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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, June 8, 2011
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…

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…

A Display That Opposes the ACLU? We Wouldn't Object!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:42pm
The voting rights panel from the ACLU's 90th Anniversary exhibit.

The latest manufactured non-troversy comes to us from Iowa, where some…

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

Homeland Security Wants to See You Naked

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 3:31pm

Yesterday, in a guest opinion column for USA Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made a plea to the American public to cooperate with the Transportation Security Agency's (TSA) efforts to virtually strip-search air travelers…

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…

State Legislative Round-Up: Youth & Schools and Transgender

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:10pm

Just as the school year ended, Oregon passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to its anti-bullying law, becoming the seventh state to specifically protect LGBT students from harassment. One month later, North Carolina…

Iowa Continues Tradition as Civil Rights Pioneer

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:31am

Earlier today, the seven justices of the Iowa Supreme Court continued the state’s long history of pioneering civil rights by striking down a state law prohibiting same-sex marriages. In a unanimous decision, the Court declared that it was unconstitutional…

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…

Stand Up For Women's Health Rally - Today in Washington, DC!

Stand Up For Women's Health Rally - Today in Washington, DC!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 9:57am
9:35 - We're here and ready to Stand UP for women's heath!

If you can't join us in person, support the rally online by tweeting your message using the #rally4health…

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