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Our Constitution and democratic system require that the government be transparent and accountable to the people—but not that people’s lives be an open book to the government. ACLU has been at the forefront of challenging the government’s secret surveillance, watchlists and unchecked information-sharing; its violations of our rights to privacy, free speech, due process and association; and its stigmatization of minority communities and activists disproportionately targeted by surveillance.  ACLU-TN also supports open government, including access to information.  Open government is a cornerstone of democracy that enables advocates, activists and the press to monitor government performance and expose corruption. Without transparency in government activities, the American people are vulnerable to deception and abuse by our leaders.

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2 03, 2017

ACLU of Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Memphis Police Spying on Political Groups

2017-06-05T14:54:00-05:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN joined a lawsuit challenging Memphis' creation of a list of people who require a police escort while visiting City Hall, contending that it violates the First Amendment and a 1978 ACLU-TN consent decree prohibiting the Memphis government from monitoring constitutionally-protected political activities.

26 02, 2017

Day 38: Share ACLU-TN’s “Get Help” form

2017-03-28T06:53:27-05:00 February 26th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Share ACLU-TN’s “Get Help” form The ACLU receives thousands of requests for legal assistance from individuals throughout the state who are looking for help defending their civil liberties and [...]

29 02, 2016

United States v. Houston

2016-07-06T15:39:54-05:00 February 29th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

(3:13-cr-00009, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals) Amicus Curiae Parties: ACLU-TN, ACLU, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Libertarian [...]

12 10, 2015

Ed Snowden’s Attorney to Speak in Nashville Oct. 17

2017-03-28T06:53:44-05:00 October 12th, 2015|Categories: Events, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2015 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, communications director, 615-320-7142 Nashville – Ben Wizner, director of the national ACLU Project on Speech, Privacy and Technology and lawyer to [...]