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October 24, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Demands Hampton Roads Releases Information Related to Telephone Analysis Sharing Network

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia today released a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request it sent to the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Norfolk in response to recent allegations that the Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network may be sharing and storing data unconstitutionally and against state law. read more »

October 24, 2014

Virginia’s Ever Growing Surveillance State

BLOG: The Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network, as the police agreement is called, is a system that allows local law enforcement agencies in Hampton Roads to store data collected from cell phone records. Police departments are saying this data is obtained legally, through a court order, subpoena, or warrant. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the five cities, each agency stores that data so that if at some point in the future, some other law enforcement agency decides it wants to use some of the data, the agency can get the data for a different purpose – this time, theoretically, without a warrant, subpoena, or court order. read more »

October 10, 2014

Marriage Equality in the Commonwealth, and What’s Next …

BLOG: It’s been a great week. Almost 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage was unconstitutional; we now have true marriage equality in the Commonwealth! read more »

October 07, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Court Decision on Virginia’s 3rd U.S. House District

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA - The following statement can be attributed to Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, ACLU of Virginia Executive Director, concerning today's decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordering the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the 3rd U.S. House district: read more »

October 06, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Celebrates Freedom to Marry

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA – The Supreme Court of the United States today denied review in all of the freedom to marry cases pending before it. As a result of the Court’s action, same-sex couples in Virginia will now be able to marry the partners they love and married same sex-couples will be able to have their marriages recognized in Virginia. read more »

October 02, 2014

Science and Medicine Prevails Over Politics: Virginia Health Commissioner Decides to Amend TRAP

BLOG: This summer, thousands of Virginians spoke out to say that medicine and science, not politics, should govern rules for women’s health centers. Yesterday, in a major victory for women’s health, the Virginia Health Commissioner publicly agreed with thousands of women, doctors, and advocates that current, medically-unnecessary regulations for women’s health centers should be amended. read more »

October 01, 2014

Women’s Health Advocates Applaud Commissioner’s Decision to Amend Restrictions on Women’s Health Centers

PRESS RELEASE: Today, Virginia Commissioner of Health Dr. Marissa Levine announced her recommendation to amend medically-unnecessary restrictions on Virginia women’s health centers. Levine decided to amend the controversial restrictions – overwhelmingly opposed by the Virginia medical community and responsible for the closure of two women’s health centers – after receiving more than 10,000 comments in support of revision during a recent 45-day public comment period. read more »

September 26, 2014

Stingrays – Bringing Dragnet Surveillance to a Town Near You

BLOG: Here’s something you may not know. And, you may not know it largely because of law enforcement efforts to keep it a secret from you. We’re talking about a mass surveillance device known as a cell site simulator or IMSI catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity). In one of the latest revelations of domestic spying, we know that at least one (likely more) Virginia law enforcement department (Chesterfield) owns one of these cell site simulator devices manufactured by the Harris Company called a “Stingray.” read more »

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