Tag: American Civil Liberties Union

West Virginia Is Charging Its Inmates $0.03 Cents a Minute to Read Free E-Books. Here’s Why That Matters

On its face, it’s a welcome proposition: people incarcerated in West Virginia prisons will be given access to electronic tablets, allowing them to read books and articles, listen to music, write emails, and send photos and video chat with their friends and family. But it will cost them: $0.03-$0.05 cents a minute if they want […]

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Teacher Threw Away Students’ Black Lives Matter Posters, A.C.L.U. Says

A school district near Sacramento, Calif., said it is investigating an episode in which a teacher threw away student posters related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The district, the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, Calif., said in a statement that it apologized if any student felt “discomfort” about what happened, the television […]

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Sacramento Elementary School Teacher Throws Away Students’ Black Lives Matter Project

Black lives matter to some but not all. An elementary school in Sacramento is under fire after one of its teachers allegedly threw away students’ Black Lives Matter movement art project, reportedly saying it was too political and inappropriate. Advertisement This follows a volunteer teacher’s assignment to create art about causes people cared about. Perhaps […]

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Mother Is Freed After 15 Years in Prison for Father’s Abuse

A domestic violence survivor in Oklahoma walked free from prison on Friday, according to a corrections spokeswoman, after spending 15 years behind bars for failing to report that her boyfriend was also abusing their children. The woman, Tondalao Hall, was 19 when she was arrested after her boyfriend, Robert Braxton Jr., abused their two children, […]

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In Flint, Mich., Lead Crisis Moves From Homes to Schools

ImageNakiya Wakes and her son, Jaylon, in Flint, Mich.Credit…Brittany Greeson for The New York Times FLINT, Mich. — Nakiya Wakes could not understand how her wiry, toothy-grinned 6-year-old had gone from hyperactive one school year to what teachers described as hysterical the next. Then, in 2015, the state of Michigan delivered a diagnosis of sorts: […]

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Oklahoma to Release Nearly 500 Prisoners in a Single Day

In 2016, when every county in solidly conservative Oklahoma handed President Trump a victory, there was another landslide in the state: By a wide margin, voters also approved a plan to shrink prison rolls and downgrade many crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. That decision was set to produce major results on Monday: Almost 500 inmates […]

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Supreme Court Could Roll Back Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8th, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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A Critical Threat to Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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U.S. Tries to Seize Edward Snowden’s Proceeds From New Memoir

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday, seeking to seize his proceeds from his new memoir because he did not submit the manuscript for review before it was published so officials could make sure it contained no classified information. Mr. Snowden, whose 2013 leaks of top-secret documents about […]

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Does a Kansas Inmate Have a Right to Opioid Addiction Drugs? A Judge Will Decide

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a federal prison in Kansas to force it to provide an inmate with buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, saying the man would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it. Officials at the Leavenworth federal penitentiary are not providing the inmate, Leaman Crews, with the buprenorphine he needs to […]

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We Sent Jimmy Aldaoud to Die in Iraq

When you foresee a death, there’s no joy in being right. On June 4, I told my colleagues that Jimmy Aldaoud — a medically frail Michigan man who came to the United States in 1979 when he was an infant — was not going to survive. That was the day his sister Rita Bolis called […]

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More Than 900 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Families Over Past Year

LOS ANGELES — More than a year after President Trump officially ended migrant family separations at the southern border, immigration authorities continue to routinely separate families for reasons as minor as a parent not changing a baby’s diaper or having a traffic citation for driving without a license, according to new documents filed Tuesday in […]

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Did Puerto Rican Police Go Too Far During Protests? What the Video Shows.

For two weeks in July, Puerto Rico erupted in popular anger against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, whose leaked texts revealed an inner circle that jokingly dismissed the island’s woes, including the thousands left dead by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Infuriated and demanding his removal, protesters took aim at the symbol of Mr. Rosselló’s authority: La […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Anti-Abortion Laws for Now

In an 11th-hour ruling, a federal judge temporarily blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect in Arkansas on Wednesday, including a law that bans the procedure after 18 weeks and another that could threaten to close the state’s only surgical abortion clinic. The decision, issued minutes before midnight on Tuesday by Judge Kristine G. […]

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A Day After It Was Filed, New Trump Asylum Policy Gets Hit in Court

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups on Tuesday sued the Trump administration in federal court, challenging a new rule intended to severely restrict the ability of people fleeing persecution to apply for asylum in the United States. The groups filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, seeking […]

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Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule

WASHINGTON — Most migrants who travel by land to enter the United States from the Mexican border will be denied asylum protections according to plans the Trump administration announced Monday. The new rule was expected to be immediately challenged in court. The rule goes into effect on Tuesday. It is one of the broadest attempts […]

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Florida Limits Ex-Felon Voting, Prompting a Lawsuit and Cries of ‘Poll Tax’

MIAMI — Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law on Friday significant restrictions to the recently restored voting rights of people with felony convictions, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the state hours later. The new law requires people with serious criminal histories to fully pay back fines and fees to the […]

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Lone Missouri Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open in Dispute with State

ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s only abortion clinic was temporarily spared on Friday, after a state commission gave it more time to resolve its licensing dispute with the state health department. The conflict, over whether the clinic has complied with health department requirements, has threatened to make Missouri the first state in about 45 years where […]

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Trump Bets We’ll Stop Caring About Migrant Kids

Exactly one year ago on Thursday, after a national uproar, Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Six days later, a federal judge ordered the reunification of thousands of parents and children whom the American government had torn apart. Even though the separation policy had […]

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How Surveillance Cameras Could Be Weaponized With A.I.

Businesses and the government have spent years installing millions of surveillance cameras across the United States. Now, that technology is on the verge of getting a major upgrade, the American Civil Liberties Union warns in a new report. Advancements in artificial intelligence could supercharge surveillance, allowing camera owners to identify “unusual” behavior, recognize actions like […]

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