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Shutting Down Cell Service During Protests: The Constitutional Dimension

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:19am

The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (“BART,” for short) has a serious public relations problem. BART Police have been involved in three fatal shootings of BART passengers in the past three years, including the Oscar Grant incident in 2009,…

In Court Today: Protecting the Right to Protest the President

In Court Today: Protecting the Right to Protest the President

By Kate Wood, Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 10:25am

People who disagree with the president have as much a right to be heard as those who wish to praise him. Today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, the ACLU will be defending the free speech rights of presidential protestors who were…

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

Protecting Protest at Occupy Wall Street

By Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:09pm

As the Occupy Wall Street movement gains steam, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is standing beside the demonstrators and defending their right to speak their minds.

Teams of NYCLU staff and volunteers regularly visit the movement's…

A Win for Free Speech: ACLU Recommendations Adopted by DHS!

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:46pm

The ACLU just scored a big win for freedom of speech from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). More than 2 years ago we filed a complaint with the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) concerning an effort to collect and…

Turning a Blind Eye: The Human Rights Crisis in Puerto Rico

Turning a Blind Eye: The Human Rights Crisis in Puerto Rico

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:26pm

Today, there are American citizens who are being assaulted by police during peaceful protests, but you likely have heard very little about it. The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), the second largest police department in the country, is out…

Sky-High Murder Rate in Puerto Rico Puts Police Under Scrutiny

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:28pm

Today's New York Times reports the sky-high murder rate in Puerto Rico has put the territory's police department — the second largest in the nation behind New York — under pressure to ramp up training and instruction, as well as coordination…

Protestors Should be Seen and Heard

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:58am

Once again, it appears free speech may be the victim of official White House policy. In the rather un-grand tradition of shielding the president from dissenting opinions, several New Mexicans were recently made to stand 150 yards - and behind a…

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