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Small-Town Activists Stand Up to a Coal Ash Landfill and Win a Major Victory for Free Speech

The landfill sued four activists for $30 million for speaking out against a landfill in their community. For the first time in almost a year, four residents of Uniontown, Alabama, woke up Wednesday without the dark cloud of an unjust multi-million dollar-lawsuit hanging over their heads. Show More Summary

Social Networking Powerhouse Facebook Steps Forward to Bar Discriminatory Advertising on Its Site

All Americans deserves access to the same opportunities, including those presented by online ads. Facebook agrees. Online advertisers wield immense power. With any given ad, they can reach the consumers they have in mind by targeting specific groups of people with exquisite detail. Show More Summary

ACLU and Other Groups Ask for Emergency Hearing on the Muslim Ban from International Human Rights Body

It’s hard to find a U.S. commitment under international law that Trump’s ban doesn’t violate. The ACLU, joined by more than 40 other groups, is taking the fight against President Trump’s immoral and unconstitutional Muslim ban to the...Show More Summary

This Supreme Court Case Could Affect Trans Lives for Generations

Gavin Grimm’s heroic fight for trans rights makes its way to the Supreme Court on March 28. In a new video featuring ACLU client Gavin Grimm and his mom Deirdre Grimm, the two reflect on Gavin’s fight to be treated with dignity and respect...Show More Summary

New Documents Show This TSA Program Blamed for Profiling Is Unscientific and Unreliable — But Still It Continues

Our report finds that the TSA has loads of material debunking the agency's wasteful and ineffective program. Yawning. Whistling. Being distracted. Arriving late for a flight. Are people who do these things at the airport showing signs of deception? The Transportation Security Administration apparently thinks so. Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s Pick for the EPA Is Stonewalling on Releasing Records Linking Him to the Fossil Fuel Industry, So We’re Suing for His Compliance

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a long history of fighting public transparency and accountability. As the Senate moves to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency this week,...Show More Summary

ACLU Announces Expansion Plan to Fight Trump Policies

The surge in donations will fund sustained litigation, grassroots mobilization, and increased advocacy in battleground states The last several weeks have been breathless and agonizing — but also exhilarating — for us at the ACLU.  Breathless...Show More Summary

Flying Home From Abroad, a Border Agent Stopped and Questioned Me … About My Work for the ACLU

“Do you understand why someone might have a different perspective about you?” the border agent asked me. Last week, I was flying home from a work trip and faced Customs and Border Protection questioning unlike anything I’ve ever experienced...Show More Summary

Court Leaders Nationwide Send Message to Debtors’ Prisons: Courts Are Not ATMs.

Being poor shouldn’t be a crime. New guidelines direct judges to make sure it isn’t. Last week, state court leaders from across the nation took critically important action against debtors’ prisons to ensure that people are not locked...Show More Summary

Trump's Muslim Ban Flies in the Face of International Law and Treaties the US Has Ratified

The Trump administration's lack of respect for refugee and human rights law is charting a dangerous course for the world. This piece originally ran at Al Jazeera English.  The day after US President Donald Trump signed his now notorious Muslim ban, he spoke with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. Show More Summary

Racial Disparities In Student Arrests Is An Epidemic Affecting Children Nationwide

Law and order policing has no place in our schools, where it adds to racial injustice and undermines education. Black students make up 15.5 percent of school enrollment nationwide but a staggering 33.4 percent of students arrested. This...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling History When Ruling on Disability Rights Cases

So far, Gorsuch’s rulings indicate either an ignorance of basic disability rights principles or a hostility toward them. On Tuesday night, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge, as his nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court. Show More Summary

Should Your Boss’s Religious Beliefs Dictate Your Health Insurance Coverage? Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch Thinks So

Judge Gorsuch's rulings on religious freedom did not consider the impact employers’ beliefs could have on female employees. One of the most popular components of the Affordable Care Act is the requirement that health insurance companies...Show More Summary

Don’t Let Trump Normalize Guantánamo

An ACLU attorney reports back on the first Gitmo military commission hearing since Trump took office. There has been much talk lately about the dangers of normalizing President Trump’s extreme policy ideas and behavior. As a third presidential...Show More Summary

If We Care About Abortion, Asking Judge Neil Gorsuch His Opinion on Roe v. Wade is Not Enough

Beware of those who would decimate abortion access while paying lip service to Roe. Now that President Trump has nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to be considered for the Supreme Court, one question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s his position on Roe v. Show More Summary

Discrimination Under the Guise of ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Still Discrimination, President Trump

President Trump’s anti-LGBT agenda is still taking shape, and we’re staying vigilant. Following press reports that the White House was considering issuing an executive order that would roll back and undermine nondiscrimination protections...Show More Summary

ACLU Vence Las Políticas Discriminatorias de Trump En Su Primera Semana Como Presidente

Un juez federal paró la prohibición migratoria musulmana de Trump a petición de ACLU. Hoy es un día extraordinario. Cuando Donald Trump fue electo presidente, prometimos que si él trataba de implementar políticas inconstitucionales y anti-americanas, lo llevaríamos a los tribunales. Show More Summary

Here Is Some of the Human Misery Caused by President Trump’s Muslim Ban From Those Most Impacted

We’ve collected some of most heartbreaking quotations from people affected by Trump’s executive order. With the sweep of his pen, President Donald Trump caused the U.S. immigration system to go into total disarray and sowed global chaos and confusion on Friday afternoon. Show More Summary

In President Trump’s First Week, ACLU Hands Him First Stinging Rebuke

A federal judge has stayed Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban. This is a remarkable day. When Donald Trump was elected president, we promised that if he tried to implement his unconstitutional and un-American policies that we would take him to court. Show More Summary

We’ll See You in Court: Why Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees Violates the Establishment Clause

The executive order targets Islam and gives preference to Christians refugees in violation of the Establishment Clause. This piece originally appeared at Just Security.  According to the Supreme Court, “the clearest command of the Establishment...Show More Summary

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