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Being A Minority Teenager In New York: A High School Offered A Class Just On Dealing With The Police

A New York City high school last week invited the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) in to talk to their students about how to properly, and safely, assert their rights while dealing with the police, the New York Post is reporting. Show More Summary

Shamelessness Update: The Reverend Sharpton and Friends

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed him as a civil rights icon. President Obama sent an aide to read a message commending Mr. Sharpton’s “dedication to the righteous cause of perfecting our union.” Major corporations sponsored the lavish affair. Read all of The New York Times article.

Federal judge strikes down Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A federal judge struck down a Montana ban on gay marriage on Wednesday, saying that it violates the U.S. Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana said. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris overturned an amendment to the state’s constitution prohibiting same-sex marriages in...

Charter movement’s civil war: Meet the activist who says “unions get way too much blame”

Not all charter school advocates want to gut teacher tenure and unions. Activist Steve Barr has a different view

Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the Bipartisan Appeal of Criminal Justice Reform

last weekNews : Reason

Yesterday afternoon, representatives from Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the Charles Koch Institute, and the American Civil Liberties Union gathered before a packed audience to discuss "the future of bipartisan sentencing...Show More Summary

Nebraska ACLU Plans to Challenge Marriage Ban

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Next Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska plans to file a lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban. Omaha.com reports that in a recent email sent to "same-sex marriage supporters," Executive Director Danielle Conrad announced the suit, and...

Elizabeth Warren warns: Corporations are taking over the courts with GOP’s help

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The same corporate interests who have taken over control of Congress are now gaining control of U.S. courts, warned Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren told a gathering Sunday at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California that too many federal judges have been drawn in recent years...

ACLU: Gay Kansas coupled harmed by marriage delay

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Civil liberties attorneys are telling the U.S. Supreme Court that delaying gay marriage in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families. The American Civil Liberties Union responded to a request from Kansas to the court to maintain the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Justice Sonia Sotomayor directed the ACLU to [...]

Civil War Veterans: 1913

July 1913. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "Gettysburg reunion: G.A.R. & U.C.V. veterans at the encampment." Some of the 53,000 Civil War veterans, members of either the Grand Army of the Republic (Union troops) or the United Confederate Veterans, who reunited at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle there. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

Sir Richard Bishop unveils Tangier Sessions, paves the way for civil unions between man and guitar

For those of you planning on forgetting Valentine’s Day, there’s a perfect belated gift for your significant other: SIr Richard Bishop’s upcoming Tangier Sessions. Out February 17, the album is a solo acoustic improvisation entirely written on a 19th-century guitar that Bishop dug up while living in Geneva. Show More Summary

Obama awards posthumous Medal of Honor to Civil War veteran

President Obama has awarded Alonzo H. Cushing, first lieutenant in the Union Army, the Congressional Medal of Honor. In a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, Obama honored Cushing, who died in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Show More Summary

How New York City May Have Just Reformed Its Pot Policies Without A Ballot Initiative

The reaction of one police union president: “If the current practice of making arrests for both possession and sale of marijuana is, in fact, abandoned, then this is clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society." The post How New York City May Have Just Reformed Its Pot Policies Without A Ballot Initiative appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obama posthumously awards Medal of Honor to Civil War veteran

President Obama has awarded Alonzo H. Cushing, first lieutenant in the Union Army, the Congressional Medal of Honor. In a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, Obama honored Cushing, who died in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Show More Summary

Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama on Thursday recognized the heroism of a Union Army officer who was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, an honor that was more than 150 years in the making.

After 40 years of trying, a family will finally receive Medal of Honor for Civil War ancestor

More than 150 years after he was killed during the Civil War, Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing is being honored with the Medal of Honor. "Apparently he is the longest delayed Congressional Medal of Honor," Brooks Ensign, a relative of Cushing, told NBC Los Angeles. Show More Summary

ACLU and EFF Call Out Tennessee School District for Violating Students' Constitutional Rights

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

Some schools secretly spy on their students. Others make it official policy. Last week the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined together to send a letter to a Tennessee school board...Show More Summary

22 Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Moving Up Monday

Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Affiliate Marketing & Communications Coordinator American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) Communications and Brand Manager National Dance Institute (New York,Show More Summary

TODAY: Kansas Marriage Hearing

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Associated Press: A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage. The hearing Friday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU's request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages. Show More Summary

Visualizing the Union in 1861

Slate’s history blog, the Vault, has come through again with another incredible primary source from our Civil War. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I shared a Civil War board game. For those Americans who had trouble comprehending the relationship between the federal government and the states, along with the overarching importance of […]

Mediation fails in ACLU lawsuit over VA leases at West L.A. campus

Mediation between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Civil Liberties Union has failed to resolve a long-running dispute over leases on the sprawling West Los Angeles campus.

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