Blog of Rights


Protecting Outrageous, Offensive Speech

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:15pm
Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a crucial First Amendment case.

New Report Shows 95% of Campus Rapes Go Unreported

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:10pm

Yesterday, Vanessa at Feministing blogged on a study by the Center for Public Integrity about sexual assault on campus. The figure of campus rapes that go unreported is 95 percent—a sad and shocking state of affairs. And for those that are…

NJ Senator Delivers Prize-Winning Speech Against Death Penalty

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:56pm

In a speech delivered before the Memorial de Caen International Human Rights Competition in Caen, France, yesterday, New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak said:The death penalty is a random act of brutality. Its application throughout the United…

When Being Poor Is a Crime

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:47pm

Sean Matthews is a homeless construction worker who was convicted of marijuana possession in 2007, and was assessed $498 in legal fines and costs. He was arrested two years later after being unable to pay that $498, and spent five months in jail…

Heller Decision and the Second Amendment

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:44pm

So, we've been getting a lot of comments about the ACLU's stance on the Second Amendment. For those of you who didn't catch our response in the blog comments, here it is again:

The ACLU interprets the Second Amendment as a collective right. Therefore,…

Handy Tips for Transgender Travelers

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:14am

The hubbub over the TSA naked machines and "enhanced pat-downs" impact everyone who travels. But if you're a transgender individual, you might be especially wary of what you'll confront in the security line. So be sure to check…

Suns, Spurs and NBA Oppose Arizona Racial Profiling Law

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:22pm

Tonight, when the Phoenix Suns face off against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Suns will wear their "Los Suns" jerseys in support of Arizona's Latino community, and in protest of Arizona's new…

ACLU Sues Missouri School District for Illegally Censoring LGBT Websites

ACLU Sues Missouri School District for Illegally Censoring LGBT Websites

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:32pm

Can't say we didn't warn them. Back in May, as part of our Don't Filter Me project, the ACLU sent a letter to the Camdenton School District informing them that the web filters they use on school computers were unconstitutionally blocking access…

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

TSA Has No Time to Train its Screeners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:19pm

Today, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report (PDF), and really, the title says it all. Called "Transportation Security Administration's Management of Its Screening Workforce Training Program…

Your Baby's DNA and Informed Consent

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:15am

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Imagine this scenario: You just had a baby. You might be a tad tired; in a bit of a stupor, perhaps. A hospital employee —maybe your doctor or nurse — hands you a 32-page pamphlet explaining…

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