Civil Liberties Union Essays

  • The American Civil Liberties Union

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    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Where do you go if someone is threatening your personal rights? Do you go to the police, or maybe to the government? What if the police and government are the parties threatening your rights? All you have to do is just call the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Sounds like a commercial doesn't it. The ACLU blankets the United States with its legal protection. It is involved in so many aspects of the fight for civil liberties that it is difficult to

  • Civil Liberties Union Pros And Cons

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    The American Civil Liberties Union appeared as a reaction to the excess of the Palmer Raids in 1918 after authorities arbitrarily arrested over six thousand people. Roger Baldwin and others founded the National Civil Liberties Bureau which became the ACLU in 1920. Its mission is to preserve constitutional rights and to continue to conserve America's original civic values. The ACLU reacted very early to the USA Patriot Act and other Civil Liberties violations which followed September 11, 2001. Two

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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    tyrannical, and yet, the government continues to stand tall against LGBT civil rights. We live in a modern world, where people should be able to be expressive and live any way they please. This country was founded on the ideals & principles of the people and that they hold the power to decide who determines their laws and what those laws are. Unfortunately, we find that many of the American population have an agenda against LGBT civil

  • Same Sex Marriage

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    Gay and lesbian unions have been for a long time a subject that no one liked to discuss. For the last few decades, gays and lesbians have come out and expressed their sexuality preferences. Many believe that same sex marriage should not be legalized because it's against the moral. It's against the definition of marriage, which is considered as the union of a man and a woman as a husband and wife. Same sex marriage should be legalized because the way society views the union of lesbian and gays can

  • The Concern of Children's Safety on the Internet

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    Internet, and rules regulating Internet use have commenced at schools and libraries across the country. While this is happening, Congress has been trying to censor the Internet to protect juvenile users. Some organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, believe that such regulation of the Internet is a violation of free speech, a constitutional right. The Supreme Court made a 1997 decision to ban Internet censorship. Many risks, therefore, are still posed to any-including young-users of the

  • Capital Punishment Essay: Death Penalty is Good for the Economy

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    punishment is a barbaric remnant of an uncivilized society. It is immoral in principle, and unfair and discriminatory in practice. It assures the execution of some innocent people. As a remedy for crime, it has no purpose and no effect (American Civil Liberties Union National Office 2-16-95)." In 1972, the Supreme Court in Furman v. Georgia ruled that the death penalty for murder was unconstitutional. They also argue that the death penalty costs too much to carry out (Academic American Encyclopedia "Capital

  • Politics and The Death Penalty

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    without parole plus restitution, or only reform the system to make it less costly and free of class, racial, and mental illness discrepancies. Many people have a stake in the issue. Organizations such as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union are against the death penalty because they claim it is a cruel and unusual form of punishment, while other groups such as the National Center for Policy Analysis support the death penalty because they believe that life sentences do not deter

  • Freedom Of Expression

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    This is because public schools are required to protect all students at the school. The major aspects of this right are speech and dress. Both the right to speech and dress are not absolute in public high schools. According to the American Civil Liberties Union: "You (students) have a right to express your opinions as long as you do so in a way that doesn't 'materially and substantially' dirsupt classes or other school activities. If you hold a protest on the school steps and block the entrance to

  • Inequality in Legal System

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    the officers are cleared of charges. Out of nearly 10,000 color of law complaints received each year by the Department of Justice, only about thirty police officers are actually prosecuted. According to a June 1999 study done by the American Civil Liberties Union, many states have denied that racial profiling occurs despite overwhelming evidence supporting it. The public wants to believe that police officers are doing their jobs righteously by protecting and serving; however, according to the study

  • Scopes Trial

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    teaching of evolution, was written after Butler read a speech by ex-Secretary of State and leader in the anti-evolution movement William Jennings Bryan titled “Is the Bible true?”. A few months later a newspaper ran an article by the American Civil Liberties Union that said “The ACLU is looking for a Tennessee teacher who is willing to accept our services in testing this law in the courts. Our lawyers think a friendly test case can be arranged without costing a teacher his or her job... All we need now

  • Affirmative Action - The Battles Against Race-based Educational Plans

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    in black and Latino neighborhoods routinely fail to offer the advanced placement courses that are readily available in white neighborhoods and that are taken into account when the elite colleges make admissions decisions. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has challenged this arrangement in a class-action lawsuit. Having eliminated the race-sensitive policies that once compensated for these inequalities, California is now being forced to deal with the inferior public schools

  • Florida State and the Future of Gay Adoption

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    Florida state law currently bans lesbians and gay men from adopting children. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is attempting to get a case before the Supreme Court that could overturn the law. The ban on gay adoption has been in place since 1977, when the state legislature almost unanimously condoned restriction of the rights of its gay citizens. Legislation on the issue was sparked by Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign, which raged through Florida and even beyond spreading myths

  • Racial Profiling After September 11

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    bigger part in who gets pulled aside for questioning and a thorough baggage check by airport security. Complaints like Hassan Abbass's have soared since the September 11 incident prompted stricter airport security nationwide. The American Civil Liberties Union has received more than 1000 complaints this year, the most since the gulf war in 1991. Arab-Americans and Arabs have filed the most, the ACLU says.  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has received 2000 complaints this year, 10

  • red scare

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    condemned as cowards, pro-German socialists, also they were also accused of spreading propaganda throughout the United States. Many organizations stood up for the rights of the objectors. One was the National Civil Liberties Bureau, which would later be renamed the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU gained a reputation for helping people with liberal cases who were too poor to pay for their own representation in court. After the real war ended in 1918, the ideological war, turned against conscientious

  • Pornography and Feminist Fight for Women’s Rights

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    concepts of marriage and family, sex segregated labor, or pent-up rage is the cause of discrimination and violence of women. Their solution is to suppress “all” pornography. These are not the beliefs of Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is an organization that is famous for defending the rights of U.S. citizens in the First Amendment. She is claiming that pornography is a way to strengthen womens rights. I don’t see how displaying women as objects, and putting them

  • Symbolic Speech Should Be Protected

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    particular practices of free speech that personally offend them. This hypocrisy is illustrated by the case of Neo-Nazis whose right to march in Skokie, Illinois in 1979 was protested by many, but ultimately successfully defended by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The residents of this predominantly Jewish town which contained many Holocaust survivors were offended by the presence of the Neo-Nazis. However, then ACLU Executive Director Aryeh Neier, who... ... middle of paper ... ...sday

  • The Media's Impact on the Scopes Monkey Trial

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    at these issues, some background is necessary.  The whole controversy originated when the Butler Law was passed in 1925 prohibiting the teaching of the Evolution theory in state funded schools (Scopes and Presley 52).  When the American Civil Liberties Union discovered the law, they put out a press release requesting the cooperation of a Tennessee teacher in a “friendly test case” of the law (DeCamp 8). Dayton resident George Rappleyea and some friends came up with the idea to have the case in

  • John Scope Monkey Trial

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    The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) were already aware that the Act was likely to become law because it had been passed by the lower house of the Tennessee legislature by a landslide (in January, 1925). After a few false starts, the ACLU sent a press release to several Tennessee newspapers, such as the Chattanooga Daily Times, announcing that they would provide legal assistance, etc. for a school teacher in Tennessee who would be willing to stand trial for having taught evolution in a public

  • The Scopes Monkey Trial

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    demonstration to challenge the constitutionality of the butler act.  This act prohibited the teaching of “any theory that denies the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the bible,” and in particular, the theory of evolution.  the American civil liberties union petitioned for a teacher to challenge this statute; john Thomas scopes, the local high school track coach and science teacher accepted the challenge and stood trial for teaching evolution the previous spring.  Over the course of the trial Charles

  • Terry vs. Ohio: Stop Question and Frisk

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    15 Shocking Facts About A Controversial Program." The Huffington Post., 13 May 2012. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. "Stop-and-Frisk Data | New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) - American Civil Liberties Union of New York State." Stop-and-Frisk Data | New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) - American Civil Liberties Union of New York State. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. Carver, Marina. "NYPD Officers Say They Had Stop-and-frisk Quotas." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 11