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Yesterday, Charged with Assaulting a Reporter. Today, Charged with Defending the Constitution.

Greg Gianforte body slammed a reporter in Montana. He’s now a congressman with a duty to defend the First Amendment. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska had it right : “If the First Amendment means anything, it means you can’t body-slam a journalist.” Sadly, that lesson seems to be lost on some of Sen. Show More Summary

Civil Rights Movement Is a Reminder That Free Speech Is There to Protect the Weak

If we don’t stand up for the First Amendment when abhorrent speech is censored, the powerless will be hurt most in the end. We at the ACLU are often criticized for our unyielding defense of free speech rights. Even our closest allies...Show More Summary

The Alabama Governor Just Signed a Bill That Will Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Alabamians

Alabama takes a step closer to correcting its discriminatory felon disenfranchisement law. Approved in 1901, the Alabama Constitution disqualifies from voting any citizen convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” That may atShow More Summary

Why Jeff Sessions Is the Best Argument for Reducing Prosecutorial Power

When we can’t stop prosecutors like Jeff Sessions from taking power, we can still do a lot better job containing them. Rumors of the demise of the War on Drugs have been greatly exaggerated, but there have been some recent signs of a draw down. Show More Summary

HRC Marks the Start of Ramadan

This year for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, HRC Foundation is launching an online campaign to tell the stories of LGBTQ Muslims and their allies. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when God revealed the Qur’an to...Show More Summary

HRC Submits Testimony in Support of UN Human Rights Council

HRC submitted testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in response to the committee’s hearing entitled “Assessing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).” HRC strongly supports the work of the UNHRC because, as HRC’s...Show More Summary

The Muslim Ban ‘Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus, and Discrimination,’ Rules Federal Appeals Court

The Fourth Circuit’s ruling today affirms that no one is above the law, not even the president. We should all feel proud today. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the Muslim ban to go into effect. Step by step, point...Show More Summary

The Summer of Action Grassroots Organizing Training

The purpose of pride season has always been to join together, celebrate our progress and energize ourselves for the work that still needs to be done to achieve full equality. And with the Trump Administration actively trying to destroy...Show More Summary

Second National “I Am Jazz” School and Community Readings a Huge Success

Post submitted by Johanna Eager, Welcoming Schools Program Director Last week, thousands of people across the country in 23 states came together to read I Am Jazz on May 18 in a tremendous show of support for transgender and non-binary children. Show More Summary

Congressional Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Anti-LGBTQ Violence in Chechnya

Earlier today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee debated and passed a bipartisan resolution, House Resolution 351, condemning the violence and persecution of LGBTQ people in Chechnya. The resolution, which was introduced two days earlier by Rep. Show More Summary

Partnering for Kid Power

How a group of funders, sponsors and celebrity champions helped UNICEF create a movement that keeps kids active and saves lives.

Unite. Resist. Enlist.: 5 Ways You Can Join HRC’s Summer of Action

HRC staff and thousands of volunteers will be deployed across the country to lead more than 250 local events in more than 45 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. for our Summer of Action pride events. The theme is simple: Unite, resist and enlist against attacks that undermine the LGBTQ community. Show More Summary

HRC Mississippi Joins Second Annual Pride in Oxford

Post submitted by HRC Faith Organizer Daniel Ball Recently, HRC Mississippi joined the city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies to celebrate the second annual Oxford Pride. The...Show More Summary

Civil Rights Organizations Urge President Trump Not To Appoint David Clarke to Key DHS Position

Today, HRC released a letter from the nation’s leading civil rights organizations calling on President Donald Trump and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly not to appoint controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff...Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 25, 2017

HRC LAUNCHES SUMMER OF ACTION TO SPUR MILLIONS OF SUPPORTERS TO ‘UNITE. RESIST. ENLIST.’ Today, HRC launched a nationwide summer of action anchored by more than 250 grassroots events from coast to coast. The theme of these events -- “Unite. Show More Summary

HRC Launches Summer of Action to Spur Millions of Supporters to “Unite. Resist. Enlist.”

HRC launched a nationwide summer of action anchored by more than 250 grassroots events from coast to coast. The theme of these events -- “Unite. Resist. Enlist.” -- reflects the goal of HRC’s summer of action: to empower and mobilize...Show More Summary

DeVos Refuses to Commit to Basic Civil Rights Protections in School Choice Program

Earlier today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and refused to stand up for LGBTQ students. The hearing focused...Show More Summary

California Continues to Lead the Battle for LGBTQ Equality

Post submitted by HRC western regional field organizer Christopher Cooke Last week, western regional field organizer Christopher Cooke and several HRC members joined Equality California and coalition partners for LGBT Advocate Day 2017...Show More Summary

WATCH: HRC Youth Ambassadors Discuss Mental Health for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and through HRC’s new partnership with Mental Health America, HRC is shining a light on the mental health needs and challenges for many LGBTQ youth. The cumulative impact of family rejection,...Show More Summary

Right Now We’re Living the ‘Allegory of Bad Government,’ and We Have an Obligation to Resist It

A series of 14th century paintings holds up a mirror to the threats to our democracy. On April 25, I was thrilled to deliver a TED Talk in Vancouver. I’m a lover of Italian art, and one of my favorite old masters is Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Show More Summary

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