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Advocating for Virginia’s Public School Students

IN THE NEWS: The ACLU of Virginia recently sent the following letters to school divisions regarding important rights issues affecting students. read more »

Sexism, Subjugation & Sweatpants: The Day I Said ‘No More’

GUEST BLOG: My school is promoting rape culture without even realizing it, pushing it on harmless girls as young as 14. This philosophy grows dangerous in a country where one in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. (Updated Oct. 14, 2015 with the ACLU of Virginia's letter to the Chesterfield County School Board.) read more »

Executions at any Cost

BLOG: Virginia is nearing its first execution in three years. On Oct. 1, the Commonwealth is scheduled to execute Alfredo Prieto. If the execution of Mr. Prieto goes ahead as scheduled, the Commonwealth will show that the machinery of death trumps government transparency, accountability, and the U.S. Constitution. read more »

One Big Step Forward for Women in Virginia!

BLOG: Just a few days ago, Sept. 15, marked the four-year anniversary of when the Virginia Board of Health approved the most onerous, medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP) in the nation. On Thursday, Sept. 17, we celebrated one big step forward in the effort to rescind those restrictions. read more »

Our Criminal Justice System Failed Jamycheal Mitchell

BLOG: At 5:45 a.m. on August 19, jail officials discovered Jamycheal Mitchell’s dead body on the floor of his cell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail. According to his aunt, a registered nurse, Jamycheal’s 6-foot-3 frame was so emaciated that the family could only conclude that he had refused medication and starved himself to death. read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

We went to Court to Protect Rights of Transgender Gloucester Student

BLOG: On Monday, we had our first court appearance in our lawsuit on behalf of Gavin Grimm, the Gloucester County teenager who has been barred from using the boy’s restroom at school. Here is a recap of the history of this landmark case, what happened in court on Monday, and what comes next. read more »

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 »

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