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At U.N., Trump Hides Behind 'Sovereignty' to Shield His Administration From Scrutiny

Trump mentioned sovereignty' 21 times at the UN today. Here's what he was getting at. This morning, in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump deployed a transparent and familiar tactic to justify a shameful record: an appeal to national sovereignty over human ...

President Trump Is Poised To Slash the Number of Refugees In the U.S., Replaying the Worst of Our History

We're been down this road of xenophobia before. Have we learned anything from it? In coming days, President Trump is expected to announce the maximum number of refugees the United States will accept in the next fiscal year. Trump may cap the number at 50,000 or even lower, The New York Times has ...

'They Were Doing the Good Things and Being Good Children, and Then They Were Killed'

Lisa McNair talks race and racism on the anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. This piece was originally published at the ACLU of Alabama.  On September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted dynamite during Sunday service at the 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four ...

The Right to Keep Personal Data Private: Carpenter v. U.S.

This case could determine whether police can examine all kinds of personal digital data without a search warrant. The Supreme Court could in this case make major strides in ensuring that Fourth Amendment protections keep pace with advancing technology. In 2011, FBI agents in Detroit obtained several ...

My Police Department Vowed to 'Get Rid' of Me After I Had My Son, so I Fought Back for Other Female Officers

I was forced to choose between my job as a police officer and breastfeeding my son. I sued — and won. I loved my job in law enforcement, but I was demeaned, demoted, and discriminated against for choosing to be a mom. I was a police officer and investigator with the West Alabama Narcotics Task ...

The Right to Celebrate a Marriage: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Religious faith can't be used as an excuse for bigotry by business owners who refuse to serve same-sex couples. In July 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, together with Charlie's mother Debbie Munn, went to Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Denver-area bakery, to purchase a cake for their wedding ...

We Are Asking the Court to Put an Immediate Stop to the President's Anti-Trans Military Ban

Military personnel who are transgender deserve better. Imagine serving your country for over a decade in the armed forces — many of those years hiding the truth of who you are, but still showing up each day to fight for something bigger than yourself.You put yourself on the line.You depend on your ...

The Right to Decide When to Vote: Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

Voting in the United States is not a 'use it or lose it' right. This case challenges Ohio's practice of 'purging' or removing people who vote infrequently from its voting rolls. Since this practice began in 1994, hundreds of thousands have been eliminated from voter registration lists. Under Ohio's ...

We're Challenging the Government's Warrantless Searches of Phones and Laptops at the Border

The border should not serve as a dragnet for law enforcement to pry into our personal and professional lives. Warrantless searches of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices at the border are a major threat to privacy and civil liberties. Today, the ACLU, along with the Electronic ...

Toney Earl Jr.'s Incarceration Almost Stopped Him From Getting A Job. His Success Shows Why Businesses Need to Implement Fair Hiring Practices.

Hiring formerly incarcerated people is good for both families and businesses. It also strengthens communities. Toney Earl Jr. was 25 years old when he was convicted for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Though he had never been to prison before, he was sentenced to 42 ...

The Minneapolis Police Department Is Finally Sharing Data on Police Stops. Other Departments Should Follow.

Police freely sharing data about whom they stop is one step toward accountability and police reform. Unlike most police departments nationwide, the Minneapolis Police Department has taken an important step toward becoming more transparent and accountable to the communities it serves.On August 9, it ...

The Right to Be Free From Religious Intolerance: Trump v. IRAP

Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban was born out of malice toward an entire faith. This case challenges President Trump's executive order prohibiting entry to the United States to people from six Muslim-majority countries.  The president imposed a version of the order in January, to immediate and ...

Toney Earl Jr.'s Incarceration Almost Stopped Him From Getting A Job. His Success Shows Why Businesses Need To Implement Fair Hiring Practices.

Hiring formerly incarcerated people is good for both families and businesses. It also strengthens communities. Toney Earl Jr. was 25 years old when he was convicted for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Though he had never been to prison before, he was sentenced to 42 ...

Here's How Communities and City Councils Can Reject Trump's Militarization of Local Police

Local police departments do not need to become a combination of the U.S. Army and C.I.A. Two weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order that gave a push to local police militarization. Trump's action rescinded an Obama-era policy meant to provide greater transparency and oversight around ...

Kris Kobach Pushes Voter Fraud Lies While Meeting With Fellow Suppression Activists

There are more people on Kobach's voter fraud commission than people he has convicted of voter fraud. Kris Kobach is getting desperate. In a column last week for Breitbart, the Kansas Secretary of State declared that voter fraud tipped the scales in the election last year in New Hampshire. The ...

The Right to Due Process in Detention: Jennings v. Rodriguez

It's a disgrace that immigrants, including green card holders, have been held for months and years without hearings. This case began in May 2007 with a basic question: Can the federal government lock someone up, for months or years, without a hearing to determine if his or her imprisonment is ...

This Officer Was Given an Impossible Choice: Quit Breastfeeding or Put Your Life at Risk. The Courts Sided With Her.

Forced to wear a bullet-proof vest that interfered with breastfeeding, Agent Hicks felt she had no choice but to resign. When the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed almost 40 years ago, it was intended to tackle the range of mistreatment women faced when they became mothers. And it did wipe out ...

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions Want to Enshrine a Business Right to Discriminate Into the Constitution

If Masterpiece Cakeshop wins at the Supreme Court, the ruling will undermine more than the nation's nondiscrimination laws. Can businesses put up a sign that says, We Don't Sell To Gays?' President Trump says yes. Today Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Supreme Court in an amicus ...

As a Dreamer, I Will Not Be a Bargaining Chip for Trump's Attack on Immigrants

The end of DACA means returning to a life of enormous uncertainty. For us Dreamers, it also means the fight of our lives. So many words come to mind right now to describe how I feel about the loss of DACA: devastation, anger, rage, betrayal, hopelessness, fear, sadness. DACA transformed my life. ...

As a Dreamer, I Will Not Be A Bargaining Chip for Trump's Attack on Immigrants

The end of DACA means returning to a life of enormous uncertainty. For us Dreamers, it also means the fight of our lives. So many words come to mind right now to describe how I feel about the loss of DACA: devastation, anger, rage, betrayal, hopelessness, fear, sadness. DACA transformed my life. ...

DACA Is Ending. But the Movement Is Not.

Undocumented youth will fight for their rights, just like every other group seeking to become fully a part of America. Today the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has enabled nearly 800,000 young men and women who came to the United ...

Student Rights at School: Six Things You Need To Know

You don't shed your rights at the schoolhouse gate. While the Constitution protects the rights of students at school, many school officials are unaware of students' legal protections, or simply ignore them. When heading back to school this year, make sure to know your rights and ensure that your ...

Retired Police Major: Police Militarization Endangers Public Safety

The return of the old 1033 program is a return to dangerous policies of the past. This week, the Trump administration revoked President Obama's Executive Order 13688, which limited the scope of a federal program that allows state and local police departments to obtain military equipment free of ...

ICE Is Abusing the ACLU's Clients Because They are Fighting Trump's Deportation Machine

ICE is trying to make our clients' lives so miserable that they voluntarily give up their immigration cases. It was an evening in late July when an ICE guard told France Anwar Elias and several other Iraqi men in immigration custody in Arizona that they were going to be released. France described ...