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Anna

Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.

 Victory for Religious Freedom in New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a brief in support of New York City barring religious groups from holding services in school buildings. On Thursday, the federal appeals panel ruled that the city’s ban was in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and did not violate the First Amendment right to free expression.

Anna

Our partner profiles highlight the broad range of individuals and organizations we work with to advance and protect the rights of all people in Maine.

Edward

Looking for NSA documents related to the PRISM program? Curious why the NSA doesn't like Tor

Rachel

Pew poll out yesterday revealed that a majority of Americans agree it’s time for a new approach to drug use.

Rather than a continued emphasis on trying to arrest our way out of the drug problem, a majority of people think we should focus on treatment. In fact, 67 percent of Americans think treatment, not prosecution, is the best approach to people who use illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin.

Samaa

In the past week, anti-abortion laws in both Texas and Louisiana have gained ground. After the passage and implementation of HB 2, Texas became one of the most anti-abortion states in the nation. A provision of HB 2 - one involving doctors' hospital admitting privileges - was struck down this past November by US District Judge Lee Yeakel, who determined that the requirement placed an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions.

Grainne

Yesterday, Zach, Rachel and I joined Oami in Augusta to speak to our lawmakers about three important bills that will likely be voted on this week.

The first is LD 1669: An Act to Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers to Provide a Drug-free Workplace. LD 1669 would force employers to adopt a government drug testing policy and replaces key provisions of current laws around workplace drug testing.

Anna
Each Friday, we’ll bring you updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation.
 
Obama's New Plan for NSA Reform
It's no secret that our government is regularly tracking the calls of its citizens. On Thursday, Obama unveiled his plan to halt the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone records. Under this proposal, the government would use court orders to request specific records from phone companies.
Edward

100 years ago today marks the birthday of progressive Maine Governor and Senator Edmund Muskie.  While Muskie is perhaps most famous for ushering in some of our nation's most important environmental laws, he was also a passionate advocate for civil rights. 

In 1961, Muskie spoke before the Florida affiliate of the ACLU.  His words then are just as relevant today.

This Is My Country

(Address by Hon. EDMUND S. MUSKIE, of Maine)

Rachel

What do the Civil Rights Act, reproductive freedom and suffragists from Maine have in common? They're all featured in the latest edition of our newsletter! Download it here.

Samaa

Yesterday, The Supreme Court heard approximately 90 minutes of arguments in the combined "contraceptive mandate" cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialities Corp. vs. Sebelius.

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