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Biglerville High School: Pennsylvania Graduation ‘Sexist’ Letter To Students Goes Viral, ACLU Issues ‘Gender Stereotyping’ Warning

Biglerville High School in Pennsylvania issued a “sexist letter” to students before senior awards night that has prompted a massive amount of backlash. The letter informs students that appropriate dress is mandatory for the pre-graduation event, but does so with wording that many have found both demeaning and offensive. Show More Summary

ACLU: Minneapolis Police Are Racist, Should Do Less Policing

(John Hinderaker) The Minneapolis Star Tribune cites a report by the American Civil Liberties Union on race and law enforcement in Minneapolis: People of color are more likely to be arrested for low-level crimes in Minneapolis compared...Show More Summary

Video Shows California Police Tackling Pregnant Woman to the Ground During Arrest

19 hours agoNews : Vice News

The ACLU has released footage of Barstow cops arresting a woman who is eight months pregnant after she refused to identify herself.

Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

yesterdayNews : Truthdig

Wikimedia A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police. The investigation reveals that blacks in that city are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than whites are. Show More Summary

Pregnant Mom Charlena Cooks Screams 'Please Stop' As Cops Wrestle Her To The Ground (WATCH)

A newly released police body cam video shows cops in California wrestle a pregnant woman to the ground and arrest her after she refuses to show them identification -- something the ACLU says she had every right to do. "Even if an officer...Show More Summary

Pregnant Mom Charlena Cooks Screams 'Please Stop' As Cops Wrestle Her To The Ground (WATCH)

A newly released police body cam video shows cops in California wrestle a pregnant woman to the ground and arrest her after she refuses to show them identification -- something the ACLU says she had every right to do. "Even if an officer...Show More Summary

Hollywood Bracing for ACLU Gender Probe, Possible Subpoenas

Will you be subpoenaed? Several options are on the table as Hollywood's hiring practices go under the microscope. read more

Can The ACLU Prove Hollywood Discriminates In Hiring Women? (Doubtful)

“Attacks on industry-wide practices are harder than on a single, outlier company, since an outlier exists against a backdrop that shows its possible to do better. In industry-wide cases, it becomes more challenging to prove that there is an adequate supply of qualified and interested candidates to begin with.”

Victory! UN Crime Commission Approves Mandela Rules on Treatment of Prisoners

Last week I was in Vienna, representing the ACLU at the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Meetings of the Crime Commission, as it's informally known, are sometimes contentious. But the commission's closing session on Friday afternoon was anything but. Show More Summary

Federal Court Overturns Arkansas Law Banning Abortions at 12 Weeks

A federal court has issued a ruling overturning a pro-life law in Arkansas that bans abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy. The ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the strongest pro-life law on the books in the nation on behalf of two abortion practitioners. The law requires a test to detect a fetal heartbeat […]

Video shows cops forcing pregnant woman to ground

3 days agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

ACLU says woman in Barstow, California who was eight months pregnant was arrested in scuffle with police for refusing to identify herself; a judge dismissed the charges against her

ACLU Asks Hollywood To Support Gender Equality; Will They?

After sending letters to state and federal agencies this month about Hollywood's failure to hire female directors, the ACLU has created a petition for professionals in the industry. Will they sign?

Thank you ACLU-NC

3 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Earlier this spring, we had an opening and fundraiser at Sally Mack Home, with proceeds going to the ACLU of North Carolina. The books have been settled, and we are happy to report that a $550 contribution has been made to the ACLU to support its important work. Thanks to everyone who attended and purchased art for the cause!

Hollywood and Female Directors

Hollywood and Female Directors From the Hollywood Reporter’s Jonathan Handel, a discussion of the ACLU’s call for an investigation of Hollywood’s “failure to hire” women directors and an analysis of how difficult such cases are to win. Feminist Law Professors

Obtained Emails Show FBI's General Counsel Briefly Concerned About Privacy Implications Of License Plate Readers

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

According to documents obtained by the ACLU, the FBI briefly had a crisis of (4th Amendment) conscience while putting together its license plate reader program. How it talked itself out of its privacy concerns remains secret, as do any policies or guidelines addressing potential privacy issues. Show More Summary

ACLU Cheers Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Filibuster, Explains What It Means For The NSA

Rand Paul has been taking a stand against the Patriot Act, getting a lot of attention for his filibuster. Much of America is ready for an end to bulk surveillance, yet reforms to the Patriot Act seem to have a real struggle getting through our legislative bodies. Show More Summary

ACLU Says Mayor's Proposed Campaign Ethics Rule Changes "Raise Significant Constitutional Issues"

Under a proposed new ethics rule, a city council member who organized an event—like this housing affordability town hall—couldn't engage in campaign activity within 300 feet or one hour of the event. City of Seattle The legislative director...Show More Summary

Obscure Agency May Have Role in ACLU Gender Inquiry

Several studios are federal contractors, bringing them under the jurisdiction of the little-known OFCCP. read more

Martha Coolidge: Blaming DGA For Lack Of Female Directors Is “Dangerous Side-Path”

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the ACLU's call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. Show More Summary

Rose Byrne Sides with the ACLU, Calls Hollywood out on Illegal, Sexist Hiring Practices - "It is beyond just misogyny. It’s legitimate discrimination based on gender, which is illegal."

last weekHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Rose Byrne is living proof that working independently to get ladies the opportunities they deserve doesn't mean you can't also call out the film industry's systemic (and obviously illegal) sexism.

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