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The Government Is Watching #BlackLivesMatter, And It’s Not Okay

A FOIA request reveals that DHS is surveilling #BlackLivesMatter activists. According to documents recently obtained by The Intercept in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the government is surveilling the #BlackLivesMatter...Show More Summary

Mississippi’s All Up in Your Google Activity

An attorney general is trying to police online speech by capitalizing on the reams of data Google stores about its users. An overzealous attorney general is trying to police online speech by capitalizing on the reams of data Google stores...Show More Summary

Rand Paul, Libertarian?

Paul is trading in the lie -- there's no other way to say it -- that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts Sen. Rand Paul has made safeguarding civil liberties a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, and he hasn't been afraid to take on his own party in that fight. Show More Summary

A Year After Ferguson, Little Has Changed

Body Cameras Have Helped, But Personal accountability for Police Violence Against Blacks Remains Elusive It has been a year since the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri galvanized the nation and the world. Any fears that the passage...Show More Summary

The US Must Follow Through on Its Promises to Protect the Victims of Modern-Day Slavery

The State Department claims to be in full compliance with its anti-trafficking commitments. The reality is starkly different. Modern-day slavery exists within our borders, and victims come from some of the most marginalized communities in the United States and abroad. Show More Summary

North Carolina’s Step Backward for Democracy

As we wrap up trial, a look at the evidence of North Carolina’s voter suppression. Tomorrow we will present closing arguments in our three-week trial challenging North Carolina’s repressive voting laws. Over the past weeks, we heardShow More Summary

President Obama Needs to Stop Repeating FDR’s Worst Mistake and End Family Detention Now

A federal judge blasts the administration’s inhumane family detention policy The Obama administration has repeatedly characterized its newly constructed family detention camps as “an effective and humane” way to keep families together,...Show More Summary

Nationwide Bar Exam Policies Force Breastfeeding Moms to Put Legal Careers on Hold. What Decade Are We Living In?

New “Report Card” Grades Each State Based On Policies for Accommodating Nursing Moms Taking the Bar Exam I was six months pregnant when I moved from California to Illinois last fall. I was already a licensed attorney in California, but I needed to take the Illinois bar exam in order to continue practicing law. Show More Summary

Transgender Women Are in a Fight for Their Lives. We Must Join Them.

Nearly eight months into the year, at least 11 transgender women have been murdered. This has to stop. In February, we blogged about how seven transgender women had been murdered in the United States. Now, five months later, that number is up to 11. Show More Summary

Deported Migrants Are Stripped of Their Dignity. They Shouldn’t Also Be Stripped of Their Belongings.

The U.N. must call on the U.S. to stop deporting migrants without their belongings and return the property of those they did. Sisters Imelda and Sandy traveled to the U.S. to reunite with their families in New Jersey when Border Patrol apprehended them near Columbus, N.M., from a rural town in Mexico. Show More Summary

You Should Not Have a Gun Pointed at Your Head

ICE and the Nashville Police Department agreed to pay a collective $310,000 to immigrants who were detained. When 13-year-old Benito came home from school on October 20, 2010, he thought it would be like any other day.  He dropped his bag off at home and ran out to play soccer with a cousin who also lived in his apartment complex. Show More Summary

Gavin Grimm Stood Up for Himself. Now We’re Standing With Him.

The ACLU is in court on behalf of our transgender client who just wants to use the bathroom. I will be standing up in court this morning on behalf of Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old boy who just completed his sophomore year at Gloucester High School. Show More Summary

The Equality Act Is a Visionary Piece of Legislation -- and Way Overdue

Members of Congress introduced legislation to amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 Something extraordinary happened Thursday to advance fairness and equality in the United States. Members of Congress introduced legislation toShow More Summary

What to Do If You Get Pulled Over by a Cop

Know your rights—and stay calm There are still a lot of questions to be answered about the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, who recently died tragically after three days in a Texas jail. A video released by the Texas Department of Public...Show More Summary

I Swore to Protect and Help My Country, but Sometimes Helping Your Country Doesn’t Mean Fighting a War

An openly transgender soldier’s thoughts on the military’s policy change The Pentagon announced  this month that the military will work on a policy  that allows transgender soldiers to serve openly. ACLU client Shane Ortega, a transgender solider, gives his thoughts on what this policy means. I’m still processing the news about the policy change. Show More Summary

Why Texas Is Wrong and South Carolina Is Right on the Confederate Flag

There's an easy test to figure out how First Amendment principles shake out: Who's speaking? This piece originally appeared at PostEverything on The ACLU joined calls this month for the state of South Carolina toShow More Summary

Happily Ever After: Religious Freedom Prevails at Walt Disney World

A Sikh mail carrier at Disney won’t be relegated to routes away from park guests because of his turban and beard. When Gurdit Singh was offered a job in 2008 as a mail carrier at Walt Disney World, he was thrilled. On his first day,Show More Summary

I’m a Christian Minister, and Here’s Why I Opposed Oklahoma’s Official Ten Commandments Display

The Ten commandments are sacred to me and that’s exactly why I felt compelled to take action to protect them. In the wake of the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling to remove the Ten Commandments monument erected at the state capitol, some...Show More Summary

What President Obama Didn’t Hear or Smell at El Reno

The president’s visit to a federal prison was historic but antiseptic. From several years of touring prisons, I’ve learned they all have a distinctive and oddly similar smell: sweat, human misery, and grime — sometimes overlain, butShow More Summary

The Movement for Basic Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT Americans Just Took a Big Step Forward

The EEOC ruled correctly that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. The movement for basic nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans just took a big step forward. Gay people all across the country now have a place to turn if an employer fires them because of their sexual orientation. Show More Summary

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