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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 this holiday season. In her piece, she repeated misleading and inaccurate claims about the effectiveness of strip-search machines — a.k.a. advanced imaging technology (AIT) machines — and what the government is doing to make sure that the naked pictures they are taking of you remain private.
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…

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…

An Adoption, 33 Years in the Making

An Adoption, 33 Years in the Making

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 6:14pm

Earlier today, Martin Gill, his partner and the two young boys they've been foster parenting for the last six years participated in an adoption ceremony in Judge Cindy Lederman's chambers in Miami-Dade County Juvenile Court.

Adoptions happen…

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.

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…

All Eyes on Arkansas' Ban on Adoption by Unmarried Couples

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 2:17pm

With last week's decision by the attorney general of Florida not to appeal a ruling overturning that state's 33-year-old ban on adoptions by gay people, our attention has turned to Arkansas, where the state is appealing a ruling overturning a…

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…

What's the Most Sexist Thing You've Heard At Work?

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 12:42pm

Our post about the ongoing sex discrimination class action against Wal-Mart — Women: Do You Work Just for the Sake of Working? — generated an overwhelming response. The stories of women involved in the case, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, struck a…

ACLU Lens: Wal-Mart, Gender Discrimination, and Class Actions

ACLU Lens: Wal-Mart, Gender Discrimination, and Class Actions

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 5:30pm

Dukes v. Wal-Mart is a gender discrimination lawsuit currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, which is the largest civil rights class action suit in U.S. history, seeks compensation for women employed by Wal-Mart who claim that they…

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