News & Commentary

November 19, 2014

Op-ed: Unacceptable and Illegal: The Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network

OP ED: “Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records.” This is just the latest headline reminding Virginians about our ever growing surveillance state. In response to this latest revelation of abuse, the ACLU of Virginia sent Freedom of Information Act requests to five city governments in Hampton Roads, asking for information related to this police data sharing agreement. read more »

November 18, 2014

Election Day Aftermath: Does Virginia’s Photo ID Law Undermine the Right to Vote?

BLOG: Even before all votes were cast, there were numerous reports from supporters of the mandatory photo ID law proclaiming the inaugural test successful. read more »

November 12, 2014

A Step Forward In the Fight Against Warrantless ICE Detainer Requests

BLOG: Today, we applaud the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for their decisive action and for recognizing the critical importance of fostering trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement. read more »

November 12, 2014

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office Agrees with ACLU of Virginia and Stops Honoring Warrantless ICE Detainer Requests

PRESS RELEASE: Today, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office became the first county in Virginia to make public that it has stopped honoring ICE detainer requests not accompanied by a warrant. read more »

November 11, 2014

Anti-Abortion Laws: Whose Rights Are at Stake? Everybody’s.

BLOG: The rationale for many anti-abortion measures - that fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are people or have separate rights that the state must protect - can be used to justify depriving a pregnant woman’s right to life, liberty, privacy, bodily autonomy, and medical decision making during her pregnancy, labor, and delivery. read more »

November 08, 2014

Good News from Tuesday’s Election!

BLOG: The headlines and political pundits are still focused on how last Tuesday’s election impacts our partisan political system. Less discussed are the series of major civil liberties victories that also took place last Tuesday. These victories need to be recognized and celebrated! read more »

November 06, 2014

Fixing Our Broken Mental Health System and Protecting Civil Liberties is Not an Either/Or Proposition

BLOG: It’s often the case that tragedy mobilizes communities to action. But, in the face of the crisis involving Virginia’s Mental Health System, tragedy has led to well-intentioned yet flawed, constitutionally suspect, and counterproductive proposals. read more »

November 01, 2014

What do you need to Vote this Election Day?

BLOG: Tuesday is Election Day and Virginia’s first statewide test of the voter photo ID law, which requires all voters to show an approved, valid photo ID to cast their votes. Because we’re concerned that the photo ID requirement may prevent some eligible voters from casting their ballot, we’ve set up a hotline to answer questions and fix problems voters may encounter at the polls and have prepared volunteers to monitor polls throughout the Commonwealth. We hope that local general registrars and state officials are getting ready too. read more »

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