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ACLU-TN’s work is regularly covered by outlets across Tennessee and around the globe.  Select highlights of this coverage are featured below.

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9 09, 2020

Opinion: Why ACLU of Tennessee is launching ‘Vote Like Your Rights Depend On It’ campaign

2020-09-09T15:10:56-05:00 September 9th, 2020|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

Your rights are on the ballot this November — so it’s critical you vote, safely. That's why ACLU-TN is launching a statewide awareness campaign to encourage eligible Tennesseans to vote early and safely in 2020.

16 04, 2018

Tennessee wise to revise ‘safekeeping’ law

2018-04-24T15:09:28-05:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

Tennessee’s ironically-named "safekeeping" law is used to remove certain pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues, and even young people — from local jails and to send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.

30 01, 2018

Tennessee’s neighbors are moving ahead in criminal justice reform

2018-04-24T15:05:25-05:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

The goal of Tennessee Coalition for Sensible Justice is to make our communities safer, protect taxpayers’ money, and increase accountability, all while treating fairly and with dignity those individuals who come into contact with the system.

5 01, 2018

Coming home to a more honest, honorable Memphis

2018-04-24T14:52:34-05:00 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.

11 08, 2017

Supreme Court must protect voters’ rights

2018-04-24T15:01:30-05:00 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

2018-04-24T14:52:04-05:00 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.

3 04, 2016

My Thoughts: A mom’s trip to the Tennessee legislature for the transgender bathroom bill

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 April 3rd, 2016|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

By Valerie Guenst, Special to Viewpoint All Tennessee children, regardless of their gender identity or medical conditions, should be treated with compassion and equally under the law, which is why [...]

30 03, 2016

Teacher: Transgender bathroom bill is discriminatory

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

By Wesley Roberts I love Tennessee. I was born here and raised here. I attended Tennessee public schools from kindergarten through college. I have taught our state’s wonderful children for [...]

6 03, 2016

Tennessee’s civil asset forfeiture system: Unfair and broken

2016-07-12T15:37:15-05:00 March 6th, 2016|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

By Justin Owen and Hedy Weinberg, Special to Viewpoint In 2012, George Reby, a professional insurance adjuster, had $22,000 in cash seized by Tennessee law enforcement. The seizing officer admitted [...]