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ACLU to school superintendents: Resist impulse to punish peaceful student protesters

The ACLU of Virginia has advised all public school superintendents in the Commonwealth that they cannot punish students who walk out of school as a form of protest more harshly than if they are absent from class for any other reason.

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ACLU offers guidance to students, school administrators regarding walkout protests

In light of widespread reports of planned student walkouts at public schools across the country in protest of school gun violence, including in Virginia, the ACLU of Virginia is offering guidance to students and school administrators.

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ACLU releases guidelines for protest permitting, raises concerns about rules for Lee Monument

The ACLU of Virginia today released a comprehensive set of recommendations for government agencies struggling with how to regulate free speech in a way that is legal and also protects public safety.

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ACLU files Freedom of Information Act request on Trump immigration ban

ACLU affiliates in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania filed a FOIA request to get details on the Trump immigration ban.

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ACLU: Culture of secrecy on executions must end

The ACLU of Virginia opposes the death penalty and seeks an end to its practice in Virginia.

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ACLU asks governor to stop Ricky Javon Gray execution

The ACLU of Virginia has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a clemency request from death row inmate Ricky Javon Gray.

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ACLU to Gov. McAuliffe: Fully expand absentee voting

The ACLU of Virginia is advocating for universal no-excuse absentee voting accessible to all voters, both in person and by mail.

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ACLU opposes Virginia anti-LGBT privacy bill

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañana comments on HB 1612, an anti-LGBT privacy bill introduced by Del. Bob Marshall.

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ACLU reminds public school systems that they must protect immigrant students

The ACLU of Virginia has warned public school officials of their legal responsibility to head off incidents of harassment against immigrant students.

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ACLU questions Petersburg City Council commitment to open government

The ACLU of Virginia has urged Petersburg City Council to correct its practices regarding announcement and scheduling of meetings.

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ACLU joins free speech groups to oppose effort to label books ‘sexually explicit’ in Virginia

The ACLU has joined a call to reject a regulation requiring schools to notify parents whenever books containing “sexually explicit materials” are taught.

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ACLU to assist voters who have problems at polls

Virginia voters who have problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the ACLU for help.

Supreme Court will hear Virginia transgender school bathroom case

The Supreme Court will review a decision that found that federal anti-discrimination law protects the right of teenage boy who is transgender.

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ACLU: Virginia needs to follow law on voter registration snafu

The ACLU is pressing the state’s top election official to take immediate corrective action after the portal to register online to vote crashed.

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ACLU urges action regarding failure of online voter registration system

The ACLU of Virginia is deeply concerned about reports that some people were unable to register to vote on the final day of registration.

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ACLU files opposition to review in transgender student case

The ACLU is arguing that the Supreme Court should not review a ruling in a case in which a transgender boy was denied access to restrooms consistent with his gender identity.

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ACLU, Roanoke NAACP ask DOJ to investigate police killing of Kionte Spencer

The ACLU and the Roanoke NAACP have asked the Department of Justice to investigate the practices of the Roanoke County Police Department.

Civil rights complaint challenges discrimination Richmond Public Schools

Two students and the local branch of the NAACP have filed an anti-discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools.

ACLU, Virginia Organizing comment on voting rights case

Virginia Organizing and the ACLU of Virginia commented on the Virginia Supreme Court decision on restoration of civil rights.

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ACLU sides with McAuliffe in restoration of voting rights lawsuit

The ACLU has sided with Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a lawsuit to try to block the restoration of voting rights to 206,000 individuals convicted of a felony.

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Court orders school board to let transgender student use boys bathroom

A federal district court in Virginia today ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let Gavin Grimm use the same restrooms as other boys at his school.

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New ACLU report: Virginia prosecutors have ‘unparalleled power’

Local, elected prosecutors in Virginia hold tremendous influence over the criminal justice system but face few challenges to their authority.

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ACLU joins Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in rallies to support voting rights restoration

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in the ACLU of Virginia will host four Voices for the Vote Rallies across the Commonwealth.

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ACLU statement on governor’s executive order restoring voting rights

The ACLU of Virginia applauds Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 Virginians convicted of felonies.

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ACLU comments on Virginia lethal injections compromise

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga commented on the compromise from legislators to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments to the electric chair bill.

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Appeals court rules in favor of transgender student in Virginia restroom access case

An appeals court ruled in favor of a transgender male student in his challenge to Gloucester High School’s discriminatory restroom policy.

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ACLU joins coalition urging veto of bill on sexually explicit materials in schools

The ACLU of Virginia is urging a veto of a bill that would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in educational materials.

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ACLU of Virginia asks governor to restore voting rights

The ACLU of Virginia has repeated its call on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to act now to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Virginians.

Bill allowing discrimination against LGBT passes Senate committee

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted Monday to advance a bill that would effectively sanction a form of LGBT discrimination.

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No sh-t? ACLU backs bill decriminalizing public profanity

The ACLU of Virginia has asked a House of Delegates committee to approve a bill that would decriminalize use of profanity in public.

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ACLU on Republican primary pledge: Two wrongs don’t make a right

The ACLU argued that the State Board of Elections should not grant a Republican request to withdraw a requirement that primary voters affirm their party ID.

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ACLU urges governor to stop solitary confinement

The ACLU of Virginia has called on Gov. McAuliffe to stop the practice of solitary confinement in the state’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers.

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Virginia ECPA would keep personal data private

The ACLU of Virginia today announced its support for the Virginia Electronic Privacy Communications Act.

LGBT advocates fight back on equal rights

Virginia’s leading advocates for LGBT rights denounced an all-out attack on the rights of that community in nine bills currently before the legislature.

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ACLU of Virginia backs Parole Commission recommendations

The ACLU of Virginia released the following statement regarding publication of the full report of the Governor’s Commission on Parole Review.

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ACLU urges Attorney General Mark Herring to oppose policing for profit

The ACLU has called on Attorney General Mark Herring to change his stance on law enforcement’s ability to seize property without a criminal conviction.

Petersburg settles in free speech case

The City of Petersburg and its mayor have agreed to a settlement in the case of a resident who was denied the right to speak at a city council meeting because he had not paid an unrelated fine to the city.

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ACLU of Virginia statement on Roanoke mayor Syrian refugee comments

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga issued the following statement on comments made by Roanoke Mayor David Bowers concerning Syrian refugees.

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ACLU backs Gov. McAuliffe on Syrian refugees

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that Virginia will not be among the states that are seeking to block Syrian refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks on France last week.

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ACLU of Virginia launches The People’s Body-Cam

The ACLU of Virginia’s new, free smart phone app – titled Mobile Justice VA – gives users new power to document law enforcement situations for review by ACLU attorneys.

ACLU of Virginia opposes government cancellation of Redskins trademark

The ACLU of Virginia, the ACLU of the National Capitol Area and the national ACLU today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the cancellation of the Washington National Football League team’s trademarks on the grounds they are “disparaging.”

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ACLU available to assist voters denied poll access

Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the ACLU of Virginia for help.

ACLU: New state law needed for police body-worn cams

New state law is needed to address an alarming lack of depth and uniformity among policies guiding local police use of body-worn cameras in Virginia, an ACLU of Virginia report has concluded.

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Transgender student asks appeals court to stop Virginia school’s discriminatory restroom policy

Gavin Grimm, a transgender male student in Gloucester County, Va., today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to stop his school district from enforcing a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use “alternative private” restroom facilities.

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ACLU of Virginia decries Alfredo Prieto execution

The ACLU of Virginia issueda statement with regard to the execution of Alfredo Prieto on Thursday night.

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ACLU of Virginia urges Governor McAuliffe to stop execution

The ACLU of Virginia has issued a statement with regard to the pending execution of Alfredo Prieto.

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Federal court rules against transgender student seeking to use appropriate restroom at school

A federal court in Virginia today ruled against a transgender male student who sought a preliminary injunction to resume using the boys’ restrooms at Gloucester High School when school begins this fall.

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Judge denies Fairfax County request to dismiss ACLU case challenging unlawful police surveillance

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied the Fairfax County Police Department’s request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians.

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ACLU of Virginia recommends reforms to bring constitutional policing to Fairfax County

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia on Wednesday forwarded to the Chair of the Fairfax Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission its recommendations regarding reforms the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) should make to restore civilian authority over and ensure public trust in law enforcement.

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ACLU of Virginia sues Petersburg for violating activist’s right to speak at city council meetings

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit today against the City of Petersburg for violating the First Amendment rights of a resident who was prohibited from speaking at a city council meeting solely because he owed an unpaid fine to the City.

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Federal court signals that Virginia transgender student’s restroom access case likely to proceed

A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity.

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ACLU of Virginia applauds ruling abolishing life without parole for most juvenile offenders

The ACLU of Virginia welcomed this week’s federal court ruling that Virginia may not sentence juveniles convicted of offenses other than homicide to life without parole, and called on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to accept the court’s ruling rather than appeal it.

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DOJ filing supports transgender student’s right to appropriate restroom facilities in ACLU case

The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972.

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ACLU of Virginia comment on U.S. Supreme Court lethal injection case

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia released the following statement by Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Glossip v. Gross regarding the use of the drug midazolam as part of a lethal injection protocol.

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ACLU of Virginia celebrates decision to bring the freedom to marry to every state

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to equal marriage rights under the U.S. Constitution. The court’s action means that lesbian and gay couples across America will now enjoy the same freedom to marry that Virginia couples have enjoyed since October 2014.