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Girl, 10, Drew a Picture at School. Then Cops Arrested Her

ACLU of Hawaii demands $500K in damages, plus reforms

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding $500,000 in damages after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing. A parent of a student at Honowai Elementary School outside Honolulu demanded staff call police in response to the girl's drawing, which allegedly depicted...

ACLU Apologizes for Altering RBG Quote

Organization switched pronouns to 'they' and 'their'

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union is apologizing after erasing "she" and "her" pronouns from a statement by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On the anniversary of her death, the organization reinterpreted a quote Ginsburg gave on reproductive rights during her Senate confirmation hearings in 1993....

Va. School Board to Pay Trans Student $1.3M

The settlement will cover Gavin Grimm's six years worth of attorney's fees and costs

(Newser) - The Virginia school board that fought a former student for years has finally agreed to settle. The Gloucester County School Board will turn over $1.3 million to cover attorney's fees after effectively losing their case when the Supreme Court declined to hear it, the Washington Post reports. Gavin...

For the First Time, the ACLU Has a Black President

Deborah Archer will make fight against racial injustice a top priority

(Newser) - Deborah Archer, a professor at New York University School of Law with expertise in civil rights and racial justice, has become the first Black person in the 101-year history of the American Civil Liberties Union to be elected its president. The ACLU announced Monday that Archer was elected over the...

'Unchecked Groping' Alleged at Calif. Homeless Shelters

ACLU sues cities, operators of 3 Orange County shelters

(Newser) - In March 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a report that suggested it was better to spend time in jail than in dirty, overcrowded Orange County homeless shelters. Residents at Anaheim's Bridges at Kraemer Place and Santa Ana's Courtyard Transitional Center and SAFEPlace shelters described feces covering...

Border Agent: I Detained You for Speaking Spanish

Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez sued the Border Patrol

(Newser) - Driving while Black is one thing. Looks like talking while Hispanic is another. Two US citizens have settled a lawsuit against US Customs and Border Protection that hinged on a border agent who heard them speaking Spanish, the New York Times reports. The agent detained Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez...

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ACLU Is Team Britney

Organization says it will back Spears if she wants out of conservatorship

(Newser) - Britney Spears no longer wants her father to serve as her conservator —and now she has the American Civil Liberties Union on her side. Yes, it appears the ACLU may have joined the #FreeBritney movement : "People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their...

Trump Sued Over Use of Force on DC Protesters

Civil rights groups file federal lawsuit

(Newser) - Civil rights groups including the ACLU and Black Lives Matter are taking the Trump administration to court over the forcible clearance of protesters ahead of the president's church photo-op across from the White House Monday. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, the groups say the use of methods including...

Judge: Fla. Felons Don't Have to Pay to Vote

Convicted felons had been required to pay fines before they could vote

(Newser) - A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday. The 125-page ruling was issued by US District Court Judge Robert...

Court Rules Against Airport Searches of Phones, Laptops

Warrantless searches violate Fourth Amendment, federal court says

(Newser) - A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other US ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in US District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and...

2 Big Names Just Filed Suit Over 'Extreme' Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU are behind complaint on Alabama's near-total ban

(Newser) - As states across the country have started passing more restrictive abortion laws , one has now been hit with a federal lawsuit, with two big names behind it. NBC News reports Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Friday over Alabama's so-called "heartbeat" law , which...

ACLU Asks Why Police Handcuffed Man Moving Into His New House

Veteran was stopped while carrying a large-screen TV

(Newser) - The Kansas ACLU wants to know why a black man was detained by police while he was moving into his new house late at night. Police stopped Karle Robinson, 61, as he was carrying a large-screen television into the house. He was handcuffed outside for 8 minutes last August, the...

They Were Stopped for Speaking Spanish. Now They're Suing

Complaint: 'no legitimate reason' for CBP to detain Ana Suda, Martha Hernandez, both US citizens

(Newser) - Two native-born US women were detained by a Border Patrol agent last May at a convenience store in Havre, Montana. Now those women are suing US Customs and Border Protection, noting in their complaint that the CPB agent "singled out, detained, and interrogated" Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi"...

With Surveillance Limits Ending, ACLU Sues Everyone

Feds aren't revealing anything about surveillance, suit says

(Newser) - A civil rights group has sued the US government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year, the AP reports. The American Civil Liberties Union sued...

White House Announces Asylum Crackdown

Trump expected to issue proclamation Friday

(Newser) - The White House has unveiled the crackdown on asylum seekers President Trump promised last week . A joint statement from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released Thursday announced an "Interim Final Rule" declaring that "aliens" who violate presidential suspensions or limitations on entry...

Feds: Finding Deported Parents Should Be in ACLU's Hands

DOJ lawyers make the case in a court filing

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union is balking at a request from the federal government to track down the deported parents of an estimated 431 children who remain in the US. "Not only was it the government's unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis, but the United States...

Man's Cry of 'Stop Fingering Me, Bruh!' Leads to Lawsuit

ACLU alleges what happened to MB Cottingham was unconstitutional

(Newser) - It's been more than a decade (seriously) since the line "don't tase me, bro" became infamous. Now, an uncomfortable variation on that theme. The ACLU on Wednesday filed a suit against Metropolitan Police Department officer Sean Lojacono for what it claims was an "unconstitutional and exceedingly...

ACLU on 'Big Victory' at the Border: 'Tears Will Be Flowing'

Federal judge's orders reunification of separated migrant families must happen within 30 days

(Newser) - The ACLU claimed a "big victory" Tuesday in its fight with the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border. "These families thought they might never see each other again. Tonight's court ruling will change lives," the ACLU tweeted on a federal judge's preliminary...

Court Rules on Immigrant Teen Abortions

Order pertains to teens in federal custody

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions, the AP reports. A judge issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing"...

Congolese Mother Kept 2K Miles From Daughter Set Free

Asylum seeker's next step: to reunite with 7-year-old daughter, taken by ICE 4 months ago

(Newser) - A Congolese mother detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after attempting to seek asylum in the US, then held 2,000 miles away from her 7-year-old daughter for four months, walked free on Tuesday, per the Washington Post . The ACLU reports her release comes just days after it filed suit...

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