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ACLU to State Health Department: Stop Hiding Abortion Data
ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Against the backdrop of a looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Texas' abortion restrictive House Bill 2, the ACLU of Texas sharply accused the state health department of shielding valuable statistics on the state's abortion rates from the public...."

ACLU Report: Time to Legalize It
Pot policing discriminatory and expensive
DAILY News  June 7, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...From 2001-2010, a record 8 million people were arrested on marijuana charges, 88% for possession only, with blacks arrested far more often than are whites – in Texas, as much as 34-times more likely to face arrest than whites – according to a new report from the ACLU that concludes that marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated...."

ACLU Blasts Drug Task Forces
Yet more charges of impropriety against Texas' much-maligned supernarcs
News Story  May 28, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...Texas' much-maligned, federally funded regional narcotics task forces have earned their bad reputation, the ACLU of Texas reports in "Flawed Enforcement," the second installment of a two-part study of the regional operations. The RNTFs receive little oversight from the Department of Public Safety, and this fact encourages their nefarious conduct – like apparent racial profiling and unhealthy dependence on consent searches to further interdiction and subsequent asset-forfeiture operations, according to the ACLU study...."

ACLU in Austin
News Story  May 17, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...This past weekend, the American Civil Liberties Union held its annual nationwide staff conference in Austin -- "a symbolic move," says ACLU of Texas Executive Director Will Harrell, "to give respect to the reinvigorated Texas affiliate but also to commune in one of the country's most troubled spots, where things are deeply off-kilter from our perspective." Over the four-day conference, which was closed to the media, about 280 Unionists from all 50 states discussed longstanding topics -- for example, race and criminal justice -- as well as newer issues, such as civil liberties in the post-Sept. 11 world, and federal attempts to create a national identification system..."

ACLU Defends Capitol Bus Stop
One of busiest stops in Cap Metro system scheduled to close Aug. 24.
DAILY News  April 24, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...The ACLU of Texas' Central Texas chapter is actively opposing the elimination of the Capital Metro transfer center on 11th Street in front of the State Capitol. Although it is one of the busiest stops in the Cap Metro system, Gov..."

ACLU, Free Market Foundation Want In On Speaker Race
Rights group and religious right suing Texas Ethics Commission over right to pump money into speaker race.
DAILY News  February 13, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...They're calling themselves "strange bedfellows," but the unexpected grouping of the ACLU of Texas, religious right advocates the Free Market Foundation and conservative followers of Phyllis "Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women” Schlafly, the Texas Eagle Forum have joined forces to sue the Texas Ethics Commission over the right to campaign about the Texas House Speaker race. They have come together to get sections of the 1973 speaker's act nullified. The federal suit, filed in the Austin Division of the Western District, argues that two sections (a ban on groups getting involved in influencing the speaker race, and a $100 personal limit on individual expenditure for anyone other than a speaker candidate) are unconstitutional..."

Who's Joining the ACLU?
News Story  September 10, 2004
"...In addition to the ACLU, 11 groups on the national list have announced they've joined the effort to protest the CFC's terrorist-watch-list policy:..."

I Sure Wish the ACLU Cared as Much for My Rights
Postmarks  December 6, 2007
"...My car is vandalized and broken into, I have my life threatened for calling the police, my home is burglarized, and my general peace of mind is nonexistent. Hey ACLU, what about my right as a law-abiding taxpayer (and I think law abiding is a key term here) to live in a safe and peaceful environment? You have a solution for that? I seriously would like to hear a workable solution to remove these threats to the rest of the neighborhood. I have to ask myself, "Is the neighborhood better off with the so-called 'victim' removed from the playing field?" I think we know the answer to that question...."

ACLU on Acevedo
"Hope is in the air; hard work in front of us."
DAILY News  June 14, 2007, by Wells Dunbar

ACLU on Top Cop Finalists
ACLU gives the top two APD chief finalists good grades – others not weird enough.
DAILY News  June 13, 2007, by Wells Dunbar

Feeling the Heat
A profile of the new Texas ACLU and Executive Director Will Harrell
News Story  April 27, 2001, by Michael Erard
"...For an organization that limped through the Nineties with virtually no presence at the Legislature, the Texas state office of the American Civil Liberties Union is enjoying something of a progressive lobbying renaissance this session. ACLU-supported legislation is thus far doing well..."

Point Austin: Work in Progress
Susan Herman of the ACLU on the long fight for liberty and justice
News Column  August 7, 2009, by Michael King
"..."What I like to say is, we're not entirely ready to close down the ACLU offices and put up a 'Mission Accomplished' banner."..."

News Roundup: Water Flows Downhill
WTP 4 opens, ACLU sues Obama, and Brown awaits his fate
DAILY News  December 22, 2014, by the News Staff
"...The still-debated Water Treatment Plant No. 4 opened, the ACLU sued the Obama Administration, and journalist/activist Barrett Brown learned he'll wait another month for sentencing...."

Abortions Decrease in Texas After HB 2, Data Shows
DSHS finally releases 2014 abortion stats after ACLU request
DAILY News  June 30, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...After accusations of a department-wide strategic cover-up of key abortion data lodged by the ACLU of Texas, the Department of State Health Services released finalized statistics on abortion for 2014, the first full year after Texas’ anti-choice House Bill 2 went into effect, on Thursday afternoon...."

American Violet
This moving message film tells a story about a miscarriage of Texas justice.
Film Review  May 1, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...With strong performances and a strong message (which, in these parts, hits particularly close to home), American Violet is worth a look. Short of that, at least renew your ACLU dues...."

Jason Statham's Crank – despite the fact that its ever-revving mayhem is ultraviolent, sexist, and frequently offensive enough to warrant a look-see by both the ACLU and the DOJ – is pure action-film bliss.
Film Review  September 8, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...The only way to counteract the poison long enough to exact revenge? Excitement, baby, nonstop, over-the-top, sex and guns and lotsa cops. And at a trim 83 minutes, Crank – despite the fact that its ever-revving mayhem is ultraviolent, sexist, and frequently offensive enough to warrant a look-see by both the ACLU and the DOJ – is pure action-film bliss..."

More Humpable Allies
A big hump to Bozeman, Montana!
DAILY Qmmunity  September 29, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...The city council of Bozeman passed a resolution in support of the seven queer couples and the ACLU bringing lawsuit against the state of Montana over gay marriage...."

Book Ban Bonanza
Number of books challenged in Texas is on the decline
DAILY Books  September 28, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...There's good news and more good news for you during this year's Banned Books Week. For starters, according to the Texas ACLU, there were no book challenges this year in Austin ISD...."

Support Our Troops – Plink a Quarter in Their Cup
ACLU firebrand Debbie Russel on homeless vets in Austin
DAILY News  August 20, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...Debbie Russell, head of the Austin ACLU, is no stranger to controversy. She's recently unleashed a stream of seemingly well-founded invective regarding two issues related to homelessness in Austin: one, whether stepped up police focus on homelessness is the most effective use of resources, and two,the results of a controversial study commissioned by the city council to study panhandling in Austin...."

Rebel With Many Causes
A Philosophical Divide
News Story  September 11, 1998, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Once, when Klan members wanting to stage a march came to TCLU headquarters seeking legal protection, "I just kind of sat there; I didn't know what to say," Harrington recalls. "When I was with the ACLU....."

Weed Watch
Instead of all students – current and future – convicted of any drug-related crime at any point in their lives losing federal financial aid, now, only students currently in school will lose their money if convicted on a drug charge
News Story  February 10, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Meanwhile, the ACLU is looking for students who've been hurt by the HEA provision to join a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the draconian provision in its entirety. The law is morally wrong and likely unconstitutional, says the ACLU..."

This Ain't No Picnic: Minutemen on Patrol
The sinister legions of the 'Drug Cartel' have little to fear from the latest incarnation of border hysteria. As for the rest of us ...
News Story  October 28, 2005, by Diana Welch
"...After the Drug Cartel, the next most-favorite subject was the American Civil Liberties Union – in particular, Ray Ybarra. The Stanford Law student and Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow is the founder of the ACLU Legal Observers Project, the scourge of the Minutemen's existence..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  March 9, 2001, by Erica C. Barnett
"...It's not everyday you see the phrases "American Civil Liberties Union" and "hit list" in the same sentence. But there it is -- in the phrase "the ACLU's law enforcement hit list" -- in a statement from Charley Wilkison, political director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), condemning the civil liberties group for "working … to undermine officer's [sic] rights protected by state law" and promulgating "cop bashing and cop-hate."..."

Terror Hysteria Burdens Local Charities
Local nonprofits balk at federal giving campaign's new rules
News Story  September 10, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Nevertheless, there wasn't much stir at the time: Civil liberties groups believed they could take a don't-ask-don't-tell approach – they wouldn't knowingly hire terrorists, but they also wouldn't violate people's freedom of association and other constitutional rights. But when the head of the OPM confirmed in July that funded nonprofits are in fact required to proactively check employees' names against watch lists, the national ACLU publicly pulled out of the campaign, taking state chapters with it..."

Naked City
Austin Energy's attempt to shut close its books to the public will be considered by city council September.
News Story  September 1, 2000
"...After the commission issued a draft of its recommendations in July ("Electric Storm," July 14), commission chair Teresa Reel set up a focus group to comment on Austin Energy's plan to waive the Public Records and Open Meetings Acts and close its books to the public. "Reel opened up the focus group to the public," said Kathy Mitchell of the Central Texas ACLU..."

Columns  March 18, 2011
"...Clarification: Last week's "Point Austin" ("Expiation Day," March 11) identified Debbie Russell as associated with the ACLU, based on her then-posted online bio as a board member of Better Austin Today. ACLU of Texas Public Education Director Dotty Griffith has since informed us: "Debbie does not speak for the ACLU or the ACLU of Texas..."

Refugees Remain in Taylor Prison
ACLU files suit to spring children from 'residential facility'
News Story  April 13, 2007, by Diana Welch
"...The suit is filed on behalf of 10 kids who were incarcerated at Hutto; six have since been released with their families: Kevin Yourdkhani, Richard Carbajal, Angelina Carbajal, Aisha Ibrahim, Mohammed Ibrahim, and Bahja Ibrahim. Deka Warsame, mother of the Ibrahim children, must wear a tracking device until her immigration status is determined, "further confirmation that alternatives to detention are viable," says Amy Everhart-Davis, communications director of the ACLU of Texas..."

Border Militarization Update
Perry authorizes use of Texas National Guard at border; and El Paso County Sheriff's Office says will temporarily cease holding immigration stops and raids
News Story  June 30, 2006, by Diana Welch
"...It was this news that brought 30 or so people to the gates of Camp Mabry this past weekend, wielding signs that bore the image of a young man in a cowboy hat named Esequiel Hernandez Jr. "We're just here to let these folks know what has happened before," said ACLU Executive Director Will Harrell, as cars rolled slowly past the demonstrators...."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  September 3, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Department of Justice thinks so. Earlier this year the ACLU Foundation filed federal suit against the government, charging that portions of the USA PATRIOT Act are unconstitutional – including the government's use of a so-called National Security Letter, which puts a person on notice that they are being watched but, among other things, forbids the person to talk about it..."

Trouble Tackling Tulia
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...The attorney general's office has already run into trouble in its investigation of the notorious 1999 Tulia drug bust, already the subject of two federal probes. The AG's office wouldn't comment, but ACLU of Texas Executive Director Will Harrell says Swisher/Hale Co..."

Tulia, Too Late
Civil rights advocates and opponents of the "war on drugs" were relieved by the announcement last week that state Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate John Cornyn will initiate a probe into the notorious drug bust in the Panhandle town of Tulia. But is it too late?
News Story  September 6, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...of Justice with its criminal and civil-rights investigation of the bust. That probe began in October 2000 in response to requests from the Texas ACLU and NAACP -- who also called for a halt in federal funding to the Panhandle Task Force, one of several such narcotics operations in Texas...."

SCOTUS Rules Jane Doe Abortion Case “Moot”
Undocumented minor had procedure done in October
News Story  June 7, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Referred to as "Jane Doe," the teen was blocked from clinic appointments by President Trump's ideological Office of Refugee Resettlement. The ACLU sued and a D.C..."

Death Watch
Trottie is scheduled for execution next week
News Story  September 4, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Soffar maintains that he did not actually rob the bowling alley or commit the execution-style murder, but mishandled his implicating of a friend in an attempt to receive a $15,000 reward. The ACLU notes that Soffar was 24 years old at the time, had suffered a long history of brain damage and substance abuse, and had the mental capacity of an 11-year-old...."

Snowden Defends Fourth Amendment
'Would I do it again? The answer is yes.'
DAILY News  March 10, 2014, by Michael King
"...In a discussion that was somewhat more technical in detail than perhaps anticipated, Snowden was joined by his ACLU attorney Ben Wizner and ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian. The conversation bounced back and forth from policy implications – focusing on protecting the privacy of ordinary citizens from mass government surveillance – to technical matters, particularly what tools might be made available to make users' data less easily available to government snooping...."

City Hall Hustle: Fluoride, Firewalls, and Fusion
The fluoride fight goes on, and in other news ...
News Column  December 4, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Switching from security threats external to internal, the ACLU of Texas held a press conference Wednesday, asking what the hell is up with Austin's "fusion center" – cross-referenced databases used to track and, in some cases, supposedly predict criminal activity. Austin's fusion center proposal, creating the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, came before the City Council in August..."

Ben Wizner on Taking On the CIA
The ACLU lawyer was in town recently at a screening of Secrecy
News Story  November 7, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
" system. But the worst task Bush leaves behind may be figuring out what to do with detainees seized in the war on terror still being waged in CIA-run "black sites." "There's a public debate about the efficacy and legality and morality of torture," said ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner when he was in Austin last week..."

Naked City
News Story  July 6, 2007
"...– K.R. Beyond City Limits• On June 27, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information request for details pertinent to 62 deaths of immigrant detainees that have occurred since 2004. "We are deeply concerned about this shockingly high number of in-custody deaths in immigration detention," said Elizabeth Alexander, director of the ACLU National Prison Project..."

Weed Watch: Goose Creek Police Geese
Nearly three years after police in Charleston, S.C., suburb made guns-drawn high school raid, ACLU announces federal court has approved 'landmark settlement with students who sued school officials and police
News Story  July 21, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Nearly three years after police in the Charleston, S.C., suburb of Goose Creek made an early-morning, guns-drawn raid at Stratford High School on an ultimately futile hunt for student marijuana, cash, and weapons stashes, the ACLU announced last week that a federal court had at last approved a "landmark" settlement with students who sued school officials and police that, in part, incorporates a federal consent decree reinforcing the students' Fourth Amendment rights...."

Point Austin: Refighting the Last Wars
Prop. 1, Prop. 2, Saving Barton Springs ... and Everything Else
News Column  April 21, 2006, by Michael King
"...•Police Officers: During negotiation of the 2001 police contract, ACLU representatives charged they were double-crossed by the city and the officers' union in the eventual agreement to create a police monitor system that still leaves general discipline files closed to the public. Prop..."

Meet-and-Confer Draws Fire
Council takes a deep breath, gets reassurances from staff about police contract
News Story  March 19, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."One of the things that we have done in this contract is to strip out all of the administrative detail that bound the police monitor's ability to simply manage the function," Assistant City Manager Laura Huffman told the council. "But in the absence of that detail, we are getting a lot of questions about how those processes work." Many of those questions came from the ACLU Police Accountability Project, the leading advocates for police oversight since the late 1990s; the ACLU's Ann del Llano last week termed the new agreement "ludicrous" and "evil."..."

APD 'Documents the Instigators'
The behavior of APD's undercover cops raises questions about First Amendment rights.
News Story  March 28, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...When Brandon Darby and Ron Deutsch went anti-war protesting on Thursday, March 20, they had no idea they would be arrested -- nor that the bust would spark serious questions about possible First Amendment violations by Austin police. But that's exactly what happened, and now the state's ACLU director is questioning APD's use of protester photographs to identify possible activist "instigators" -- a situation eerily similar to the infamous Denver "spy files" case currently making its way through federal court...."

The Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Political Survival Guide
Borscht in a Bag, a male chastity belt, and more gifts to get you through the rut
News Story  December 7, 2017, by the News Staff
"...It wouldn't be right, I said, and instead proposed we pool our money together for various charities and noble causes. So Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center got our money instead of Jeff Bezos..."

Texas Backs Trump Agency in Holding Undocumented Abortion-Seeking Minor "Hostage"
Federal agency sent minor to crisis pregnancy center instead
DAILY News  October 12, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...The ACLU of Northern California included Doe in their 2016 lawsuit against ORR for not providing the full range of health services, in the hopes of receiving an emergency action to allow her to proceed with her abortion and a nationwide injunction to ensure ORR doesn’t block any others in her shoes. On Oct..."

How Austin Restaurants Are Leading the Trump Era Resistance
Economically culture-jamming the new administration
Food Story  February 9, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...On that day, The Aristocrat raised $1,000 each for the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and $3,000 for SafePlace. Bouldin raised $3,000 divided between Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the SPLC..."

Fetal Burial Rule May Flout Constitutional Limits
Will the state's latest abortion restriction survive a constitutional challenge?
News Story  August 11, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"..."It seems like the agency is trying to send a message of defiance to the U.S. Supreme Court, which we think is really stunning," Trisha Trigilio, staff attorney with the ACLU of Texas, told the Chronicle..."

Austin ISD: The Resegregationists
Pearce, Garcia to be single sex schools, IDEA back tonight
DAILY News  January 29, 2013, by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Expiation Day
If apologies are in order, the line forms here
News Column  March 11, 2011, by Michael King
"...Or consider the ACLU's+ Debbie Russell, who makes it her self-righteous avocation to denounce everybody else's supposed racism in myriad public meetings or lately at the Austin Post. There she recently posted this scurrilous imaginary portrait of the working relationship between Leffingwell and Mar­tin­ez: "The Mayor simply sits back behind his elevated desk, comforted and likely amused with the antics of his own personal pit bull." By Russell's own hair-trigger standards for outrage, she should certainly be reporting herself to the League of United Latin American Citizens...."

The War on Talking About the Drug War
Border Patrol agent loses job after stating the obvious
News Column  February 4, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...It was a relatively slow day, so when Gonzalez saw fellow Agent Shawn Montoya patrolling in the same area, the two men took a break, pulled their vehicles up next to each other, rolled down their windows, and began talking. When the conversation turned to the drug-related violence that was plaguing the border, Gonzalez "mentioned that he thought that legalization of marijuana would save a lot of lives across the border and over here," New Mexico ACLU spokesman Micah McCoy said during a recent interview..."

Page Two: We Are the Eggmen
In the abstract, people are usually good about defending free speech. They fall apart in the specifics.
Columns  October 15, 2010, by Louis Black
"...Years back, the American Nazis wanted to march in Skokie, Ill., an area where an unusually high percentage of the population was made up of concentration camp survivors. The ACLU became involved, defending the Nazis' right to march..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  September 12, 2008
"...of Mexican descent and whose deliveries ... were assisted by midwives." Lisa Graybill, legal director of the ACLU of Texas, told the Chronicle, "The nine plaintiffs in the suit are appearing on behalf of themselves, as well as thousands of people in this same situation." According to the lawsuit, applicants delivered by midwives have been required to show not just their birth certificates but a "litany of additional documents" to prove citizenship, some of which "likely never existed, that applicants would ....."

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