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9 Jun, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Next week marks 50 years since President Nixon famously declared drugs “public enemy number one.”

This proclamation launched a new war on drugs that led to the incarceration of millions of disproportionately Black and Brown people while doing nothing to prevent drug overdoses.
Today we’re releasing a poll with @DrugPolicyOrg showing overwhelming bipartisan support for ending the war on drugs.…
Our poll found that nearly two-thirds of the country believes we need a new approach based in public health, not law enforcement.
65% of voters across party lines want to end the war on drugs.
The evidence is clear.

It’s time to:
✅ eliminate criminal penalties for drug possession
✅ reinvest in treatment
✅ commute or reduce the sentences of people incarcerated for drugs.

It’s time to end the war on drugs.

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9 Jun
Yesterday we testified before the US Department of Education about how new Title IX rules can:

▫️ help stop sexual harassment and assault in schools
▫️ ensure fair processes for resolving complaints
▫️ end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
We’re fighting to ensure new Title IX rules explicitly prohibit discrimination against all women and girls — including trans students — in all school activities, including sports.

Trans people belong EVERYWHERE — including on sports teams.
Over the past year, we have seen a direct assault on trans women and girls who want to participate in school sports.

But we see these efforts for what they are: fear tactics intended to push transgender and non-binary people out of public life.
Read 5 tweets
31 May
One hundred years ago, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an armed white mob attacked Greenwood, a prosperous Black community.

Hundreds of Black Tulsans were killed and Black Wall Street was burned to the ground.…
Since 1921, there has been a deliberate attempt to cover-up the Tulsa Race Massacre.

The original account from the local paper and city officials was that Black Tulsans were armed, intoxicated, and unjustifiably violent.
This racist narrative around the 1921 massacre is false.

The Black community was preventing a lynch mob from killing a Black man who was unjustly arrested.
Read 9 tweets
28 May
President Biden released his first full budget proposal today, and it's a mixed bag.

The exciting news: This budget marks the first in decades without the Hyde amendment, a discriminatory ban on insurance coverage for abortion.

But it also funds 30,000 beds in ICE detention.
In Spring 2019, an ACLU Rights for All volunteer secured a commitment from Biden that he would work to end Hyde if elected, which was a reversal of his long-held stance.

Today is a historic moment towards finally ending coverage bans that have perpetuated inequality for decades.
For more than 44 years, Hyde and related abortion coverage bans have pushed abortion care out of reach for people working to make ends meet, particularly impacting women of color.

Now Congress must pass appropriations bills that are free from all harmful abortion restrictions.
Read 6 tweets
26 May
BREAKING: We are suing the state of West Virginia over its ban on trans students in school sports.
Our client Becky Pepper-Jackson wants to try out for her middle-school track team and would be banned from doing so under this law.

Becky should have the same chance to try out for a team as any other girl.
We filed this lawsuit with the @ACLU_WV, @LambdaLegal and @CooleyLLP.

This is our second challenge to several anti-trans laws that passed around the country this year.

And we're not done yet.
Read 5 tweets
24 May
Black women researchers and activists have led the way in studying and revealing the dangerous biases lurking at the heart of face recognition tech.
When MIT researcher @jovialjoy and coauthor @timnitGebru conducted a study of face recognition tech in 2018, it failed up to 1 in 3 times in classifying the faces of Black women.…
On the ground, @Combsthepoet and other Black women activists are working to protect communities of color from these dangers.…
Read 5 tweets
21 May
Teaching students about systemic racism and discrimination people of color and other marginalized groups face in this country is not a “harmful ideology.”

It’s a right protected by the First Amendment.
Recently, Tennessee Republican lawmakers passed a bill to ban teaching critical race theory in schools, threatening to withhold funding from public schools that teach concepts like white privilege.
Banning talk about race and gender issues is a disservice to all students.

All young people, especially students of color, deserve an inclusive education and the right to express themselves around issues such as racism.
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