Tag Archives: ACLU

ACLU alleges Michigan school district violated students’ ‘right to learn to read’

“In the first case of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union is charging that the state of Michigan and a Detroit area school district have failed to adequately educate children, violating their “right to learn to read” under an obscure state law. The ACLU class-action lawsuit, to be filed Thursday, says hundreds of students in the Highland Park School District are functionally illiterate.”

via The Washington Post.

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NCAC and ACLU Demand Return of “Fifty Shades”

NCAC – “In a joint letter sent today (link to PDF), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) to urge Brevard County Commissioners to reinstate the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey to the Brevard public library system.


The ACLUFL’s support adds a new salvo as national attention escalates, from coverage via the New York Times and the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.”

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Library computers can block porn—but Wicca? ACLU says no

Law and Disorder – “I work on occasion from my local public library, a wonderful spot with huge glass windows overlooking an attached park. The views are nice, the quiet is terrific, but the free Wi-Fi is indispensable. But the Internet connectivity comes with limits, in the form of a content filter that periodically prevents me from accessing research materials. Infuriating, yes. But illegal? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just filed a complaint (PDF) on behalf of a Salem, Missouri resident named Anaka Hunter, who contends that the Salem public library is unconstitutionally blocking her ability to access information on “minority” religious views. Federal and state law both govern libraries in Missouri, which are generally ordered to block access to obscene online material and child pornography. But the Salem library allegedly goes far beyond the mandate.”

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ACLU Demands That Schools Stop Unconstitutional Web Filtering Of LGBT Content

ACLU – “The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Michigan and the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri sent letters to public high schools today demanding that the schools stop viewpoint-based censorship of web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. The ACLU was notified that the schools were censoring material after teaming with Yale Law School to launch the “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which asked students to check to see if their school was blocking content.”

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Kids These Days…They Absolutely Care About Privacy

ACLU – “Company bigwigs who want to use our personal online information justify their actions by telling us that young people don’t care about privacy. In January, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed that privacy is no longer a “social norm,” just after and just before Facebook significantly curtailed user privacy (yet again). Last year, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger didn’t mince words when he simply said “kids don’t care” about privacy.”

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ACLU Threatens Lawsuit Against Library Of Congress.

TAPPED – “Former Chief Guantanamo Prosecutor turned military commissions critic Col. Morris Davis was fired from his post-military job at the Congressional Research Service after he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal criticizing the Obama administration for reviving them. The ACLU claims that Davis was threatened with termination over his op-ed before finally being let go.”

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Ohio ACLU warns CH-UH library about alleged censoring of its programs

WKYC – “The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio warned the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library that recent censorship of public educational programs could stifle free speech.”

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Court Rejects ACLU Challenge to Wiretaps

AP – “The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to civil rights and privacy advocates who oppose the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The justices, without comment, turned down an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union to let it pursue a lawsuit against the program that began shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.”

Oy! (via)

At least we still have the Appeals Courts, FWIW.

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So Much For Privacy

Vanessa Miller – “The Boulder Valley School District is standing behind high school administrators after the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused them of “committing felonies” by seizing students’ cell phones, reading their text messages and making transcripts.” (via)

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Fight The Power

ACLU Blog – “As expected, the government is appealing the ACLU’s March 2007 victory in the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) case.”

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