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Last week, the United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a report in which it took the United States to task on a wide range of issues, from lack of accountability for torture and overuse of immigration detention to criminal justice practices and police accountability. This report came after a month spent reviewing U.S.

Edward

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

Those words from ACLU Founder Roger Baldwin are as true today as they were in 1920.

For nearly a century, the ACLU has played a critical role in virtually every major battle for civil liberties and social justice in this country. Our depth of experience on the issues is unmatched.

Jon

In June of last year, a treasure trove of documents detailing the vast scope of government surveillance were unexpectedly released and immediately took the world by storm. Nearly simultaneously, through an iconic interview at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, we met the young, soft-spoken contractor who had left behind a stable life in order to make those revelations come to light.

Samaa

On Monday, Bangor station WLBZ featured a segment called “The Difficult Journey” – a news story about the increased numbers of Canadian women coming to Maine for their abortions. The segment featured Ruth Lockhart, Executive Director of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center.

Grainne

Yesterday the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

In reaction to the decision, ACLU of Missouri Executive Director Jeffrey Mittman said: 

Rachel

The ACLU released the following comment on the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri:

Jon

As we wait to hear the decision from a grand jury in Missouri about whether or not charges will be brought against Officer Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, ACLU staff is in Ferguson to support the work of our local affiliate there, to educate protesters about their rights, and to react immediately should there be any civil liberties violations.

Samaa

The 1 in 3 Campaign has organized an online abortion speakout forthis Thursday, November 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature over 100 people sharing stories about their experiences with abortion. The speakout brings together movement leaders, celebrities, politicians and abortion advocates from across the country to share their experiences during this premiere event.

Grainne

On November 5, we received the exciting news that Proposition 47 passed in California with a solid 59 percent of the vote.

Jon

As early as this week, the U.S. Senate may vote on the USA Freedom Act, a bi-partisan bill that would significantly scale back the federal government’s ability to illegally spy.

As we know from disclosures made by Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly spying on Americans for over a decade, conducting widespread surveillance, misleading Congress, and trampling on your basic civil liberties as protected by the Constitution.

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