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Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

2016-01-27 00:00:00

FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan.

Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the ACLU of Michigan, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.  

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

2016-01-07 00:00:00

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 cases that have been referred to the Detroit police or the district’s internal police department.

The decision in Rodd Monts vs. Detroit Public Schools reverses an earlier district court ruling that upheld the district's claim that it did not have the information, a request for which was filed the ACLU of Michigan under the state Freedom of Information Act. A copy of the ruling can be read below:

ACLU Michigan Urges DPS EM to Keep Bilingual Staff in Southwest Detroit Schools

ACLU Michigan Urges DPS EM to Keep Bilingual Staff in Southwest Detroit Schools

2015-12-15 00:00:00

The ACLU of Michigan sent a letter Monday to Detroit Public Schools (DPS) emergency manager Darnell Earley expressing concern over the recent announcement that bilingual clerical staff from several schools in Southwest Detroit will be dismissed

ACLU, Flint Residents to Sue City, State over Lead in Drinking Water

ACLU, Flint Residents to Sue City, State over Lead in Drinking Water

2015-11-16 00:00:00

DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s widespread lead-contamination crisis. A lawsuit would force officials to address repeated, systemic failures to follow federal rules designed to protect the public health from dangerous levels of lead exposure.

ACLU Lawyers Argue That Michigan Secretary of State ID Policy Is Illegal

ACLU Lawyers Argue That Michigan Secretary of State ID Policy Is Illegal

2015-11-05 00:00:00

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 women from correcting the gender on their driver’s licenses and other forms of identification.

The arguments came after the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in May against the state on behalf of six plaintiffs seeking to overturn the policy as unconstitutional and an unnecessary impediment to the recognition and respect of their gender identities.

NEWS ADVISORY: ACLU of Michigan to Press Macomb Circuit Court to End Illegal Pay-or-Stay Sentencing in Eastpointe

NEWS ADVISORY: ACLU of Michigan to Press Macomb Circuit Court to End Illegal Pay-or-Stay Sentencing in Eastpointe

2015-10-30 00:00:00

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October 30, 2015

 

CONTACT: Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan, 313-578-6831; ddawsey@aclumich.org

DETROIT—As part of the ACLU of Michigan’s ongoing effort to end unconstitutional debtors’ prisons in Michigan, attorneys for the organization are slated to appear in Macomb County Circuit Court on Monday morning to urge the court to stop an Eastpointe judge from continuing to jail poor defendants for their inability to pay fines.

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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...
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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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...
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...
June 25, 2015 Michigan Water Crisis
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...
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
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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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