Two years ago, Riley Stratton, then a 6th grader at a school in the Minnewaska School District in western Minnesota, was punished by administrators for posting after school on her Facebook page that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. In a separate incident, administrators forced Stra ... More >>
The ACLU might not be happy about it, but Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy says granting the MLB's request to create a "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game "is something we have to do and should do."THE BACKSTORY: ACLU blasts M ... More >>
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.THE BACKSTORY: Camera unlawfully tak ... More >>
Today, the Minneapolis City Council approved the MLB's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game.SEE ALSO: MN ACLU explains why Duck Dynasty dude's anti-gay comments aren't protected speech The ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Today, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority denied the ACLU's request to boycott "Redskins." According to an AP report, the authority's lawyer determined that doing so would constitute unconstitutional censorship. Original post (October 24) -- The American Civil Liberties ... More >>
Whatever the reason, Minnesota cops are far more likely to arrest blacks for pot possession than whites, according to a new study by the ACLU.SEE ALSO: Mark Hamburger's MLB career derailed by pot; he now lives in parents' Shoreview basementAccording to the study, blacks were nearly eight times as li ... More >>
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
Former TiZA Executive Director Asad Zaman withdrew a claim worth $356,406.01 against the school's bankruptcy estate this week. Zaman co-founded Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, which in 2009 became perhaps the most controversial charter school in America when the ACLU of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against t ... More >>
The ACLU reached a settlement agreement last week with Asad Zaman, the former executive director of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. Terms of the agreement, which was recorded in federal court last Thursday, have not been publicly disclosed. Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU, declined to com ... More >>
The ACLU of Minnesota announced today that for the time being, it will not be paying out the $1,000 bounty it offered in exchange for a proven case of voter impersonation.In February, the ACLU offered $1,000 for any "no good lyin' cheatin' vote stealin' rascal who would have been caught if the c ... More >>
With the help of some legal heavy-hitters, Melissa Hill hopes to make the Federal Protective Services, state of Minnesota, and city of Minneapolis pay for her sidewalk chalking-related June arrest.Hill was detained and issued a trespass order for "damaging public property" while inscribing an ant ... More >>
Mary Franson has caused us to shake our heads a couple times already this month -- first when she compared food stamp recipients to wild animals, then again when she outed herself as a careless driver to "scoop" the Strib's Jon Tevlin.But today, instead of shaking our heads at her, we're nodding ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Minnewaska Area Schools for alleged violations of a 12-year-old female student's constitutional rights.In one string of incidents, the girl was repeatedly disciplined after posting on Facebook that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. She ... More >>
Last month, the ACLU of Minnesota announced they'd give $1,000 to anyone who could produce proof of a voter impersonation conviction from the last decade. The idea, of course, was to illustrate the pointlessness of the Minnesota Majority-led Voter ID amendment drive, which would require all state ... More >>
TiZA bankruptcy trustee John Hedback announced Friday that he had reached a settlement agreement with the ACLU of Minnesota over attorney's fees and costs. In exchange for the ACLU dismissing its federal lawsuit against Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, Hedback will pay the ACLU $1,400,000. Attorneys for ... More >>
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
The ACLU of Minnesota has stepped into the voter-ID controversy by offering a bounty: $1,000 for any "no good lyin' cheatin' vote stealin' rascal who would have been caught if the currently proposed Voter ID Amendment had already been enacted." ACLU Executive Director Chuck Samuelson is confide ... More >>
TiZA's bankruptcy case rages onTarek ibn Ziyad Academy is closed but its bankruptcy case continues in federal court, and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to the case is considering filing a claim against the school's former landlords. "I am probably going to commence such a proceeding," John ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four members of the Occupy MN movement. The 92-page filing lists Hennepin County, the county commissioners, Sheriff Rich Stanek, and "unnamed" Hennepin County deputies and security officers as defendants. At the heart of the lawsuit is whether new restri ... More >>
Protesters are again willing to risk arrest.A countdown is on to this evening, when Hennepin County officials have set the deadline for disallowing sleeping, signs and portable toilets in Government Plaza, effectively ending the "occupation" part of the Occupy MN movement. But the protesters are ... More >>
Occupy MN FacebookAn occupier gets in Sheriff Rich Stanek's face outside the commissioner's meeting Tuesday.Hennepin County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of enacting yet another raft of stricter rules on Occupy MN protesters camping out in Government Plaza. According to the new restri ... More >>
The occupiers are refusing to move from in front of a sign.This morning, Hennepin County maintenance removed all of Occupy MN protesters' signs from Government Plaza. Just before noon, however, a small contingent of the occupiers started putting them back up. Now, seven occupiers have linked ar ... More >>
In a series of meetings held over the past couple of days, Occupy MN organizers have received tentative approval for their plans to camp out in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. The plaza is public property, but organizers still met with the Hennepin County ... More >>
TiZA's 500-some students are moving on to other schools.Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, the controversial charter school that ran afoul of the Minnesota Education Department and a new state law, is closing its doors permanently.TiZA's board voted Tuesday not to appeal the Education Department's decision ... More >>
Banned in Wisconsin.The "I Heart Boobies" breast cancer awareness bracelets that made Fairmont High School officials blush last September have now been banned at Wisconsin's Sauk Prairie Middle School. And thanks to seventh-grader Kaisey Jenkins' older sister, the American Civil Liberties U ... More >>
ACLU-MN.orgFor a minute there, they lost themselves.The ACLU of Minnesota doesn't actually exist. That was one of the more awkward revelations in last week's flurry of filings in the ACLU's ongoing lawsuit against the Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy. The civil liberties group sued the school and the ... More >>
The Minnesota Education Department's investigation into the test scores and teaching licenses of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy was not racially motivated, the U.S. Education Department ruled this week.The Inver Groves Heights academy known as TiZA is a charter school whose student body is about 80 perc ... More >>
Families of children attending Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy want to join the legal fight raging between the school and the ACLU.
So the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued a Twin Cities charter school for allegedly mixing religion and public education. What does the school do? Sue them back of course!
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The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union may have violated state nonprofit laws according to its parent organization, The ACLU. Critics in the local group want a new board election.
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Why are businesses spying on their own employees more and more? Because they can.