BREAKING: We’ve obtained documents that reveal Microsoft tried to sell its face recognition surveillance system to the DEA — the scandal-ridden federal law enforcement agency powering America’s racist drug war.
Even after belatedly promising not to sell face surveillance tech to police last week, Microsoft has refused to say whether it would sell the technology to federal agencies like the DEA and FBI.
Same goes for Amazon.
It is troubling enough to learn that Microsoft tried to sell a dangerous technology to the DEA. It is even more disturbing now that AG Barr has reportedly expanded the agency's surveillance authorities, which could be abused to spy on people protesting police brutality.
BREAKING: Aimee Stephens, Don Zarda, and Gerald Bostock won! The Supreme Court ruled that it was against the law to fire our clients for being LGBTQ.
There is no question: LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination in the workplace.
This landmark victory is the work of decades of LGBTQ people — led by Black trans women — fighting for our community. It belongs to our clients Aimee, Don, and another plaintiff Gerald Bostock, and countless other individuals who spoke out when they experienced discrimination.
Our work is not done. We still need Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations, federal programs, and more.
The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people, those seeking reproductive health care, and many other individuals who need health care — all while a global pandemic is occurring.
1 in 3 transgender individuals in the US report experiencing discrimination in health care.
In states around the country, we at the ACLU are fighting to prevent trans and non-binary people from being turned away from health care.
Evan was turned away from a Dignity Health hospital because he is transgender. The California court of appeals ruled in Evan’s favor and Dignity Health recently has appealed to the US Supreme Court. aclu.org/news/lgbt-righ…
BREAKING: Microsoft just announced it will not sell face recognition technology to the police.
When even the makers of face recognition refuse to sell this surveillance technology because it is so dangerous, lawmakers can no longer deny the threats to our rights and liberties.
It should not have taken protests against police brutality and for Black lives, and the deployment of military-grade surveillance equipment on those protests, for these companies to wake up to the everyday realities of police surveillance for Black and Brown communities.
The officer stayed in position, with his body weight on Floyd's neck, for four more minutes after Floyd stopped moving at all.
At one point, the officer brandished pepper spray at bystanders who were pleading with police to stop.
Nearly six years after Eric Garner's death and four years after Philando Castile's, this video — where George Floyd is seen telling cops he can't breathe at least nine times — shows how little meaningful change has emerged to prevent cops from taking the lives of Black people.
BREAKING: In a critical victory for our privacy, the Senate has overwhelmingly passed changes to our surveillance laws that will help ensure that government claims made to a secret intelligence court do not go unchecked.
Today's vote shows that a majority of senators agree that what we do online should not be subject to warrantless surveillance.
It’s past time for Congress to make this clear in our laws.
With heavy hearts, we must share the news that Aimee Stephens, whose landmark case was the first case about the civil rights of transgender people to be heard by the Supreme Court, died today at her home in Detroit with her wife, Donna Stephens, at her side. She was 59.
Aimee was fired for being transgender. When she decided to fight back, she just wanted it to be acknowledged that what happened to her was wrong.
Aimee didn't set out to be a hero and a trailblazer, but she is one.
We all owe her a debt of gratitude for her commitment to justice for all people, and her dedication to the trans community.
In early March, 59-year-old Mario Rodas was pulled over and arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while driving to the supermarket with his family. He has been in ICE custody in Plymouth, Massachusetts since then.
This is his story.
When Mario heard about the growing COVID-19 epidemic, he was scared.
"I was worried because I have diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It was stressful, you know?"
On March 25, we filed a petition asking a judge to order ICE to release Mario on the grounds that his medical conditions placed him at high risk for COVID-19 complications, in violation of his constitutional rights.
Two days later, Mario found out he was going home.
BREAKING: A lawsuit has been filed challenging the rights of trans student athletes in Connecticut.
🗣Trans youth belong in sports. Trans youth belong EVERYWHERE.
This lawsuit is clearly about trans students, yet those students have no voice in the lawsuit. This is wrong. We at the ACLU will be seeking to intervene in this lawsuit as a new party, to give trans students a voice.
Trans youth know who they are. Andraya just wants to run, yet she is under attack.
States suppress the vote by passing strict voter ID laws that reduce turnout. Not everybody can afford or access government-issued IDs, especially people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, and low-income communities.
One of the most common forms of voter suppression is restrictions on registering to vote, including requirements to show proof of citizenship, or restricting the window of time people can register.
BREAKING: Late last night, 9 parents who were cruelly separated from their kids by the Trump administration were reunited in the United States and will have their asylum claims reheard, thanks to our lawsuit. apnews.com/e22c6f494ec901…
These 9 parents were deported without their children and were not given proper access to their right to seek asylum.
BREAKING: We're demanding the National Archives turn over all records concerning its decision to doctor a 2017 Women's March photo in order to remove protest signs critical of President Trump or referencing women's bodies.
In a statement, the National Archives said it was a “mistake” to alter the photo.
A mistake is tripping and spilling coffee on the photo. Blurring signs that are critical of the president or reference women's bodies is a deliberate act. aclu.org/news/lgbt-righ…
BREAKING: We reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the state of California and Fresno County, seeking to ensure the right to a lawyer in criminal cases is upheld in all of the state's 58 counties for ALL accused people, regardless of how much money you have.