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15 11, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Demands Portland Drop Second Ordinance Targeting Drag Shows

2017-11-15T14:55:16+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN sent a letter on November 15 to the mayor and board of aldermen of Portland, Tennessee, demanding that the city drop a second ordinance that effectively bans drag shows or risk litigation.

31 10, 2017

ACLU-TN to Honor Journalist Dwight Lewis with Lifetime Achievement Award

2017-11-02T13:29:57+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will honor Dwight Lewis with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s fundraiser, The Constitution Uncorked. ACLU-TN will also present the Benjamin S. Pressnell Bill of Rights Award to Cesar Bautista, Jazmin Ramirez and Zacnité Vargas, who have dedicated themselves to fighting for the rights of DACA recipients in Tennessee.

27 10, 2017

ACLU-TN Wins Defense of Woman Who Called Out White Supremacy

2017-10-27T14:36:01+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN has prevailed in an appeal on behalf of a Franklin County woman charged with defamation for calling someone who displayed a League of the South bumper sticker on his car a “white supremacist” on social media.

26 10, 2017

ACLU-TN Statement on White Supremacist Rallies in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro

2017-10-27T16:25:52+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

The ACLU of Tennessee forcefully condemns racism, bigotry and hate in all forms, especially the ideology of white supremacists that continues to plague our nation, reflecting our country’s history of slavery and racial violence.

15 09, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Demands Portland City Council Drop Drag Show Ban

2017-09-15T16:42:29+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN today sent a letter to the mayor and Board of Alderman of Portland, Tennessee, demanding that the city drop a proposed, unconstitutional ordinance that effectively bans drag shows.

29 04, 2017

Day 100: Celebrate #WeThePeople’s incredible defense of liberty in Trump’s first 100 days

2017-04-29T12:39:54+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Celebrate #WeThePeople's incredible defense of civil liberties during Trump's first 100 days Over the past 100 days, we have seen a barrage of attacks on civil liberties at the [...]