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Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

Like Privacy? There's An App For That!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:16pm

Today we've launched a Facebook app that assesses your privacy exposure based on your online habits and technology use.

Whether You Occupy or Tea Party, Know Your Rights!

Whether You Occupy or Tea Party, Know Your Rights!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:17pm

We've released a new Know Your Rights guide to demonstrations and protests, which covers where you can march, when the government can require permits and more.

Marriage For All Comes to New York!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 2:06pm

…and the ACLU was there! From Niagara Falls to New York City, the NYCLU and ACLU were at wedding ceremonies all over New York State yesterday, talking to happy same-sex couples and their families as they finally got to tie the knot.

This Independence Day Weekend, Let's Honor Courage

This Independence Day Weekend, Let's Honor Courage

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 2:03pm

The New York Times published an editorial endorsing our call for the Obama administration to honor those who "stood up against the Bush administration's immoral torture policies:"

MIA: Missing in America

MIA: Missing in America

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 10:09pm

“The federal government should not have to be sued into giving veterans with mental illnesses and brain injuries the care they need so they don’t end up living in the street. But it has come to that.” – New York Times Editorial,…

Louisiana to Vote on Parole for Elderly Prisoners Friday

Louisiana to Vote on Parole for Elderly Prisoners Friday

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:38pm

On Friday, Louisiana’s H.B. 138, which would give inmates age 60 and older the right to have a hearing before a parole board to determine whether they could be safely released, heads to the Senate floor. This bill addresses an ongoing problem…

With A Vote This Bad, You’re Damn Right We’re Critics!

With A Vote This Bad, You’re Damn Right We’re Critics!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:28pm

In an article posted yesterday, the Associated Press called us “indignant critics” and included us among the main groups pushing to change the U.S. military’s health plan so that it covers abortion for servicewomen who are victims…

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: A Wholly Avoidable Health Care Crisis

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: A Wholly Avoidable Health Care Crisis

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:42pm

We here at the ACLU fear that there is a senseless, needless and wholly avoidable health care crisis coming, one that will impact the lives of clients we've come to care about very much. Clients like Valerie, who has suffered from daily grand mal…

75 Years Queer

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 1:48pm

Last week, in Clovis, New Mexico, the local school district announced that it had approved students' application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA). High school senior Steven De Los Santos had first applied for permission to form the club in…

Honoring Courage Seven Years After Abu Ghraib

Honoring Courage Seven Years After Abu Ghraib

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 10:35am

To mark the seventh anniversary of the publication of photographs that exposed torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison, the New York Times published an ACLU/PEN American Center op-ed today honoring those who stood up against the torture policies…

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