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Trump Is Undermining the 2020 Census. Marginalized Communities Will Bear the Brunt.

Thanks to interventions by the current administration, vulnerable groups stand to lose the most in the upcoming Census. The United States census is constitutionally required to happen every 10 years, making 2020 the next year that this massive population and housing count will take place. Show More Summary

New Documents Underscore Problems of ‘Social Media Vetting’ of Immigrants

The government is plowing ahead with social media surveillance of immigrants despite questions of fairness and effectiveness. Documents recently obtained by the Daily Beast reinforce the many problems with the Department of HomelandShow More Summary

Why Can’t I Represent Incarcerated Arizonians if I Boycott Israel?

Arizona requires Mik Jordahl to promise not to boycott Israel before he can give legal service to people in need. He's suing. This piece was originally published by The Arizona Daily Star. Each year, I renew a contract to provide legal...Show More Summary

How a Supreme Court Ruling Could Embolden Police Retaliation Against Political Speech

The "no probable cause" rule makes it hard to sue police for retaliatory arrests. It could become law nationwide. Earlier this year, a photojournalist headed to a Black Lives Matter protest in Times Square against the New York Police Department, and took out his camera to film it. Show More Summary

How a Supreme Court Ruling Could Embolden Police Retaliation Against Political Speech

The "no probably cause" rule makes it hard to sue police for retaliatory arrests. It could become law nationwide. Earlier this year, a photojournalist headed to a Black Lives Matter protest in Times Square against the New York Police Department, and took out his camera to film it. Show More Summary

Returning Home to Memphis, Where Two Confederate Statues Are No More

In a strike against the legacy and reality of white supremacy, Memphis tore down two Confederate statues. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I returned home this month for my brother’s memorial service. The city looked different. The Memphis State University of my youth is now the University of Memphis. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand for Debtors’ Prisons

Jailing poor people simply for being poor was, is, and always will be unconstitutional. During the holiday season, many of us think about what we can do to help people struggling with poverty. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on the other...Show More Summary

When the Baltimore Police Locked Down Several Blocks of a Black Neighborhood

The ACLU of Maryland is seeking officers' body cam footage to investigate what happened at the cordon. On Nov. 15, Detective David Bomenka of the Baltimore Police Department reported that his partner, Detective Sean Suiter, had been shot by an unknown assailant whom Suiter had stopped in a vacant lot in the city’s Harlem Park neighborhood. Show More Summary

When Police Shoot a Man Who Was Stabbing Himself

The Minneapolis police put Marcus Fischer in an interview room. He started to cut himself, so they shot him. A suspect in an armed robbery is sitting alone in a police department’s interview room. He takes out a knife and begins cutting...Show More Summary

Who Can Clean Up the FCC’s Net Neutrality Mess?

There are three possible paths to the reinstatement of the net neutrality protections stripped away through last week’s vote. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission took the long anticipated, widely disparaged step of doing...Show More Summary

The Trump Administration Might Be Trying to Strip the Citizenship of an American Detainee Held in Secret

The Supreme Court has made clear that U.S. citizenship can only be voluntarily relinquished. Update (12/22/17): In its latest filing with the court, the government won’t say whether it is considering requiring the detainee to relinquish his American citizenship in exchange for his release from U.S. Show More Summary

Dreamers Shouldn’t Lose DACA Status When They Follow the Rules

We’re in court to make sure the Trump administration keeps its promises to Dreamers. This fall, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers young undocumented people who came to this country as children temporary permission to work and live here. Show More Summary

Roy Moore Follows in Trump and Kobach’s Footsteps by Pushing the Voter Fraud Myth

Crying ‘voter fraud’ over and over doesn’t make it true, but it does give lawmakers cover to push new voting restrictions. Last week, Doug Jones defeated former state judge Roy Moore in an upset victory. But Moore, who trails by over...Show More Summary

Trump’s Secret Rules for Killings Abroad

The American people need to know what the government is doing in our name. Perhaps Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most prescient and powerful speech was one he gave in 1967, called “ Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In that speech, during a generation-defining civil rights struggle, Dr. Show More Summary

A Comment Moderation Policy

Read our comment moderation policy and join the debate. To promote and encourage vigorous debate and discussion, we welcome all views from readers. However, we won’t approve comments that are off-topic ; contain violent or threatening...Show More Summary

Second Legal Battle Over Abortion Rights for Immigrant Teens Takes Unexpected Turns

The Trump administration allows two women to get abortions, but its anti-abortion policy still in place. In October, it was Jane Doe, a young woman from Central America, whom the Trump administration unsuccessfully tried to stop from getting an abortion. Show More Summary

ICE Continues to Detain Hundreds of Iraqis Despite Lack of Evidence of Flight Risk or Danger

A federal judge allowed hundreds of Iraqis time to reopen their cases but ICE wants to lock them up anyway. “What did we do to deserve this?” “If they’re being deported, why are they still in detention? And how long will they be there?” These...Show More Summary

It’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment to Sentence a Teenager to Die in Prison

Bobby Bostic was sentenced to 241 years for non-homicide crimes he committed as a teenager. That's unconstitutional. Should a teenager be sentenced to die in prison for a pair of armed robberies committed on a single day, in which no one was seriously hurt? According to the Missouri courts, the answer is yes. Show More Summary

The ACLU Mourns Janet Benshoof

Benshoof, a former director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, was a force for reproductive and human rights. The board of directors and staff of the American Civil Liberties Union mourn the passing of Janet Benshoof, a tireless...Show More Summary

Trump’s Muslim Ban Repeats the Constitutional Travesty Committed Against Japanese-Americans in World War II

The Korematsu decision in 1944 shows that unchecked deference to the executive branch endangers fundamental freedoms. On Dec. 8, 2017, a lawyer for the U.S. government stood before a federal appeals court to defend President Donald Trump’s third attempt to ban immigrants and visitors from predominantly Muslim countries. Show More Summary

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