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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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18 10, 2017

We All Belong Statewide Vigil: Chattanooga, Knoxville & Nashville

2017-10-20T12:19:42+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Events|

On October 18th, the day Muslim Ban 3.0 was set to go into effect before a federal judge halted it, join the ACLU of TN, AMAC-TN and TIRRC for a series of statewide vigils to say #NoMuslimBanEver and #RefugeesWelcome.

10 10, 2017

ACLU-TN Expands Litigation Capacity with Hire of Staff Attorney

2017-10-10T14:41:22+00:00 October 10th, 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.

11 08, 2017

Supreme Court must protect voters’ rights

2018-04-24T15:01:30+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

The ACLU is challenging a voter purge process in Ohio, under which registered voters who do not vote during a two-year period are targeted for removal from the rolls. Until recently, Tennessee had a similar law requiring that voters who failed to vote in prior elections had their names removed — or “purged” — from the voter rolls.

14 07, 2017

Davidson County must reform unconstitutional bail practices

2018-04-24T14:52:04+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

By making pretrial freedom dependent on access to cash, Davidson County’s secured money bail system creates a two-tiered system of justice, incarcerating the most impoverished while wealthier arrestees are freed.

29 06, 2017


2017-06-29T16:39:00+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

This page tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your [...]

29 06, 2017

What to do if you are an immigrant stopped by law enforcement agents

2018-07-02T17:10:26+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Know Your Rights: Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents, or FBI Conozca Sus Derechos: Parado/a por la policía, agentes de inmigración o el FBI English | (Arabic) العَرَبِيَّة‎ | 中文(简) (Chinese) | Creole  | فارسی (Farsi) | Français (French) | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)  | 한국어 [...]

29 06, 2017


2017-06-29T16:18:39+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Raids can disrupt communities and families. This video contains information about your rights and what to do in that situation. Andre Segura, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights [...]