Florida

Florida Law Punishes Poor People for Being Poor

By Rachel Bloom, ACLU at 2:05pm
During this legislative session, more than two dozen states have introduced legislation to drug test individuals receiving or applying for various forms of public assistance. And by public assistance I mean individuals applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), welfare, unemployment and Medicare. (Incidentally, you know who isn't being asked to submit to drug testing before receiving public assistance? Bankers, traders and anyone who received money from the bailout.)
Florida Will Kill Severely Mentally Ill Man Unless Supreme Court Intervenes

Florida Will Kill Severely Mentally Ill Man Unless Supreme Court Intervenes

By Anna Arceneaux, Staff Attorney, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 11:22am

Unless the United States Supreme Court intervenes in the next few days, Florida will execute John Ferguson on August 5, despite a well-documented history of his psychosis spanning over 40 years.

Celebrating Forever Families on National Adoption Day

Celebrating Forever Families on National Adoption Day

By Nikki Fisher, ACLU of Florida at 5:56pm

Thanksgiving and the year-end holiday season are right around the corner. During this time of year, families gather to eat together, laugh together and generally celebrate being together.  In the past two years in Florida, those families have…

A Victory for Voting Rights: Florida’s Voter Suppression Law Blocked by Federal Court

A Victory for Voting Rights: Florida’s Voter Suppression Law Blocked by Federal Court

By Derek Newton, ACLU of Florida at 5:58pm
A victory for voting rights out of Florida this week: a federal court in Tallahassee blocked key provisions of the state’s new voter suppression law which discourages voter registration drives. The new law is so extreme that groups such as The League…
The Democracy Restoration Act: Everyone Deserves a Voice

The Democracy Restoration Act: Everyone Deserves a Voice

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:18pm

Six years ago, Desmond Meade stood along a set of railroad tracks and considered jumping in front of an oncoming train. Homeless, unemployed and recently released from prison, Desmond felt out of options, and couldn't imagine a future for himself.…

"There Is Almost No Voter Fraud in America."

"There Is Almost No Voter Fraud in America."

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:33pm

A Justice Department investigation of more than 300 million votes cast between 2002 and 2007 found zero cases of voter impersonation fraud. So why are so many states passing laws to fight it?

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am

When the U.N. Human Rights Committee reviews U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) this October, the review will tackle many of the human rights violations plaguing Florida. Last week the committee released…

Let Andre Vote

Let Andre Vote

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 4:37pm

President Barack Obama kicked off his reelection campaign last week in Columbus, Ohio. Governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, will be in Cleveland today.

Hoodies and Congressional Expression

Hoodies and Congressional Expression

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

It was hard to miss on TV or online yesterday the spectacle of Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush of Chicago being ejected from the House floor for wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

After taking off his jacket and raising the hood over his head…

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