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2012-07-19 23:01:41

Gloria Steinem, the iconic leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 2013 WTS Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 19, 2012 Gloria Steinem, the iconic leader of the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 2013 annual conference of WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in...

2012-07-09 06:25:57

CHICAGO, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A controversial use of Illinois' eavesdropping law - prosecuting civilians for audio recording police officers conducting their public duties in a public place - cannot be enforced against the ACLU and its employees for the foreseeable future. This order, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, remains in place until the district judge makes a final ruling in this case. The judge's preliminary injunction was ordered by a...

2012-06-13 12:58:19

We've all seen them in the waiting room of the doctor's office–pens, notepads, magnets, and clipboards adorned with the logos of brand-name drugs. These freebies may seem inconsequential, but a large and compelling body of evidence shows that even these small gifts may influence which drug a doctor prescribes. "What most people haven't seen is many of the other giveaways that pharmaceutical and medical-device companies routinely provide to doctors, ranging from elaborate meals in...

2012-04-19 23:00:40

"CISPA outsources spying to American corporations and circumvents the 4th Amendment, which gives the people the right not to be searched in their persons, houses, papers, and effects without probable cause and a search warrant," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, Founder and CEO of UmeNow and known to her followers as Privacy Mom. Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 Evelyn Castillo-Bach, Founder and CEO of UmeNow, announced today, in conjunction with her Occupy Privacy campaign, that U.S....

2012-04-04 10:25:39

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and four of its local member organizations announced the results of an undercover investigation into the ways the nation's financial institutions are failing to maintain and market Real Estate Owned (REO) properties in African-American and Latino neighborhoods. The investigation of REO properties in nine major U.S. cities found striking incidents of discrimination in the care and...

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2012-03-13 09:10:05

In order to gain access to comments a 12-year old student allegedly made on Facebook, a school in Minnewaska, Minnesota ordered the student to reveal her username and password for the social networking site.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of the student against the Minnewaska Area Schools and Pope County, claiming administrators "violated a middle school student's constitutional rights in two incidents involving Facebook." Facebook comments in question...

2012-03-01 11:41:00

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, criticized the U.S. Senate vote today against Senator Roy Blunt's "Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act of 2011" amendment. The amendment would have restored the status quo on conscience rights prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and protect against the recent mandate on abortifacients, sterilization and...

2012-01-20 11:10:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Censorship is the suppression of speech and art or other public communication, which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by our government, states Mike McNeilly. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional and creates a "chilling effect" on the right to express our beliefs. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120120/LA39204) The "chilling effect" is the term used to describe the...

2012-01-04 14:09:00

CHICAGO, Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Colleen K. Connell, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois: Late last night, Jay Miller, the longest serving executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, passed away. Jay retired in 2000 after more than four decades of leadership to the ACLU in Illinois, Northern California and in the national offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. During his tenure in...

2011-11-30 15:01:10

New research shows how support for a generally liked policy can be significantly lowered, simply by associating it with a group seen as “radical” or “extreme.” In one experiment, researchers found that people expressed higher levels of support for a gender equality policy when the supporters were not specified than when the exact same policy was attributed to “radical feminist” supporters. These findings show why attacking political opponents as...