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Our Constitution and democratic system require that the government be transparent and accountable to the people—but not that people’s lives be an open book to the government. ACLU has been at the forefront of challenging the government’s secret surveillance, watchlists and unchecked information-sharing; its violations of our rights to privacy, free speech, due process and association; and its stigmatization of minority communities and activists disproportionately targeted by surveillance.  ACLU-TN also supports open government, including access to information.  Open government is a cornerstone of democracy that enables advocates, activists and the press to monitor government performance and expose corruption. Without transparency in government activities, the American people are vulnerable to deception and abuse by our leaders.

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23 01, 2017

Day 4: Demand transparency from President Trump

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

  Demand transparency from President Trump The public has a right to know if Trump has conflicts of interest that affect our government and our national security. ACLU has taken [...]

20 01, 2017

Day 1: Take the People’s Oath

January 20th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

  Take the People’s Oath Donald Trump was just sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. We don’t know what the first act of his presidency will [...]

1 06, 2016

The Vigil (Summer 2016)

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "Access to the Ballot Box: Your Rights at the Polls," "Protecting Student Speech in Giles County," "The 2016 Legislative Session In Review," "6th Circuit Upholds Round-the-Clock Surveillance," [...]

29 02, 2016

United States v. Houston

February 29th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

(3:13-cr-00009, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) Amicus Curiae Parties: ACLU-TN, ACLU, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Libertarian [...]

20 11, 2015

The Vigil (Winter 2015)

November 20th, 2015|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU-TN Stands Up for Prison Guards’ Free Speech,” “Victory in Shelby County Civil Forfeiture Case,” “ACLU-TN Responds to Backlash Against Syrian Refugees,” “Edward Snowden’s Attorney Discusses NSA [...]

12 10, 2015

Ed Snowden’s Attorney to Speak in Nashville Oct. 17

October 12th, 2015|Categories: Events, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2015 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, communications director, 615-320-7142 Nashville – Ben Wizner, director of the national ACLU Project on Speech, Privacy and Technology and lawyer to [...]

17 08, 2015

The Vigil (Summer 2015)

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “LOVE WINS: Marriage Equality Has Arrived in Tennessee,” “Get a Warrant or Pay the Price”- an article on a successful lawsuit challenging a warrantless immigration raid, “Edward [...]

14 05, 2015

The Vigil (Spring 2015)

May 14th, 2015|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “The 2015 Legislative Session in Review,” “ACLU-TN Defends Williamson County Educators’ Right to Speak Freely,” “ACLU-TN Defends Parents’ First Amendment Right to Name Their Children,” “ACLU Goes [...]

7 04, 2015

ACLU-TN at the 109th Tennessee General Assembly

April 7th, 2015|Categories: Take Action|

ACLU-TN was a constant presence at the state capitol during the Tennessee General Assembly's 109th session, working to advance legislation that expands or protects our civil liberties and fighting against bills [...]

29 01, 2015

Know Your Rights: What to Do If Questioned by Police, FBI or Immigration Agents

January 29th, 2015|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Farsi, and Somali Being well versed in your rights never feels more important than when you’re being questioned by a police officer, [...]