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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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14 03, 2017

Make the Dream of College a Reality for Tennessee High School Graduates

2017-08-08T12:31:04+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

UPDATE: This legislation failed in the House Education Administration & Planning Committee on April 11, 2017. For thousands of students in Tennessee who work hard and graduate from high school, [...]

10 03, 2017

Oppose Forcing Local Law Enforcement Into Voluntary Federal Immigration Enforcement

2017-03-28T06:53:24+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

Under current state and federal law, law enforcement agencies must already comply with federal immigration law. But a sweeping and extreme bill moving through the state legislature would force localities [...]

10 03, 2017

Don’t Brand Foreign Visitors to Tennessee

2017-04-04T15:53:45+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|Tags: |

Currently certain foreign travelers, such as business executives, scientists, engineers, professors and international students – all of whom have been authorized by the federal government to be in the United [...]

6 03, 2017

Support Taking a Closer Look at Innovative Ways to Improve Operation of Local Jails

2017-03-28T06:53:25+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

Every day, Tennessee's county jails house approximately 28,000 inmates. Our state's local jails are overcrowded and costly to operate, and local officials are often forced to address mental health and [...]

6 03, 2017

Tell Lawmakers to Stop Pushing Legislation that Harms Transgender Students

2017-08-08T12:40:20+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

UPDATE: This legislation failed in the Senate Education Committee for lack of a motion on March 22, 2017 and was taken off notice in House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee [...]

1 03, 2017

Stop Legislative Attempts to Open the Door for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

2017-08-08T12:41:14+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Categories: Take Action|

UPDATE: Governor Haslam signed this bill into law on May 5, 2017. Since the momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell, which secured the freedom to marry for all people, state [...]