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ACLU Protests Trump Threat to Publicly Release Private Data of Immigrants and Foreign Visitors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 — The American Civil Liberties Union pushed back today against a little-noticed policy change in last month’s immigration executive order that stripped away decades-old privacy safeguards for foreigners and immigrants in the United States. The January 25 executive order excluded all noncitizens — except green card holders — from receiving the […]

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Youth Seek Answers from the Oil Industry in Climate Case

Feb. 28, 2017 – Today, youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States released a copy of their request for documents sent to American Petroleum Institute (API), an intervenor-defendant in their constitutional climate case. The request seeks to establish a factual record of the role that the oil and gas industry played in government decisions over the past 50 […]

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Report: Voucher programs don’t improve education and have important downsides

Feb. 28, 2017 – In a new report, Stanford professor and EPI research associate Martin Carnoy finds that voucher programs that promote private schooling have not delivered on promised improvements in educational outcomes. Rather, they tend to divert effort away from investments in public education that have been shown to improve educational attainments. Carnoy reviews […]

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President Trump’s $54 Billion Pentagon Grab

February 28, 2017 –  In its opening volley in the federal budget process, the Trump administration has called for a nearly 10 percent boost in military spending, to be funded by cuts to domestic spending and foreign aid. Domestic and foreign aid spending already account for less than half of the federal discretionary budget. “If this […]

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Senators to Tillerson: Chinese Trademark for Trump Organization Raises Serious Emoluments Clause Questions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today to write to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  regarding the decision by the People’s Republic of China to grant a construction trademark to the Trump Organization after years of delay. The ranking members of the Senate Committees […]

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ACLU Launches Grassroots Mobilization Platform

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2017 — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching, a major new grassroots mobilization platform, to help organize the mass resistance to President Trump’s threats to civil rights and civil liberties. The program comes as unprecedented public support of the ACLU continues in the weeks following Trump’s inauguration and his unconstitutional […]

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Unshackled Deportation Force Creating Fear and Chaos Well Beyond “Bad Dudes”

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 24, 2017 – President Trump yesterday claimed that his administration’s Deportation Force was focusing on criminals, stating: “We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country — and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before…it’s a military operation.” Even by the standards […]

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NCAVP denounces the Trump administration’s lack of support for transgender students

Feb. 23, 2017 – The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which is made up of over 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups across the country, denounces the Trump administration’s recent announcement to rescind protections put in place by the Obama administration for transgender students that had allowed them to use […]

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Reformers Call for Sessions Recusal in Russian Interference Investigations

Feb. 23, 2017 – The Center for Media and Democracy joined 24 other reform organizations and bipartisan ethics experts in a February 17 letter calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Russian interactions with the Trump campaign and former National […]

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SCOTUS Rules Unanimously on Behalf of Michigan Girl with Cerebral Palsy Who was Prevented from Bringing Service Dog to School

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 22, 2017 – In a sweeping victory for students with disabilities nationwide, the US Supreme Court ruled today that a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy may sue for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act unrelated to the adequacy of her education without first exhausting administrative proceedings. The unanimous ruling by the […]

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