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July 30, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Sues Petersburg for Damages for Violating Activist’s Right to Speak at City Council Meetings in January

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit today against the City of Petersburg for violating the First Amendment rights of a resident who was prohibited from speaking at a city council meeting solely because he owed an unpaid fine to the City. The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages for the violation of the resident’s constitutional rights that took place earlier this year. read more »

July 27, 2015

Virginia Federal Court Signals That Transgender Student’s Restroom Access Case is Likely to Proceed

PRESS RELEASE: A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity. The case challenges a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use “alternative private” restroom facilities. read more »

July 15, 2015

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part 7 (Marriage? Check! Equality? Not Yet.)

BLOG: It’s been three weeks. The dust has settled. Freedom to marry is the law of the land! The scope of this historic victory makes it hard to imagine that there is still work to do to ensure equality for LGBT Virginians. Nevertheless, there is, and lots of it. read more »

July 10, 2015

Introducing Lachelle Roddy, The Secular Society Women’s Rights Research Assistant

BLOG: I am honored to join the ACLU of Virginia as The Secular Society Women's Rights Research Assistant focused on women’s rights. Working on women’s issues for a nonprofit has been a goal of mine since I was a tiny six year old. read more »

July 07, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Ruling Abolishing Life without Parole for Most Juvenile Offenders in Virginia

PRESS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia welcomed this week’s federal court ruling that Virginia may not sentence juveniles convicted of offenses other than homicide to life without parole, and called on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to accept the court’s ruling rather than appeal it. read more »

July 07, 2015

Please Welcome Katrina Spinner-Wilson to the ACLU of Virginia!

BLOG: Katrina Spinner-Wilson joins our Communications team as a volunteer for the summer. We welcome her talents and look forward to working with her over the next couple of months. read more »

July 02, 2015

The Story of Loving to Marriage – Part 6 (Marriage!)

BLOG: Wow. We all expected that the U.S. Supreme Court would declare marriage equality the law of the land, but nothing prepares you for the emotional impact of a historical moment like last Friday. Now that we’ve all had a chance to digest Justice Kennedy’s landmark opinion, we’re ready to take a step back and examine what the opinion says and what it means. read more »

July 01, 2015

Should Va. reinstate parole? YES, sentencing reform makes practical sense

OP ED: Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations about Virginia’s parole system. This is an important step toward creating an effective, commonsense Virginia justice system. read more »

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