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Blog Profile / Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the ACLU

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Archived Since:July 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting

This year, when a large number of families and children arrived in the United States seeking protection, the U.S. government's primary response has been to expand family detention and accelerate deportations. This Monday, the ACLU and...Show More Summary

Not Having a Roof Over Your Head Can Mean Jail Time: The Criminalization of Homelessness

Kilee Lowe was sitting in a park when cops picked her up and booked her into jail overnight. After she got out the next morning, she returned to the park. The same officer who had thrown her into a cell not 24 hours before had booked her again. Show More Summary

Pushed into Homelessness by Their Own Government

On the outskirts of Florida's Miami-Dade County, dozens of individuals formerly convicted of sexual offenses live as exiles on an abandoned strip of land near a railroad track. The area has no shelter from the elements, no running water, and no bathrooms. Show More Summary

How Can a Three-Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo, aShow More Summary

Free Speech for Some Means Free Speech for None

In honor of Free Speech Week, let's take a moment to acknowledge the obvious. Free speech is incredibly, almost unbelievably important, especially in a democracy. It can also be unpleasant, uncomfortable and even downright offensive....Show More Summary

"The Constitution Was Written for Everyone, Not Just for People Who Make $100,000 a Year"

You may not have heard of the lawsuit Hurrell-Harring v. New York, but you've probably heard of your "right to an attorney" as an American. As seen on just about every episode of "Law & Order," when people are arrested, they are informed...Show More Summary

Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Made-Up Torture Loophole?

Twenty years ago, the United States ratified an international treaty banning the use of torture and cruelty worldwide. Three successive American presidents, with bipartisan support, threw their weight behind the treaty – Ronald Reagan signed it in 1988, George H.W. Show More Summary

Not Easy, But She's Not Sorry: Elle Magazine's Must-Read Personal Story on Why Guilt Shouldn't Factor Into the Abortion Equation.

Research shows that nearly one in three women will have an abortion by age 45. So why are we so afraid to talk about it? Elle Magazine certainly isn't. This month's issue, which hits newsstands this week, brings us a lengthy, first-person...Show More Summary

The Torture Secrets Are Coming

Once you've seen the Abu Ghraib photos, they're not easily forgotten. The hooded man, the electrodes, the naked bodies piled upon each other, and the grinning soldier with a thumbs up. The images are the stuff of nightmares. They'reShow More Summary

Senate Democrats: Refugee Mothers and Children "Should Not Be Treated Like Criminals."

In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson yesterday, 10 Democratic senators, including all of the party's leaders, wrote: "Mothers and their children who have fled violence in their home countries should not be treated...Show More Summary

Do We Really Still Need Free Speech Week?

You bet. More than two centuries since the Bill of Rights was drafted, we continue to see a fundamental lack of understanding on government's part of just what freedom of speech means. Nowhere was that more apparent recently than inShow More Summary

On Leak Prosecutions, Obama Takes it to 11. (Or Should We Say 526?)

James Risen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He's also currently under subpoena, possibly facing jail time, because of his reporting. Specifically, he's being investigated because of an article on a CIA ploy to hinder Iran's quest for a nuclear bomb that went epically sideways and may have actually helped Iran along. Show More Summary

You Can't "De-Gay" Our GSA

My school, South Garland High School in Garland, Texas, is really large and diverse. It’s also right outside of Dallas, so it’s not like the fact that gay people exist is something new here. But I do still sometimes hear the word “faggot”...Show More Summary

A Great Day for Seven Americans Formerly on the No Fly List

An extraordinarily secret government blacklist just got a little bit less secret. Seven American citizens who were banned by the government from air travel received word yesterday evening that they are cleared to fly. For them, the notice ends a years-long struggle to find out why they were blacklisted and clear their names. Show More Summary

A Psychotic Episode Shouldn't End in a Jail Cell

Michelle Mata wants to be treated the way you would want your mom to be treated. She's an aunt and a neighbor. She likes line dancing. And she suffers from major depressive disorder with psychotic features. When people like Michelle have a mental health crisis, people often call the cops. Show More Summary

VIDEO: Yes, Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Records Violates the Constitution

EDITOR'S NOTE: A resounding win! A Philadelphia audience sided squarely with team civil liberties in a debate hosted yesterday by Intelligence Squared. Arguing for the motion, "Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Records Violates the Constitution,"...Show More Summary

Federal Appeals Court Tells Obama Administration to Stop Imprisoning Immigrants for No Reason

A federal appeals court sent a clear message to the Obama administration this week: stop locking away immigrants without bond based on old criminal convictions. The court on Tuesday held that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...Show More Summary

Boston Police Have a Racially Biased Policing Problem, and a Golden Opportunity to Reform

During the summer of 2011, then-19-year-old Ivan Richiez was robbed at gunpoint and pistol-whipped by two men in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Bruised and bloodied, Ivan walked home passed the local Boston Police Department (BPD) precinct. Show More Summary

After 9 Years, Manuel Velez, an Innocent Man, is Free at Last

At 12:32 p.m. ET, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas, air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What's ironic about watching him walk out of this...Show More Summary

How Many People Must Be Maimed or Killed Before We End the Militarization of Our Police Forces?

Yesterday, a grand jury in Habersham County, Georgia, decided not to bring charges against the police officers who threw a flashbang grenade into the crib of Bounkham Phonesavanh, known affectionately as "Baby Bou Bou." The explosion...Show More Summary

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