Taco John's has proven that fast food can be tasteless in more ways than one. Tyler Brandt, an openly gay 16-year-old, was given a name tag reading "Gaytard" during his shift at a Yankton, South Dakota Taco John's franchise in June. His night manager instructed him to wear it for the rest of the ni ... More >>
The U.S. Senate blocked a constitutional amendment Thursday that would've allowed states and the federal government to put caps on corporate political spending. The fact that it got to the floor at all may be the biggest surprise here. Every Republican voted against the amendment, and every Dem wh ... More >>
The officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is symptomatic of nationwide problems regarding the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they're supposed to serve and protect, Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU-MN, tells us."A lot of the ... More >>
Do you know it's a crime in Minnesota to merely refuse to submit to a sobriety test?It's a lesson a man named William Bernard learned the hard way two years ago when he was approached by police at a public boat ramp and asked to undergo field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer exam. Bernard refused, ... More >>
The ACLU-MN is suing the city of Minneapolis, Mayor Betsy Hodges, and Police Chief Janeé Harteau for granting Major League Baseball's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two-week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game.The lawsuit's core ... More >>
A day after the ACLU announced federal lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis, the City Council attempted to address those concerns by watering down its "Clean Zone" resolution.The original resolution approved by council in February appeared to give Major League Baseball veto power over the permitt ... More >>
A bill signed into law earlier this week by Gov. Mark Dayton allows the health department to collect and store blood samples taken from newborn babies for an indefinite period of time, unless parents opt-out of the program.And that's the problem, ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson argues. Pe ... More >>
Yesterday, the ACLU-MN sent letters to Perham Public Schools Superintendent Mitch Anderson and Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby demanding they reconsider a plan to administer breathalyzer tests to all students attending this week's prom (Read the letters here and here, respectively).The ACLU arg ... More >>
A new report published by Minnesota 2020 reiterates what cannabis activists have been saying for years, in some cases decades -- that marijuana reform is not merely a matter of medical necessity but of civil rights.Relying on FBI statistics from 2011, the progressive think tank found that black Minn ... More >>
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 >>
:::: 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 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
The Strib's Kersten takes issue with church vs. state—but only when it involves Islam
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The MCLU appears poised to flOut findings by its parent organization charging the chapter with electoral impropriety.
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.
THE MINNESOTA CIVIL Liberties Union's controversial board-packing move last spring--widely regarded as a power grab orchestrated by MCLU founder Matthew Stark and current president Jules Beck--has been condemned as undemocratic by the n
Why are businesses spying on their own employees more and more? Because they can.