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Thank you for your interest in advancing and defending civil liberties and civil rights in Tennessee.

ACLU-TN is a constant presence at the state capitol during the Tennessee General Assembly session, working to advance legislation that expands or protects our civil liberties and fighting against bills that infringe on our freedoms. But your voice is essential. You can check out highlights of our work at Legislative Watch List and take action on a range of issues below.

This year we are pursuing initiatives to:

  • Advocate for reproductive justice and defend against any new abortion restrictions,
  • Eliminate fees and fines imposed on families with youth in the justice system,
  • Support re-enfranchisement of the 470,000 voting-age Tennesseans who lost their right to vote because of felony convictions,
  • Defend against bans and restrictions on drag performances, and
  • Oppose restrictions on health care access for trans Tennesseans – especially trans youth.

View highlights of legislation that we are monitoring and/or lobbying.

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24 08, 2023

Blended Sentencing & Juvenile Transfers Bill

2023-08-24T12:49:25-05:00 August 24th, 2023|Categories: General News, Take Action|

As amended, SB 7027/HB 7073 is very complex and could have serious, life-altering consequences, both intended and unintended, for young people. This bill will lead to more young adults in prison for offenses they committed – and already served full sentences for – while they were children.

16 08, 2023

Tell Governor Lee to listen to the people or cancel the special session.

2023-08-22T12:27:08-05:00 August 16th, 2023|Categories: Take Action|

The 2023 special session could have drastic consequences for civil liberties and civil rights. Tell Gov. Lee to listen to the people or cancel the special session.

13 02, 2023

Stop Attempts to Codify Discrimination Against Trans People Into TN Law

2023-02-21T12:59:34-06:00 February 13th, 2023|Categories: General News, Take Action|

Stop SB 1440/HB 239 which attempts to discriminate against trans Tennesseans by codifying “sex” as “a person's immutable biological sex as determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth and evidence of a person's biological sex” throughout state code.