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Teach Your Children Well

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 3:11pm
This coming Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty on children's rights. The convention has been ratified by nearly every country in the world, except for the United States. The convention would fill current gaps in U.S. laws, and provide all children in America with the same robust protections that children in 193 countries are already entitled to.

MLK and the Myth of Reverse Racism

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 5:52pm

Forty-seven years ago tomorrow, 200,000-plus people marched on Washington to demand full access to the benefits of citizenship for black Americans and an end to segregation. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered…

Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs

Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 12:45pm

You may have heard recently about Dontadrian Bruce, the Mississippi high-school student who was almost expelled for holding up the number "3" with his fingers in a photo taken by his science teacher. Dontradian is number 3 on the football team –…

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental…

Let Eileen Vote.

Let Eileen Vote.

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 5:04pm

What’s new in voter suppression land today? South Dakota is trying to prevent Eileen Janis — and hundreds of other citizens — from voting.

Eileen grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and does suicide prevention…

Democracy Tarnished in the Silver State

By Nicole Kief, ACLU & Rebecca Gasca, ACLU of Nevada at 6:01pm

We had hoped that, amidst a sea of restrictive voting initiatives across the country, Nevada would be a beacon of light. But today, with a stroke of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s pen, the Silver State jumped on the voter suppression bandwagon.


10 Tips, One Vote

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 4:37pm

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will head to the polls to flex their democratic muscles. We hope you'll be among them, and we hope you'll take our advice. Here are 10 quick tips for Election Day:

Don't forget to vote!…

Send Racial Profiling into Retirement

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 11:53am

Think racial profiling — using a person's race, color, ethnicity or national origin to determine whether to stop, search or investigate him or her for alleged criminal activity — is wrong and ineffective? So do President Barack Obama,…

Georgia Erroneously Purges Eligible Voters

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 11:55am
In late March, Georgia's Columbus-Muscogee County Elections & Registration Office mailed out upwards of 700 letters informing voters they had become ineligible to vote because they had been convicted of felonies. The problem? A potentially large…

States Working Hard to Solve Nonexistent Voting Problem

By Nicole Kief, ACLU at 12:55pm

Remember the adage “one person, one vote?”  In an increasing number of states, it’s more like:

1 person + 1 birth certificate + 1 marriage license + 1 utility bill + 1 trip to the DMV = 1 vote

That’s because…

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