Latest American Civil Liberties Union News

‘Legally armed’ rule has critics gunning for New Mexico town

Nov. 26, 2021 11:04 AM EST

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Nathan Dial said a recently approved rule requiring people to be “legally armed” to attend an Estancia Town Council meeting is just a way of sending notice that the town is not going to let the state dictate what it can and cannot do. ...

ACLU of Utah investigating after books removed from schools

Nov. 23, 2021 14:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is investigating complaints related to the removal of several books from high school library shelves in a suburban Salt Lake City district after a parent complaint. The Canyons School District appears to...

Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Nov. 18, 2021 22:14 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the...

No settlement for separated migrant families amid criticism

Nov. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrants whose children were taken from them under former President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance border policy have not reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. government, a lawyer for the families said Thursday as he and other advocates pushed back at increasing...

Boston mayor temporarily halts cleanup of homeless camp

Nov. 18, 2021 10:58 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's new mayor has temporarily halted the cleanup of a sprawling homeless camp that's been at the center of the city's struggles with the opioid crisis. Democratic Mayor Michelle Wu, on her first full day in office after her historic election, said...

Nevada revises redistricting maps to reallocate more inmates

Nov. 15, 2021 19:25 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers revised redistricting maps on Monday to count hundreds of residents at their pre-incarceration addresses rather than at the prisons where they were counted during the 2020 census. The reallocation forced lawmakers to revise...

ACLU, NAACP urge federal probe into police use of force

Nov. 10, 2021 21:29 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Community groups are calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the largest law enforcement agencies in southwest Washington over alleged excessive force and discriminatory policing. The move comes after...

GOP bill would target Ohio protesters with terrorism law

Nov. 10, 2021 15:19 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — People attending a rally who end up accused of violating an anti-riot law could be targeted with a provision normally used against terroristic activity under GOP legislation in the Ohio House proposed in the wake of racial injustice and police brutality protests in...

Indiana school sued over transgender restroom access

Nov. 08, 2021 15:42 PM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims a western Indiana school district has been illegally denying two transgender high school students the use of school restrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender identity. The lawsuit against the...

ACLU: Nevada risks violating 'prison gerrymandering' law

Nov. 05, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — American Civil Liberties Union attorneys said if Nevada redraws its political maps without reallocating thousands of inmates to their pre-prison addresses, they will be in violation of a 2019 state law. The threat of a lawsuit and organization's...