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Pass a Drug Test Before You Can Pass a Class

Pass a Drug Test Before You Can Pass a Class

By Rachel Bloom, ACLU at 5:05pm
This week, a college in Missouri broke the law and violated the Fourth Amendment rights of its students. Linn State Technical College became the first public institution of higher learning to implement mandatory drug testing of all new students, as well as those returning from extended leaves of absence.
Major Ray Bradley, Fort Bragg, NC

Army Humanists No Longer Invisible

By Major Ray Bradley at 11:39am

Disclaimer: All statements in this article reflect the author's position and opinions. They in no way represent the Army's views, concepts, or regulatory guidance.

Someone once asked me how many Humanists there are in the Army. I answered,…

Bad Ideas and Principles During "School Choice Week"

Bad Ideas and Principles During "School Choice Week"

By Steven Waddy, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 10:24am

Last week, there was a lot of emphasis on income inequality, social mobility, and class concerns, but not all of the attention came from President Obama and his State of the Union message. It was also "School Choice Week," and proponents of taxpayer-funded…

Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:39pm

As the ACLU has documented elsewhere, there has been a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment and attacks on Muslim communities in the U.S. in the last few years. Most recently, multiple states have proposed legislation banning the consideration of Islamic…

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

The Fight to Let Pregnant Women Work Reaches the Supreme Court

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 11:44am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, she requested but was denied less strenuous work. She was then forced off her job.

We first told you about Peggy's story back in 2012, when the ACLU announced…

NYPD Shutters Muslim Mapping Unit – But What About Other Tactics?

NYPD Shutters Muslim Mapping Unit – But What About Other Tactics?

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 7:01pm

The New York Police Department is disbanding the unit that mapped New York’s Muslim communities, their places of worship, and businesses they frequent – based on nothing but their religious beliefs and associations. To this we say: Good Riddance.

But…

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

Why So Few Female Firefighters, NYC?

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 1:15pm

Last Friday, a committee of the New York City Council attempted to answer a simple question: Why is it that in the year 2013, only 37 of 10,500 firefighters in New York City are women? Why is it that only a fraction of one percent of New York City's…

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom in South Carolina

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:21pm

"What's the harm?" That is the question we are often asked when the ACLU steps in to stop public school officials from including official prayer in school events and proselytizing students. It was a question posed by many community members in the Chesterfield…

Settlement In “No Gay Reception” Case Shows that Public Businesses Do Not Have a License to Discriminate

Settlement In “No Gay Reception” Case Shows that Public Businesses Do Not Have a License to Discriminate

By Joshua Block, LGBT Project at 2:25pm

Earlier today, the ACLU and the ACLU of Vermont announced a fantastic settlement that we obtained in Baker & Linsley v. Wildflower Inn.   We brought the case on behalf of a same-sex couple who were told they could not have their wedding…

School Vouchers Inflict More Harm Than Good

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 10:52am

One of the great American ideals is that everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life. A cornerstone of this ideal is our public education system. American public schools are meant to ensure that every child — regardless of race, religion,…