Educating young people about their constitutional rights has been a key component of the ACLU of Maine’s mission for well over a decade. In that time our program has grown step by step, and this year we are proud to say we reached more students and schools than ever before.

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

Colorado Rules: Let Everyone Eat Cake


Thursday, June 5 is a national day of action to take back our privacy. It’s easy to participate: go to to take the pledge and get the tools to protect your privacy online.  

One year ago, Edward Snowden brought us proof that government spying is out of control, and that it reaches each and every one of us. Today, he is joining thousands of Americans across the country to take back our privacy.


Last Sunday, May 31, marked the 5th anniversary of the brutal murder of Dr. George Tiller, a physician who provided abortion services at his women’s clinic


Last week, I watched a short film by The House I Live In director Eugene Jarecki titled Just Say No …to the War on Drugs. In the 2 minute and 30 second film, Jarecki lays out the failure of the War on Drugs, its enormous costs – both fiscal cost to taxpayers and human cost to our communities, and its ultimate failure to curb and deter drug abuse whatsoever.


Updates on the latest civil liberties news from Maine and the nation:

Celebrating Maya Angelou


At last year’s Pride Parade, the ACLU of Maine crew marched through the streets of Portland with bright blue signs declaring “I’m On Team Edie!” This was our show of support for Edie Windsor, the ACLU’s client in the groundbreaking laws


This month, the ACLU is working with Planned Parenthood in Alabama and Wisconsin to reverse restrictive Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that were passed in the two states last year. Last month, I wrote about TRAP laws being used as a tool to prevent access to safe and legal abortions.


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.

I meet with Representative Sara Gideon at Bard Coffee to discuss the success of LD1686, the bill - now law - that expands the availability of a drug called Naloxone, an “opioid antagonist” that counters the effects of opioid overdose.


To me, the term "debtors' prison" immediately conjures images of 19th century England and of something found in the pages of Charles Dickens novels. However, as a recent special segment by NPR revealed, de facto debtors' prisons – where we imprison people for failure to pay fines – are increasingly common practice throughout the United States today.


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