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ACLU Demands Immediate Resignation of Kenosha Police Chief, Sheriff, and Mayor

National ACLU alongside its state chapter in Wisconsin on Thursday called for the local sheriff, chief of police, and mayor of Kenosha to immediately tender their resignations, arguing the top law enforcement officials and city leader have failed in their duties in terms of the killing by police of Jacob Blake on Sunday and their …

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Forget Your Feelings About Trump, Say Allies of NSA Whistleblower, ‘Snowden Pardon Would Be a Major Win’

After President Donald Trump suggested in an interview published Thursday night by the New York Post that he is open to pardoning Edward Snowden, civil liberties advocates issued a fresh wave of calls urging the president to following through and allow the American whistleblower to return to the United States. The U.S.-based Freedom of the …

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‘This Is a Big Deal’: Iowa Gov. Ends Voting Ban for People With Felony Convictions

In a development heralded as “a historic sea change,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning the state’s policy of permanently banning those with felony convictions from voting. “Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance of redemption, second chances, and the need to address inequalities in our …

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From Distracting Nation From Economic Crash to ‘Freaking Out About Losing,’ Trump’s Threat to Delay Election Seen as No Joke

A very overt and obvious effort to distract the U.S. voting public from an unprecedented historic collapse of the U.S. economy made even more evident on Thursday? Check. A flagrant attack on voting rights and a further false statement about mail-in voting? Check. A clear suggestion that if empowered with an authority that legal experts …

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‘This Is…Kidnapping’: Video Shows Plainclothes NYPD Officers Throwing Protester Into Unmarked Van

Plainclothes officers from the New York City Police Department on Tuesday snatched an 18-year-old protester off the streets, threw her into an unmarked minivan, and sped away without explanation, a disturbing incident that immediately drew comparisons to the authoritarian tactics recently used by federal agents in Portland, Oregon. “Violently forcing protesters into an unmarked van …

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Massive Protests in Portland Continue After Judge Denies State Request for Restraining Order Against Federal Agencies

After a U.S. district judge on Friday denied the Oregon attorney general’s request for a temporary restraining order against federal agencies, officers deployed to Portland by President Donald Trump dispensed tear gas and fired impact munitions as the thousands of protesters gathered in the city until early Saturday for ongoing demonstrations against police brutality. Friday …

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ACLU and Immigrant Rights Groups Challenge Latest Trump Effort to ‘Rig the Census for Partisan Gain’

“The constitutional mandate is clear—every person counts in the census. Undocumented immigrants are people—and nothing President Trump does or says changes that fact.” “We want to make sure that President Trump can’t erase this country’s millions of hard-working immigrants and cripple the regions that have welcomed them as neighbors.”—Gustavo Torres, CASA So said Dale Ho, …

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Unconscionable’ Attacks on Portland Medics

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Wednesday sued the Trump administration for assaulting, tear-gassing, and arresting volunteer medics in Portland during its crackdown on the city’s ongoing protests against police brutality. The lawsuit (pdf), which also names the city of Portland, was filed on behalf of Savannah Guest, Christopher Wise, Christopher Durkee, …

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‘Flagrantly Unconstitutional’: Trump Issues Order to Block Undocumented Immigrants From Being Counted in Census

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Tuesday seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census—a move being criticized as “flagrantly unconstitutional” and as another effort “to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities.” “After losing the battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the Trump administration seeks to …

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‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’: Trump Pledges to Deploy Secret Police Units to Major US Cities

In comments from the Oval Office on Monday, President Donald Trump intensified rising fears that his administration will deploy federal agents to Democrat-led cities across the country to replicate a widely condemned crackdown in Portland, Oregon that critics charge is not only authoritarian but part of the president’s effort to win a second term by …

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To End ‘Unconstitutional Nightmare,’ ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Use of Secret Police in Portland

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon sued the Trump administration late Friday over its deployment of federal agents to Portland, where unidentified officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service have been detaining Black Lives Matter protesters without explanation and using indiscriminate force to crush demonstrations. “This is police …

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‘The Suspect Can’t Be the Investigator’: ACLU Demands Special Counsel Probe Into Barr Over Police Assault on Protesters

The ACLU is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a violent police assault last month on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators near the White House—a crackdown reportedly ordered by Attorney General William Barr. “A full, independent investigation now is necessary to hold him and any other officials who may be responsible for …

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‘Critical Win for People in Tennessee’: Federal Judge Immediately Blocks Sweeping State Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights advocates celebrated Monday after a federal judge blocked Tennessee’s sweeping new restrictions on abortion within in an hour of Republican Gov. Bill Lee signing them into law. “This is a critical win for people in Tennessee who will not lose access to their constitutional right to abortion,” declared Anjali Dalal, senior staff attorney …

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Citing Likelihood of ‘Extreme Pain and Needless Suffering,’ US Judge Halts Resumption of Federal Executions

This is a developing story… Please check back for possible updates… A U.S. district judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from resuming federal executions after a 17-year informal break—a decision that came mere hours before inmate Daniel Lewis Lee was set to be killed by lethal injection at the prison in Terry Haute, …

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Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s ACA Rule Amounting to ‘Intentional, Targeted Attack on Abortion Access’

A federal court late Friday struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to erect new barriers to abortion care, this time using the for-profit insurance industry. US District Judge Catherine Blake in Maryland blocked the administration from implementing the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Exchange Program Integrity rule, after Planned Parenthood of Maryland joined several …

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‘Enough Is Enough’: 44 Groups Slam House Democrats for Including Hyde Amendment in Spending Bill

A coalition of 44 reproductive health, justice, and rights groups called out House Democrats for including the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funding for abortion services with limited exceptions, in a fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill that advanced Tuesday evening. “We say: enough is enough,” the groups declared in a joint statement Tuesday night. …

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Civil Rights Groups Sue NC City Over Law That ‘Effectively Bans Any Protest’

Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against Alamance County and the city of Graham, North Carolina, after officials issued a new ordinance last week announcing the police department would not be issuing protest permits during the city’s current state of emergency. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU, and a …

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Citing ‘Unconscionable and Irresponsible Omission,’ ACLU Demands Equal Covid-19 Protections for Immigrants

The ACLU on Thursday launched a new digital ad campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to correct an “unconscionable” omission in the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy, demanding that all immigrants be made eligible for Covid-19 testing and treatment in any upcoming legislation. “It is your responsibility to make sure everyone has access to health care …

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Federal Court Rules Trump Effort to Detain Man Indefinitely Without Charges ‘Cannot Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny’

A federal court on Monday ordered the release of Adham Hassoun, a man held in U.S custody for nearly two decades and who the Trump administration has attempted to indefinitely detain since 2017 using a never-before-used section of the PATRIOT Act. “The government in this case has shown that it will ignore facts, conceal contradictory …

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‘This Bill Should Immediately Pass’: Applause for New US Legislation to Ban Facial Recognition

In a move cheered by civil liberties advocates, a quartet of progressives in Congress announced on Thursday they will introduce sweeping legislation to effectively ban government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology nationwide, citing threats to privacy rights and the well established flaws of such tools. “This bill would boldly affirm the civil …

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Betraying ‘Bedrock Principle’ of Due Process, Supreme Court Allows Fast-Tracked Deportations

The ACLU warned Thursday that people’s lives could be “in grave danger” following the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for fast-tracked deportations of certain asylum seekers. The ruling was 7-2, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting. CNN reported: Currently, undocumented immigrants who are caught within 100 miles of a land border and within 14 …

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‘Exploitation of a Pandemic to Reshape Immigration Law’: Trump Order on Worker Visa Restrictions Sparks Outrage

President Donald Trump was accused of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance his administration’s anti-immigrant agenda in response to his Monday order expanding restrictions on temporary worker visas. “This is another thinly-veiled attempt to implement radical changes to our immigration system, and to limit the number of non-citizens who are able to come to the …

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100+ Racial Justice Groups Urge Congress to Defund ‘Unconstitutional and Dangerous’ Police Surveillance

More than 100 racial justice and civil liberties groups are calling on Congress to end all federal funding for surveillance technology being used by law enforcement to spy on activists and demonstrators taking part in the ongoing protest movement sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. “Use of these tools to monitor protesters is …

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Trump Administration Sued for ‘Destructive’ Denial of Covid-19 Relief Loans to Small Business Owners With Criminal Records

A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for denying coronavirus relief loans to small business owners with criminal records, arguing the restrictive policy violates the law and perpetuates systemic racial injustices by discriminating against people of color. “The excluded small business owners are more likely to be …

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‘This Is Deadly’: Trump HHS Scraps Protections for Transgender Patients and Those Seeking Abortions

In a move widely decried by LGBTQ, reproductive, and human rights advocates, the Trump administration late Friday finalized a healthcare rule that revokes Obama-era nondiscrimination protections for transgender and nonbinary people, patients seeking abortions, and those who do not speak English. “No one should fear being turned away by a medical provider because of who …

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