Civil Rights

Border Agent Searches of Americans’ Cellphones Spark Lawsuit

An advocacy group is suing the Department of Homeland Security to release details about every time U.S. border officers have searched travelers' electronic devices over the past five years.<p>According to documents filed Monday, the Knight First Amendment Institute has alleged that recent reporting by …

First Amendment

Monopoly capitalism destroyed American black businesses, which provided safe employment for civil rights activists

For a generation, Americas anti-trust enforcers have walked away from their duties, gripped by an ideology that says that bigger companies mean more …

Civil Liberties

Texas Used Wrong Standard in Death Penalty Cases, Justices Rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued a trend toward limiting capital punishment, rejecting Texas’ approach to deciding which intellectually disabled people must be spared the death penalty.<p>Writing for the majority in the 5-to-3 decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Texas had …

Eighth Amendment

The ACLU is suing Georgia for not letting a couple give their daughter 'Allah' as her last name

Washington (AFP) - A civil rights group is suing the US state of Georgia because it will not let a couple give their toddler daughter "Allah" as her last name.<p>Parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk want to name their 22-month-old daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.<p>But state officials at the …

ACLU

Don't buy labor's case against nonunion construction

To the Editor:<p>It is no secret there are differences between union and nonunion construction workers. Unfortunately, the recent study produced by the …

Unions

First Amendment Group Wants Homeland Security To Turn Over Records On Phone Searches At Borders

Amid concerns about increased searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders and points of entry, a new lawsuit seeks to compel the Department of …

First Amendment

Heritage Foundation alum critical of transgender rights to lead HHS Civil Rights Office

Roger Severino has opposed transgender patients’ rights, same-sex marriage and Planned Parenthood<p>The Trump administration has quietly appointed a Heritage Foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender patients as director of the federal agency charged with …

Civil Liberties

California school districts questioned for seeking students’ immigration status

Civil rights groups asked California’s attorney general Monday to investigate dozens of school districts across the state that required parents to provide children’s Social Security numbers, their citizenship status and when they entered the country.<p>Requiring families to provide such information …

Civil Liberties

Africa Watch

Beyond the surface of Namibia’s success story looms a different reality for most of the country’s 2.3-million people.<p>Visitors to “the land of wide …

Bill Of Rights

Thanks to these computer developers, when Trump tweets, the ACLU gets a donation

The one thing everybody on the planet knows about our terrible new president is that he loves to tweet. In fact, one might call him the first …

ACLU

New Patch Program Encourages Girl Scouts To Celebrate Women's Right To Vote

Inches from the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street in New York City, the Fearless Girl statue stands as a symbol of the need for companies to add more women to their boards of directors. Just a few blocks away, inside the Museum of the American Indian, a sea of green, tan, and brown-vested girls …

Women's Rights

Remembering Roger Wilkins: Civil Rights Lawyer, Columnist And Educator

Roger Wilkins worked at the Justice Department under the Kennedy administration, helped "The Washington Post" win a Pulitzer Prize and taught history and American culture at George Mason University. On Sunday, he died Sunday at the age of 85.

Civil Liberties

An English Running Brand You Should Know

West London–based Iffley Road makes some of the finest running threads we’ve had the pleasure of wearing. The latest additions to its collection …

Freedom of Movement

Taxpayers paid $162.5 million for union work

Government employees spent nearly 3.5 million hours conducting union business, costing taxpayers $162.5 million in 2014, according to a new report.<p>The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that official time increased by more than 10 percent between 2008 and 2014—the most recent data …

Unions

Treasury entourage shows courtroom support for Gordhan

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan arrived at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria with an entourage from Treasury.<p>This is seen as a …

Unions

Free prescribed contraception for low-earners

A trial scheme in Germany is helping women on low incomes to avoid sacrificing their contraception. With the long-term aim of a nationwide scheme, "biko" hopes to give women choice and reduce unwanted pregnancy.<p>The rent's been paid, the bills are covered and the food shopping's bought. And then …

Women's Rights

WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members

<b>UPDATED:</b> Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers’ strike tonight when the WGA West’s board of directors approved sending …

Unions

Our favorite celebrities are leading a Stand for Rights ACLU benefit on Friday, and we wouldn’t miss it for the world

There’s some major star power coming to the world of activism this Friday March 31. Starting at 7 p.m., you can stream an event called Stand for …

ACLU

Lack of security footage hampers probe into Ohio nightclub shooting

Ohio police have made no arrests yet in a fatal weekend shooting in a Cincinnati nightclub, in part because there was no security video footage available to investigators despite a history of violence at the venue, authorities said on Monday.<p>The shooting at the packed Cameo Nightlife early on …

Second Amendment

Jeremy Hunt ‘asked FGM victim if she can have orgasms’

<b>Jeremy Hunt has been accused of asking a female genital mutilation survivor if she can still have orgasms.</b><p>Nimco Ali claimed the Health Secretary …

Women's Rights

Asia's Top 3 Happiest And Saddest Countries

Badghis province, Afghanistan(Photographer: HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images)<p>More than half the world lives in the Asia Pacific but most, it would appear, are not very happy. The World Happiness report, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranked 155 countries on a happiness …

Freedom Of Speech

Diversity is Awesome

On Point<p>Accenture’s new diversity numbers show slow but steady improvement<p>Speaking of champions, Accenture deserves a lot of credit for jumpstarting …

Equality

The Most Tear-Worthy Moments From 'This Is Us' Season 1, Ranked

We already miss the Pearsons.<p>It’s only been a couple of weeks since the Season 1 finale of “This Is Us,” and we must admit, Tuesday nights just aren’t the same.<p>The first season of NBC’s hit series wrapped up with an episode that left us with more questions than answers. What will become of Jack …

TV

Facebook Says It's Not Responsible For Discriminatory Ads

by @wendyndavis,<p>Facebook plans to argue that it is not legally responsible for ads on its platform that may violate civil rights laws, the company …

Facebook

The NY teachers union’s neverending war on tests

Victory isn’t enough for New York State United Teachers, which is continuing its war on state tests with ads reminding parents they can have kids …

Unions

German social democrats eager to push same-sex marriage bill ahead of election

With the current legislative period approaching its climax, time is running out for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to push through a same-sex marriage bill. Their conservative coalition partners remain on the fence.<p>Party heads from the SPD will look to push a marriage equality bill into law when …

Gay Rights

Some state lawmakers seek to protect birth-control access

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) -- Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they …

Women's Rights

Lyft print ads champion charity and community in attempt to differentiate from Uber

Ride hailing app Lyft has taken to print advertising in a bid to differentiate itself from rival Uber – a company which has faced numerous recent …

Uber

This Video Shows What Women's Rights Look Like Around The World

Women’s History Month<p>March is officially recognized as Women's History Month. Through storytelling, personal essays and defining what it means to be …

Women's Rights

Is violent political protest ever justified?

The mass protests against Donald Trump’s election, inauguration, and executive actions might subside – but based on the scale and intensity of what’s …

Civil Liberties