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ACLU-TN is a constant presence at the state capitol during the Tennessee General Assembly session, working to advance legislation that expands or protects our civil liberties and fighting against bills that infringe on our freedoms. But your voice is essential. You can check out highlights of our work at Legislative Plaza and take action on a range of issues below.

This year we expect state legislators, emboldened by the hateful actions of the White House, to introduce bills that would harm immigrants and refugees, women, gay and transgender people, and racial and religious minorities. We are also pursuing pro-active initiatives that will increase access to the ballot box; stop discrimination within the criminal justice system based on economic status; and reform the criminal justice system in the areas of juvenile justice, mental health, reentry and more. Thank you for standing with us during this legislative session.

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30 07, 2018

Sign the Petition to Put a Community Oversight Board in Nashville on the November Ballot

2018-07-30T16:57:27+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

Community Oversight Now is collecting hard copies of signatures for a petition to put an amendment establishing a community oversight board in Nashville on the November ballot.

17 07, 2018

Urge Nashville Metro Council to Support Divestment from Private Prison Corporations

2018-07-17T10:16:34+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

Urge Nashville Metro Council to take a concrete step towards saying no to investment in private prison corporations where profit trumps accountability.

16 04, 2018

Fix Tennessee’s dangerous and antiquated “safekeeping” system

2018-04-16T09:17:36+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 1575/HB 2106 would fix an antiquated law that is used to remove "special needs" pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues and young people — from local jails and send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.

9 04, 2018

Support Fair Sentencing Reform in Tennessee

2018-04-09T09:06:43+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2062/HB 2111 would reduce the size of drug-free zones from 1000 feet to 500 feet around schools and other facilities, bringing the law more in line with its intent of actually protecting children and saving taxpayers over $3 million a year in incarceration expenses.

26 03, 2018

Don’t Pick Up the Tab to Defend Discrimination

2018-03-26T15:26:10+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2480/HB 2620 would force the state attorney general to defend any local education agency that discriminates against transgender children by enforcing policies that limit access to single-sex spaces based on “biological sex.”

16 03, 2018

Protect Election Security in Tennessee

2018-03-16T15:01:16+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

Thirteen Russians have been indicted for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election, including running a fake "Tennessee GOP" Twitter account that drew over 100K followers. Urge officials to protect against foreign interference & ensure election security in Tennessee.