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Federal Appeals Court Hears Tamesha Means' Case, Woman Denied Medical Care Over Hospital's Religious Directives

Federal Appeals Court Hears Tamesha Means' Case, Woman Denied Medical Care Over Hospital's Religious Directives

2016-06-17 00:00:00

CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court will today hear a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman who was denied emergency medical treatment for a miscarriage because the hospital was prohibited from providing appropriate care by religious directives written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The directives prohibit doctors working at Catholic hospitals from terminating a woman's pregnancy or providing information about abortion, even when the woman's health or life is at risk.

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

2016-05-26 00:00:00

LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court today announced a series of amendments to court rules designed to ensure that individuals are no longer jailed simply because they’re too poor to pay court costs.

ACLU of Michigan Demands Release of Benton Harbor Minister Jailed in Retaliation for Activism

ACLU of Michigan Demands Release of Benton Harbor Minister Jailed in Retaliation for Activism

2016-05-10 00:00:00

DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward Pinkney, arguing that Pinkney was unfairly jailed in retaliation for his activism and political views.

New Report Reveals Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Deny Essential Health Care for Women

New Report Reveals Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Deny Essential Health Care for Women

2016-05-05 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a facility that complies with the Catholic Directives that prohibit a range of health care services even when a woman’s life or health is in jeopardy. In some states, more than 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a Catholic facility, leaving entire regions without any option for certain reproductive health care.

Lead Astray: ACLU of Michigan Investigation Has Found Irregularities in Flint’s Water Tests

Lead Astray: ACLU of Michigan Investigation Has Found Irregularities in Flint’s Water Tests

2015-09-15 00:00:00

As its analysis of water samples from more than 275 homes is wrapping up, researchers at Virginia Tech have come to a distressing conclusion:

Because of dangerously high lead levels, the city’s water is not safe to drink or use for cooking unless it is run through a filter designed to capture the toxic heavy metal.

Groups Ask Federal Court to Order Home Water Delivery in Flint, As Tap Water Remains Unsafe

Groups Ask Federal Court to Order Home Water Delivery in Flint, As Tap Water Remains Unsafe

2016-03-24 00:00:00

CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water delivery for every household in the Michigan city served by Flint’s water system. Flint’s tap water remains unsafe and is likely to remain undrinkable for months due to persistent lead contamination. The groups are asking the court to direct the delivery of bottled water to people’s homes, as many Flint residents cannot obtain water for their daily needs due to transportation or other access issues.

In re Anderson: The Fight to End Debtor's Prisons in Michigan

In re Anderson: The Fight to End Debtor's Prisons in Michigan

2016-03-09 00:00:00

DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday requiring an Eastpointe judge to stop jailing indigent defendants who fail to pay court fees and fines before first determining whether they have the ability to pay.

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DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
October 14, 2015 Genesys, LARA, religious exemptions
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a formal complaint with a state licensing agency after a Catholic hospital...
Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry
Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, struck...
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CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court will today hear a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman who was...
Statement from Amy Hunter, ACLU of Michigan Transgender Advocacy Project Coordinator, on Anti-Transgender Legislation Introduced by State Rep. Jim Runestad:...
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today about the kick-off of the Mackinac Policy Conference this week: As...
LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court...
Statement from Amy Hunter, Transgender Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU of Michigan, on Senator Tom Casperson’s Anti-Transgender Legislation Sen. Tom Casperson...
DETROIT—The ACLU of Michigan on Wednesday will urge a state appeals court to overturn the conviction of Benton Harbor civil-rights firebrand Rev. Edward...
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a...
CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water...
DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
In a key victory for government transparency, a state appeals court this week ruled that Detroit Public Schools must disclose the number of student discipline...
December 02, 2015 pay-or-stay, debtors prisons
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is lauding a state Supreme Court proposal that could end unconstitutional "pay-or-stay" sentencing practices in...
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and...
DETROIT—A federal judge today refused to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit challenging a state policy that makes it nearly impossible for transgender Michiganders to...
DETROIT—Lawyers from the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan argued Wednesday against a Michigan Secretary of State policy that prevents many transgender men and...
FOR IMMEDIATE USE October 30, 2015   CONTACT: Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan, 313-578-6831; ddawsey@aclumich.org DETROIT—As part of the ACLU of Michigan’...
DETROIT—Citing concerns about both age discrimination and the stereotyping of teens, the ACLU of Michigan in a letter today urged the owner of the newly...
DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
October 14, 2015 Genesys, LARA, religious exemptions
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a formal complaint with a state licensing agency after a Catholic hospital...
August 19, 2015
Concerned that indigent defendants in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe are being tossed into “debtors’ prison” for their inability to pay court fees and fines...
In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights...
June 26, 2015 Freedom to Marry
Forty-five years after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the first-ever freedom-to-marry lawsuit in 1970, the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, struck...
In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water. But the...
June 06, 2015 Curfew
Michael Reynolds is a 17-year-old Detroiter, a recent graduate of Detroit Loyola High School and an impending freshman at Western Michigan University. Later...
FAQ about Notice of Decision in Barry v. Lyon Lawsuit Against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Will this court case help me? If  DHHS denied...
March 17, 2015 RFRA
It's getting closer to becoming another bad Michigan law: This Wednesday, March 18, the Michigan House will vote on legislation that would give adoption...
February 26, 2015 RFRA
As debate over "religious freedom restoration acts," or RFRAs, heat up around the country and here in Michigan, the threat of religion being used to...
February 24, 2015 RFRA
Update: Because of members and supporters like you, lawmakers have delayed voting on this discriminatory legislation. We'll keep you posted if this package of...
December 18, 2014 Kalamazoo
When you woke up this morning, did you check your horoscope? Ask your Magic 8 Ball a question? If you get some take out tonight, will you read your fortune...
July 08, 2014 Juggalo
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, along with the music duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), appealed a federal judge’s order dismissing the Juggalos’...
June 23, 2014 Juggalo
This afternoon, we're in court where a federal judge will hear arguments in our lawsuit with the Insane Clown Posse. The lawsuit challenges the FBI’s erroneous...
January 23, 2009 United Way
Op-ed Appearing in the Ann Arbor News Do white supremacist groups have a right to bar Blacks and Jews from joining their organizations? Yes, because racism...
FLINT – In a letter today to the City of Flint Police Chief, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan warned that the Police Department’s enforcement of...
December 19, 2007 Religion
Over the years, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has been called many names, but nothing brings out the taunting more than the holiday season....
April 05, 2006 Flint
While the charges against the 93 drug-free young people arrested at a Flint nightclub have not yet been thrown out, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
March 08, 2002 Racial Profiling
As the nation tries to find the best ways to improve airport security, it is crucial that we resist grabbing onto strategies that only create a sense of false...
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