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‘Policing For Profit’ Is Alive and Well in South Carolina

An investigative series finds that police have amassed millions through civil asset forfeiture, mostly affecting the poor and people of color.

By Emma Andersson, Susan Dunn
February 12, 2019

The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion

The court’s recent decisions threaten religious neutrality – the “clearest command” of the Establishment Clause.

By Daniel Mach
February 11, 2019

Fact-Checking Common Myths on Transition-Related Care for Trans People

Transition-related care is medically necessary for many transgender people, yet insurance companies continue to deny coverage for these treatments.

By Ria Tabacco Mar
February 11, 2019

The Justice Department Wants to Strip the Mongols Biker Club of Its Logo

The First Amendment bars the government from stopping people from wearing clothes showing the logo of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

By David Loy
February 8, 2019

In Alabama, a Muslim Man Was Denied the Presence of His Imam During His Execution

The Supreme Court’s ruling to move forward with Domineque Ray’s execution violates the Establishment Clause’s principle of religious neutrality.

By Brock Boone
February 8, 2019

New Bill Limits When California Police Can Use Deadly Force

State legislators must pass legislation to stem California’s wider epidemic of police violence and to specifically protect communities of color.

By Lizzie Buchen
February 8, 2019

The South Dakota Legislature’s Transphobia

Members of the legislature have renewed their attack on transgender students with three separate bills targeting their civil rights.

By Libby Skarin
February 7, 2019

Pennsylvania Can’t Be a Model for Reform if We Undermine People’s Rights

Members of the state’s General Assembly should deny ballot access to a “victims’ rights” constitutional amendment that threatens due process.

By Andy Hoover
February 7, 2019

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