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Federal Court in Pennsylvania Rejects Argument That Child Welfare Agencies Have a Right to Discriminate

July 13, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA — A federal district court today ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require foster care agencies with city contracts to abide by its nondiscrimination policies. This ruling is the first time a federal court has said that government-contracted child welfare agencies do not have a right to exclude same-sex couples or others who don’t meet an agency’s religious test from fostering children.

Category: LGBT Rights

ACLU-PA Statement on Allegheny County DA Press Conference Addressing Criminal Homicide Charge against East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld

June 27, 2018
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – This morning, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala held a press conference to address the criminal homicide charge brought against East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr.

ACLU of Pennsylvania and Institutional Law Project Sue Fayette County over Inhumane Conditions at 19th Century Prison

June 26, 2018
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PITTSBURGH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging the cruel and inhumane living conditions for prisoners at the Fayette County Prison. 

Task Force Finds Systemic Flaws in Pennsylvania's Capital Punishment System

June 25, 2018
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Harrisburg, PA – Seven years after it started, a long-awaited bipartisan report analyzing capital punishment in Pennsylvania was released today. The report highlights numerous systemic flaws in the administration of the death penalty, including the risk of executing an innocent person. In a statement responding to the report’s release, a broad array of advocates agreed that the report validated their concerns over how the death penalty operates in the commonwealth.

With the ACLU-PA's Support, the School District of Philadelphia Passes Policy to End Suspensions of First and Second Graders

June 21, 2018
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PHILADELPHIA - The School District of Philadelphia has expanded its existing policy prohibiting the out-of-school suspension of kindergarten students to include first and second graders, beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The School Reform Commission passed the policy at its voting meeting today. In a statement released after the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania noted that the organization has advocated for this policy change for years.

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 17-year-old Antwon Rose, 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.

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