The ACLU of Maine Foundation filed suit today on behalf of Wilmer Recinos, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador that suffered a brutal beating at the hands of two guards while being held in the Cumberland County Jail in 2010.
Gabe Rottman, legislative counsel/policy advisor in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, has an interesting breakdown of H.R. 347, the "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011." Signed by the president in mid-March, it expands an existing statute that criminalizes certain activity in and around areas that are restricted by the Secret Service.
Among the more troublesome aspects of the new law:
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for United States v. Arizona, the Justice Department’s challenge to SB 1070.
SB 1070 is Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law. After the law passed in 2010, two dozen copycat bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country; five passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits in all six states.
That's the rough number of law enforcement agencies across the country that acknowledge they are tracking cell phones. We know this from coordinated public record requests of 383 law enforcement agencies on cell phone location tracking. Of the 200 agencies that responded, only 10 do not track cell phones.
The campaign for marriage equality is officially off and running as Mainers United for Marriage. There's a ton of work to done between now and November 6th but you can start by going to www.mainersunited.org and making a vow to advocate for marriage equality.
As Jon Gaither wrote about in his blog yesterday, the ACLU is celebrating “40 Years of Title IX” this week with a blog series that will explore the importance of this groundbreaking statute on the American education system, while at the same time underscoring just how far we still have left to go.
This is today's entry from Tiseme Zegeye of the ACLU Women's Rights Project: