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From the Fair Housing Act to Ferguson: Where You Live Impacts How You're Policed

From the Fair Housing Act to Ferguson: Where You Live Impacts How You're Policed

By Larry Schwartztol, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 1:08pm
In less than 24 hours, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will define the future of decades-old legal protections against discrimination by landlords and banks against renters and homebuyers. The decision could have far-reaching consequences for the battle against housing policies that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics. And that, in turn, would have profound implications for efforts to ensure fair and unbiased policing in places like Ferguson and New York City and throughout the country.
VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

VICTORY! Federal Jury Holds Catholic School Accountable for Sex Discrimination

By Brian Hauss, Legal Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 3:28pm

Emily Herx never imagined that she could lose her job for trying to get pregnant. But after working for more than seven years as a literature and language arts teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana, she was shocked to learn that her teaching contract…

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

As If! Women Aren’t Clueless, Even If Politicians Continue to Act That Way

By Talcott Camp, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm

Late last week, the Arkansas Medical Board initially voted 7-6 not to intrude into the relationship between women and their doctors. They declined to require medical providers to perform an ultrasound exam for a woman seeking abortion care, and then…

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 10:09am

Peggy Young worked for UPS delivering letters and packages. When she became pregnant, her doctor recommended that she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. She requested a light-duty position so she would not have to lift heavy packages.

Sounds…

VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:38pm

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters -- I know because I got a lot of them.”  

If you’ve ever questioned whether it matters to add…

A mother and child sign the 'Largest Mother's Day Card Ever to Hit Capitol Hill'

Momma Needs to Keep Her Job, Not a Doggone Card

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 2:44pm

Instead of giving your mom flowers, jewelry, or a sappy but heartfelt card on Mother's Day this year, how about the gift that keeps on giving: a little butt-kickin' activism?

Before the big day actually arrives, pick up the phone, call the…

No Crime Victim Should Have to Choose Between Safety and Housing

No Crime Victim Should Have to Choose Between Safety and Housing

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:06pm

From an early age most of us are told – if you are in danger, call the police for help. However, towns and cities across the country are sending the opposite message – call for help and you could lose your housing.

This was precisely the…

Payckeck Fairness

Half a Century Later, Mad Men's Peggy Olson Is Still Waiting for Paycheck Fairness

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:14pm

Despite the popularity of the show “Mad Men,” we are no longer living in the 1960s, but the current gender wage gap doesn’t reflect that. Ongoing wage inequity should be a thing that’s in the past.

The persistent pay gap exists, despite…

Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

Supreme Court Delivers Fairness to Pregnant Workers in UPS Case

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:28pm

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an important ruling for pregnant workers in the case of Peggy Young, a UPS delivery driver who was forced on to unpaid leave after she became pregnant and was advised by her doctor not to lift more than 20 pounds. The…

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:57pm

Agonizing. Enraging. Inspiring. These are a few words that came to mind after watching "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on campus sexual violence that opened this past weekend.

Like "The Invisible War," the Oscar-nominated documentary…