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It's Time to Go, Hyde Amendment

Our right to abortion access should not depend on our income or our ZIP code. Enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment turns 40 years old this year. The Hyde Amendment was introduced by the late Henry Hyde, a Republican from Illinois who sought to ban abortions outright. Show More Summary

Keith Lamont Scott's Disability May Have Gotten Him Killed, and He's Not The Only One

Race and disability shouldn't determine whether an encounter with police turns deadly. Last week in Charlotte, North Carolina, police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a Black man with a disability. This happens with gut-wrenching frequency. Show More Summary

Federal Court Says Ballot Selfie Ban Is Like Burning Down the House to Roast a Pig

In First Amendment victory, the court unanimously struck down New Hampshire’s law banning “ballot selfies.” In a victory for the First Amendment, a federal appeals court unanimously struck down New Hampshire’s law banning “ballot selfies.” In...Show More Summary

This November, Know Your Voting Rights

It’s now more important than ever to make sure you can vote on Election Day. When voters go to the polls this November, they will encounter a patchwork of different laws and policies, many of them new since the 2012 presidential election...Show More Summary

In Syracuse, A Child Can Be Thrown in Solitary for Singing Whitney Houston

A NYCLU lawsuit exposes a nightmarish jail where children are kept for months in isolation for minor misbehavior. Charnasha still suffers through sleepless nights because of her experience at the Onondaga County Justice Center. The Syracuse,...Show More Summary

A Week In, the Pardon Snowden Debate Keeps Heating Up

Despite government attempts to discredit him, the arguments in favor of Snowden and his whistleblowing continue to mount. It’s been a very eventful week since we launched the Pardon Snowden campaign. Since then, people worldwide have turned their attention back to the most famous whistleblower of our generation. Show More Summary

Unprecedented and Unlawful: The NSA’s “Upstream” Surveillance

Congress has never engaged in a meaningful public debate about Upstream surveillance — but it should. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) — the statute the government uses to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications — is scheduled to expire in December 2017. Show More Summary

Ahilan Arulanantham, ACLU Immigration Advocate and Newly Minted MacArthur Genius, Explains Why We All Should Care About Immigrants’ Rights

Arulanantham won the “genius” grant for his groundbreaking work on immigration reform. Q: What inspired you to work on immigrants’ rights? A: I come from a family of immigrants. I was born here but my parents are Sri Lankan Tamils. They came to this country when there was sporadic violence and widespread discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Show More Summary

Poverty Is Not a Crime, so Why Are People Being Trapped in Immigration Detention for Being Poor?

Immigrants shouldn’t be locked up just because they can’t afford bail. You shouldn’t be imprisoned for being poor. But that’s what’s happening to thousands of immigrants across the country who are unable to afford to pay a bond to be released from immigration detention. Show More Summary

Let There Be Light: Cities Across America Are Pushing Back Against Secret Surveillance by Police

Big Brother is watching local communities, some more than others. Think about how it feels when you are driving down a road, look in your rearview mirror, and notice a police car driving directly behind you. You tense up. You slow down. Show More Summary

Kids Like Esme Shouldn’t be Behind Bars

These kids asked for asylum. The U.S. government locked them up. They need a fair hearing. Nine-year-old Esme (a pseudonym) came to the United States with her mother and two siblings seeking asylum from violence in Central America. But rather than finding a safe haven, U.S. Show More Summary

Why President Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden did the right thing. It's not too late for President Obama to follow his example. This was originally published by the Los Angeles Times. Cases like Edward Snowden’s are precisely the reason the president’s constitutional...Show More Summary

At the UN Refugee Summit, Americans Should Examine Our Treatment of People Seeking Asylum — Not Just on a Boat in the Mediterranean, but at Our Border

The U.S. imagines itself as protector of the dispossessed, but that portrait doesn’t reflect reality. Around the world, more than 65 million people are currently displaced by conflict, amounting to the worst worldwide refugee crisis since World War II. Show More Summary

Religious Freedom Follies: Invoking Faith to Discriminate in Health Care

Religious freedom laws are a shield and not a sword to wield when seeking license to discriminate. On September 16, ACLU filed a motion to intervene in Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell on behalf of the ACLU of Texas and the River City Gender Alliance. Show More Summary

Texas Claims it ‘Zealously Protects the Physician-Patient Relationship.’ Tell That to Texas Women Trying to Access Abortion.

Texas has found a new avenue in its war on women's reproductive rights. On September 16, ACLU filed a motion to intervene in Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell on behalf of the ACLU of Texas and the River City Gender Alliance. In this three-part...Show More Summary

A New Front in the Religious Right’s Fight against Transgender People

This time, trans health care is the target. On September 16, ACLU filed a motion to intervene in Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell on behalf of the ACLU of Texas and the River City Gender Alliance. In this three-part blog series, we examine...Show More Summary

Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden. Today We’re Launching a Campaign to Make It Happen — and We’ve Got a Lot of Help.

The effort is supported by George Soros, Steve Wozniak, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Danny Glover, Jimmy Wales, Eve Ensler, and others. Thanks to Edward Snowden’s act of conscience, we’ve made historic strides in our fight for surveillance reform and improved cybersecurity. Show More Summary

North Dakota’s Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters. We Call It a State of Emergency for Civil Rights.

When Native American tribes joined forces to peacefully protest an oil pipeline, the governor called out the National Guard. Something historic is happening in North Dakota. People are protesting an oil pipeline. And the people who are...Show More Summary

The San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick Kneeled So That We May All Stand Taller

Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest was his right, and it was right. It’s hard to speak with your face pressed against concrete. Or when you can’t breathe. Or with a broken neck. And even when you manage to speak, people in power seek to silence you. Show More Summary

Darsean Kelley Knew His Rights. He Got Tased Anyway.

Darsean Kelley was tased by Colorado police for no reason. He knew his rights and said so. And it’s all on video. Police in Aurora, Colorado, got a call about a man pulling a gun on a kid. They had no description of the suspect. On their...Show More Summary

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