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2016 Activity

ACLU Defends Activists Sued For Organizing Petition Drive

Taking a stand against lawsuits intended to keep Marylanders from speaking out on matters of public concern.

Issues: Free Speech

EEOC finds "reasonable cause" to believe Pocomoke race discrimination plaintiffs

Plantiffs refute baseless attempt to excuse discrimination

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Open Government

Talbot Co violated open meetings law in vote to retain Confederate statue

Closed-door meeting and vote violated state law

Issues: Racial Justice Open Government

ACLU Sues to Protect Access of Migrant Farmworkers to Legal Aid

Expedited Review Sought to Lift Unconstitutional Montgomery County Police Order

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Free Speech Racial Justice Police Practices

ACLU Sues To Ensure Consideration of Youth Status in Sentencing and Parole

Maryland must meet constitutional requirement of "a second chance" for rehabilitated juvenile lifers

Issues: Racial Justice Disability Rights Youth Rights Due Process Prisoners' Rights

Solitary confinement reporting bill passes General Assembly

Bill will shine light into Maryland's practices

Issues: Racial Justice Prisoners' Rights Criminal Justice

ACLU Update: At Least 21 People Died in Police Custody in Maryland in 2015

81 Percent of Those Killed Were Black; Every Unarmed Person Killed Was Black

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Criminal Justice

Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

A turning of the page from a long history of segregation and exclusion

Issues: Fair Housing Racial Justice Disability Rights Women's Rights

ACLU raises concerns with Baltimore Police Department body camera policy

Officers should not be allowed to access their own body camera footage before being questioned about an incident

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

ACLU Represents Activist Kwame Rose at Trial Over Arrest During Peaceful Political Protest

Arrest during protest after mistrial declared in trial of Officer William Porter in the killing of Freddie Gray

Issues: Free Speech Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

ACLU speaks out about student slapped, kicked by school resource officer

Problems within Baltimore School Police go far beyond this incident and require systemic reform

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Youth Rights Juvenile Justice

ACLU, NAACP Challenge Secret Vote to Keep Confederate Statue in Talbot

County council held closed meeting vote about "Talbot Boys" monument on courthouse lawn.

Issues: Racial Justice Open Government

ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy

Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results

Issues: Education Reform Education Funding Student Achievement Racial Justice Youth Rights Juvenile Justice School Climate

ACLU of Maryland Applauds President Obama's Visit to Baltimore Mosque

Our state and nation are strengthened when we recognize our common humanity

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Free Speech Safe and Free Racial Justice Religious Liberty

Lawsuit Challenges Race Discrimination and Retaliation Against Black Police Officers in Pocomoke

Long legacy of racial discrimination in Worcester County

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices

Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan's Veto of Bill to Fix State's Marijuana Decriminalization Law

New Poll Shows Most State Voters Support Broader Reform

Issues: Privacy & Technology Racial Justice Criminal Justice

Jan 18: MLK police accountability rally in Annapolis

Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability event to demand strong legislation in 2016

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

State Policing Workgroup Recommendations a Positive Step, More Needed

Coalition Statement Regarding Maryland Policing Workgroup Recommendations

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice