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March 26, 2015

Déjà vu: Women’s Equality and the 2015 General Assembly Session – Part II

BLOG: Earlier this week, we told you about the good legislative outcomes that came out of this session - now the bad news. Legislators had numerous opportunities to level the playing field for Virginia women. With few exceptions, Virginia’s legislators failed to act and failed to adequately protect all Virginia women from discrimination. read more »

March 24, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Honored for Work to Ensure Equality for All Virginians

PRESS RELEASE: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga has been named to Equality Virginia’s 2015 class of OUTstanding Virginians. Each year since 2009, Equality Virginia (EV) has honored a select group of individuals who represent Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with distinction and are committed to moving the LGBTQ community forward. read more »

March 23, 2015

Déjà vu: Women’s Equality and the 2015 General Assembly Session

BLOG: Another year and the state of women in Virginia remains the same! Though there is some good news, overall Virginia’s legislators made clear, once again, that they do not think women deserve equal opportunities. read more »

March 16, 2015

Here’s What We Asked the Governor to Sign, Amend, or Veto

BLOG: The 2015 General Assembly isn’t over yet. Last Friday, we sent letters to Governor McAuliffe urging him to sign, amend, or veto certain legislation passed during the legislative session. The Governor has until midnight on March 29th to act. read more »

March 12, 2015

Meet Gail Deady – The Secular Society Women’s Rights Legal Fellow

BLOG: Last week, I fulfilled a long-held dream of becoming a civil liberties lawyer. I am honored by the opportunity to join the ACLU of Virginia in its fight for gender equality as The Secular Society Women’s Rights Legal Fellow. read more »

March 10, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Denounces Fourth Circuit Court Decision on Solitary Confinement Case

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today condemned the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision holding that automatic solitary confinement of death row inmates does not violate the Constitution. read more »

March 06, 2015

The Government Doesn’t Get to Play Language Police – Even When It Comes to the Washington Redskins

BLOG: The Washington Redskins is a name that is offensive and perpetuates racism against Native Americans. Should it be changed? Yes. But should the government get to make that call? As we told a federal district court yesterday, the answer is no, because the First Amendment protects against government interference in private speech. read more »

March 04, 2015

The General Assembly Begins to View Drug Use as a Public Health Issue

BLOG: After more than 40 years of the War on Drugs, we know one thing for sure – imposing harsh punishments on drug users is ineffective and expensive. As study after study show, treatment programs are much more effective (and cheaper) than incarceration. While the swift defeat SB 686 (marijuana decriminalization) shows that Virginia remains far from embracing common sense drug policy reform, this General Assembly session showed some progress. read more »

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