Civil Rights & Social Justice

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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A Proposed House Amendment Wouldn’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting—It’s Even Worse Than That

A Proposed House Amendment Wouldn’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting—It’s Even Worse Than That
Under the proposed amendment, states would effectively be unable to prohibit religiously affiliated child-welfare agencies from denying services to millions of people.
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Black Lives Matter Is Still Here

Black Lives Matter Is Still Here
Black Live Matter is still going strong five years later - and avoiding the mistakes of their predecessors.
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The House Could Soon Give Jeff Sessions’ $50 Million to Wage the War on Drugs

The House Could Soon Give Jeff Sessions’ $50 Million to Wage the War on Drugs
Kanya Bennett is Legislative Counsel at the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office
While the House was busy passing the divisive “
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In Passing ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bill, House Lawmakers Ignore Civil Rights Leaders

In Passing ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bill, House Lawmakers Ignore Civil Rights Leaders
Civil rights groups believe that the U.S. Senate version of the bill, which establishes crimes against law enforcement as hate crimes, is significantly worse.
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'What Took So Long?': Coming Out When You’re Well Into Adulthood

'What Took So Long?': Coming Out When You’re Well Into Adulthood
A new memoir explores why it’s OK to be uncertain about your identity at any age.
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Council Member Pushes Habitat for Humanity to Restore Homes to Displaced Families

Council Member Pushes Habitat for Humanity to Restore Homes to Displaced Families
A New York City Council member is asking the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity to find housing for several families who were displaced as the charity carried out a project to buy and renovate buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Though the properties were purportedly long vacant, a ProPublica investigation published last week found that tenants in several buildings were pressured to leave shortly before the charity moved to buy them.
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Insiders Say NYPD’s Nuisance Unit Skirts the Law and Relies on Unconfirmed Allegations

Insiders Say NYPD’s Nuisance Unit Skirts the Law and Relies on Unconfirmed Allegations
Amid outrage over a law that empowers the NYPD to remove people from their homes without giving them the opportunity to go before a judge, the de Blasio administration is resisting legislative reforms. City Hall argues that safeguards are already in place to protect the rights of defendants, and that any changes can be handled internally.
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Full Disclosure: Rent Limits Just a Fiction for Thousands of NYC Tenants

Full Disclosure: Rent Limits Just a Fiction for Thousands of NYC Tenants
About 28 percent of New York City apartments subject to rent limits can easily get around them. It takes New York housing officials six to nine months to resolve overcharge complaints from renters. And surprisingly few tenants ever file harassment complaints against their landlords — only 207 last year in a city with hundreds of thousands of renters in regulated apartments.
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ProPublica PODCAST: Flint’s Water Crisis and the Unique Role of the Reporter Who Helped Uncover It

ProPublica PODCAST: Flint’s Water Crisis and the Unique Role of the Reporter Who Helped Uncover It
With the last Republican and Democratic debates both held in Michigan (Detroit and Flint, respectively), the Flint water crisis continues to command the national stage. But long before the public health emergency became a presidential campaign issue, Curt Guyette, an investigative journalist for the ACLU of Michigan, was one of the first people to help prove that the city’s drinking water was poisoned.
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