ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, June 18, 2018
ACLU Comment on Supreme Court Partisan Gerrymandering Rulings
The Supreme Court today issued rulings in two partisan gerrymandering cases: Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone . The American Civil Liberties Union filed briefs in both cases supporting the challengers to partisan gerrymandering. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said: “...
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
President Commutes Life-Without-Parole Sentence of Alice Marie Johnson
President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who has been serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense since 1996. Attorneys Jennifer Turner from the American Civil Liberties Union, Brittany Barnett from the Buried Alive Project, and Shawn Holley from...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Senate Approves Measure to Reinstate Net Neutrality
The Senate passed a measure today repealing changes to net neutrality rules that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year. Ronald Newman, director of strategic initiatives at the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following reaction: “This is the first step forward in...
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Trump's Airstrikes on Syria Are Illegal Without Congressional Authorization
President Trump announced tonight that he had launched missile strikes against Syria. Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, had this reaction: “This military action is illegal. In the face of constitutional law barring hostile use of force without...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018
ACLU Report Urges Cities and Towns to Provide Internet Service as a Utility
The American Civil Liberties Union released a report today calling on local governments to pursue providing broadband to residents to help counteract federal rollbacks of net neutrality and internet privacy protections. Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to revoke net...
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Friday, March 09, 2018
ACLU of Florida Statement on Signing of Legislation Responding to Parkland Shooting
Governor Rick Scott today signed legislation including various proposals to address gun violence in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Responding to the signing of the legislation, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon stated: "The State...
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
ACLU Comment on Introduction of Legislation to Restore Net Neutrality
Congress introduced legislation to restore protections for net neutrality today under the Congressional Review Act. The CRA allows Congress to overturn agency actions with which it disagrees — in this case, restoring the protections against discrimination by internet service providers the Federal...
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Monday, February 26, 2018
Federal Appeals Court Rules Civil Rights Act Covers Sexual Orientation
A federal appeals court handed down a victory for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people today, affirming that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under federal law. The full Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on the scope of the Civil Rights Act in Zarda v...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Trump Muslim Ban
In a 9-to-4 ruling, a federal appeals court today ruled against President Trump’s third Muslim ban. The American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations are challenging the ban. ACLU Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang, who argued the case before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Police Officer Fired For Not Shooting Unarmed Man Reaches Settlement With W.Va. City
A settlement agreement was reached between former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader and the City of Weirton in a lawsuit challenging the termination of Mr. Mader’s employment because he chose not to shoot and kill a suicidal Black man whom he concluded did not pose a threat warranting the use of...
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