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The ACLU came out against a new education department policy that bolsters due process rights for those accused of sexual assault on campus, a moved condemned by the Atlantic.
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4 hours ago
$5 from the $17 purchase price of each hand-painted Trumpturd squishy is directed to the charity of your choice, from among the ACLU, Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood, or the Institute for Free Speech. (Thanks, Jared!) Read the rest
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"This ban is illegal, will put people's lives in danger and raises the alarm about President Trump's disregard for separation of powers," said Lee Gelernt of the ACLU Saying the President Donald Trump had exceeded his presidential authority, a federal judge later Monday ruled against the president's attempt to restrict the abilities of refugees seeking asylum at the U.S. border and imposed a restraining order that directs the administration to resume accepting asylum claims from people regardless of where or how they enter country.From CNN:Judge Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said that a policy announced November 9 barring asylum for immigrants who enter outside a legal check point '"irreconcilably conflicts" with immigration law and the "expressed intent of Congress.""Whatever the scope of the President's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly for...
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Urban critic: Gov. Murphy’s Convenient Scapegoat Faced with his first real crisis as New Jersey governor — last Thursday’s snowfall that created statewide commuter chaos — Phil Murphy blamed Trenton’s ineffective response on the weatherman, notes City Journal’s Steve Malanga. Murphy “complained that the National Weather Service had surprised the state by switching the forecast...
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The response of the ACLU to the Trump education department’s proposal to handle allegations of sexual misconduct on college campuses has more people convinced the organization’s original mission to protect civil liberties no longer exists.
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The ACLU and other officials in Leavenworth County, Kansas, are calling for county commissioner Louis Klemp to step down following a remark Klemp, who is white, made in a county meeting about being part of the "master race" to a black woman. CNN's Don Lemon reports.
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3 days ago
Cindy Hyde-Smith is a Mississipi GOP Senator is going into a runoff election against her Democratic opponent, Black man named Mike Espy who might end up the first Black Mississipi Senator since 1883; she made headlines last week with a joke about attending a "public hanging." The day after the lynching remark, the FEC recorded a $5,000 donation from Google to Hyde-Smith's campaign. Google insists that they made the donation earlier, with the discrepancy unexplained. Google attributed their support of Hyde-Smith's campaign to her "pro-growth policies for business and technology" but added that they "do not condone these remarks and would not have made such a contribution had we known about them." Google has not asked Hyde-Smith to return the funds. Hyde-Smith was endorsed by Donald Trump during her race (and well before Google donated to her campaign). Since Trump's election, Hyde-Smith "voted in line with Trump's position more often than any other Republican senator." She has a 0%...
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DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge has freed a Somali immigrant who was held for nine months in a New Hampshire jail. The New Hampshire ACLU contends Immigration and Customs Enforcement unlawfully detained 45-year-old Abdigani Faisal Hussein. The Portland, Maine, resident was released from the Strafford County Jail on Thursday. The ACLU says Hussein […]
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A prison reform plan supported by both political establishments, the billionaire Koch brothers, the ACLU, and President Trump will make it more difficult to deport criminal foreigners in United States prisons, experts say. 
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6 days ago
A CIA report obtained by the ACLU lays bare the details of the agency's "enhanced interrogation" program, including tactics so disturbing even CIA agents were reluctant to implement them. Read Full Article at RT.com
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President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington. President Trump’s latest executive action, which seeks to limit the ability of migrants to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, was met with widespread criticism Friday from legal experts, human rights advocates and some members of Congress, who described it as not just discriminatory and inhumane, but also illegal under both U.S. and international law. Within hours of Trump signing the proclamation Friday morning, the ACLU, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Center for Constitutional Rights, had filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the new asylum policy.
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"He was a racist when appointed, a racist while serving, and a racist to the very end." In his last "evil" act as head of the Justice Department under President Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions reminded "everyone yet again why he's been the worst attorney general in modern history" and drastically limited the ability of federal officials to use court-enforced deals to require reforms at police departments that are found systematically violating people's civil rights.Sessions, on his way out the door, reminds everyone yet again why he’s been the worst attorney general in modern history. https://t.co/W9MQpRhTxG— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) November 9, 2018 Shortly before Trump forced Sessions to resign on Wednesday—and appointed a temporary replacement who is hostile toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation—Sessions signed a memorandum (pdf), as the New York Times reports, "sharply curtailing the use of so-called consent decrees, court-approved deals betwee...
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"America has always been a country that has offered asylum to at least some of those in need. But Trump is slamming the doors shut, at least for people trying to enter from our southern border." Human rights groups denounced President Donald Trump's flouting of federal and international law Friday after the Trump administration announced new rules giving the president the authority to deny any asylum to any migrant who enters the United States without going through an official point of entry."U.S. law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum whether or not they are at a port of entry. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree," Omar Jadwat, an attorney for the ACLU, told the Washington Times.Trump is expected to announce on Friday which countries the new rule will apply to, but critics say he is clearly targeting the small group of Central American migrants who are currently traveling to the U.S. from Honduras, after escaping viol...
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"This is transformative," says the Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida
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Amendment 4 has overwhelmingly passed in Florida. On Tuesday night, Florida voted overwhelmingly to pass Amendment 4, a massive expansion of voting rights in the state which will have significant implications for the electorate going forward.The amendment, which needed a threshold of 60 percent to pass, restores voting rights to rehabilitated ex-felons, except those convicted of murder or sex crimes. It is estimated that this change to Florida's constitution will allow some 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens to vote, some 10 percent of the adult population, and 21 percent of the adult black population.Florida was one of three states where those convicted of a felony permanently lose their right to vote, the others being Iowa and Kentucky. The law has its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War, as a means of preventing newly-freed black people from being enfranchised by the 15th Amendment, a purpose it is still serving to this day.While a clemency board run by the governor exis...
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2 weeks ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramona Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died. She was 91. Ripston died Saturday at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter. As executive director of the ACLU SoCal […]
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"The suppression of American voters is something we thought our country had moved past, and yet here we are in the 21st century still engaged in this battle over fundamental rights." As the GOP's attacks on voting rights continue across the United States—from Georgiato North Dakota and Kansas—and a massive coalition of progressive groups has formed to break the hold that powerful corporate and wealthy interests have on American democratic institutions, the recently released documentary Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook aims to reveal, "in chilling detail, the dark genius behind the ten-year Republican strategy to reverse the rising demographic tide of minority voters." Filmed during the 2016 election, Rigged was released just ahead of 2018's highly anticipated midterm elections. The documentary sheds light on strategic efforts by members of the Republican Party at all levels of government, in the wake of former President Barack Obama's historic 2008...
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia in a lawsuit involving absentee ballots. Friday’s ruling comes amid the hotly contested governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state. The ACLU has argued that Georgia’s practice of rejecting absentee ballots […]
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HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state’s new medically assisted suicide law if they wish. The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to the executive director of the Kahala Nui home on Thursday […]
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Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, continues to cause controversy. In documents recently obtained by BuzzFeed News, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at how Orlando police have been using the technology. After the city let the original pilot program expire after public outcry, Orlando started a second pilot program with an “increased” number of face-scanning cameras.  Amazon’s Rekognition is described broadly as a visual analysis tool. But, deployed by law enforcement, it can scan faces caught on camera and match them against faces in criminal databases. The ACLU called the technology "primed for abuse in the hands of governments" and warned that it “poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants." Read more...More about Amazon, Facial Recognition, Law Enforcement, Rekognition, and Tech
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The ACLU claimed a victory for due process; the U.S. government avoided a test of wartime detention authority.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has released a dual American-Saudi citizen suspected of working with the Islamic State and detained by the U.S. military for more than a year without charge. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the detainee, confirmed Monday that he is now a free man. The ACLU said that under a […]
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The Florida governor's voting rights restoration board granted relief to almost no one — but the people it did favor were highly skewed. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's clemency board, where rehabilitated ex-felons must seek the restoration of their voting rights, is notorious for its arbitrary and capricious nature. Scott makes clear to everyone who comes before him that it is a "court of mercy" and he and the three members of his cabinet who decide whether people get their voting rights back are not bound by any rules or process.A blistering expose by the Palm Beach Post, however, finds that there is a suspicious pattern to who gets their rights back and who does not.According to the Post's findings, Scott has restored the voting rights of twice as many whites as blacks, even though whites and blacks were released from state prisons at roughly the same rate. Furthermore, Scott re-enfranchised a higher percentage of Republicans, and a lower percentage of Democrats, than any gov...
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3 weeks ago
No simple solutions in Georgia and North Dakota. With Election Day nearing, the partisan rhetoric over voting is growing and not helping those at the center of the storm—actual voters in key states.Perhaps this is inevitable given a political culture where rants and raves take center stage, as best evidenced by President Trump making new noise about the virtually non-existent threat of illegal voters—people posing as someone else to vote. (Non-existent means 31 instances of voter impersonation out of a billion ballots cast between 2000 and 2014.)But back in real life, there’s plenty of rhetoric that’s not giving an accurate picture to voters in a handful of states with tight races where every vote might count in determining governors and who controls Congress. The bottom line is the reality of what will face ordinary Americans seeking to vote is being obscured.Situations now unfolding in Georgia and North Dakota are prime examples.Let’s start with Georgia, where, on Tue...
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Don’t be discouraged by Republican efforts to suppress votes this November. Editor’s Note: The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching. These non-presidential elections historically give voters a chance to change the country’s course. They will decide whether or not Republicans keep a majority in Congress, important governor’s races and more.A Voter’s Guide to the 2018 Election, written by Steven Rosenfeld, senior writing fellow of Voting Booth, is intended to help new voters, infrequent voters and veteran voters have a better idea of what they must do to be able to vote and have their vote counted. The following is an updated excerpt from the guide, available in full here.Clearing the ID HurdleSome states require voters to present specific forms of government-issued ID to get a ballot. Other states allow you to sign your name as a legal oath. While the voter ID requirement has discouraged some people from voting in the past, it is not hard to comply in most case...
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4 weeks ago
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, about how many migrant children remain separated from their parents, and the reasons why.
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Over the summer, the e-commerce giant met with ICE officials to discuss Rekognition. Although deportations of undocumented immigrants were plentiful during the Barack Obama years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become even more aggressive under the Trump Administration—and one of ICE’s allies could be Amazon.com.Over the summer, the e-commerce giant met with ICE officials to discuss Rekognition, Amazon’s facial recognition technology. And while selling Rekognition to a major government agency like ICE could be highly profitable for Amazon, critics of ICE’s Trump-era methods are asserting that the potential for abuses is strong.Alonzo Peña, ICE’s former deputy director, told the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) that if ICE uses Rekognition, possible overreach “should be an area of concern.”Peña asserted, “If they have this technology, I can see it being used in any way they think will help them increase the numbers of detentions, apprehe...
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The latest Humble Bundle features up to 26 DRM-free ebooks (including In Real Life, the graphic novel Jen Wang and I created) at prices ranging from $1 (for 8 titles) to $18 (for all 26), with all proceeds to the ACLU to benefit voting rights litigation and action. Eat, sleep, read, resist. Join Chronicle Books, Image Comics, Lonely Planet, Cory Doctorow, and other great publishers and creators in support of a more perfect union! Get a bundle of ebooks on volunteerism and positive resistance, a zombie survival guide, tons of comics – plus the exclusive debut of science fiction anthology RESIST! Every cent of your purchase will support the ACLU in their fight for voting rights, free speech, LGBTQ rights, and more. Irresistible? We think so. Pay what you want. All together, these comics and ebooks would cost over $358. Here at Humble Bundle, you choose the price and increase your contribution to upgrade your bundle! This bundle has a minimum $1 purchase. Read them anywhere. Th...
October 18th, 2018
In this edition: 2020 Democrats get a free ride, the ACLU puts $10 million on voting rights, uncorroborated allegations become a hot new trend, and undercover videos reveal that candidates are secretly behaving like politicians.
October 18th, 2018
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been taking on the Trump administration since election day, but when Trump first signed his travel ban on Muslim immigrants coming to the U.S. last January, donations to the legal nonprofit took off.  Turns out, riders hailing a Lyft helped give the ACLU a bump starting around that time, too.  SEE ALSO: Celebrities are pouring money into the ACLU after Trump's immigration ban As part of an effort from within the ride-hailing app, Lyft has brought in $2 million to the ACLU in the past year and a half. Lyft's "Round Up & Donate" program is an opt-in donation tool that takes the remaining, say, 12 cents from your $4.88 shared ride and gives it to a charity group of your choice. Other than the ACLU, participating charities include the World Wildlife Fund, Black Girls Code, the Human Rights Campaign, the United Service Organizations (USO), and more. Read more...More about Donations, Lyft, Ride Hailing Apps, Aclu, and Tech
October 16th, 2018
Voter suppression efforts are in full swing. If Stacey Abrams had been around in the 1960s and entered Lester Maddox’s restaurant in Atlanta, she probably wouldn’t have been served. Maddox, who served as governor of Georgia from 1967-1971, was a segregationist Democrat who proudly supported Jim Crow Laws and defied the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to serve black customers in his Atlanta restaurant. But much has changed in Georgia since then, and the 44-year-old Abrams stands a very good chance of becoming Georgia’s first female African-American governor—that is, if GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp doesn’t succeed in disenfranchising black voters in his state. Channeling the ghost of Lester Maddox, Kemp (Georgia’s secretary of state) has suspended the voter registration of 53,000 Georgia residents—about 70% of whom happen to be African-American. And Kemp’s effort to defeat Abrams by keeping her likely supporters away from the polls is so egregious and...
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October 15th, 2018
There are 245 kids from separated families who are still in US custody, according to the latest filing in the ACLU class action case over family separations at the border. And just 18 of them are currently in the pipeline to reunite with parents in their country of origin.
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October 13th, 2018
Monday is the end of the comment period for a sweeping National Park Service proposal that will have a dramatic effect on the ability of Americans to protest in sight of their government. Under the proposed new rules, protests around the White House and the National Mall would require permits, protestors would be barred from the sidewalk north of the White House. The proposal also seeks public comment on charging protesters fees for permits to gather. You can and should comment. Here is what the ACLU submitted. The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive, going back at least to the women’s suffrage movement 100 years ago. The closure would violate the earlier court order, which permits demonstrations by at least 750 people on the Wh...
October 11th, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it is representing a black employee of the University of Massachusetts who was reported to police while walking to work. The ACLU announced Wednesday it was representing UMass-Amherst employee Reg Andrade. An unidentified person called the university’s anonymous tip line on Sept. 14 to report […]
October 11th, 2018
Republican Mario Diaz-Balart’s claim of two ‘primary residences’ in Miami and D.C. violates Federal lending rules An eight-term Florida congressman, Mario Diaz-Balart, claimed both his Miami and District of Columbia homes as primary residences on mortgages inside the same calendar year, which strongly appears to be in violation of federal criminal law. The 2012 loan on the Republican lawmaker’s condo near the Capitol raises questions about his eligibility to serve in the House of Representatives since members of Congress must reside in the states they represent.Mortgage fraud happens when a borrower provides knowingly incorrect or false information or documents in order to qualify for a loan he or she could otherwise not qualify to borrow.Mortgage fraud happens when a borrower provides false information in order to qualify for a loan he or she could otherwise not qualify to borrow.Borrowers get the best terms and lowest interest rates on their primary residences. They pay...
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October 10th, 2018
"Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there." As the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress face mass protests in Washington, D.C. against their attacks on healthcare, immigrants, women, and the poor—as well as well as their support for white supremacists and men accused of sexual assault—civil liberties advocates are speaking out against an "unconstitutional" National Park Service (NPS) proposal that would severely limit Americans' ability to protest near the White House and on the National Mall.With the Oct. 15 deadline for public comment on the proposed rule rapidly approaching, the D.C. branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has submitted its 33-page takedown of policy changes that the group warns would violate the First Amendment rights of demonstrators that have been affirmed by "court orders that have stood for decades."In a blog post publi...
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October 10th, 2018
New York City's amazing McNally Jackson Books is closing its flagship bookstore on Prince Street in Nolita; the store is a neighborhood fixture and a hub of literary events (I've appeared there); they also sport a cafe and a book-printing machine. I visit McNally Jackson every time I'm in New York. It's one of my favorite bookstores in the world. When I needed to print and bike-messenger a copy of my novel Walkaway and get it to Ben Wizner at the ACLU in time for him to hand-deliver it to Edward Snowden on a trip to Moscow, it was McNally Jackson that printed the book and handed it off to a bike messenger. 20% of New York City's retail space is empty: greedy landlords have kicked off a retail death-spiral that has left one of the world's great cities in tatters, with storefronts occupied by popups, Duane Reeds, Citibanks, or nothing. McNally Jackson still has another location in Williamsburg. I wish them all the best with it and most sincere condolences on the loss of one of New...
October 8th, 2018
The city by the bay has been a hotbed of illegal race-based policing. This is just the latest example. San Francisco's Tenderloin is a heavily populated, racially mixed neighborhood in the heart of one of America's iconic progressive cities. Yet when the San Francisco Police Department and the DEA targeted the neighborhood to crack down on drug dealing between 2013 and 2015 as part of "Operation Safe Schools," the only people they managed to roll up were black.When 37 black defendants—and no defendants of any other race—got hauled away, nobody noticed. That is until the defendants started showing up looking for federal public defenders. The federal public defenders noticed, and they began making noise about racial disparities and selective enforcement of the drug laws.Their charges only grew louder with the posting in 2015 of undercover police surveillance video to YouTube revealing a police officer muttering "fucking BMs," police code for black males, as he monitored a group...
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October 7th, 2018
Both parties are struggling to redefine themselves, but in very different ways. If anything should be obvious in the wake of the 2016 election it’s that both major American political parties are in deep trouble, reflecting the larger trouble of a society potentially headed for state breakdown. The unacknowledged terrible record of the GOP’s “deep bench” paved the way for Donald Trump. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders’ promotion of popular progressive positions and his surprisingly strong 2016 showing challenged more than just Hillary Clinton, it challenged the entire direction of the party for over a generation.In the aftermath, both parties are struggling to redefine themselves, but in very different ways. The Republicans' redefinition is being driven by Trump, while Democrats are undergoing a more varied bottom-up process.  One such perspective on what that involves can be gleaned by reflecting on the legacy of retiring California Gov. Jerry Brown —...
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October 7th, 2018
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court plays right into a simmering #MeToo backlash. When Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, made the dramatic announcement on Friday afternoon that she would vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, she took pains to paint herself first as supportive of Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who testified to the Senate that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school (an allegation the judge denied under oath), and of the #MeToo movement in general.“The Me Too movement is real. It matters. It is needed, and it is long overdue,” Collins said.Then the senator proceeded to give all those who have fretted over whether this real, needed, long overdue movement has gone “too far” what they wanted to hear — that the roiling revolution of the last year can be stopped in its tracks to favor the status quo, in which even a credible accusation of sexual assault isn’t enough to keep a powe...
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September 29th, 2018
“We oppose him in light of the credible allegations of sexual assault against him,” ACLU President Susan Herman said,
 
September 25th, 2018
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a New Hampshire police department for allegedly detaining a man on immigration violations after he helped authorities nab a suspect in another case. In its lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, the ACLU accuses the Exeter Police Department of arresting Bashar […]
September 24th, 2018
California charter schools are now required to teach comprehensive sex ed, thanks to the efforts of Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Act for Women and Girls.
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