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February 27, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Commends First Steps Toward a Public Health Approach to Drug Use

NEWS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today noted with appreciation passage of legislation that moves Virginia toward recognizing drug use as a public health issue that requires a public health solution. read more »

February 27, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Praises General Assembly on Action to Compensate Forced Sterilization Victims

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today commended members of the General Assembly for including funding in its budget to compensate victims of Virginia’s shameful eugenics program. The long-awaited victory comes as a result of years of advocacy by a bi-partisan group of legislators, Del. Bob Marshall (R - Prince William), Del. Patrick Hope (D - Arlington), Del. Ben Cline (D – Amherst) and Del. Marcus Simon (D – Falls Church), along with a diverse group of organizations, including the Family Foundation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Planned Parenthood, the Virginia Catholic Conference, and the ACLU of Virginia. read more »

February 27, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Bi-Partisan Work to Protect the Privacy of Virginians

NEWS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia today applauded the Virginia General Assembly for the important steps taken during the 2015 Session to secure the privacy and due process rights of all Virginians. Remarking on the success of legislation that protects innocent Virginians from mass surveillance, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia, said “We commend legislators on both sides of the aisle and in both houses of the Assembly for making the privacy and liberty of Virginians a priority this session.“ read more »

February 24, 2015

Huge Victory for Transparent and Accountable Government!

BLOG: Wow. Today the House of Delegates rejected legislation that would have created secret, experimental executions. This is a huge victory for advocates for transparent and accountable government! read more »

February 24, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Welcomes House of Delegates Vote to Reject Secret Execution Procedures

PRESS RELEASE: Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia welcomes the Virginia House of Delegates decision to reject a bill (SB 1393, Saslaw) that would have shrouded Virginia’s lethal injection execution procedures in secrecy. read more »

February 22, 2015

Senate Committee Denied Attempt to Arm Untrained School Security Officers

BLOG: Good news! Last week a Senate committee defeated legislation (HB 1309) that would have allowed school boards to arm school security officers (SSOs) with batons, stun weapons, and spray devices. read more »

February 20, 2015

Ground Hog Day: General Assembly Fails on Restoration of Rights Again

BLOG: The Virginia General Assembly is beginning to resemble Bill Murray’s movie Ground Hog Day! Every year, the ACLU of Virginia lobbies to ensure the fundamental right to vote for all eligible Virginians. And, every year the results are very much the same! Instead of ensuring the right to vote, the General Assembly goes in the opposite direction, year after year. read more »

February 20, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Victory in Case Striking Down Charlottesville Begging Restrictions in Downtown Mall

PRESS RELEASE: Yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia in a case involving a Charlottesville prohibition on begging in certain parts of the downtown pedestrian mall. read more »

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