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On the Agenda: Week of April 9-13, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 9-13, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:02pm
Congress is still in recess this week, but we're looking ahead and planning on some big events later in the month.
On the Agenda: February 13-17, 2012

On the Agenda: February 13-17, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:49am

For Valentine's Day, tonight is the HBO premiere of The Loving Story, a documentary about the Virginia couple that challenged a state law that forbade interracial marriage.

State Department Says that Kerim Yildiz to Get a Visa!

State Department Says that Kerim Yildiz to Get a Visa!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:26pm

Great news! This morning, the State Department notified U.K. national Kerim Yildiz, the executive director of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, that it would issue him a visa to travel to the U.S. We’re hoping that the visa will be issued…

Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

Supreme Court Term Is Pro-Business and Pro-Free Speech

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:22pm

The Supreme Court ended the 2010 term today, delivering the much-anticipated decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a case that challenged California's ban of the sale of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 decision, the …

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…

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…

Government "Should Not Be Meddling" With Women's Health Care Decisions

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:01pm

Last week, legislation that would place onerous new restrictions on women's access to abortion in Wyoming failed in the state senate. Two Republican representatives, Lisa Shepperson and Sue Wallis, who both opposed the measure in the House, said…

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA Cases in Court

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:41pm

This afternoon, the Department of Justice announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm

In the case of Jose Padilla, nothing moves swiftly. He was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for two years in a South Carolina military brig without access to a lawyer, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior…

Brutal Beating Reveals Ongoing Reign of Terror in L.A. County Jails

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:59pm

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department today launched an internal investigation after Esther Lim, a jail monitor for the ACLU of Southern California, submitted a sworn statement in federal court yesterday recounting the details of a brutal…

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