The ACLU is pushing for a bill that would provide tax relief to TV shows in New York for employing women and people of color as writers and directors.
Last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a draconian bill that repealed every local LGBT anti-discrimination law and requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the biological gender written on their birth certificate. Obviously, this has prompted massive backlash.
The American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday that they are suing North Carolina officials over a new law that prevents trans people from using bathrooms that don’t match their biological sex. The law also bans cities and counties from creating anti-discrimination laws. The ACLU is pretty sure the law violates…
On Wednesday, New York State correctional system announced an upcoming overhaul of their solitary confinement process. As one of the largest prison systems in America, this move could signal a trend for the rest of America, if shifts go according to plan.
Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata was recently named an ACLU ambassador and she’s using her new position to “shine a spotlight on gender and privilege,” she wrote on the organization’s blog. And she’s, of course, doing it with some pretty spot-on humor.
Jessica Mann, a 33-year-old social worker, is in her third trimester of pregnancy with her third child. Instead of resting and getting ready for the baby, she is fighting a battle with her Catholic hospital, which has refused to grant her a potentially life-saving procedure.
On Monday, August 31, the Los Angeles Police Department assigned body cameras to its first patrol division. As the second largest city in the United States, this new policy is a significant, if insufficient, move towards the prevention of excessive police force and racial profiling.
The ACLU is taking Hollywood to task for one of its many open secrets: sexist hiring practices.
Last week in South Gate, California, Beatriz Paez was out for a walk when she saw a group of US marshals arresting a group of bikers on the sidewalk. She pulled out her cellphone to record the incident. Paez told The Los Angeles Times that once the marshals became aware of her smartphone they tried to block her view,…
Since last summer, Homeland Security has been routinely holding women and children in detention centers across Texas and New Mexico. Under pressure from border states, the Obama administration made the decision in order to stave off the large influx of undocumented workers. But the policy has been applied broadly,…
A federal appeals court has permanently blocked a North Carolina law that would have forced women to undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed description before being allowed to have an abortion. In their decision, the appeals judges called the law "ideological in intent and in kind" and said it "risks the infliction…
A federal judge has ruled that an Indiana law seeking to change the definition of "abortion clinic" is unconstitutional. The law would have required that any medical facility providing RU-486, the abortion pill, be defined as an abortion clinic, forcing it to meet the same stringent standards Indiana has created for…
Vanita Gupta may be America’s new Civil Rights Chief for the Department of Justice. Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder announced President Obama’s choice to nominate the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday.
A Florida town has criminalized setting foot on city property with saggy pants. That means sidewalks, streets, parks, swimming pools and municipal buildings, for instance.
Over the last few years, legislative attempting to interfere in a woman's medical decisions have become so dizzyingly commonplace that it's hard to keep track of who is attacking what, and where. Now, thanks to a new push from the ACLU, following of all the places legislators are working overtime to prove they don't…
The ACLU is plunging its hands into the enormous pile of tulle, glitter and buttercream that is the modern American wedding. Specifically, the organization is cutting checks to five gay couples living in states where same-sex marriage is illegal, to contribute to the cost of getting hitched.
Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her right to use the girls' bathroom at school, had finally won.
The ACLU has filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that a middle school in Wisconsin has divvied up its fifth graders into classrooms based on gender.
Macklemore—the rapper who has the daunting, self-appointed task of being more socially conscious than all of the members of Arrested Development combined—has teamed up with the ACLU in a video that is maybe supposed to be funny?