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Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 11:11am
September 17 is Constitution Day, and here’s a suggestion for how you might celebrate. 
Descendants of the signers to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4

Descendants of the signers to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4

This post first appeared on the National Archives’ Pieces of History blog.

With Independence Day around the corner, we caught up with a few of this year’s speakers to get their thoughts on the Declaration of Independence, their…

Historic Reading of Declaration of Independence by African American Descendant of Signer

Historic Reading of Declaration of Independence by African American Descendant of Signer

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:03pm

On Independence Day, I will have the esteemed honor of being the first African American descendant ever asked to read the Declaration of Independence as part of a longstanding July 4th tradition at the National Archives. Recently, descendants of original signers were asked to read sections of the Declaration in homage to this country’s founding fathers. As I’m sure you can well imagine, heretofore, those descendants have been white.

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:03am

The ACLU, in conjunction with a group of retired military leaders and veterans, launched a new ad campaign today targeting the Department of Defense’s ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services if they become pregnant…

ACLU Statement on the Passing of Marion O. Sandler

ACLU Statement on the Passing of Marion O. Sandler

By Marsha Zeesman at 3:09pm

The Board of Directors and staff of the American Civil Liberties Union are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Marion Sandler. Marion was a pioneer in every way--a passionate force for freedom and justice. Her unique gift…

"I'll Take the ACLU for $600, Alex"

"I'll Take the ACLU for $600, Alex"

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 12:51pm

The ACLU loves Double Jeopardy. Really.

A quick explanation is in order. We're not talking about the prohibition in the Fifth Amendment against double jeopardy—being tried again for the same crime after being acquitted. Trust us, we're…

Honoring James Esseks

Honoring James Esseks

By Louise Melling, Director, Center of Liberty; Deputy Legal Director, ACLU at 6:21pm

Every day is a day to celebrate James Esseks, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project. How could we not? He's wicked smart, strategic, organized and charming to boot.

But today there's even more reason…

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