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The Latest on the Patriot Act

The Latest on the Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:37pm

Have you caught your breath yet? In just 24 hours, we told you about an upcoming vote on the Patriot Act, over 1,000 of you took action through our Action Center (thank you!), and we won (!): On February 8, the House failed to get enough votes to extend the Patriot Act until Dec. 8, 2011. We hope you’ve celebrated.

A Win On the Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 11:01pm

You did it! Yesterday, we told you that the House of Representatives would be voting today on the Patriot Act. We asked you to get angry, to show Congress that you care about this nearly-10-year old law, and to tell your representatives that…

The House is Voting on the Patriot Act Tomorrow

The House is Voting on the Patriot Act Tomorrow

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 3:39pm

Here we go again. Three sections of the Patriot Act are scheduled to expire on February 28. It's February 7. Wait until the last minute much?

The Senate Gives Up on Military Women's Access to Health Care

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm

On Veterans' Day, we told you that Congress had the historic opportunity to overturn the ban on privately-funded abortions on military bases.

Overturning the ban would have had a real impact on our servicewomen's lives. Because of the ban,…

Act Now to Honor Our Troops on Veterans Day

Act Now to Honor Our Troops on Veterans Day

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:49am

As the granddaughter of a retired brigadier general, I understand the power of Veterans Day and its importance to the men and women who serve our country. Grandpa passed away a couple of years ago, and I always think of him around this time of year.

But…

Time to Get Rid of the Abstinence-Only Zombie

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:35pm

I can’t believe we’re still talking about abstinence-only programs. You remember those black holes for taxpayer dollars that censor vital healthcare information, promote gender stereotypes, provide inaccurate information, stigmatize…

The Obama Administration Takes a Page From Stupak's Playbook

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:31pm

Here we go again. After your phone calls, letters, e-mails, and meetings with your members of Congress, we were able to keep Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) draconian abortion coverage ban out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the new health care…

Lighting a Fire for the Women's Rights Treaty

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 11:58am

As a colleague recently reminded me, our system of government was developed not to pass laws, but to make change slowly. Take, for example, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the international…

Fourth Time’s a Charm?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 12:20pm

Well, we’re still fuming over the recent straight-up Patriot Act reauthorization. Apparently, so is Senator Leahy (D-Vt.). But, rather than lick his wounds, he decided to ask Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Glenn Fine…

Honor Your Mother. . . High Time to Ratify CEDAW

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 3:33pm

Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, and the United States. One of these things is not like the others . . . But you read that list right. Those are the seven countries worldwide that have not yet ratified the Convention on the Elimination…

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