Blog of Rights

A Win for Freedom of Speech and Occupy Nashville

By Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee at 5:33pm
Yesterday the ACLU of Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit to protect the First Amendment rights of Occupy Nashville protesters. By late afternoon, a judge ordered the state to stop enforcing rules that violated the demonstrators’ freedom of speech and assembly.
Camdenton High School Still "Blacklisting" Pro-LGBT Websites

Camdenton High School Still "Blacklisting" Pro-LGBT Websites

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 10:31am

Today, the ACLU will ask a federal judge to stop a Missouri school from censoring LGBT-supportive content on school library computers.

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

By Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:09pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is standing beside the demonstrators and defending their right to speak their minds.

Teams of NYCLU staff and volunteers regularly visit the movement's…

Ban Censorship, Not Books or Websites

Ban Censorship, Not Books or Websites

By Grant Doty, ACLU of Eastern Missouri at 2:57pm

On July 25, 2011, the Republic School District Board in southwest Missouri voted unanimously to ban Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer from its curriculum and library. Banning books from libraries is nothing…

NYCLU on the Scene at Wall Street Protests

By Jennifer Carnig, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:49pm

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a group of a few hundred protesters have occupied a park right off of Wall Street for more than a week, seeking attention for what they call a greedy and unjust financial system.  The staff of the New York Civil…

Who Says You Can't Read That?

Who Says You Can't Read That?

By Bruce Boni, Pittsburgh Chapter, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:26pm

September 24 – October 1 is Banned Books Week, and new this year is Banned Sites Day on September 28. All week ACLU staff and volunteers are posting their thoughts about the freedom to read — both books and online content. Celebrate…

Ideological Exclusion Again?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:02pm

Today, the ACLU sent letters to the Departments of State and Homeland Security asking them to grant a visa to Kerim Yildiz, a British citizen living in London. Yildiz, the executive director of the U.K.-based Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP),…

A Win for Free Speech: ACLU Recommendations Adopted by DHS!

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:46pm

The ACLU just scored a big win for freedom of speech from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). More than 2 years ago we filed a complaint with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) concerning an effort to collect and…

The Fight to Put Works by Picasso, Hitchcock, Stravinsky, and Others Back in the Public Domain

By Aden Fine, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 3:21pm

Our Constitution wisely gives Congress the power to pass copyright laws. A current Supreme Court case and new ACLU friend-of-the-court brief are a reminder, however, of why our courts need to have the ability to ensure that Congress uses…

President Obama: Address Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:02pm

Next Tuesday, President Obama will visit Puerto Rico.

We hope that during his time there, he'll address the ongoing First Amendment and human rights violations that the ACLU has been investigating and documenting since 2004. Over the last…