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Red Lion Area School District Chooses the Low Road

Red Lion Area School District Chooses the Low Road

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania & Molly Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:02pm
Issak Wolfe, a transgender student at Red Lion School District, graduates today. Graduation day is one of life's big milestones and cause for celebration. Unfortunately, Issak's big day will be marred by the fact that the school district has refused to respect his gender identity, and will read Issak's female birth name at graduation instead of the male name he has gone by consistently for two years.
Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:27am

The tenth day of the voter ID trial kicked off with a frequent flier on the witness stand, Jonathan Marks, the Department of State's Commissioner for the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislations, who has testified on four of the 10 days of…

Reproductive Health Locked Up

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania & Carol Petraitis, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:50am

In the past 25 years, the number of women and girls caught up in the criminal justice system has skyrocketed. Many have been swept up in the War on Drugs and subject to punitive sentencing policies for nonviolent offenses.

In Pennsylvania,…

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID by the Numbers

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID by the Numbers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:18pm

This week marked the opening of the trial in the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s challenge to the state’s restrictive voter ID law. The trial began with testimony from Ms. Viviette Applewhite, a feisty 93-year-old African-American great-great-grandmother…

Thousands of Pennsylvanians at Risk of Losing the Right to Vote

Thousands of Pennsylvanians at Risk of Losing the Right to Vote

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:04pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s discriminatory voter ID law.

Potty Mouths: Steer Clear of Pennsylvania

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 1:20pm

If you have a potty mouth, stay away from the Keystone State. It turns out that police in Pennsylvania have delicate sensibilities. A recent ACLU of Pennsylvania Right to Know Law request revealed that in a one-year period, the Pennsylvania State…

Fighting for Free Speech at the G20 in Pittsburgh

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:59pm

After the ACLU of Pennsylvania successfully sued last week to force the city of Pittsburgh to allow several groups to hold demonstrations around the G20 Summit, it seemed that free speech would prevail in the Steel City.

Unfortunately,…

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:35am

The eleventh day of the voter ID trial proved to be an interesting mixture of boredom and drama. After a long trial, everyone involved was looking forward to closing arguments today. Instead, Judge McGinley once again closed the courtroom to everyone…

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:26am

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Attorneys for the plaintiffs concluded their case today with video depositions of three elderly long-time voters, two of whom do not have valid ID and face significant challenges to getting to PennDOT…

A Parent's Nightmare

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:13pm

Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, of New Castle, Penn., thought the most difficult thing facing them when they arrived home from the hospital with their newborn daughter Isabella would be the sleepless nights.

Instead, they were faced with…

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