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With a new school year upon us, the ACLU of Maine is eager to begin our work educating students about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Last year we reached 41 schools in all 16 counties, with more than 1,650 students taking part in our workshops.

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Last week the Washington Post reported that the NSA has been violating restrictions on surveillance powers thousands of times a year.

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Today, a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional. The ACLU’s affiliate in New York has been on top of this issue for years, and the data they’ve compiled clearly shows that this is not just a minor problem.

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The CHEETA Project is an exciting new program in Portland that’s empowering youth to promote social justice and equality through service learning projects and community building. Their students are primarily refugee and immigrant teens, and last week I had the pleasure of visiting with them to talk about Maine’s new anti-bullying law.
 

Jon

The CHEETA Project is an exciting new program in Portland that’s empowering youth to promote social justice and equality through service learning projects and community building. Their students are primarily refugee and immigrant teens, and last week I had the pleasure of visiting with them to talk about Maine’s new anti-bullying law.
 

Jon

Late last week, the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives blocked a floor vote on the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would create a comprehensive prohibition against discrimination of LGBT students in our public schools. That such an important piece of legislation would not even be allowed to go to the floor for a vote is very disappointing.
 

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At the ACLU, we find ourselves working on issues of racial profiling far too often. It permeates so many of the different areas that we work on.

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At the ACLU, we find ourselves working on issues of racial profiling far too often. It permeates so many of the different areas that we work on. From immigration to school discipline to drug arrests to everyday encounters with the police, the sad fact is that racial profiling exists all across our society, including here in Maine.

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This Thursday we’ll be taking part in two separate events in Portland dealing with two of the most pressing civil liberties issues of 2013: government surveillance and immigration. Both events are free and open to the public, but they’re taking place concurrently so you’ll have to pick your pleasure!
 

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If you logged onto the ACLU of Maine Facebook page today, you were greeted with a new timeline photo:
 

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