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2009-06-16 11:00:00

New Comprehensive Report Details Effects Of Flawed Policies On Muslim Charitable Giving NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. terrorism finance laws and policies unfairly prevent Muslim Americans from practicing their religion through charitable giving, create a climate of fear and distrust in law enforcement and undermine America's diplomatic efforts in Muslim countries, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report out today. The 164-page report, "Blocking Faith,...

2009-06-16 10:00:00

Video Shows How Terrorist Finance Laws Alienate American Muslims And Chill Religious Practice Of Charitable Giving NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new video from the American Civil Liberties Union, "Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity," shows how terrorism finance laws have created a climate of fear that hurts the ability of American Muslims to freely practice their religion through charitable giving. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/aclu/38184/...

2009-05-21 11:20:00

Launch Public Campaign to Save Monuments on Memorial Day Weekend WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today -- days before Memorial Day -- Liberty Legal Institute joins five veterans groups, representing over four million veterans, to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to save the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial from being torn down by the ACLU, the subject of Salazar v. Buono to be heard in The High Court's 2009-2010 term. The coalition is launching a major campaign to draw attention to...

2009-05-15 09:36:30

The American Civil Liberties Union action in filing a lawsuit yesterday against Myriad Genetics is going to lead to one of the most important legal battles in the history of biotechnology, asserts Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). (www.genengnews.com) The ACLU charged that the patenting of two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer will inhibit medical research. The organization also claims that the patents are invalid and unconstitutional."This is going to turn...

2009-05-13 11:26:15

Patenting pure genes linked to diseases is unconstitutional and slows down research progress, civil liberties advocates claim. American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero says constitutional rights to knowledge about the human body and to make pertinent healthcare decisions are at stake when private companies are allowed to hold patents on genes found responsible for diseases, CNN reported Wednesday. The ACLU and Yeshiva University's law school filed suit in U.S. District...

2009-05-13 07:30:00

ACLU Releases Video Showing How Restrictive Gene Patents Hurt Women NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Breast cancer survivor Genae Girard underwent genetic testing to determine whether she's also at risk for ovarian cancer and should have her ovaries removed. But the test didn't come with a second opinion -- a problem for any woman facing a decision that will impact her ability to have children. That's because only one company holds the patents on the genes associated with breast and ovarian...

2009-05-12 18:24:00

Gene Patents Stifle Patient Access To Medical Care And Critical Research NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit today charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer stifle research that could lead to cures and limit women's options regarding their medical care. Mutations along the genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, are...

2009-05-08 15:52:00

Special Rapporteur Calls For Law Against Racial Profiling And End To Juvenile Life Without Parole NEW YORK, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report made public today, the United Nations independent expert on racism urged the U.S. to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system and end the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also called on Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) and create a bipartisan...

2009-04-28 15:55:00

Government Cannot Claim State Secrets To Deny Torture Victims Day In Court NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal appeals court today ruled that a landmark American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role in the Bush administration's unlawful extraordinary rendition program can go forward. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court dismissal of the lawsuit, brought on behalf of five men who were...

2009-03-12 14:34:38

A 17-year-old Indiana girl is seeking a federal court injunction to force her school to allow her to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom. The Lebanon High School senior's attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said in court filings that the girl, a lesbian, does not wear dresses because she feels they indicate a sexual identity that is not her own, the Indianapolis Star reported Thursday. The girl, who was not identified by name in the lawsuit, is asking a federal court to...