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Want To Know About Racially Motivated Policing? Ask Literally Any Person of Color in Milwaukee

Racial profiling in Milwaukee is an unofficial standard that negatively affects multiple generations of Black and Latino peop Racial profiling in Milwaukee is as common to Black men as manhood itself. I’m a lifelong Milwaukeean and a Black man. Show More Summary

I was a Muslim Teen Under NYPD Surveillance. But Now I Have More Hope Than Ever.

I sued the biggest police department in the country in a stand for my community. My fight is just beginning. When I was 20 years old, I sued the largest police force in the country over its blanket surveillance of countless New York Muslims — me among them. The decision to join the lawsuit was a difficult one, to say the least. Show More Summary

This Letter Is Why the ACLU Protects the Constitutional Rights of Everyone in This Country

Sometimes the people here at the ACLU are reminded of why we do the work we do. Sometimes you’re reminded of why you do the work you do. I received that reminder recently when a friend of mine passed a letter to me after we convinced a federal judge to block President Trump’s first Muslim ban. Show More Summary

Why the Only Way to Fix the Muslim Ban Is Not to Have a Muslim Ban

The revised executive order has the same fundamental flaws. We’re going to keep fighting it. Today President Trump signed a new Muslim ban. The new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around the country have recognized, the original order was deeply flawed and totally unjustified. Show More Summary

We’ll See You in Court, 2.0: Once a Muslim Ban, Still a Muslim Ban

The evidence continues to be overwhelming that the most recent executive order was intended to discriminate against Muslims. This piece originally appeared at Just Security.  If a Muslim Ban is cleaned up to exclude Iraq, exempt lawful...Show More Summary

Revised Settlement Means Even Stronger Protection From NYPD Surveillance for New York’s Muslims

A proposed settlement would prevent a repeat of the NYPD's blanket surveillance of the city's Muslims. As religious bigotry rises to a fever pitch nationwide, New York City is leading by example against it. Today, a revised settlement...Show More Summary

Trump's Wiretapping Accusations: Here's What the Government Can Actually Do

Given the confusion that Trump’s tweets have caused, it’s crucial to understand how our surveillance laws actually work. On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump posted a series of angry tweets, accusing former President Barack Obama...Show More Summary

In Trump’s ‘Maternity Leave’ Plan, The Devil — and the Stereotypes — Are In the Details

The time for paid family leave for everyone is now. In Donald Trump’s speech to Congress this week, he surprised many by mentioning the need to “ensure new parents that they have paid family leave.” The president is correct about one...Show More Summary

A Private Prison Already Failed This Texas County. And Now Officials Want It Back?

Willacy County officials shouldn't let the false promises of prison profiteers seduce them into reopening Tent City. Ten years ago, Willacy County officials made a catastrophic mistake. And they’re about to make it again. In 2006, “Tent...Show More Summary

State Bills Would Give Adoption Agencies the Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Adoptive Parents. Kids Will Suffer.

Adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funds would be allowed to religiously discriminate against prospective parents. Amidst the chaos and perpetual deluge of shocking headlines out of D.C., state legislatures are quietly moving forward...Show More Summary

How Is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? We’ll Find Out.

The ACLU today filed FOIA requests seeking documents about whether Trump thinks he has a license to discriminate. There is no question that President Trump hopes to stop progress toward full LGBT equality and access to reproductive rights. Show More Summary

Medical Associations, School Administrators, and More Submit Briefs to the Supreme Court in Support of Transgender Student

They’re all standing with Gavin. So should you. When then-15-year-old Gavin Grimm testified before his school board two and a half years ago, he didn’t anticipate that his fight to simply be himself would land him at the Supreme Court. Show More Summary

The Trump Administration Is Threatening to Publicly Release the Private Data of Immigrants and Foreign Visitors

ACLU letter to all federal agencies warns that policy change implementation would be illegal. Over the last month, the Trump administration has waged a war on the rights of immigrants and foreigners — including by issuing a policy that...Show More Summary

Is Duane Buck Proof That the Supreme Court’s Moral Arc Is Bending Toward Racial Justice?

Justice Thomas notwithstanding, the Supreme Court moves to prohibit racial bias in capital cases. Thirty years ago, in McCleskey v. Kemp, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Georgia’s administration of the death penalty despite...Show More Summary

The ACLU Remembers Aileen Hernandez

Over her long and illustrious career, Aileen Hernandez was an eloquent defender of equality and justice for all. Aileen Hernandez, the first woman appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Council, co-founder of the National Organization...Show More Summary

Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Believe Employees Should Bear the Costs of Their Employer's Religious Beliefs?

Senators should ask Judge Gorsuch whether religious liberty means the right to impose harm on others. This post originally appeared at ACSBlog. Religious freedom protects the right to our beliefs. But does it protect the right of institutions to discriminate? The ACLU, a staunch defender of religious liberty, says no. Show More Summary

Oil and Water Don’t Mix: Why the ACLU Is Standing Up for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The ACLU has joined 34 tribes in asking a federal court to halt pipeline construction until an environment study can be done. On December 4, the Army Corps of Engineers did the right thing by refusing to give Energy Transfer Partners permission to build a portion of the nearly 1,200-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Show More Summary

The ACLU’s Next Endeavor: Organizing the People’s Power to Resist

We are fighting President Trump in court, but we need you to take our fight to the streets. In the weeks following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, we have seen the harms that his policies cause people around the world and theShow More Summary

President Trump’s executive order would unlawfully keep out 60,000 refugees who would have resettled in the U.S. this year. We’re fighting it.

Vulnerable people count on resettlement to build a new, safe life. When Eden gave birth to her first child, she was hoping to have her mother by her side. Instead, her mother was stuck, thousands of miles away, in Ethiopia. After extensive...Show More Summary

Admitting Refugees Makes America Great

I know because I worked in the White House to bring them to the United States. Since President Trump first issued an executive order slashing refugee admissions to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000, a certain irony keeps running through my mind. Show More Summary

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