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The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

We also offer a robust youth engagement program, including internships, students’ rights conferences and more.

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21 08, 2018

09/06/18: Statewide Webinar: “Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election”

2018-08-21T10:29:22+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Statewide Webinar: "Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election" (NEW DATE) Thursday, September 6; 5 – 6 p.m. CT

13 08, 2018

The Vigil (Spring 2018)

2018-08-13T14:13:05+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU Protects Fourth Amendment Rights of Disabled Veteran," "Tennessee Lawmakers Appeal Federal Dismissal of Anti-Refugee Lawsuit," "2018 Legislative Review," "ACLU Explores Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights On Statewide Speaking Tour," "The 'Get Your Right To Vote Back' Program," "#FamiliesBelongTogether" and more.

16 04, 2018

Fix Tennessee’s dangerous and antiquated “safekeeping” system

2018-04-16T09:17:36+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 1575/HB 2106 would fix an antiquated law that is used to remove "special needs" pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues and young people — from local jails and send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.

26 03, 2018

Don’t Pick Up the Tab to Defend Discrimination

2018-03-26T15:26:10+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2480/HB 2620 would force the state attorney general to defend any local education agency that discriminates against transgender children by enforcing policies that limit access to single-sex spaces based on “biological sex.”

13 03, 2018

ACLU-TN Urges Schools to Protect Students’ First Amendment Rights During Planned Walkouts

2018-03-13T11:47:11+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

In anticipation of student-led school walkouts to protest gun violence this week, ACLU-TN has sent a letter to every school district in the state calling on school directors to ensure that students’ First Amendment rights are protected.

7 03, 2018

End the Months-Long Solitary Confinement of a 16-Year-Old Girl

2018-03-07T15:06:25+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

A 16-year-old Shelby County girl has been held in solitary confinement for more than four months now, spending over 22 hours per day alone in a cell. Juveniles must be segregated from the adult inmate population, but holding children in solitary confinement — which has devastating consequences for young people’s social and psychological development — is not a solution.

26 02, 2018

Don’t lock up Tennessee youth for life

2018-02-26T15:38:37+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 197/HB 274 would end de facto life without parole sentencing for juveniles by requiring courts to consider mitigating circumstances when determining sentences for juveniles tried and convicted as adults. It also establishes that such juveniles are eligible for parole after they have served a minimum of thirty depending on the offense.