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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

Polish Parliament Drops Debate on Extending Civil Unions to Gay Couples

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Lawmakers in Poland have overwhelmingly voted against any discussion on a proposal to provide for civil partnerships

Poland Again Rejects Civil Unions

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

By a vote of 215-146, Polish lawmakers have rejected placing a civil unions bill on the agenda for the coming legislative session. Nearly 100 legislators reportedly abstained or refused to vote. This is the fourth consecutive year that such an action was rejected. Show More Summary

Video: Calif. Police Slam Pregnant Woman to Ground Belly First for Refusing to Show ID

Officials in Barstow, Calif. are maintaining that a pregnant woman involved in a January altercation “actively resisted arrest,” in the wake of the American civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California releasing body cam footage of the incident, the Desert Dispatch reports.

The guardian of Loudoun County’s records left few records of his own

The Civil War had just begun, but the justices of the Loudoun County Circuit Court knew it would not be long before the Union Army arrived in Leesburg. And the judges knew what that meant: The troops would overtake the county courthouse and destroy more than a century’s worth of deeds and documents dating to Loudoun’s founding in 1757. Read full article >>

Hong Kong parliament to discuss same-sex unions

2 days agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The Hong Kong legislature is set to debate the legalisation of civil unions between gay couples this year, reports Gay Star News. [ more › ]

The Memorial Day Message That Is Missing

This weekend, social media is filled with messages asking us to remember the Americans who have died defending our country and our freedom. Memorial Day, first established in 1866 to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War, is now a day...Show More Summary

5 Memorable Memorial Day Speeches in American History

Memorial Day, a federal holiday since 1967, originated from the American Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. During the early 20th century the occassion has been extended to recognize all Americans who have sacrificed their life during military conflict.

A Holiday Weekend Of Whine And Roses

It is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. The holiday originally was called Decoration Day and was a day of remembrance for Union soldiers who died in the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include soldiers who died in any war. As always, I’ve hung an American flag outside of [...]

VICE News Capsule - Friday, May 22

last weekNews : Vice News

Guinea copes with an increase in Ebola cases, Rome's first civil unions, China's success in reducing carbon emissions, and Brazilian scientists propose saffron to fight dengue fever.

Texas Republican Comes Out For Gay Marriage As State House Passes 'Pastor Protection Act'

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The first Republican Texas lawmaker in history has come out in support of same-sex marriage. GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, who represents a Houston-area district and had previously expressed support for civil unions, came out for marriage equality in an interview...

New App Saves Your Video Even If Police Try To Delete It

A new app promises to help citizen journalists record police actions. Mobile Justice CA, a new mobile app from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, allows users to automatically send recordings of police activity to the ACLU. Show More Summary

Poll: Majority of Americans Want the Patriot Act Reformed

As the Senate grapples with whether to extend, modify or allow parts of the Patriot Act to expire in June, a new poll commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union finds that most of the country believes the post-9/11 national security...Show More Summary

Salma Hayek Speaks Out on Hollywood's Failures to Women

Variety partnered with UN Women to host a panel on the subject of gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival in support of Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign. The discussion comes after the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent request for a federal and state investigation into the lack of hiring female directors. Show More Summary

New UN Report Slams US Human Rights Record - Rights Watchdog

A new UN Human Rights Council report reveals hundreds of major human rights violations in the United States, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dawar said in a statement.

US Human Rights Organization Strongly Criticizes Tsarnaev’s Death Sentence

The death sentence given to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday is contrary to the documented opinions of most people in the US state of Massachusetts, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel Marries Same Sex Partner

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

By Miranda Alexander-Webber and Clement Rossignol LUXEMBOURG, May 15 (Reuters) - Luxembourg's prime minister married his civil partner on Friday, becoming the first serving leader in the European Union to wed someone of the same sex. Xavier...Show More Summary

In Luxembourg, gay premier marries, in first for EU

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Luxembourg's prime minister married his civil partner on Friday, becoming the first serving leader in the European Union to wed someone of the same sex.

ACLU discrimination complaint is all sorts of awkward for Hollywood

Talk about awkward: The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Obama administration to investigate Hollywood's film and television studios, whose executives and stars have been generous supporters of the Obama administration.

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