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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,…

The Score on USA Patriot Act

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 2:31pm

"We've come to love our fears more than we love our freedoms," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) mused on the House floor just before that chamber voted 315-97 (with 20 members not voting) to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act without any changes…

Happy Anniversary, Roe!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:17pm

Thirty-seven years ago Friday, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in this country and giving women another means to decide whether and when to become a parent. The decision, recognizing abortion as a private…

We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Health Care Debate for A Victory Message on Sex Ed

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 4:14pm

Today we woke up in a brave new world. Did you know it? I don’t blame you if you didn’t. With health care reform sucking the air out of the room, it’s been hard to pay attention to anything else. But, yesterday, the reproductive freedom…

Nelson-Hatch Defeated Thanks to YOU!

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:34pm

You did it!! The Senate just voted 54-45 to table (read: defeat) the Nelson-Hatch abortion coverage ban amendment! Thanks so much to everyone who took action to stop this draconian and backward amendment. Your work truly made a difference!

We…

Stupak Redux: Time to Redouble Our Efforts

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 4:10pm

Stupak Amendment Round 2. Stupak: 1. Women’s Health: 0. But not for long. In the month since the anti-choice Stupak Amendment passed the House during its debate over health care reform, you have taken tremendous action. Nearly 30,000 of…

Join Us in D.C. to Protect Abortion Coverage in Health Care Reform

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:08pm

On November 17, I asked if you were angry about the Stupak amendment to the House health care reform bill. Well it's clear that you are. So far, over 27,000 of you have signed our petition to President Obama and congressional leadership urging…

Oversight FAIL

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:56pm

Last Friday marked the release of a report on the President's Surveillance Program (PSP), the report that those of us in the surveillance policy world have been waiting for with bated breath since, well, the FISA Amendments Act passed last summer…

Since When Is Racial Profiling Just?

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 5:06pm

At an April 2 hearing by two House Judiciary Committee subcommittees entitled "The Public Safety and Civil Rights Implications of State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws," Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) raced through a rapid tangled and convoluted litany of immigration laws. His bottom line? Racial profiling is a good thing.

Both he and Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) used scare tactics to justify profiling, conflating undocumented immigrants and terrorists, invoking 9/11, and telling stories of immigrant criminals. Of course, the facts just don't support their conclusions. In fact, immigrant men are five times less likely to be incarcerated than native-born men.

It was a while before we were able to hear the witnesses rebut King and Smith's opening arguments. The committee recessed for over an hour for votes. During that time, we discovered what a rock star witness the ACLU helped bring to the hearing. Julio Cesar Mora, a 19-year-old citizen from Avondale, Virginia, fielded rapid-fire questions in English and Spanish from journalists for nearly the entire recess.

Julio Cesar Mora answered questions from the media.
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