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This Week in Civil Liberties

This Week in Civil Liberties

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:01pm
Today, thousands of middle and high school students protested bullying, harassment and discrimination against their LGBT classmates on the Day of Silence. Earlier this week, Congress did its part on behalf of LGBT Americans by reintroducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on Thursday.
Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

I think most people would agree that little kids shouldn't be subjected to pat-downs at the airport, like little Mikey Hicks was last year. Well, it's happened again.

The TSA's latest victim? Six-year-old Anna Drexel, who was selected for…

Our Own Chris Hampton on the Savage Lovecast!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:14pm

Our LGBT Project is so busy, sometimes it's hard for even us to keep up with all the progress they're making. In fact, just today, we got a big win in Arkansas, when the state supreme court struck down Act 1, a law that prohibited unmarried couples…

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

VICTORY! Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Striking Down Law Prohibiting Adoption by Unmarried Couples

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:49am

"This law was an assault on Arkansas' most vulnerable children and arbitrarily denied them the opportunity to be placed into good and loving homes," said Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project.

Stand Up for Women's Health in D.C. Tomorrow!

Stand Up for Women's Health in D.C. Tomorrow!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:02pm

It's come down to this: A final showdown in Congress to determine the future of women's health in our country.

Reproductive rights opponents in Congress will stop at nothing — including shutting down the government as soon as Friday…

ACLU Supports Anti-Death Penalty Pledge

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 7:33pm

Yesterday, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) committee issued a statement against the death penalty in all circumstances, stating in part:

The IDAHO Committee opposes categorically any form of death penalty in…
Under Construction: A Complete Surveillance State Online

Under Construction: A Complete Surveillance State Online

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:02pm

Richard Guthrie, a 92-year-old veteran, was bilked out of more than $100,000 by criminals who identified him from marketing lists compiled by a data collection company after he had entered a few sweepstakes. Guthrie's name appeared on a list of compiled…

Charlie Sheen Shenanigans Make Way for ACLU Billboard in Times Square

Charlie Sheen Shenanigans Make Way for ACLU Billboard in Times Square

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:22pm

Charlie Sheen's loss is our gain: after the actor's spectacular — ahem — career change in the past month, CBS halted production (then later cancelled) his show, Two and a Half Men, leaving video billboard space in Times Square available.

Enter…

ACLU Lens: King Hearing Relies on False Premises, Discriminatory Attitudes

ACLU Lens: King Hearing Relies on False Premises, Discriminatory Attitudes

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:15pm

Rep. Peter King's (R-N.Y.) hearing on "Muslim radicalization" Thursday was only the latest manifestation of discriminatory attitudes and prejudiced policies cropping up around the country that wrongly equate belief in Islam with terrorism.

ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:44pm

Those C-Span (or YouTube) nerds among you might've caught Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) rail against the reported human rights abuses going on in Puerto Rico last week from the House floor. At the end of his remarks, he submitted the ACLU's report,…

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