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Sixth Grader Arrested After Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-year-old student in Florida who refused to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance was kicked out of a classroom before he was eventually arrested and hauled off to a juvenile detention center for being “disruptive.”According to news reports, the sixth-grade student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, near Tampa, refused to stand for the pledge in the February 4th incident, calling the American flag racist and describing the national anthem as offensive.The boy’s substitute teacher Ana Alva...
Tags: Florida, Wtf, News, Education, Washington Post, United States, Aclu, Pledge Of Allegiance, Jazz, Cuba, Middle School, Ridiculous, Tampa, Black, Talbot, Alvarez


The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Lausd, Jim Morris, Johnson, Local News, Smith, Usc, Gavin Newsom, Morris, Legislative


Forced examination: How the free speech of others benefits us all

A majority of Americans believe we should protect people from deleterious ideas and speech. This belief may harm us, both as individuals and as a society, by ironically strengthening the very ideas that do us harm.Forced examination provides a means by which we can strengthen our own ideas while weeding the harmful ones from society, but it only works with free expression for everyone.In a recent interview with Big Think, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt argues that children are "anti-fragile."...
Tags: Education, Internet, Democracy, America, Communication, Harvard, Atlantic, United States, Aclu, Language, Innovation, Debate, Free Speech, Steven Pinker, Knight Foundation, Social Change


California’s bill to end cash bail could make history — and splinter the left

California is considering a massive shake-up in the way the justice system treats people accused of crimes—scrapping money-based bail but giving judges broad leeway to decide whether suspects should be held in jail before they go to trial. It’s the result of nearly two years of work to craft a bill that would make California the first state to entirely eliminate the use of money bail. If enacted, it could be life-altering for low-income Californians. And, like so much in this state, it is shapin...
Tags: News, Education, California, Kentucky, Senate, Uncategorized, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, New Jersey, Bill, Jerry Brown, Human Rights Watch, Capitol


"The Seventh Circuit found an Indiana high school’s Christmas Spectacular concert constitutional after the school added Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs and replaced its live nativity with mannequins."

"The parties put us in the uncomfortable role of Grinch, examining the details of an impressive high school production. But we accept this position, because we live in a society where all religions are welcome," wrote U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Wood, reported in Courthouse News Service.The Freedom From Religion Foundation and ACLU of Indiana sued the school in October 2015 over the event, claiming it “represents an endorsement of religion by the high school and the school corporation, has no secul...
Tags: Education, Law, Christmas, Indiana, Judaism, Aclu, Kwanzaa, Wood, Courthouse News Service, Concord, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Seventh Circuit, Establishment Clause, Ann Althouse, Diane Wood, Freedom From Religion


A Look Back at a Year of Social and Political Activism in Fashion

In 2017, activism was the new black. 2017 was dubbed the "year of resistance" by Time magazine, and nowhere was that more apparent than in the fashion industry. Last year, our country saw an increased focus on activism and social issues and this cultural shift, naturally, spilled over into fashion. Here are some of the ways that fashion and activism melded in 2017, listed with the hope that this "trend" will continue into the new year and beyond. View the original article to see embedded media....
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Etsy, College, Designers, Feminism, Aclu, Time Magazine, Dior, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Womens, Lauren Conrad, New York Fashion Week, Coco Chanel


Fourth-year student, alumna named Marshall Scholars

Fourth-year Pradnya Narkhede and Valerie Gutmann, AB’17, have won Marshall Scholarships to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom next fall. The highly competitive scholarships, announced Dec. 4, will enable 43 American students to study at the graduate level in any field of their choosing. Narkhede will use her Marshall Scholarship to combine two one-year degrees: the first, at the University of Edinburgh in science and technology in society, and the second at Imperial College London in...
Tags: Sweden, College, Chicago, Uganda, University, West, United Kingdom, Aclu, Denmark, University Of Chicago, University of Oxford, Hyde Park, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Woodlawn, Marshall


"Black Lives Matter Students Shut Down the ACLU's Campus Free Speech Event Because 'Liberalism Is White Supremacy.'"

Writes Robby Soave at Reason.com:At first, [American Civil Liberties Union's Claire Gastañaga, a W & M alum] attempted to spin the demonstration as a welcome example of the kind of thing she had come to campus to discuss, commenting "Good, I like this," as they lined up and raised their signs. "I'm going to talk to you about knowing your rights, and protests and demonstrations, which this illustrates very well. Then I'm going to respond to questions from the moderators, and then questions from t...
Tags: Protest, Education, Law, Aclu, Scott Walker, Hitler, Vietnam, William, Shame, Free Speech, Mary, American Civil Liberties Union, LBJ, Ann Althouse, Robby Soave, Racial Politics


In Rhode Island, students and parents must let schools spy on them day and night through their laptops

A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with "1-1" programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing. (more…)
Tags: Post, Kids, News, Education, Parenting, Privacy, Aclu, Authoritarianism, Class War, Rhode Island, Lower Merion, 4a, 1-1 Programs


ACLU of Washington files lawsuit on behalf of special-education students

The lawsuit alleges that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has failed to address the fact that special-education students are suspended or expelled about two times as frequently as their classmates.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Aclu, Local News, Northwest, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Helen Keller Writes a Letter to Nazi Students Before They Burn Her Book: “History Has Taught You Nothing If You Think You Can Kill Ideas” (1933)

Helen Keller achieved notoriety not only as an individual success story, but also as a prolific essayist, activist, and fierce advocate for poor and marginalized people. She “was a lifelong radical,” writes Peter Dreier at Yes! magazine, whose “investigation into the causes of blindness” eventually led her to “embrace socialism, feminism, and pacifism.” Keller supported the NAACP and ACLU, and protested strongly against patronizing calls for her to “confine my activities to social service and ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Congress, College, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, New York City, History, Rebecca, Austria, United States, Aclu, New York Times, Nazi, Hitler


Outfits & Outings Under $100: Stargazing + Free Movie Night

Ooh, shiny. And cheap! Today we're continuing our series on fun things to do and outfits to wear that won't break the bank. With spring finally here, we're all about outing ideas that don't cost a lot or involve Netflix and your couch. As mentioned before, each outing is around $30/person and each outfit set is around $70 excluding accessories/makeup since those can be swapped out depending your style/budget. We're also keeping body size and lifestyle diversity in mind for this series. This is ...
Tags: Facebook, Hollywood, College, Inspiration, Events, Netflix, Aclu, Everlane, Charlotte Russe, Dorothy Perkins, Outfits Under $100, Bluefly, What Should I Wear, What Do I Wear There, Fun Activities, Date Looks


Even a spitball can be criminal, says ACLU report on police in Washington schools

Schools are spending millions of dollars annually on law enforcement, and in Washington, even a spitball can be a misdemeanor, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Aclu, Local News, Education Lab


Fashion Recap: 2017 Academy Awards Red Carpet

THIS (fashion) IS NOT A JOKE. Last night we witnessed what will likely go down as the craziest Oscars ceremony of all time. (Alright, I fell asleep before things went off the rails but I caught up this morning!) The 2017 Academy Awards will--unfortunately--be remembered for the Best Picture SNAFU to end all SNAFUs. While everyone involved handled it well (or at least, as best they could), the last few crazy minutes of the ceremony will live on in infamy.Of course, with the Oscars comes ALL THE ...
Tags: News, College, Aclu, Emma Stone, Calvin Klein, Leo, Chrissy Teigen, Academy Awards, Emma Roberts, Leslie Mann, Hailee Steinfeld, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Givenchy, Ruth, Brie Larson


15+ Fashionable Finds That Give Back

Vote with your dollar. If we've learned anything from the recent boycotts on both sides of the political spectrum, it's that your dollar is more powerful than you think. If avoiding a product can have an impact, think about what impact buying a product can do - especially when the proceeds from that product go, in part, to a good cause. Of course, you don't need to buy something to donate to a great cause like the ones listed below - if you prefer, donate directly to any of the charities below,...
Tags: Politics, Shopping, Etsy, College, United States, Feminism, Aclu, Donald Trump, Animal Rights, Costa Rica, Women's Rights, Humane Society, Everlane, Pura Vida, American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center


2 UW students join ACLU suit as Washington state colleges fight travel ban

Washington colleges and universities are playing a key role in the state’s lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to overturn the executive order temporarily barring U.S. entry by people from seven nations and all refugees.
Tags: News, Education, Washington, Aclu, Local News, Trump, UW


Pakistani Immigrant Goes to a Led Zeppelin Concert, Gets Inspired to Become a Musician & Then Sells 30 Million Albums

Salman Ahmad, the guitarist who founded the acclaimed Sufi rock band Junoon, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and continued making music despite threats from The Taliban. He also teaches courses on Muslim music and poetry at Queens College of the City University of New York. Above, in a video produced by The Moth, the boundary-breaking musician recounts his inspirational life story. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he moved to New York at t...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Life, America, Taliban, Aclu, Kashmir, Madison Square Garden, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Dave Brubeck, LAHORE Pakistan, Ahmad, Dan Spitz


LSAT Blog Black Friday Promo: Donate to ACLU and Get Free LSAT Schedule

Does anyone else feel like people in North America tend to go a bit overboard on holiday shopping? Thanksgiving weekend tends to be the big kickoff. So each year around this time, I try to do a little something to counteract the craziness. All this week and through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, I'm giving away "free" day-by-day LSAT study schedules to anyone who makes a donation for the [Author: Steve Schwartz]
Tags: College, Aclu, North America, Steve Schwartz


Get a Free Pocket Edition of the U.S. Constitution (Now #2 on the Amazon Bestseller List)

Going into the Democratic National Convention, who would have thought that the speech we’d all remember this week would belong to Khazir Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died fighting for the United States in Iraq? Khan’s rebuke of Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign was stinging, and it came capped with these lines: Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Books, College, Germany, Iraq, America, United States, Current Affairs, Aclu, Harry Potter, Khan, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Arlington Cemetery


A paralyzed surgery resident is told not to come back. She needs your help.

Meet Dr. Svetlana Kleyman, a powerhouse chief surgery resident with a heart of gold, who works 16-hour days and runs marathons in her free time. Just 18 months before she was to graduate from SUNY Downstate, she developed a spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the waist down. After months of rehab, she was cleared by her doctors to resume work (with proper accommodations surgeons continue to operate successfully). Svetlana was ready to return to the operating room. Her surgery residenc...
Tags: Health, Facebook, New York Post, Usa, Education, Aclu, Surgery, Ada, SUNY, Cuomo, Darby, Svetlana, Carolyn Smith, SUNY Downstate, Pamela Wible


Wayne County teacher sues the school district that fired him over a vegan Facebook post

A teacher who was allegedly fired for posting a photo with a vegan message on Facebook is suing the Green Local School District in Wayne County. Freda Levenson is the legal director of the ACLU of Ohio. She says Keith Allison was told he could no longer work as a tutor at Green Elementary School because his Facebook post was critical of the dairy industry. Levenson says this violates his First Amendment rights. WKSU's Lyndsey Schley reports. [Author: Lyndsey Schley]
Tags: Facebook, Education, Aclu, Ohio, WKSU, Wayne County, Levenson, Lyndsey Schley, Keith Allison, Green Local School District, Wayne County Freda Levenson, Green Elementary School



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