Category: Malfeasance

We Are Not Okay

We, your Black friends, family, and colleagues, are not okay. A Black woman, asleep in her bed, was murdered in cold blood and the system didn’t just find her killers innocent — they found their crime, the crime of ending the life of a Black woman, unworthy of even being charged.We work alongside you at the American Civil Liberties Union, fighting for a country that’s never loved us and forced to fight within a system built to harm and kill us. A legal system that says explicitly that Black lives do not matter. A system that calls for more accountability for…

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CBP Wants to Destroy Records of Misconduct. We Can’t Let Them.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency, operates with routine impunity. Now, the agency has asked the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which maintains federal agency records, to approve destruction of internal CBP records of misconduct.  An agency rife with abuse should not be allowed to purge its own paper trail of wrongdoing. That’s why this week, the ACLU of Texas Border Rights Center, along with more than 100 partner organizations, filed a public comment urging NARA to reject CBP’s proposal. The principal reason: CBP’s own oversight system is a disaster, and future study of the…

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Punished for Reporting Sexual Harassment: How One Law School Almost Got a Student Survivor Banned From the Bar

George Washington University law student Dorea K. Batté saw the texts, missed calls, and voicemails pour into her phone by the hundreds. When she blocked the number they were coming from, her stalker found a way to use different numbers to contact her. She kept blocking the numbers; he kept reaching her using new ones. Feeling helpless and overwhelmed and after warning her stalker twice to stop contacting her — to no avail — Batté finally went to her law school’s Title IX office to get help. As a reminder, Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination —…

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Immigration Detention and Coerced Sterilization: History Tragically Repeats Itself

The recent news of a whistleblower’s allegations that a for-profit ICE detention center forced sterilization procedures on immigrant women shocked many people and drew comparisons to Nazi sterilization campaigns. The ICE detention story reflects a long pattern in the United States of the coerced sterilization of marginalized populations, particularly of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples. In fact, the Nazi’s borrowed ideas for their sterilization regimen from eugenic sterilization laws adopted in the U.S. in the early 20th century.Over the course of this long history, both public and private actors in the U.S. targeted the poor, the disabled, immigrants, and racial minorities…

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About Tonight’s Debate

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The one factor in tonight’s debate that could sway voters… The media’s hatred of Trump goes “way beyond” simple media bias…
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Wi-Fi is Another Way We Can Be Tracked 24/7.

Wireless internet has become essential to modern life, enabling us to use our smartphones, tablets, and laptops as we move about in the world. Easy internet connectivity that comes from having Wi-Fi access points spread through office buildings, transit systems, parks, businesses, college campuses, and city streets is a public good. But Wi-Fi networks also collect information about when and where our devices connect to them, information that can precisely reveal our locations and movements. This is revealing data that shouldn’t carelessly end up in the hands of police. That is why today, the ACLU, along with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and…

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True Justice for Breonna Taylor Won’t Come From Criminal Charges Alone

This OpEd was first published in Slate.Americans have just completed another round of one of our grimmest national rituals: shaking our heads while cops who killed an unarmed Black person get away with murder. This time the victim is Breonna Taylor, whose name has galvanized nationwide protests for racial justice, but whose family will receive no justice themselves. Yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced a single charge from the grand jury against only one of the three officers involved in her shooting, and even that was for shooting a wall, not Breonna Taylor. The other two will walk. And a community that has already…

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Welcome to the “W-shaped” Recovery

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By September, things will be back to normal, and the economy will be doing great.” That turned out to be completely false…
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Civil War Two

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Today James Howard Kunstler shows you why he believes the upcoming election could result in Civil War Two.
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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Her Start at the ACLU

Half a century ago, in October 1970, I became the executive director of the ACLU. I had a wish list, and foremost on the list was the establishment of a Women’s Rights Project. I had been involved in a few women’s rights cases in my previous post as director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. My wife, who was a young corporate executive at a time when not many women held such posts, encountered discrimination against women on a regular basis. Most importantly, a feminist movement had been reborn in the late 1960s, and I wanted the ACLU to be part…

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This Is Revolutionizing Economics

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The revolutionary “Information Theory of Economics”… “All scarcity is an effect of government planning and government “guarantees”…
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: A Cautionary Tale About Bail “Reform” in Georgia

It is now well known that our country’s widespread use of money to determine someone’s freedom after arrest — a practice commonly referred to as cash or money bail — is harmful, unnecessary, and against the core principles of our Constitution. Over the past several years, a massive wave of political and legal action has taken aim at addressing the tremendous suffering and bad public policy embodied in our cash bail systems. Just this summer, “ending cash bail” was one of the agreed upon policies in the platform released by Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Jails are among the most dangerous…

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