Anthony D. Romero

Anthony D. Romero

Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He assumed the position in 2001 as the first Latino and openly gay man to do so.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Equality, Justice and the First Amendment
For all people of good will—regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color—the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing. Several clear themes emerged for me this weekend. And while they are pretty obvious, I thought I would share them with...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden. Today We’re Launching a Campaign to Make It Happen.
Thanks to Edward Snowden’s act of conscience, we’ve made historic strides in our fight for surveillance reform and improved cybersecurity. That’s why today, ahead of this week’s release of the Oliver Stone movie “Snowden,” we’re unveiling a major effort calling on President Obama to pardon the NSA...
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Saturday, November 21, 2015
States of Fear
Fear is toxic to a democracy. Fear divides. Fear overreacts. Fear discriminates. It's a lesson we've learned throughout our history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the post-9/11 Patriot Act. And now in the aftermath of the...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act
Not long after the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, I had dinner with the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Washington, who was a stalwart defender of civil liberties throughout his career. I asked him how he could have possibly voted for a law that so vastly expanded the government’s spying powers. He...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Generation Snowden: On Why Surveillance Reform Is Inevitable
About a year ago, a thirty-something sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the artists crept under cover of darkness into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park and installed...
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Edward Snowden is a Patriot
Edward Snowden is a patriot.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of
Our country has been shaken by the events coming out of Boston in the past week. First, of course, there was the tragedy and loss of life and injuries from the Marathon bombing, and the fear of not knowing what would happen next.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
A Lifeline for DREAMers
Today the Obama administration threw a lifeline to America's undocumented youth, announcing that it will stop deporting and give work permits to young adults who came to the U.S. as children, or DREAMers.
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