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September 28, 2016

A Loving Farewell to our Dedicated, Longest-Serving Board Member Stew Dunn

EXCERPT: Stew understood the core essence of the ACLU’s principles like very few people – that an open and compassionate mind combined with a strong sense of the value of individual rights and opinion will yield the best result in most situations. read more »

September 15, 2016

ACLU-VA Comment on Va. Supreme Court Rejection of Attempt to Hold Gov. McAuliffe in Contempt for Restoration of Rights

QUICK QUOTE: "We hope the Supreme Court of Virginia’s prompt rejection of the most recent effort to erect barriers to voting will put an end to such activities for this year." read more »

September 13, 2016

ACLU Files Opposition to Request for Supreme Court to Review Decision Protecting Transgender Student’s Access to School Restrooms

NEWS RELEASE: The ACLU brought the case on behalf of Grimm in response to the School Board’s discriminatory policy forcing him to use separate single-stall restrooms that no other student is required to use. read more »

August 31, 2016

ACLU-VA, Roanoke NAACP Ask Justice Department to Investigate Roanoke County Police Killing of Kionte Spencer

NEWS RELEASE: In a letter sent earlier this month to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, the organizations cited the high rate of police killings in Virginia in which mentally ill people are the victims. read more »

August 26, 2016

ACLU-VA Letter to Chesterfield County Public Schools Regarding Removal of Books from Student Reading Lists

LETTER: Vague terms to label potentially controversial books provide no guidance on the topic and only encourage some parents to forbid their children from reading the books without knowing much more about them other than an arbitrary label attached to it. read more »

August 24, 2016

Federal Civil Rights Complaint Challenges Discrimination in City of Richmond Public Schools

NEWS RELEASE: Richmond Public Schools’ disciplinary policies punish African-American students and students with disabilities more harshly and more frequently than their peers, the complaint asserts. read more »

August 22, 2016

ACLU-VA Demands Fairfax & Grayson County School Boards Identify Subject of Closed Sessions

NEWS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia has sent letters to the chairs of the Fairfax County and Grayson County school boards advising that recent closed sessions were illegal and demanding that the subjects of the private meetings be disclosed to the public. read more »

August 16, 2016

ACLU-VA Comments at Governor’s First ‘Listening Tour’ Event on Police-Community Relations

The following remarks were delivered by ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire […] read more »

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