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ACLU Challenges Virginia School for Barring Trans Boy from Bathroom

On behalf of a trans high schooler, the ACLU argues "privacy" in bathrooms can easily be handled without being discriminatory. read more

NSA dumps incriminating documents on Christmas Eve

2 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

At 1:30pm on Christmas Eve, the NSA dumped a huge cache of documents on its website in response to a long-fought ACLU Freedom of Information Act request, including documents that reveal criminal wrongdoing. Read the rest

NSA releases documents confirming a decade of illegal spying on Americans

On Christmas Eve, the NSA released redacted documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the ACLU that confirm that the agency illegally spied on Americans for more than a decade. In addition to monitoring...Show More Summary

NSA releases 12 years of damaging oversight reports on Christmas Eve

The National Security Agency released documents on Christmas Eve revealing surveillance activities that “may have violated the law for U.S. policy over more than a decade,” reports David Lerman at Bloomberg. Compelled by an ACLU FIOA...Show More Summary

Indiana School District Sued For Refusing To Allow Gay-Straight Alliance

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

A school district in western Indiana was just slapped with a lawsuit filed by the ACLU for refusing to offer students a Gay-Straight Alliance. The North Putnam Community School Corporation in Bainbridge, located 35 miles outside of Indianapolis, has been accused of violating the First Amendment rights of the members of the North Putnam High School GSA. In November, the […]

Open thread for night owls: The horrific stories of CIA-sponsored torture not in the Senate report

Senior staff attorney Steven Watt at the ACLU's Human Rights Program writes The horrific stories of CIA-sponsored torture that aren’t in the Senate report. An excerpt: As bad as the stories in the Senate torture report are, there is a whole class of victims who aren’t even mentioned. Show More Summary

Indiana school says students can’t form gay-straight alliance — now they’re fighting the ACLU

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is stepping in to help a trio of Indiana high school students establish a gay-straight alliance (GSA) group at their school. According to the Greencastle, Indiana Banner-Graphic, the administration at North Putnam High School in Roachdale has denied the...

America is the world’s largest jailer — and its prison population is growing again: report

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The ACLU calls the U.S. the largest jailer in the world, holding roughly 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite the fact that national population represents only 5 percent of the world’s. After a three-year decline in the incarcerated population that began in 2010—a hopeful counter to...

ACLU, Human Rights Watch call on Eric Holder to appoint special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. civil rights groups on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations. The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Attorney General...

Growing Chorus Demands Criminal Investigation into Torture Program

Calls for a criminal investigation into the Bush-era torture program described in the Senate report released earlier this month are beginning to mount. The ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter today to the Justice Department,...Show More Summary

ACLU Sues Ferguson School District For Excluding Blacks

The ACLU claims the school board lacks diversity because of the way it conducts elections. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act… African-Americans of voting age are a minority within the district, but black children [...]

Nothing Changes: Cops Still Threatening Citizens, Breaking Laws To Shut Down Recordings

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The NYPD should know better. In August, it handed a $125,000 settlement to a man it arrested for recording officers performing a stop-and-frisk. A month earlier, the ACLU sued the NYPD in federal court to prevent the NYPD from arresting the people recording them. Show More Summary

ACLU Sues Ferguson School District over Lack of Diversity

last weekNews : Mediaite

The ACLU has filed a suit against the Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri, claiming a deliberate lack of diversity on the school board as a result of the way the district conducts elections.

Why Has the ACLU Hired an Internet Infrastructure Technologist?

Last March, I started working as a technologist for the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology project. Part of the job is helping the ACLU’s lawyers to better understand the technical details of their legal work. But I'm also taking...Show More Summary

DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Gerald Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Show More Summary

FLORIDA: ACLU Files SCOTUS Response To Bondi's Stay Demand

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the ACLU Of Florida: The American Civil Liberties Union filed a response at the United States Supreme Court today stating that the Court should reject Florida’s request for further extension of the stay placed on a federal court’s decision that struck down Florida’s ban on allowing and recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. Show More Summary

ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System

The election rules in Ferguson all but ensure that white school board members will set policies for black students. The post ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson-area school district strips power from black voters, ACLU says

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against a school district that serves Ferguson, Mo., alleging that the district disenfranchises black voters.

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

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