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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 11, 2011

Demand Your dotRights!

2017-03-28T06:53:48-05:00 November 2nd, 2011|Categories: Campaigns, Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU-TN's dotRights campaign is focused on updating and expanding privacy laws to include new developments in technology, so that the government has the same restrictions on access to Americans’ private, [...]

21 12, 2010

TN Law Enforcement Classified Protected Free Speech as “Suspicious Activity”

2017-03-28T06:53:49-05:00 December 21st, 2010|Categories: Press Releases|

State Fusion Center Tracks ACLU of Tennessee FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2010 CONTACT: Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director, (615) 320-7142 NASHVILLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee [...]

24 08, 2010

Richard Jones v. City of Memphis, et al.

2016-07-11T14:25:59-05:00 August 24th, 2010|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

(Case No 3:10-0793, U.S. District Court, Western District, Memphis, Judge Anderson) ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Edmund J. Schmidt III, Law Offices of Eddie Schmidt Plaintiffs: Richard Jones Defendants: Phil Bredesen, Governor [...]

27 07, 2010

ACLU Of Tennessee Seeks Records About FBI Collection Of Racial And Ethnic Data

2017-03-28T06:53:51-05:00 July 27th, 2010|Categories: Press Releases|

FBI’s Power To Track And Map “Behaviors” And “Lifestyle Characteristics” Of American Communities Raises Alarm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2010 CONTACT: Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director, ACLU of Tennessee, (615) [...]

10 02, 2009

Franks, et. al. v. Metro Board of Public Education, et. al.

2017-03-28T06:53:51-05:00 February 10th, 2009|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(No. 3:09-cv-00446, U.S. District Court Middle District Tennessee, Judge William J. Haynes) Plaintiffs: Keila Franks, by and through her next friend and mother Pamela Auble; Bryanna Shelton, by and through [...]

10 09, 2008

Drug Testing and Student Privacy in Roane County

2016-07-11T15:53:32-05:00 September 10th, 2008|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorneys: Gerald Gulley and Chris Oldham of Gulley and Oldham David Higgins’ daughter, a Roane County student, was subjected to eight “random” drug tests without cause over the [...]