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Ian S.
Thompson

Ian Thompson (@iantDCis a Legislative Representative in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Thompson works to advance the organization’s civil liberties and civil rights agenda in Congress and the executive branch by focusing on LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and sex education. Prior to joining the ACLU in January 2006, Thompson interned in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). A 2005 graduate of Penn State University, Thompson holds a degree in International Politics.

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:40pm
The second day of landmark hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon’s just-released report on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) saw testimony from much of the uniformed leadership of the armed forces, including the chiefs of all four service branches – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Does Focus on the Family Speak for Your Family?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:46pm

As children all across America head back to school, far too many will face yet another year of discrimination and harassment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Every student deserves the opportunity to attend school and…

Thanks Bill O’Reilly, From Your Friends at the ACLU

Thanks Bill O’Reilly, From Your Friends at the ACLU

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:05pm

We were pleasantly surprised – indeed, delighted – to have seen that none other than Bill O'Reilly came out in support of ending the counterproductive and discriminatory policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

Army Comic Book Highlights the Absurdity of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:09pm

Earlier this week, the online collection Comics with Problems released the ironically titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy." The colorful, wordy comic from 2001 was published by the Army to educate…

DADT – SOOOOO Last Century!

DADT – SOOOOO Last Century!

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

If Friday’s tired, old defense of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) by former Air Force chief of staff Merrill McPeak in The New York Times is the best that opponents of repeal can come up, we nearly have this struggle won! If…

A Good Day for Juvenile Justice Reform in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:44pm

Earlier this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the key federal juvenile justice law – the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This landmark law has provided states and localities across the country…

That Rarest of Rare — A Critical Congressional Hearing on the Death Penalty

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:48pm

Yesterday was a very rare and noteworthy day as far as Congress goes. In my entire time working at the ACLU in fact, I can't ever recall a similar such occasion. What could possibly be so rare in the halls of Congress you ask? The House Judiciary…

Hate Crimes Mark-Up...Round #1

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:14pm

After a good five hours of debate and nearly a dozen poison-pill amendments, the House Judiciary Committee has recessed until 10am tomorrow morning, at which time they will resume debate on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention…

Kemba Smith in USA Today on the Wisdom of Pardons

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:04pm

There is an excellent op-ed in today's USA Today from Kemba Smith urging President Bush to grant clemency requests for those men and women serving lengthy prison sentences for low-level and often first-time drug offenses.

Kemba's voice on this…

A PROMISE to Youth to Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:23pm

Yesterday, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chair of the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, convened a terrific Capitol Hill summit on smart, effective ways to prevent youth violence. The half-day event brought nationally-renowned…

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