Blog of Rights

Ending Police Violence Against African-Americans Means Embracing Black Humanity

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the ages of 15 and 34 were the victims of...

An ACLU Lawyer’s Appeal for a Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

Throughout 2015, black students across the country were forced to face down racial hostility and violence on college campuses that seemed drawn straight from the Jim Crow era.  In addition, a leading...

ACLU Deputy Director Rana Elmir: Response Proves Muslims Are Threatened, Not Threats

It’s been exactly one week since I wrote a column for the Washington Post that brought me both praise and derision from around the globe. I’ve waded through thousands of messages and comments over...

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Giving Michigan Children In Need a Home for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are focused on family time—celebrating favorite traditions, making new memories or simply basking in the warmth of family and friends. At the ACLU...

Michigan Education System Ethics, Transparency Laws Need Overhaul

December 07, 2015
Last month, Michigan received the dubious distinction of ranking dead last in the nation for state ethics and transparency laws. The State received an “F” based on the weaknesses of these laws and...

MIDC Brings Hope to Michigan's Indigent Defense System

Constitutional protections should not be guaranteed to only those who can financially afford them. And yet there is an ongoing crisis in Michigan's indigent defense system for those too poor to...

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