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Confederate Flag at Louisiana Courthouse Taints Death Penalty System With Racial Bias

Confederate Flag at Louisiana Courthouse Taints Death Penalty System With Racial Bias

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:59pm
Yesterday, Anna Arceneaux of the ACLU's Capital Punishment Project argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court that the confederate flag outside the Caddo County Courthouse in Shreveport injects inherent racial bias into all court proceedings and is especially damaging in death penalty cases. Anna told the court:
Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

Puerto Rico Delegation Finds Police Abuse Against Students, Protestors

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:00pm

An advisory council including actor Benicio del Toro, former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, and filmmaker Kerry Kennedy, will follow up on the delegation's findings and recommendations. We'll release a final report on the findings at the end of the summer.

Day Two of the ACLU's Fact-Finding Mission to Puerto Rico

Day Two of the ACLU's Fact-Finding Mission to Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:46am

Today is the second day of the ACLU's fact-finding mission in Puerto Rico to document and draw attention to civil liberties and human rights violations that have been occurring there. The delegation includes actor Rosie Perez (left), baseball legend Carlos Delgado (right).

Updates on ACLU Fact-Finding Mission to Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:26pm

Update: 5/2/2011 5:55 PM EDT:

Students in the audience at the town hall at the University of Puerto Rico Law School. …

ACLU Featured at Human Rights Conference in D.C.

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:54pm

Tomorrow, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero will be a keynote speaker at an American University conference on human rights.

Anthony will speak at a luncheon plenary entitled: "The Obama Administration and Human Rights at Home…

Want a Passport? Remember the Addresses of Everywhere You've Ever Lived?

Want a Passport? Remember the Addresses of Everywhere You've Ever Lived?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 9:55am

Do you remember the names of all the bosses you've ever had? What about the addresses of everywhere you've ever lived since birth?

Or better yet: the name and address of your mother's employer at the time of your birth? And who/where provided…

Anti-Abortion Group Sued Over Controversial Billboard

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:45pm

The New York Daily News reported last night that Tricia Fraser, the mother of the young girl depicted in an anti-abortion billboard, has sued the organization behind the ad. The billboard shows Fraser's daughter Annisa in a pink dress and a bow…

ACLU Lens: Guantánamo Documents Reveal Dubious Claims to Hold Detainees

ACLU Lens: Guantánamo Documents Reveal Dubious Claims to Hold Detainees

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:38pm

Last night, a handful of news organizations released hundreds of pages of documents profiling past and present detainees held at Guantánamo. Among other things, the documents reveal:

Evidence the government held detainees not because…
This Week in Civil Liberties

This Week in Civil Liberties

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:08pm

This week, our own Robyn Shepherd shared a hair-raising personal story of street harassment on the blog for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Next week, we'll release a know-your-rights fact sheet for students about how to deal sexual assault and…

The Media Hearts Edie!

The Media Hearts Edie!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:03pm

We just love Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in our case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). And it looks like the media agrees!

You'll recall in February, President Obama and the Department of Justice decided that they would…

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