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ACLU-TN works to preserve and extend constitutionally-guaranteed civil liberties and civil rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race and ethnicity.  From advancing voting rights and criminal justice reform to combatting racial profiling, selective enforcement of drug laws, and the school-to-prison pipeline, ACLU-TN fights to stop discrimination based on race and ethnicity and to ensure equal opportunities for communities of color.

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5 06, 2018

ACLU of Tennessee Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police Seizure of Disabled Vet’s Car

2018-06-05T17:05:32+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a disabled veteran whose car was seized without cause by Mount Juliet police.

17 04, 2018

No More Deportations! No más Deportaciones! – Nashville Rally

2018-04-18T21:00:41+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Events|

April 19: On Thursday, April 19, immigrant families, faith leaders, educators, and organizers will be holding statewide actions against mass deportations tearing Tennessee families apart. The actions come on the two week anniversary of the largest worksite raid in over a decade in Morristown, Tennessee where 97 workers were arrested by immigration enforcement agents.

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.

22 03, 2018

Representing Muslim and Middle Eastern Clients

2018-03-22T10:58:47+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events|

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - ACLU-TN will participate in a University of Tennessee College of Law CLE program that will help lawyers gain a better understanding of the needs of Muslim clients, particularly in civil rights and discrimination cases, in cases involving human trafficking, and with rights of domestic workers.

19 03, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Dismissal of State’s Anti-Refugee Lawsuit

2018-03-19T12:14:13+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Tennessee in an effort to block refugee resettlement in the state. ACLU-TN and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition had voiced opposition to the legislation that enabled the legislature to file the lawsuit.

23 02, 2018

Stop Tennessee from Becoming a “Show Me Your Papers” State

2018-02-23T15:14:10+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2332/HB 2315 would require all state and local law enforcement agencies to enter into 287(g) agreements with the federal government, prohibit any local policies that limit entanglement with federal immigration enforcement, and strip state funding from localities that do not comply.

1 02, 2018

Where are the Refugees? A Year After the Ban

2018-02-01T12:17:00+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 - It's been one year since Trump issued his first travel ban. Join ACLU-TN to learn more about the current state of the refugee resettlement program, the ongoing attacks on immigrant, refugee, and Muslim communities, and what we can do to fight back.

24 01, 2018

ACLU of Tennessee Secures Return of Vet’s Car Seized Through Civil Asset Forfeiture

2018-01-24T14:59:53+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN has secured the return of a vehicle seized without cause from a disabled veteran by Mount Juliet police last September.

5 01, 2018

Coming home to a more honest, honorable Memphis

2018-04-24T14:52:34+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

A false narrative about slavery — that it wasn’t that bad or that extensive, that it ended conclusively more than a century ago, that the Civil War was about states’ rights or something else — has allowed America to avoid confronting the truth about our history.