Monthly Archives: May 2012

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down DOMA

A federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies married same-sex couples the same federal benefits available to other married couples. The case, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, was originally filed…

Poway School District & the ACLU Resolve iPad Concern

The Poway Unified School District and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties resolved a thorny issue in which a district elementary school apparently pressured families to pay for iPads for their 4th and 5th grade students, in violation…

Parents and Teachers Sue School District, California for Violating Students’ Right to Equal Education Opportunities

Today, parents and teachers in Dinuba, CA filed suit against the Dinuba Unified School District and the State of California, charging that the school district and state are violating students’ fundamental right to equal educational opportunity. The lawsuit seeks to…

Collateral Damage — America’s Drug War

There are 2.3 million people behind bars in this country — that is triple the amount of prisoners we had in 1987 — and 25 percent of those incarcerated are locked up for drug offenses. Taxpayers spend almost $70 billion a year on…

SAVE THE DATE! The 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

The ACLU of California is sponsoring the: Gideon and Beyond: Securing Constitutional Rights Through Policy Advocacy The 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference will examine efforts to realize the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright and other watershed Supreme Court…