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Biden Must Be Bolder On Immigration. The Lives Of Millions Depend On It.

One hundred days ago, President Joe Biden took the helm of a decimated immigration system, which candidate Biden had promised to restore. The lives and safety of millions of people, and the lawfulness and moral standing of our country, depend on the president’s ability to deliver on that promise. But 100 days later, his record is decidedly mixed. The Trump

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Mass Immigration Detention Must End

This post was originally published in The Palm Beach Post. Former President Donald Trump stoked his 2016 election campaign by labeling immigrants as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.” During four years in office, he vilified immigrant communities, co-opted local law enforcement to collaborate in hunting them down and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall on our southern border that

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“I Can’t Breathe:” A Year Of Racial Reckoning In America

Nearly a year after the murder of George Floyd, 20-year-old Black father Daunte Wrightwas also killed by a cop. Both men were in some of the likeliest demographics in America, by race and gender, to die in a police encounter. The killing of Daunte Wright marked nearly a decade into the Black Lives Matter movement, catalyzed by the 2012 vigilante

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The Movement To End Police Violence 1-year After George Floyd’s Murder

One year ago today, George Floyd was brutally murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over 9 minutes and 29 seconds as he pleaded for his life. Floyd’s murder sparked the largest protests in U.S. history. What has changed in the year since Floyd’s murder and that uprising? What has not changed? Where are we heading? Let’s

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THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLICE, SHOULD DECIDE IF AND HOW SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

Four and a half years ago, the use of surveillance technologies by local police and governments was growing exponentially. There were many factors behind this rapid growth, but the two most significant were (1) the ever-increasing pool of federal grant money that was being made available for surveillance tech purchases, and (2) that in almost every jurisdiction, local police were

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Dayton and Detroit just passed CCOPS’ 20th and 21st laws nationwide — a milestone for surveillance tech transparency and empowering communities.

THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLICE, SHOULD DECIDE IF AND HOW SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES   Four and a half years ago, the use of surveillance technologies by local police and governments was growing exponentially. There were many factors behind this rapid growth, but the two most significant were (1) the ever-increasing pool of federal grant money that

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The Long Road To Employment Non-Discrimination for LGBTQ People in Miami

The story isn’t exactly new. Some evidence suggests queer folks in Miami—mostly known or understood then as female or male “impersonators” or “pansies” who performed on stage—had formed small communities and networks by the mid-1930s. But it was mostly beginning in the next decade, after World War II, that a larger number of like-minded people presented themselves in gender non-conforming

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The Law That Sent a Man to Prison for Life for Stealing a Pair of Hedge Clippers – and What Prosecutors Can do About It

Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court refused to review the life sentence of Fair Wayne Bryant, who was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to steal a pair of hedge clippers more than 20 years ago. Bryant’s sentence was the result of Louisiana’s extreme “habitual offender” law, which allows people to spend life in prison for minor offenses. While the court

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Overhauling Our Immigration System Begins with Citizenship for All

As we approach the end of President Trump’s first term, it’s important to understand why and how he has inflicted such damage on our nation’s immigration system and advanced his anti-immigrant, racist agenda. Trump has been able to systematically undermine our immigration laws and principles of fundamental fairness because our immigration system is fundamentally broken. It has been for decades.

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Let People Vote: Our Fight for Your Right to Vote During 2020

2020 has been an unprecedented year in many ways; a pandemic during a presidential election being one of them. Not unique to 2020, however, is politicians’ and states’ systematic efforts to suppress voting and disenfranchise Americans. But the ACLU, along with our affiliates and partners across the country, have been hard at work defending your right to vote. This year,

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ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients

I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I’ve been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow.   Fortunately, for most

Read More

Biden Must Be Bolder On Immigration. The Lives Of Millions Depend On It.

One hundred days ago, President Joe Biden took the helm of a decimated immigration system, which candidate Biden had promised to restore. The lives and safety of millions of people, and the lawfulness and moral standing of our country, depend on the president’s ability to deliver on that promise. But 100 days later, his record is decidedly mixed. The Trump

Read More

Mass Immigration Detention Must End

This post was originally published in The Palm Beach Post. Former President Donald Trump stoked his 2016 election campaign by labeling immigrants as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.” During four years in office, he vilified immigrant communities, co-opted local law enforcement to collaborate in hunting them down and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars building a wall on our southern border that

Read More

“I Can’t Breathe:” A Year Of Racial Reckoning In America

Nearly a year after the murder of George Floyd, 20-year-old Black father Daunte Wrightwas also killed by a cop. Both men were in some of the likeliest demographics in America, by race and gender, to die in a police encounter. The killing of Daunte Wright marked nearly a decade into the Black Lives Matter movement, catalyzed by the 2012 vigilante

Read More

The Movement To End Police Violence 1-year After George Floyd’s Murder

One year ago today, George Floyd was brutally murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over 9 minutes and 29 seconds as he pleaded for his life. Floyd’s murder sparked the largest protests in U.S. history. What has changed in the year since Floyd’s murder and that uprising? What has not changed? Where are we heading? Let’s

Read More

THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLICE, SHOULD DECIDE IF AND HOW SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

Four and a half years ago, the use of surveillance technologies by local police and governments was growing exponentially. There were many factors behind this rapid growth, but the two most significant were (1) the ever-increasing pool of federal grant money that was being made available for surveillance tech purchases, and (2) that in almost every jurisdiction, local police were

Read More

Dayton and Detroit just passed CCOPS’ 20th and 21st laws nationwide — a milestone for surveillance tech transparency and empowering communities.

THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLICE, SHOULD DECIDE IF AND HOW SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES   Four and a half years ago, the use of surveillance technologies by local police and governments was growing exponentially. There were many factors behind this rapid growth, but the two most significant were (1) the ever-increasing pool of federal grant money that

Read More

The Long Road To Employment Non-Discrimination for LGBTQ People in Miami

The story isn’t exactly new. Some evidence suggests queer folks in Miami—mostly known or understood then as female or male “impersonators” or “pansies” who performed on stage—had formed small communities and networks by the mid-1930s. But it was mostly beginning in the next decade, after World War II, that a larger number of like-minded people presented themselves in gender non-conforming

Read More

The Law That Sent a Man to Prison for Life for Stealing a Pair of Hedge Clippers – and What Prosecutors Can do About It

Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court refused to review the life sentence of Fair Wayne Bryant, who was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to steal a pair of hedge clippers more than 20 years ago. Bryant’s sentence was the result of Louisiana’s extreme “habitual offender” law, which allows people to spend life in prison for minor offenses. While the court

Read More

Overhauling Our Immigration System Begins with Citizenship for All

As we approach the end of President Trump’s first term, it’s important to understand why and how he has inflicted such damage on our nation’s immigration system and advanced his anti-immigrant, racist agenda. Trump has been able to systematically undermine our immigration laws and principles of fundamental fairness because our immigration system is fundamentally broken. It has been for decades.

Read More

Let People Vote: Our Fight for Your Right to Vote During 2020

2020 has been an unprecedented year in many ways; a pandemic during a presidential election being one of them. Not unique to 2020, however, is politicians’ and states’ systematic efforts to suppress voting and disenfranchise Americans. But the ACLU, along with our affiliates and partners across the country, have been hard at work defending your right to vote. This year,

Read More

ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients

I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I’ve been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow.   Fortunately, for most

Read More