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Understanding your rights is the first step to protecting them. When can the police stop you–and what can they legally demand? You have freedom of speech, but are there some things you cannot say or do? What are your rights at school? Our experts answer essential questions about your rights in a series of Know Your Rights publications.

Please note: these resource sheets do not give legal advice. You should not rely on the information you get from this site and should speak with a lawyer to get advice on your specific situation. We also cannot promise that the information on this site is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.

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20 07, 2016

Stand Up/Speak Up: Youth Activist Guide

2016-07-20T15:56:42+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

There are many different ways to be a teen activist, and Stand Up/Speak Up: A Guide for Youth Activists explores the experiences of high school students from across Tennessee who used [...]

15 06, 2016

ACLU-TN Reproductive Freedom Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Reproductive freedom is one of the most personal decisions we can make. All too often, discussions about reproductive rights seem mired in politics rather than focused on our daily lives. [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Religious Freedom Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

In accord with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the ACLU supports the separation of church and state in order to preserve the free exercise of religion and to [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Voting Rights and Elections Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T11:58:55+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Many complaints about voting and the electoral process raise civil-liberties issues, usually related to either the First Amendment or to the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection and due process). Typical examples [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Resource Sheet on Voting for People with Felony Convictions

2016-07-06T12:01:27+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

In Tennessee individuals convicted of a felony lose their right to vote and are oftentimes unaware of the process for restoration of those rights. ACLU-TN, joined by civil rights and [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Ex-Offenders Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Ex-offenders, even after they have served their sentences, may find that they are deprived of many important civil and constitutional rights and commonly accepted privileges of citizenship. For years after [...]

9 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Privacy Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Privacy - the right to be left alone - is one of our most cherished rights. The right to privacy protects personal information, reproductive choices, medical decisions, and freedom from [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Resource Sheet for Senior Citizens

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

As a general rule, there are few civil liberties issues that primarily affect seniors over other individuals. However, some issue areas, like age-related discrimination, can deeply affect seniors. ACLU-TN's Resource [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Youth & Students’ Rights Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:06:53+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

As the United States Supreme Court stated, “Constitutional rights do not mature and come into being magically only when one attains the state-defined age of majority.” ACLU-TN works to ensure [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Women’s Rights Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU has traditionally been at the forefront of efforts to promote equality between the sexes. Long before today’s well known and well-established women's rights organizations were formed, ACLU was hard [...]