American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. " Officially nonpartisan, the organization has been supported and criticized by liberal and conservative organizations alike. The ACLU works through litigation and lobbying and it has over 1,200,000 members and an annual budget of over $100 million.
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  • Prisons in Virginia to ban tampons for female visitors
    The Independent

    Prisons in Virginia to ban tampons for female visitors

    Women visiting inmates at Virginia prisons will be banned from wearing tampons or menstrual cups because of concerns about smuggling contraband, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Corrections (DOC) said. Calling for the measure to be reversed, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia have said it will force prison visitors to relinquish their “dignity and health”.

  • Just one in 10 will be a smoker
    Express.co.uk

    Just one in 10 will be a smoker

    Public Health England said that smoking rates among adults in England are expected to fall from 14.9 per cent to around 10 per cent by 2023. The number of smokers in England has fallen by more than a million since 2014, it added. PHE has launched its annual Stoptober campaign, encouraging smokers to join a mass attempt to quit in October. It is offering an online "personal quit plan" to help smokers to find the right support to help them to kick the habit.

  • Facebook’s Ad Tools Draw Fire—Again
    Market Realist

    Facebook’s Ad Tools Draw Fire—Again

    Facebook (FB) is facing accusations that it lets employers show job openings to men only while keeping potential female candidates in the dark. A group of job seekers, backed by labor unions the American Civil Liberties Union and Communications Workers of America, has recently filed formal complaints against the company with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of enabling discrimination in job ads. Facebook’s advertising tools seem to be generating a lot of trouble for it lately.

  • Facebook faces discrimination lawsuits amid reports it allowed Uber to run job ads targeted exclusively at men
    Business Insider

    Facebook faces discrimination lawsuits amid reports it allowed Uber to run job ads targeted exclusively at men

    Facebook faces discrimination lawsuits for allegedly allowing employers to target job ads at a single gender. Civil rights organisation the ACLU filed a complaint against Facebook claiming that 10 employers had targeted job ads only to men. Simultaneously, a ProPublica investigation found Uber had targeted job ads for drivers predominantly at men.

  • Mich. ACLU to Walmart: Stop selling gear with racist high school mascot
    Detroit Free Press

    Mich. ACLU to Walmart: Stop selling gear with racist high school mascot

    The ACLU of Michigan has asked a Walmart store in Paw Paw to stop selling merchandise bearing the mascot and team name of Paw Paw High School: the Redskins. It's the latest in a contentious series of debates over the school district's use of the derogatory term for Native Americans. In February 2017, the school board voted 4-3 to keep the name, but debate has not ended. The state soon fired back, threatening the district's funding if it didn't ditch the mascot. State attorney general Bill Schuette sided with Paw Paw, ruling that the threat was out of line. In a letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, the ACLU writes, "Walmart has a responsibility to take a leadership role in (the Paw Paw) community.

  • Judge Orders Wilbur Ross to Be Deposed in Census Lawsuit
    Bloomberg

    Judge Orders Wilbur Ross to Be Deposed in Census Lawsuit

    Advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and more than a dozen states, cities and counties sued the department in April over Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. “Secretary Ross testified to Congress that he decided to add a citizenship question to the census because the Department of Justice requested it,” Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement.

  • L.A. County prosecutors investigating Long Beach police use of controversial app
    latimes.com

    L.A. County prosecutors investigating Long Beach police use of controversial app

    On Friday, Long Beach officials announced they had hired an outside firm to review the department's use of TigerText. The firm will be tasked with looking into the “origin and implementation” of the app, and how it was used, by police officers, a statement issued by the city said.

  • Business recap: Week of Sept. 17
    Washington Post

    Business recap: Week of Sept. 17

    A volunteer in last summer's Thai cave rescue of 12 teenagers and their soccer coach is suing Tesla chief executive Elon Musk for defamation. Vernon Unsworth seeks more than $75,000 after Musk referred to the diver as a “pedo” and “child rapist” on Twitter in July. The unsubstantiated claims caused “worldwide damage” to Unsworth, the lawsuit says. Three female job seekers, a worker coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union lodged a legal complaint against Facebook on Tuesday, accusing it of enabling discriminatory job postings with its ­ad-targeting tools. The complaint also targets 10 employers that used Facebook to post job ads — including for police officers and truck drivers — that

  • Film News Roundup: Christopher Nolan Honored by Digital Entertainment Group
    Variety

    Film News Roundup: Christopher Nolan Honored by Digital Entertainment Group

    In today’s film news roundup, Christopher Nolan gets a Vanguard Award; Kenya Barris, Constance Wu and Eva Longoria will be given the Bill of Rights Award; and Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, and Brian Tyree Henry are in a “Child’s Play” remake. AWARDS The Digital Entertainment Group will present its inaugural Vanguard Award to Christopher Nolan, […]

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Sessions gets Baltimore all wrong
    Baltimore Sun

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Sessions gets Baltimore all wrong

    Our view: It isn't just that the attorney general gets his facts wrong about Baltimore's consent decree, he's fundamentally mistaken about such agreements It's not easy being Jeff Sessions. About that there can be little doubt. Serving as the nation's top law enforcement official is a tough job, particularly when your boss dislikes you. Make that loathes you: “I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad,” President Donald Trump told a TV interviewer on Tuesday. The president wants Mr. Sessions to ignore his oath of office and, instead of protecting the interests of the American people, start looking out for the president, his family, his associates and perhaps any other co-conspirators who

  • U.S. Government Might Use Counterterrorism Tactics Against Keystone Pipeline Protesters, Documents Show
    Fortune

    U.S. Government Might Use Counterterrorism Tactics Against Keystone Pipeline Protesters, Documents Show

    U.S. Government Might Use Counterterrorism Tactics Against Keystone Pipeline Protesters, Documents Show