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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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19 04, 2017

Day 90: Tell Homeland Security that invasive collection of travelers’ data is a non-starter

2017-04-19T10:56:42+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Tell the Department of Homeland Security that invasive collection of travelers' data is a non-starter Homeland Security is considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media [...]

30 03, 2017

Day 70: Watch Ed Snowden’s lawyer discuss democracy in a surveillance state

2017-03-30T10:02:10+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Watch Ed Snowden's lawyer discuss democracy in a surveillance state In a surveillance state, can democracy survive? That’s the question ACLU-TN posed to Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU [...]

25 03, 2017

Day 65: Watch “Celebrating Freedom, Fighting for Justice” about ACLU-TN’s history

2017-03-28T06:53:23+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Watch "Celebrating Freedom, Fighting for Justice" about ACLU-TN's history From the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial to representing Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to [...]

19 03, 2017

Day 59: Fight government surveillance by taking a few simple steps to improve your digital privacy

2017-03-28T06:53:23+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Fight government surveillance by taking a few simple steps to improve your digital privacy What’s one of the simplest, most straightforward ways you can fight government surveillance? Improve your [...]

9 03, 2017

Day 49: Make your plans to join a People Power training on March 11

2017-03-28T06:53:24+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Make your plans to join a People Power training on March 11 This Saturday at 4 PM CT, thousands of freedom fighters across the country are meeting up to [...]

5 03, 2017

Day 45: Rein in President Trump’s Spying Powers

2017-03-28T06:53:25+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Rein in President Trump’s Spying Powers Based on his past statements and conduct, we have every reason to be concerned that President Trump will misuse the president's broad and [...]

3 03, 2017

Day 43: Demand a full investigation into whether AG Jeff Sessions committed perjury

2017-03-28T06:53:25+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Demand a full investigation into whether AG Jeff Sessions committed perjury Recusal isn't enough. Call your members of Congress NOW and demand a full investigation into whether Attorney General [...]

2 03, 2017

BLACKLISTED: Memphis Police Surveillance and Kendrick v. Chandler – A Timeline

2017-03-28T06:53:27+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Docket|

ACLU-TN has had an ongoing concern over police surveillance of Memphis residents engaging in protected free speech activities for many decades now.

2 03, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Memphis Police Spying on Political Groups

2017-03-28T06:53:27+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN joined a lawsuit challenging Memphis' creation of a list of people who require a police escort while visiting City Hall, contending that it violates the First Amendment and a 1978 ACLU-TN consent decree prohibiting the Memphis government from monitoring constitutionally-protected political activities.