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September 18, 2014

“Stop Blocking Virginia Women from Receiving Necessary Health Care,” say Patients and Doctors to VA Board of Health

PRESS RELEASE: Richmond, VA - Today, medical professionals and women who rely on Virginia's women's health centers made yet another appeal to Virginia's Board of Health to amend the medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP). read more »

September 18, 2014

Wondering Where You’ll Be Next Tuesday Night? Ask the Police, They’ll Know!

BLOG: Yes, we’re talking about technology that is moving us toward the world envisioned in Minority Report, where algorithms become the foundation for “pre-crime” technology. In this case, we’re talking about automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). read more »

September 12, 2014

Tweet Chat Blog Series: From Roe to TRAP – 40 Years of Restricting a Woman’s Right to Abortion in Virginia

BLOG: We’ve written a lot about Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) in Virginia – medically-unnecessary rules designed to close down women’s health centers that provide important health care services like family planning, cancer screenings, and abortion. read more »

September 10, 2014

2014 Privacy Summit – Wrap-up

BLOG: Virginian’s privacy is in jeopardy – from cell phone tracking, to automatic license plate readers, to drone surveillance, the Commonwealth now has the capacity to track our movements, monitor our conversations, and map our friends and political affiliations. That’s why last Saturday we joined forces with the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the Virginia Commonwealth University Religious Studies Program to host a privacy summit read more »

August 29, 2014

COMMUNITY VIEW: Lessons from Ferguson

OP ED: Ferguson, Mo. has brought the issue of militarization of law enforcement to our living rooms. Every night we see the images – police in military style clothing, pointing military style rifles at people (something even the military doesn’t do unless they are preparing to shoot), standing on top of military grade armored vehicles. read more »

August 24, 2014

Glenberg: Students, schools, and religion

OP ED: The new school year is about to begin and, as usual, we can expect a lot of confusion and controversy about religion in public schools. While the issue raises some complicated questions, the general principle is simple: A student has the right to exercise religion. A school may not exercise religion. read more »

August 24, 2014

Ferguson Revives Police Militarization Debate

OP ED: Today's youth no longer need to travel to a military base to see military grade armored vehicles. In fact, when youth in Caroline and Culpeper counties look out their bedroom window they may see the Sheriff's Office's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, which is a tank designed to withstand an armor-piercing roadside bomb. read more »

August 20, 2014

3 questions for the ACLU

OP ED: David Baluarte, a clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee Law School, recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. The Roanoke Times had these questions for him. read more »

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