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A Loving Reality for All

A Loving Reality for All

By Greger Calhan, Legal Fellow, ACLU, Racial Justice Program at 12:16pm
The month of June represents a double anniversary for Mildred and Richard Loving. Two weeks ago, the Virginia couple would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. And earlier this week on June 12th, Americans celebrated the 46th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision which bears their name, Loving v. Virginia, and which recognized an equal right to marriage for all people, regardless of race.
Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

Anthony Lewis's Trumpet

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 12:25pm

When I was invited to give a speech in Florida this month as part of a fiftieth anniversary commemoration of the decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the first thing I did, of course, was to pull out my tattered copy of Gideon's Trumpet, Anthony Lewis's…

Edward Snowden: One-on-One in Moscow

Edward Snowden: One-on-One in Moscow

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 10:19am

This originally appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of STAND, the ACLU magazine.

Edward Snowden stirs passions among many across the world. After all, in June of last year he provided classified materials to journalists working with The Guardian…

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.

Macklemore: "If You Like Being Free Like Me, Get The ACLU Card Today."

Macklemore: "If You Like Being Free Like Me, Get The ACLU Card Today."

By Doug Honig, ACLU of Washington at 12:28pm

Rap superstar Macklemore is urging his fans to get the card "that lets my gay friends marry the hell out of each other." That's the ACLU's legendary membership card. "If you like being free like me, get the ACLU card today," the award-winning rapper…

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…

Here's How You Can Make Constitution Day a Federal Holiday

Here's How You Can Make Constitution Day a Federal Holiday

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 10:30am

Is the United States Constitution as important as the Declaration of Independence?

Every Fourth of July, we celebrate our founders' decision to form a country independent of Great Britain. But we don't have any equivalent celebration of the…

ACLU Defends Nonprofit Free Speech

ACLU Defends Nonprofit Free Speech

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Sandra Fulton, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:01pm

Political speech regulation remains an incredibly complex and contentious issue in our government, and there is plenty of legitimate concern about the recent influx of big, outside money in modern campaigns.

Those concerns, however, must be…

Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU

Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 1:31pm

Exactly one year ago, on Constitution Day, I challenged readers of this blog to test their knowledge of the Constitution with some very basic questions that distressingly few Americans were able to answer correctly. (They included questions like, "Name…

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