Tag: ACLU

ACLU Fights Voter ID Laws, Early Voter Suppression

Last week a temporary solution in court granted about 17,500 people the right to vote this Election Day thanks to the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the ACLU had been in a court battle over the state’s law requiring people…

Voter ID Laws Smacked Down as Being Overtly Racist

Recent court rulings in five separate states have overturned portions of voting laws the courts determined specifically restricted voting rights among minorities. Two unrelated federal court rulings on Friday explicitly stated that voter ID laws in North Carolina and Wisconsin were created to disenfranchise Black voters. On Monday, a federal…

Infamous Racist Sheriff Arpaio Found in Contempt

The Arizona sheriff notorious for his disdain of immigrants was found in contempt by a federal court on Friday for repeatedly violating court orders to stop racially profiling Latinos. A hero to the anti-immigration movement, six-term Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, together with three deputies, were found in civil contempt…

Homeland Security Monitoring 'Black Lives Matter' Movement

Recently released documents reveal the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since summer 2014, following the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the surveillance includes keeping tabs on protests, gatherings, peaceful marches and social media activity. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request…

Hairstyles of Black Women: Cases of Discrimination

It’s 2015, yet the natural hair and hairstyles of Black women continue to be taboo in mainstream society in the U.S. and abroad. At the workplace, during travel and even at leisure, Black women face an additional layer of discrimination. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) When Malaika Singleton, Ph.D., a neuroscientist…

Who Was Most Hurt By 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Black Women

Black women in the military disproportionately were discriminated against as part of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. The study from the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) found that the number of military personnel discharged as a result of DADT were disproportionately women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians. In 2008,…