American Civil Liberties Union

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    March 17, 2014

    County Attorney Puts Another Gang Injunction on the Books

    The idea behind a gang injunction is to limit a gang's ability to gather, cause trouble, or plan any future trouble-making. At least that's what's behind the Harris County attorney's push for a preliminary injunction ordered last week to create the "East Aldine Safety Zone." Under the order by Judg ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Texas Suburb Spent (Lost) $6M on Ordinance that Made People Show Papers to Rent

    Is it worth more than $6 million to defend a city ordinance? In the wake of a supreme lack of interest by the U.S. Supreme Court, maybe the people of Farmer's Branch aren't so sure. It all started about eight years ago when Farmer's Branch, a little suburb being steadily absorbed by Dallas, passed ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    ENDA, Cruz/Cornyn and the Wrong Side of History

    Yesterday, the Senate, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, passed ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) 64-32. The bill would ban anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. This highlights that a civil rights struggle we have all been watching slowly but surely come to an end. Of course, not ever ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Texas Abortion Law: If You Can't Beat 'em, Sue 'em

    If you thought we were done talking about abortion around the Lone Star State, you obviously haven't been paying attention. As Sen. Wendy Davis gears up for her big gubernatorial run, the abortion legislation that sparked her star-making filibuster in the state legislature has been slapped with a fe ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Feds Won't Go After Pot Smokers in Colorado & Washington (Texas Still Draconian)

    The Department of Justice is not going to move to undo new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana. The Washington Post reports: The Department also, per Reilly and Grim's report, sent a three page memo to governors of all states outlining federal priorities for enforcing marijuana laws ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Dallas Suburb Can't Force Illegal Immigrant Renters Out, Court Says

    If you've never been to Farmers Branch, you haven't missed much. It's a neighborhood/suburban bubble/town engulfed by Dallas's urban sprawl, and it's such a bland place you'd probably never have noticed or heard tell of it until the city government enacted a controversial housing law back in May 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Marijuana Legalization Could Come to Texas, and Law Students are Helping Figure How

    Rehman Bhalesha was raised around marijuana. That's not to say that he dealt, or that he pushed, or that he used. He didn't have to. Weed, growing up, turned wherever he went. "Living in South Texas, you really see the substance flood high school and college campuses and neighborhoods, without any ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    UPDATED Coalition Looking Forward to TDCJ Closing Some Privately Run Jails

    A coalition of anti-private-prison groups is claiming victory for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's plans to close two privately run detention centers in the wake of a $97 million budget cut. Grassroots Leadership, along with the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and oth ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    DPS: Truckload of Immigrants Was Speeding Straight Toward Schools

    The tale of the two suspected illegal Guatemalan immigrants killed by a DPS sharpshooter perched in a helicopter took a turn Thursday when the Department said the truck they were in was barreling toward a school and had to be stopped. "The pickup truck continued to speed recklessly toward William ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    ACLU Wants Answers in DPS Shooting of Unarmed Men From a Helicopter During Chase

    The ACLU of Texas wants state officials to investigate a Department of Public Safety sharpshooter's killing of two unarmed men during an intense chase Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley. The DPS agent was in a helicopter that was pursuing a pickup truck occupied by suspected illegal immigrants. Thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Terence Johnson Throws American Flag into Traffic, But Is That Illegal?

    There can be a thin line between ballsy and dumb. Terence Dwayne Johnson, 20, of the tiny East Texas hamlet of Bedias, apparently decided to test where that line might be. According to cops who talked to KLTV, security footage at a Lovelady hardware store shows him grabbing an American flag out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    KTRH All But Says Goodbye to News, Welcomes More Right-Wing Blather

    The Houston Chronicle's David Barron just reported that longtime KTRH news anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes are leaving the station in favor of new hosts Mike Patrick and Lois Melkonian. In case you need an introduction to Mike Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Texas' New "Show Your Papers" Drivers License Law: Big Deal Or Not?

    Hmmm. She looks American enough, we guess​The legislature's massive school finance bill had attached to what will be a new law requiring drivers to present proof of citizenship or legal residency before getting -- or renewing -- a drivers license. The ACLU of Texas is among groups that are no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Pop Rocks: By the Dumb's Early Light

    Apu chose an alternate path to citizenship​There's a scene in The American President -- Aaron Sorkin's pre-West Wing exercise in wishful liberalism -- when President Shepherd (Michael Douglas) describes America as "advanced citizenship." It's a nice thought, especially in the fantastical conte ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Cloaked Brutality

    The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but what’s been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.

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    September 22, 2010

    Twilight, Cleavage, Drugs & Wiccans: Five Highlights From Texas' Banned-Books List

    Twillight: Celina ISD just wants to save your from "Team Edward" geekdom, kids​As we noted earlier today, things are generally looking up in the banned-book department, especially in the Houston area.But the latest annual report by the ACLU of Texas does contain some stuff that shouldn't be ignore ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Get Out!

    Arizona and America join Joe Arpaio in rushing to inquire: Are your papers in order?

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Hot-Button Immigration Issue Gets Little Discussion Among County Commissioners

    Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)​It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Finally, Americans Who Were Delivered By Midwives Near Mexico Can Breathe Easy

    Photo by superfemDavid Hernandez of Harlingen may have been delivered by a midwife not far from the border with Mexico, but he always knew he was born in the United States. The trick was convincing the U.S. Department of State, which refused to issue him a passport based on a history of midwife frau ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Texas 1, Evil 0

    For at least one brief, shining moment, the world has stopped going to hell in a handbasket.Against all the forces of dark and evil, against Satan, Pazuzu, Belial and the ACLU, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stood up and declared that the moment of silence in Texas schools is constituti ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Interior Designers Are Fighting! In Texas!

    Austin will be the scene for what no doubt will be a very tasteful demonstration and briefing tomorrow, as a little-known civil war between interior designers bursts into the open.The Institute of Justice, an ACLU-like legal organization, is working with interior designers in Texas to stop what the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Library, Homeless Advocates Meet; It's "Chill"

    This afternoon, the folks from Food Not Bombs, a local group that serves vegan food to the homeless four nights a week in front of the Houston Public Library, met with some people from the library to decide how they could avoid another confrontation. "It was a lot more chill than I expected," Nick C ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    May 30, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    October 18, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Mail Call

    Religious Fervor

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    August 30, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: El DeBarge Arrested? Somebody Notify Steve Guttenberg

    In this country of ours, we have a thing called justice. We have a God-given right of freedom. This was what our forefathers fought for. And I will be damned if one of His own most beautiful creations sits in jail, being denied these inalienable rights. Languishing like a common street thief. Away f ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Locked & Unloaded

    The NRA, the ACLU and HPD

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2006

    Making the Banned

    Simon Says Keep yer sinnin' ways outta Katy, Alice. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's heroine Alice seems like your average kid. The high school star of Naylor's Alice series of teen books fauns over her boyfriend, administers well-intentioned advice to her friends and invites female ex-cons to dinner. ... More >>

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Party Animals

    Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election

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    April 22, 2004

    Total Contempt

    He cheated a family out of $120,000. It took four years in jail to make him the victim.

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    September 4, 2003

    Hell on Earth

    Both sides in a Houston fight worship the same god: publicity

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    July 10, 2003

    As the Jim Crow Flies

    Court art attracts heat but no media light

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    October 3, 2002

    In the Hold

    Plus: Rebuttal Witness, Doctoring the Ratings, Breeding Greed?

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    March 21, 2002

    Lethal Legacy

    Yates isn't dying to prove the equity of Harris County executions

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    January 17, 2002

    Hanging Up

    TDCJ finally halts monitoring of attorney-client phone calls -- sort of

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Letters, Week of November 22

    Fed Up with Feds, Still Reeling, Diabolical Docs

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    November 1, 2001
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    September 6, 2001

    Drug Money

    Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Mystery Code

    Alvin ISD exempts conscientious objectors from dress code rules. But nobody can get that exemption.

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    February 1, 2001

    Bugged Out

    Want to gain trust? One entrepreneur swears the answer is to distrust.

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    February 1, 2001


    Shining Example, KTRU Blues, Not So Nice

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    November 2, 2000

    Party Lines

    A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls

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    August 31, 2000

    Booked Up

    Selling his novel on the streets of Houston got Abram Himelstein in trouble. He's ready to give as good as he got.

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    May 4, 2000
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    September 2, 1999

    Race Cars

    If you're black or brown, driving a nice car will get you noticed by police in Houston

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    December 3, 1998
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    January 13, 1994
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