Rap superstar Macklemore is urging his fans to get the card "that lets my gay friends marry the hell out of each other." That's the ACLU's legendary membership card. "If you like being free like me, get the ACLU card today," the award-winning rapper advises in a video he launched today.
"There is no other organization that I believe in more.The tireless work of the ACLU to preserve the freedoms of all people in our country inspires my music and my deepest connection to my human community," explained Macklemore. Read more Reprinted from www.aclu.org
Featuring Keynote speaker Dennis Parker from the ACLU National Racial Justice Project. More Information
Mr. Parker will also be the speaker at a legal symposium on October 11, 2013 at MC Law School. The symposium will start at 11:45. Event Information
Officers called Singh a "terrorist" and had him arrested for declining to remove his kirpan, a small, sacred sword of the Sikh faith, which Singh was lawfully wearing in accordance with his religious beliefs. When he returned to Mississippi for his court date in Pike County, Judge Aubrey Rimes ordered him out of the courtroom because he did not like his turban – calling it "that rag" -- and threatened to punish him unless he removed it.
"The officers' shameful treatment of Mr. Singh was an abuse of their authority and a betrayal of the public's trust that law enforcement officials will carry out their duties free from prejudice," said Bear Atwood, legal director at the ACLU of Mississippi. "The fact that officers may be unfamiliar with Sikhism or other minority religions does not give them license to harass and degrade members of the public who follow those faiths." Read More or Download the Letter
Bear Atwood, ACLU of Mississippi, 601-354-3408, or 769-447-6675; firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Shepherd, national ACLU, 212-519-7829, or 549-2666; email@example.com
WASHINGTON – In response to resistance on the part of several state National Guards to the extension of benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members, the ACLU and the American Military Partner Association have launched a new national petition to the Defense Department that calls on it to reaffirm that all married military personnel must be treated equally, and that state National Guards cannot simply choose to ignore this order by denying same-sex military couples equal access to the benefits to which they are entitled. Read More
October 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 was the first day that legally married lesbian and gay service members could apply for federal benefits for their families. Like all married members of our Armed Forces, lesbian and gay U.S. citizens serving their country want to make sure their families are provided for. After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring the federal government to recognize legal marriages between same-sex couples, the Department of Defense announced that it would recognize all marriages that are legal in the place where the ceremony took place, regardless of the couples’ state of residence. Read More