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Top 10 Reasons the ACLU Fights for Breastfeeding Rights

Moms need to be able to nurse babies in public in order to fully participate in the world. A few weeks ago, a mom named Jessie Maher was breastfeeding her baby in the cafeteria of a Target store in Connecticut when a belligerent manShow More Summary

Did the Supreme Court Really Just Issue an Emergency Order to Stop a 17-Year-Old Transgender Boy From Using the Boys Bathroom at School?

Gavin Grimm thought he could enter his senior year of high school with a fresh start, but the Supreme Court had other ideas. The Supreme Court granted an “emergency” stay yesterday to stop Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender boy from...Show More Summary

The Constitution: Still a Bestseller After All These Years

We sometimes forget that our founding document is as relevant today as it was when it was written 226 years ago. Throughout our 96-year history, the Constitution has guided so much of what we do at the ACLU — we strive to help people understand and care about our founding document and show how it’s relevant in our everyday lives. Show More Summary

Single Sex Facilities: Battleground and Opportunity

Today marks a pivotal fight in the restroom wars Today marks a pivotal fight in the restroom wars.  This morning, we will ask a federal judge to suspend North Carolina’s hateful anti-transgender law, known as HB2, which requires transgender...Show More Summary

In America, the UN Finds the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association Are Being Eroded, and Race Plays a Big Factor

A U.N. expert visited the U.S. to observe how the rights to assembly & association are protected. He wasn't impressed. The U.N.’s special rapporteur  on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association completed a 17-day...Show More Summary

Could Equal Pay, Paid Family Leave, and Pregnancy Protections Be the Issues That Bridge the Political Divide?

A look at what’s been happening in state legislatures suggests that they could. Is the push to make America’s workplaces more hospitable to parents and pregnant workers the last bipartisan issue? Listening to the rhetoric issued in speeches...Show More Summary

Chelsea Manning Faces Charges for Trying to Take Her Own Life

Chelsea Manning is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5th attempt to take her own life. Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials informing her that she is being investigated...Show More Summary

Victory: North Carolina Legislators Won’t Be Able to Suppress the Vote This Election

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter suppression law in its entirety. A federal appeals court today struck down the entirety of North Carolina’s voter suppression law in a sweeping victory for voting rights....Show More Summary

Did Their Backs Hurt Your Knives?

Abortion opponents feel betrayed by calls to repeal Hyde Amendment — what about the millions being denied access to care? For the first-time ever, the platform of a major political party includes an explicit call to repeal the Hyde Amendment,...Show More Summary

Patients Deserve Their Doctor's Best Medical Judgment, But Texas Bureaucrats Think They Know Better

State health officials are adding medically inaccurate information to a booklet designed to deter women seeking an abortion. This blog post originally appeared at the ACLU of Texas.  The doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of medical practice, and the foundation of that relationship is trust. Show More Summary

Black Lives Matter in Our Courtrooms Too

When attorney Andrea Burton refused to take off a Black Lives Matter button in court, the judge locked her up. This piece originally appeared at the ACLU of Ohio.  Attorney Andrea Burton didn’t walk into a local Youngstown courtroomShow More Summary

To Make Black Lives Matter, We Must Tear Down the Case Law that Gave Police the Power to Stop, Search, and Abuse

Police reform will go only so far unless we take the movement to the courtroom and resuscitate the Fourth Amendment. This piece originally appeared at The Guardian. Something is missing from the debate over police reform. Though police...Show More Summary

Checking up on Border Patrol Checkpoints to Stop Racial Profiling

I had no idea military-style checkpoints existed within the United States. This piece was first published in The Hill. Where are you going? Why are you going there? When did you purchase your vehicle? Can I search your car? Do you have a body in the trunk? These are some of the questions agents ask me when I cross through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Show More Summary

Will the 9/11 Defendants Ever Get a Fair Trial?

The government has been accused of destroying evidence in the 9/11 military commission, which has spanned more than a decade. I spent last week in Guantánamo Bay, where I was supposed to be observing four days of pre-trial hearings in the military commission prosecution of the 9/11 defendants. Show More Summary

A Young Woman Seeking an Abortion Needs Compassionate Care, not Unnecessary Hurdles.

Alaska Supreme Court overturns parental notice law for teenagers seeking abortion. The Alaska Supreme Court today found unconstitutional a law requiring physicians to notify a parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor seeking an abortion. Show More Summary

Welcoming Constitutional Expert David Cole as Our New National Legal Director

Cole will oversee the ACLU’s Supreme Court practice and the work of the organization’s nearly 300 lawyers We’re excited to tap David Cole, a leading constitutional law expert and litigator, to become our National Legal Director, leading our Supreme Court practice and overseeing the work of the organization’s nearly 300 lawyers. Show More Summary

In Secret Email, CIA’s Chief Lawyer Mocked ‘Pesky Little International Obligations’

Bush administration lawyers made the law into a joke, and no one has been held accountable. In response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the government has released several documents that shed new light on Bush administration lawyers’ attempts to evade the absolute prohibition on torture and abuse of prisoners. Show More Summary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Long Nightmare at Guantánamo Is Finally Coming to an End

After 14 years, the author of ‘Guantánamo Diary’ has been cleared for release from indefinite detention by the government. After 14 long years languishing at Guantánamo without charge or trial, Mohamedou Slahi has finally been cleared...Show More Summary

What Could Go Wrong With Asking Teachers To Monitor Kids for ‘Extremist’ Beliefs?

The FBI wants to implement a program to counter extremism in U.S. schools that’s similar to a disastrous one in the U.K. Are these the tell-tale signs of kids at risk of committing violence: An 8-year-old who wore a t-shirt saying he...Show More Summary

Puerto Rican Police Officials Find Out They Can’t Force Officers to Pray or Demote Them When They Refuse

It’s really simple: Government officials cannot punish subordinates for refusing to pray. How does a 13-year veteran of the Puerto Rico Police Department go from being a patrol officer to washing police cars? In the case of Officer Alvin Marrero-Méndez, all it took was refusing to participate in his boss’s official Christian prayers. Show More Summary

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