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ACLU-PA Statement on East Pittsburgh Police Shooting of 17-Year-Old Boy

June 20, 2018
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EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Last night, East Pittsburgh police officers fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who allegedly fled a vehicle during a traffic stop. The officers reportedly believed the driver was involved in a separate shooting, and the two other young men fled the scene when law enforcement approached.

ACLU Asks Court to Hear From Child Advocates and LGBTQ Families in Foster Parents Case

June 08, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion in federal court today to intervene in a pending lawsuit brought by Catholic Social Services (CSS) against the city of Philadelphia over its policy barring agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. The ACLU represents the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation and services to children in the foster care system, and Philadelphia Family Pride (PFP), a membership organization of LGBTQ parents and prospective parents.

Category: LGBT Rights

ACLU Statement on Federal Appeals Court Upholding School's Practice of Respecting Transgender Students

May 24, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA - Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected a challenge to the Boyertown Area School District’s practice regarding restroom and locker room access for transgender students. The decision - the second one this week from a federal court regarding transgender students - affirmed a lower-court decision. The ruling came after oral arguments, which were held earlier today.

Category: LGBT Rights

ACLU of Pennsylvania Files in Federal Court for Release of Gay Man From Immigration Detention

May 22, 2018
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HARRISBURG – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the law firm DLA Piper LLP (US) filed a legal complaint in federal district court to end the unlawful detention of Jose “Ivan” Noe Nuñez Martinez, requesting that the court either immediately order his release or conduct a bond hearing. Nuñez Martinez has been detained without a bond hearing since January 31, when he showed up for a mandatory interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Congressman Unblocks Social Media Critics After Legal Threat from ACLU-PA

May 14, 2018
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But the ACLU Continues to Investigate Complaints

PHILADELPHIA – At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Ryan Costello of Chester County has agreed to unblock constituents from his official Facebook page, the civil liberties group announced in a statement today.

ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Allegheny County for Cruel Detention of Man With Mental Illness

May 11, 2018
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PITTSBURGH - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Allegheny County today, in an effort to release a man with mental illness who is being held in solitary confinement at the county jail. Quinn Glover has been determined by county mental health professionals to be not competent to stand trial due to his mental disabilities but is incarcerated 24 hours a day without privileges in an isolation unit at Allegheny County Jail (ACJ).

ACLU Sues SEPTA for Banning Ads About Housing Discrimination

May 02, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA – The American Civil Liberties Union and co-counsel filed a First Amendment lawsuit today on behalf of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) over its ban on advertising that involves controversial issues.

Category: Free Speech

State House Passes Bill to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Many Criminal Offenses

April 16, 2018
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HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation today to restore access to a driver’s license for people who have been convicted of offenses that are unrelated to operation of a vehicle. Under current law, people who are convicted for a variety of offenses, including drug offenses and failure to pay child support, face a license suspension for periods of six months or longer.

Category: Criminal Justice

ACLU-PA Statement on Arrests at Philadelphia Starbucks

April 16, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA - In a statement released today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania condemned the actions of the Starbucks employee and the Philadelphia police officers that resulted in the arrest of two African-American men on Thursday who were waiting to meet a business acquaintance, then held for hours before being released without charge. The incident, which occurred at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, went viral, thanks to video of the arrest that was captured by a bystander.

Category: Racial Justice

ACLU-PA Statement on Pennsylvania House Passage of Clean Slate Act

April 11, 2018
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HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation today to automatically seal from public view the criminal records of people convicted of select offenses. The legislation, known as the Clean Slate Act, would seal a person’s criminal record if he is not convicted of another crime within ten years.

Category: Criminal Justice
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