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Medical Professionals Speak Out: Rules for Women’s Health Care Centers Must be Rewritten

BLOG: Thousands of Virginians spoke out, and the message was clear - medicine and science, not politics should govern rules for women’s health centers. read more »

Liberty and Justice for All – The Civil Rights Case Against Immigration Detainers

(08/11/2014) Responding to a tip, the Allentown Pennsylvania Police Department raided a construction worksite and arrested Ernesto Garza, a construction worker. The tip alleged that Mr. Galarza and others used the worksite to sell drugs. Mr. Galarza was found innocent of these charges. Unfortunately, it’s not just our failed “War on Drugs” that harmed Mr. Galarza, his arrest also brought him face to face with our broken immigration enforcement system. read more »

Virginia’s Botched Death Penalty System

(08/05/14) While the media is focused on botched lethal injections, in Virginia we have a much larger concern – a botched death penalty system that has led innocent and mentally disabled people to Virginia’s death row. read more »

Tweet Chat Blog Series: Voter Photo ID Law is Hitting Snags

(08/01/14) We may be approaching the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the historic ground-breaking law prohibiting voting and election practices that discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, but we’re still fighting to protect the right to vote in Virginia. read more »

Marriage Equality Prevails at the Fourth Circuit! What’s Next?

(07/28/2014) It is a thrilling day in Virginia. A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Virginia’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing recognition to same-sex couples’ marriages from other states are unconstitutional. read more »

Tweet Chat Blog Series: It’s time to Make “Big Brother” Play by the Rules

(07/25/14) Confronted with losses of privacy rights and other civil liberties, we are often willing to buy the rhetoric of trading freedom for security. read more »

Women’s Rights are on the Line Before the Supreme Court, Again

(07/24/2014) It’s been a bad year for women’s rights, and next year may prove just as troubling. On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a deeply troubling, unprecedented ruling undermining women’s rights and religious freedom, news broke that the Supreme Court will consider, next term, another case with huge implications for women’s rights. read more »

Are Attacks on Abortion Decreasing? Or are they Just Sneakier?

(07/21/2014) States enacted fewer abortion restrictions this year than the previous three years. This is good news, right? Not necessarily. Instead, as the Guttmacher Institute recently reported, access to abortion will decrease in many states especially because of restrictions known as targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP). read more »

Why Millennials Should Care About Government Surveillance

(07/20/2014) As a Millennial concerned about privacy and protection from government surveillance, I’m often asked by my peers: Why should I care? Who’s to care if some government database catalogs every email I send or receive? I care. I don’t want my conversations intercepted and saved by the government. read more »

Discrimination Continues in the Commonwealth

(07/19/2014) Discrimination comes in many forms. Sometimes, it shows up where you least expect it or where we may not think to look for it. At first glance, it may be hard to imagine someone (perhaps a woman), who is successful, earning a middle class income, and who owns her own business as someone who could face discrimination. read more »

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