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The Leader Of The A.C.L.U. Has Always Fought Fear With Facts
The FADERFebruary 1, 2017

As the newest director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Anthony Romero is head of an organization that defends the rights of all people in the U.S., no matter what they look like, who they sleep with, how much money they make, or how opposing ...more »

Judge rules state wrongly sought to block Cleveland's Fannie Lewis Law, other local hiring ordinances
cleveland.comFebruary 1, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Cuyahoga County judge ruled Tuesday that the state overstepped its constitutional authority when it sought to thwart Cleveland's requirement that city residents get to work on public projects and permanently blocked the state law ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New Yale Law dean stresses standing up for rule of law
Virginian-PilotFebruary 23, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — As the next dean of Yale Law School, Heather Gerken says a key challenge will be figuring how best to stand up for the rule of law. Gerken, a constitutional law expert, was appointed this week as the 17th dean of the law school ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Trump Vows to 'Destroy' Law Banning Political Activity by Churches
New York TimesFebruary 2, 2017

... Trump vowed on Thursday to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to evangelicals, a voting bloc he attracted to his campaign by promising to free up ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Editorial: Don't mislabel hate crime
Albany Times UnionFebruary 4, 2017

It diminishes and insults all those for whom violence is only one manifestation of the discrimination they have long endured because of attributes beyond their control -— their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual ...more »

Native Americans
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What Standing Rock Protesters Can Learn from Los Gatos Exhibition
KQEDFebruary 2, 2017

Long says Urban Relocation left a lasting legacy for Native Americans, one aspect of which is showing a united front when standing up for human and civil rights. “They wound up finding each other, and rediscovering their Indianness,” Long says ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Anti-discrimination order prompts 'religious freedom' bill in Va.
WTOPFebruary 3, 2017

The executive order also bans discrimination by state workers or agents providing state services through the executive branch. The introduction to the executive order cited the economic fallout from states that have passed laws that have been perceived ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Crabby Mike's closes, NC DOT to use property for new Surf City bridge
WWAY NewsChannel 3February 9, 2017

“The eminent domain law is a very archaic law,” Dahlberg said. “Can someone really come in and take something from you just because they want it? I mean does that sound fair?” That is why he decided to go ahead and move out. “I didn't want to get stuck ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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GOP Senators file bill that would repeal sexual harassment train - WDRB 41 Louisville News
WDRBFebruary 13, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Three Kentucky Senators have filed a bill that would repeal a law requiring sexual and workplace harassment training for General Assembly members. In addition, Senate Bill 152 filed on Feb. 10, would reduce the required ethics ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Cuomo's “Upstate” Uber Bill Could Flood NYC With Illegal Ride-Hail Traffic
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 7, 2017

The bill, which Cuomo tried and failed to rush into law in December, is now a centerpiece of his 2017 agenda [PDF]. While the bill is being framed as legalizing ride-hailing services in the 57 counties outside of New York City, its effect within the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Gary W. Smith: It's good Trump isn't a politician
Vallejo Times HeraldFebruary 3, 2017

It is very refreshing President Trump is not the “normal politician,” as pointed out by letter writer Anne Carr (Jan. 25, “Don't Be Confused About Trump”). Face it, normal politicians have gotten citizens, children and grandchildren $21 trillion in ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Viewpoint: Student newspapers are struggling with their First Amendment rights
USA TODAY CollegeFebruary 1, 2017

... insulating student journalists against the worst abuses of institutional censorship authority (while Illinois extended its already-existing press freedom law from colleges to high schools). Comparable bills are pending in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri ...more »

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