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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

Court Strikes Down Protest Limits at Wilkes-Barre Arena in Response to ACLU-PA Lawsuit

April 11, 2018
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SCRANTON – On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the protest policy at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, stating that the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority must allow protesters to leaflet and speak with patrons on the sidewalks outside the arena. 

Category: Free Speech

ACLU-PA Calls House Abortion Bill “Unconstitutional and Unenforceable”

April 09, 2018
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HARRISBURG - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania blasted a state House committee today for endangering women by passing legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The ACLU noted that similar laws in other states have been prevented from taking effect by federal courts.

ACLU-PA's Guidance on Student Walkouts

March 16, 2018
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For decades, students have organized school walkouts to protest injustice and to demand policy change, including within their own schools.

Students in public schools do not lose their First Amendment free-speech rights when they go to school. But those rights are more limited than they would be outside of school. That’s largely to allow the school to operate in an orderly fashion.

 

ACLU of PA to Congressman: Stop Shutting Out Your Constituents

March 12, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania delivered a letter to Congressman Ryan Costello today urging him to stop blocking constituents who disagree with him from his official Facebook page and to cease denying them entry to his public town hall meetings. Writing on behalf of nine constituents from the 6th congressional district who have protested or criticized the congressman, the ACLU of Pennsylvania warned Costello that blocking residents from his social media pages and his community meetings based on their opposing views is prohibited by the First Amendment.

Category: Free Speech
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