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  • The War on Drugs, a label we inherited from Richard Nixon, is a lie. It is simply a war on people, and has had the most dire effect on people of color, whether inside the borders of the U.S, or as a part of destabilizing military interventions in other countries.
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  • A teenager trying to get into his apartment after school is confronted by police. A man leaving his workplace chooses a different route back home to avoid officers who roam a particular street. These and hundreds of thousands of other Americans in big cities have been stopped on the street by police using a law-enforcement practice called stop-and-frisk...
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  • Nobody should ever be denied an education because they have a drug possession conviction. But that's exactly what will continue to happen if an amendment is passed by Congress today or tomorrow. Your help is needed, RIGHT NOW, to keep students in school!
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  • If you are on Facebook, you've undoubtedly seen the quizzes that are so popular on the site. Perhaps you or your friends have even taken some. These quizzes might be fun, but it's shocking just how much of your information quizzes can access and how little Facebook does to safeguard that information. That's why the ACLU has created their own Facebook quiz that demonstrates what could be revealed when you, or your friends, take any other quiz on Facebook.
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  • Florida's Santa Rosa County School District has a long and unrepentant history of unconstitutionally sponsoring prayers, proselytizing students, and generally promoting particular religious beliefs throughout district schools. In August 2008, no longer able to bear this infringement on their liberties, two students at Pace High School sued the district and many in the community reacted in an uproar -- the student plaintiffs were vilified in the media and threatened with rape and death, among other efforts to intimidate them, and district officials vowed to fight back.
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  • One of California's leading gay rights groups, Equality California, said Wednesday that it would not seek to overturn the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage next year, even as another group advocating for same-sex marriage said 2010 was the right time to go back to the ballot.
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  • The ACLU of Florida sent a letter to Mayor Rick Baker and City Council Chair Jeff Danner in St. Petersburg, Florida, urging them to oppose the City's proposed donation of a public sidewalk to the private owners of the BayWalk complex. Part of the proposed City of St. Petersburg's BayWalk Revitalization Plan, which will be discussed at the City Council Meeting on Thursday, August 6th at 8 a.m., the donation is intended to allow the owners of the complex to exclude people from engaging in First Amendment activities such as assembly and free speech.
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  • In March 2009, the Circuit Court of Leon County ordered Samantha Burton -- a mother of two suffering from pregnancy complications -- to be indefinitely confined to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and forced to undergo any and all medical treatments deemed necessary to save her fetus. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida today filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the state's decision to force a pregnant woman to remain hospitalized against her will.
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  • Four Hollywood police officers are on administrative duty pending investigations into allegations that they doctored a report of a DUI accident in February. The police officer rear-ended another vehicle and then arrested the driver of the vehicle he hit for DUI, claiming he smelled alcohol in the car. He and three other police officers then concocted a story about the woman being distracted by a stray caught, causing her to abruptly change lanes in front of the police officer and slam on her brakes. Fortunately for the police officers' intended victim, their discussion about what to say in the official report was recorded by the police car's dash cam.
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  • When Sallie Mae, the nation's largest provider of student loans, saw the possibility of its own extinction in a plan advanced by the Obama administration, it did what just about any big corporation would do: It hired the best lobbyists money can buy. That was standard procedure for Sallie Mae, which for two decades has almost single-handedly stymied attempts to reduce or eliminate federal subsidies to the multibillion-dollar private student loan industry.
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