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Tyler
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Tyler is a Legislative Assistant in the Washington Legislative Office, where he works on religious freedom and civil right issues. Ray is a graduate of Catholic University Law School where he served as the President of Students for Public Interest Law. He has previously interned for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Mississippi Center for Justice where he advocated on racial justice issues in the areas of education, criminal justice, and voting rights. Ray received his bachelor's degree in Social Science from San Diego State University. Ray is a licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Let People Vote

The Democracy Restoration Act: Preventing a Lifetime Punishment

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:52pm
Tayna Fogle is a mother of two, grandmother of six, a leader in her community, and a powerful example of how difficult it is for citizens to regain their voting rights.
Restoring the Heartbeat of the Voting Rights Act

Restoring the Heartbeat of the Voting Rights Act

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm

Today, The Hill's Congress Blog posted a commentary on the importance of Congress improving and passing the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Below is an excerpt from the piece, and the full commentary is available here.

"When the Supreme…

ACLU and the Equal Pay Act of 1963: Celebrating 50 Years of Advocacy

ACLU and the Equal Pay Act of 1963: Celebrating 50 Years of Advocacy

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:38pm

This June 10th, the ACLU will join organizations and individuals across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a landmark law that required equal pay for equal work for women for the first time. If…

Protecting Constitutional Principles — Even After Disasters

Protecting Constitutional Principles — Even After Disasters

By Dena Sher, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:47pm

This was cross-posted to the American Constitution Society blog. 

The impact Superstorm Sandy had on homes, businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship across the Northeast was devastating. And still, in the wake of the storm, these…

President Obama: Close the 10 Worst Immigration Detention Facilities

President Obama: Close the 10 Worst Immigration Detention Facilities

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

The post-election immigration policy focus has rightly been on the pressing need to establish a path for aspiring Americans to become full members of their communities.

However, one of the most dire aspects of the immigration system is the…

When a Dream House Becomes a Nightmare

When a Dream House Becomes a Nightmare

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:30am

For years, Rita Winters envisioned spending her golden years of retirement at her dream house in Southern Maryland.  However, as a result of events outside of Rita’s control, her dream home placed her in a nightmare situation. Federal action…

A tipping point for Islamaphobia?

A tipping point for Islamaphobia?

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:25pm

Have we finally reached an end to widespread Islamaphobia and religious discrimination in this country? Maybe not—but we may be reaching a turning point where bigotry becomes so blatant that it requires a response from across the political and…

Every Child Deserves a Family, Including in Virginia

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:28pm

Yesterday was Valentine's Day, a day when we celebrate our love for one another, whether it is between significant others, class mates, or a child and their parents. Growing up, I always received a small box of chocolates on Valentine's Day from…

Could Your Taxes Fund Religious Buildings? Yes!

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year: tax season! But as millions of us file our taxes (and hope we don’t get audited), federal agencies are considering troubling new regulations that could spend your tax money to construct…

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and Religious Freedom

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and Religious Freedom

By Tyler Ray, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:09am

This week we commemorate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the values of freedom and equality that Dr. King fought so hard for.

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