Spoke With One of the Only Abortion Providers Left in the State of Alabama. Here’s What She Had to Say.

Dr. Yashica Robinson has faced protestors, threats, and laws designed to close her clinic, but she won’t back down. Last week, the ACLU caught up with physician Yashica Robinson, an abortion provider from Alabama and recipient of the 2017 George Tiller, M.D. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Police Need a Warrant for Sensitive Cell Phone Data

In most states, police do not need a warrant to access a person’s phone location records. We think they should. The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a landmark case that will determine how the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution...Show More Summary

The Government Just Asked The Supreme Court to Revisit the Muslim Ban. Here’s What Comes Next.

The Trump administration seeks once more to resuscitate its discriminatory Muslim ban, and we’ll fight it to the end. In the late hours of Thursday night, the Trump administration requested that the Supreme Court review the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that refused to let the president’s Muslim ban go forward. Show More Summary

Why Did a Private Security Contractor Treat Standing Rock Protesters Like ‘Jihadists’?

New documents confirm reports that private military contractors are being used to suppress legitimate and peaceful protests. During my week-long visit to Standing Rock in January 2017, I listened to many water protectors speak aboutShow More Summary

We’ve Read the Trump Administration Draft Rule on Contraceptive Coverage, and It’s Frightening

The Trump administration’s attack on women’s health is not coming to an end anytime soon, according to the leaked document. On Wednesday, Vox published a draft interim rule to alter the rule that requires workplace insurance plans to include coverage of contraception without a co-pay. Show More Summary

We Need School in Prison, and States Must Take the Lead

Incarcerated young people are students in need of enrichment, not monsters in need of containing. Earlier in May, the Trump administration fired Amy Lopez, the first superintendent of the education system in the federal Bureau of Prisons,...Show More Summary

Why Trump’s Newest Parental Leave Proposal Still Doesn’t Cut It

The president’s new plan is a double-edged sword that will hurt women’s equality in the workplace. Last week, the Trump administration released its budget request to Congress and included a proposal for six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents. Show More Summary

I Was Taken From My Family and Jailed For 57 Days Because I Am Poor

No one should be arrested for being too poor to pay traffic tickets. I was, and I’m suing so it can’t happen to anyone else. “I don’t care if you have one, two, three, four, five, six, or seven kids.” This is what the judge told me when I tried to explain that I was a single mom with seven kids. Show More Summary

Here’s What it Looks Like to Grow Up Undocumented in America

I grew up like any other kid in Atlanta. But as I got older, I realized my family had a secret. And then I told the world. Jessica Colotl came to the United States from Mexico with her family when she was 11 and grew up undocumented in the U.S. Show More Summary

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