American Civil Liberties Union

Jennifer, who was awarded the Bronze Star, persuaded the Army to change her name on the central identity document in the military with the help of the ACLU-NJ. (Credit: Amanda Brown)

Army Agrees To Recognize New Names Of Transgender Veterans In N.J.

The U.S. Army has agreed to “fully recognize” the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

12/02/2014

Iknoor Singh (ACLU)

Sikh Hofstra Student: Army ROTC Making Me Choose Between Country I Love And My Faith

A Sikh college student claims the U.S. Army is barring him from the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair.

11/14/2014

Nurse Kaci Hickox at an isolation unit at University Hospital in Newark. (credit: CBS 2)

Nurse Furious Over Being Quarantined In New Jersey Over Ebola Concerns

A nurse who was forcibly quarantined at a hospital isolation unit in New Jersey after testing negative for Ebola has been released.

10/27/2014

Same Sex Marriage (file / credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

ACLU Maps Out N.J. Same-Sex Marriages

Nearly 4,000 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in New Jersey since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages one year ago.

10/21/2014

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie: State’s Bail System ‘Unfair,’ Doesn’t Make Sense

Gov. Chris Christie gave a horrific example of someone allegedly committing new crimes Wednesday as he continued to ramp up pressure on lawmakers to makes changes to the state’s bail system.

07/30/2014

A woman uses her cellphone on a subway platform in Chelsea. (credit: Getty Images)

Seen At 11: Encryption Services Protect Smartphones From Hackers

We rely on our smartphones for just about everything. But just like a computer, they can be easily hacked.

04/16/2014

Demonstrators hold placards supporting former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

NY Judge Says NSA’s Phone Surveillance Program Is Legal

U.S. District Judge William Pauley says the program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaida’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

12/27/2013

Classroom (credit: CBS 2)

ACLU To Connecticut Officials: Single-Sex Classrooms Would Be Unconstitutional

In a letter to state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, the ACLU criticized a report on the issue as inadequate.

10/02/2013

Taser stun gun (file / credit: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bergen County Police To Use Stun Guns

The county purchased 20 of the devices, which are equipped with video cameras. Half will go to patrol officers and the rest will be used by the county’s SWAT team.

08/01/2013

Princeton Theological Seminary (credit: Google Street View)

ACLU Sues New Jersey Over Funding For Religious Schools

New Jersey’s plans to award more than $11 million to an all-male Jewish school and Princeton Theological Seminary violates state law and should be stopped, civil liberties groups said in a complaint filed Monday.

06/24/2013

Marijuana (credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

ACLU: Blacks Nine Times More Likely For Marijuana Arrest In Manhattan, Brooklyn

The American Civil Liberties Union just took a hard look at marijuana and found that your chances of getting busted may depend greatly on the color of your skin.

06/04/2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 (FBI)

CBS News: Boston Bombing Suspect Conscious, Talking To Authorities

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was conscious Sunday night, and was responding in writing to authorities, CBS News has confirmed with law enforcement officials.

04/21/2013

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ACLU Makes New Push For Gay Marriage In New Jersey

A new executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has taken up a new push to legalize gay marriage.

03/30/2013

Anti-Gay T-Shirt (Handout/The Groody Family)

Conn. High School Allows Student To Wear Anti-Gay T-Shirt

Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut, said the district’s reversal teaches students that the First Amendment “is not merely a theoretical discussion topic but a real and vital guarantee” of free speech rights.

02/26/2013

UPS Truck (file / credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ACLU Files Complaint After Company Gives L.I. Woman Unpaid Leave Due To Pregnancy

Julie Desantis-Mayer was told by her doctor not to lift packages over 25 pounds because it could harm the baby.

01/17/2013

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