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August 28, 2015

Fairfax Judge Denies County’s Request to Dismiss ACLU of VA Case Challenging Unlawful Police Surveillance

PRESS RELEASE: Today, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied Fairfax County Police Department's (FCPD) request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians. read more »

August 25, 2015

Heading Back to School? Don’t Forget Your Rights!

BLOG: It’s back to school time in the Commonwealth. So, we could think of no better time to highlight the role of students in securing our civil rights and liberties. read more »

August 12, 2015

Government Speech or Private Speech? A Choice that Makes a Real Difference

OP ED: Sometimes the United States Supreme Court decides a case in a manner that leaves no room for policy choices. The school desegregation and recent marriage cases are examples of that kind of case; they define rights that government must accord equally to all. read more »

August 12, 2015

Our Chance to Bring Constitutional Policing to Fairfax County

BLOG: This month is bookended by reminders of police abuse. Last Sunday marked one year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and August 29 will mark the two-year anniversary of a police shooting that occurred much closer to home – the shooting of John Geer by a Fairfax County police officer. read more »

August 12, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Recommends Reforms to bring Constitutional Policing to Fairfax County

PRESS RELEASE: Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia forwarded to the Chair of the Fairfax Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission its recommendations regarding reforms the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) should make to restore civilian authority over and ensure public trust in law enforcement. read more »

August 09, 2015

One Year into Post-Ferguson America

BLOG: For the justice movement, there is pre-Ferguson and post-Ferguson. One year ago today, a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. read more »

August 06, 2015

Restore Voting Rights through the Voting Rights Advancement Act!

BLOG: Today, we sent a letter to the entire Virginia Congressional delegation asking them to restore the Voting Rights Act by supporting the Voting Rights Advancement Act. read more »

August 01, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Statement Regarding Most Recent Attacks on Women’s Health

PRESS RELEASE: Tens of thousands of Virginia women rely on women’s health centers, including those operated by Planned Parenthood, for high quality, affordable health care services, including contraception, cancer screenings, treatment of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and HIV testing, and access to quality abortion services during the first trimester of pregnancy. read more »

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