There are not many other issues that raise the hackles of perfectly polite, open-minded Americans like the ongoing debate on Abortion Access in the United States. It seems as though it has become a discussion centralized on morals, religious practices and the polarized mentalities of the different regions of this nation. But what we polite, open-minded folk often forget is that the core of this dispute, as it pertains to the national stage, is really about freedom.
The federal government classifies marijuana as a "Schedule 1" narcotic--high potential for abuse; no currently accepted medical use; and dangerous--and for decades the government has asserted that there is sound scientific basis for this classification. It is not true.
According to a report from today's New York Times, the National Security Agency is collecting and monitoring virtually all text-based electronic communication into and out of the United States. This means every e-mail and text message is intercepted, copied, systematically searched, and retained by the government--without a warrant. It is precisely this type of government intrusion that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect us from.
On Tuesday, many Lewiston residents attended their city's version of the annual National Night Out. The idea behind National Night Out is to provide a fun environment for Law Enforcement to connect with people in the communities that they serve. The intent is to help to create a sense of community and show people that police are people too and they are there to help. This year, Lewiston residents got a little surprise... or rather, quite a big surprise.
In this week’s New Yorker, an article titled Taken focuses on civil asset forfeiture laws utilized by law enforcement. Under federal law and in 42 states, civil-forfeiture laws allow police agencies to confiscate cash or property that they have reason to believe was obtained through “illicit means.” In most circumstances this money is then funneled back into law enforcement or state budgets.
Hello everybody - as you may have noticed if you are reading this post, we recently relaunched the ACLU of Maine website with a new look and feel! We are so excited to share it with you - we think it not only looks great, but does a better job of bringing important information to users.
Hello all! My name is Grainne Dunne and I have just begun my work at the ACLU of Maine as the new Justice Organizer. I am so excited to be part of the dynamic team here at the ACLU of Maine and cannot wait to get to work with my new colleagues on criminal justice reform in Maine.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division announced a resolution clarifying that a California public school must provide a transgender student with access to facilities consistent with his gender identity. Under the agreement, the student must be allowed to participate in all school-related activities and programs in line with his gender identity - in other words, if he wants to join the boys soccer team, he can.