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6 Apr, 4 tweets, 1 min read
BREAKING: We're suing on behalf of Ahmad Chebli, a Michigan father of two, because the government violated his constitutional rights when it placed him on the No Fly List after he refused to become an FBI informant.
For two years, Ahmad has been banned from flying to see family and friends, do his job, or fulfill his religious obligations as a Muslim.

The government has refused to give Ahmad the reason it put him on the No Fly LIst, or a fair process to get off it — and he's not alone.
Ahmad's ordeal is emblematic of the government's abusive use of the No Fly List, especially against Muslims, and the multiple constitutional violations that result.
We're suing to compel the government to stop violating Ahmad's constitutional rights and to remove him from the No Fly List.…

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6 Apr
Three years ago today, the Trump administration announced its “Zero Tolerance” policy, which systematically separated children from their parents.
We now know that family separations had been going on for months before the policy was publicly announced.

In all, the Trump administration separated more than 5,500 children from their families.
Today the fight continues to reunite families and repair the harm this policy inflicted.

Hundreds of parents are still unaccounted for, while thousands of families are suffering from trauma and continued separation.
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BREAKING: The Arkansas legislature overrode Governor Hutchinson’s veto on HB 1570, a bill that would ban health care for trans youth.

We are preparing litigation as we speak.
This decision ignores dozens of local doctors, national medical experts, as well as trans youth and their parents.
Gender-affirming care is life-saving care.

Banning it will have devastating — and in some cases, deadly consequences.
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As vaccination efforts ramp up in the states, so have the idea of so-called "vaccine passports," or credentials to prove vaccination status.

But little is known about how these systems would be implemented.
Rushing to develop a vaccine passport system could be bad for transparency, privacy, and user control.

This is precisely what we need to prevent.
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There's no reason to believe that the existing system of proof is deeply broken.
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Recent headlines have suggested that there’s a “crisis” at the border. They’re wrong.

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These policies deliberately endangered lives and violated people’s right to seek safety in the US.
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Many asylum-seekers have reported harsh, dangerous conditions.
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Trans people know who we are. Hear us in our own words in this moment of crisis:

We won’t be erased.
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President Biden just announced a massive infrastructure plan — including $100 billion to ensure everyone in this country can access broadband.

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