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The Value of the Rear-View Mirror

The Value of the Rear-View Mirror

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 1:32pm
Remember back in the 1980s when some cars only had one side rear-view mirror? Remember how that was later made illegal, and cars were required to have mirrors on both sides as a matter of safety?
Another Three Months for Patriot Act

Another Three Months for Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:26pm

Facing a looming deadline, overblown doomsday stories ("Oh my goodness, 'lone wolf' has never been used; if it expires, how will the government ever keep us safe from a terrorist attack?!"), and a series of mostly bad options, the Senate…

And Now, To The Senate!

And Now, To The Senate!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 9:28pm

If you can’t get the two-thirds vote necessary to pass controversial legislation, do you a) scrap the bill and go back to the drawing board; b) provide time for debate and good-faith amendments to the bill; or c) lower the vote threshold so that…

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…

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