American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow
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Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court Tomorrow

ACLU of Wisconsin filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing gerrymandering scheme is unconstitutional

Federal Court finds current conditions of confinement for youth at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools unconstitutional
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Federal Court finds current conditions of confinement for youth at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools unconstitutional

Last month, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake incarcerated 166 youth, and kept an average of 27 youth per day in solitary confinement.

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
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ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

Today’s action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country.

Three Environmental Justice Groups Ask Court to Block I-94 Expansion
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Three Environmental Justice Groups Ask Court to Block I-94 Expansion

WisDOT is refusing to include necessary public transit expansion as part of the project.

ACLU Challenges Milwaukee Police Department’s Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk Program Conducted Without Reasonable Suspicion and Based on Racial Profiling
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ACLU Challenges Milwaukee Police Department’s Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk Program Conducted Without Reasonable Suspicion and Based on Racial Profiling

For the Last Eight Years, the Milwaukee Police Department Has Subjected Tens of Thousands of Innocent People to Unconstitutional Stops and Frisks, Disrupting Their Daily Lives Because They Are Black or Latino

ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director
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ACLU of Wisconsin hires Ott as executive director

As statewide membership doubles, civil liberties organization brings the national experience of a Wisconsin native to its statewide office in Milwaukee.

Civil Rights Groups File Class Action Lawsuit Against Wisconsin State Officials for Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions in State-Run Youth Correctional Facilities
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Civil Rights Groups File Class Action Lawsuit Against Wisconsin State Officials for Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions in State-Run Youth Correctional Facilities

Prior to state and federal raids on the facility in December 2015, staff also regularly physically abused youth in the facility, even breaking their arms and legs in some cases.

Community Organizations Push for Accountability of Police Use of Surveillance Technology
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Community Organizations Push for Accountability of Police Use of Surveillance Technology

They signed on to a letter opposing the recently proposed “Public Safety Plan.”

ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Milwaukee Police Department Arrests of Organizer Jarrett English and State Representative Jonathan Brostoff
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ACLU of Wisconsin Condemns Milwaukee Police Department Arrests of Organizer Jarrett English and State Representative Jonathan Brostoff

Both men were handcuffed, forced to the ground, involuntarily searched and placed in a paddy wagon.

Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan
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Twenty Milwaukee Organizations Express Serious Misgivings with Proposed Public Safety Action Plan

We are writing on behalf of an array of community groups to express our serious misgivings regarding the recently released draft “Public Safety Action Plan.”

Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on Sherman Park Incidents, Calls for Immediate Release of Video Footage
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Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on Sherman Park Incidents, Calls for Immediate Release of Video Footage

"The ACLU of Wisconsin urges local leaders to heed the cries for solace, help, and change from residents, young and old."

Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on MPD’s Covered Nametags at Protest
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Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on MPD’s Covered Nametags at Protest

This is a flagrant violation of an MPD policy that is already weak and rarely enforced.

ACLU of Wisconsin urges U.S. DOJ representatives to conduct investigation into Milwaukee Police Department practices that matter most to residents
ACLU Comment on Wisconsin Voter Ballot Access Decision
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ACLU Comment on Wisconsin Voter Ballot Access Decision

A federal district court today rejected a request to increase access to the ballot for Wisconsin voters.

“We’re not there yet.”
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“We’re not there yet.”

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Milwaukee Police Department Body Worn Camera October 16, 2015 proposal

Racial Justice Supporters tell DNR: “We Oppose Water Diversion to Waukesha”
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Racial Justice Supporters tell DNR: “We Oppose Water Diversion to Waukesha”

The groups object to the application because diverting water to the suburbs will worsen segregation and racial disparities in the region.

Milwaukee Voucher Schools Still Discriminate Against Students with Disabilities
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Milwaukee Voucher Schools Still Discriminate Against Students with Disabilities

Four years after receiving a complaint against voucher schools for discriminating against students with disabilities, Wisconsin still isn’t holding these schools accountable.

ACLU Moves to Block Wisconsin Voter ID Law Following Supreme Court Action
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ACLU Moves to Block Wisconsin Voter ID Law Following Supreme Court Action

Until today, the law had been placed on hold by the Supreme Court while it considered whether to hear the case.

MPD Stops Too Often Undermine Community Trust, ACLU Survey Finds
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MPD Stops Too Often Undermine Community Trust, ACLU Survey Finds

Today, the ACLU of Wisconsin released survey results of over 800 Milwaukee residents’ attitudes about police.

ACLU Seeks Supreme Court Review in Wisconsin Voter ID Case
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ACLU Seeks Supreme Court Review in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter ID law.

Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on DA Decision in Police Shooting of Dontre Hamilton
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Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on DA Decision in Police Shooting of Dontre Hamilton

Statement from Chris Ahmuty, ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director

ACLU Comment on U.S. Supreme Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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ACLU Comment on U.S. Supreme Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today stayed an appeals court order that had allowed Wisconsin's voter ID law to take effect.

Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry
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Supreme Court Lets Stand Four Appeals Court Decisions Requiring States to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Paves Way for the Freedom to Marry Nationwide

ACLU Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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ACLU Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Block Wisconsin Voter ID Law

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Wisconsin's voter ID law.

ACLU Comment on Federal Appeals Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID
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ACLU Comment on Federal Appeals Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID

The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today declined to rehear a three-judge panel's order reinstating Wisconsin's voter ID law prior to the midterm election

Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on Voter ID Stay
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Statement from ACLU of Wisconsin on Voter ID Stay

Today, the 7th Circuit issued a ruling lifting Judge Aldeman's stay and allowing the law to go into effect before the November elections.

ACLU of Wisconsin’s Freedom to Marry Case to go to U.S. Supreme Court
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ACLU of Wisconsin’s Freedom to Marry Case to go to U.S. Supreme Court

The Attorney General of Wisconsin appealed the decisions in the marriage equality case Wolf v. Walker to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Freedom to Marry in Wisconsin
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Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Freedom to Marry in Wisconsin

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the district court decision that the discriminatory amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution preventing same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Unites for Marriage Coalition Launched Today
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Wisconsin Unites for Marriage Coalition Launched Today

New statewide marriage equality coalition to advocate for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Wisconsin

WI State Supreme Court Allows Government to Obtain “Harassment Injunction” Against Protester
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WI State Supreme Court Allows Government to Obtain “Harassment Injunction” Against Protester

Recognizes injunctions must be clear and narrow when speech involved.

ACLU: Lift Stay, Restore Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin
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ACLU: Lift Stay, Restore Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin

Attorneys for the ACLU filed a motion asking Judge Barbara Crabb to vacate the stay she entered and allow marriages for same-sex couples to continue.

ACLU Urges Wisconsin to Reach Quick Decision on Appeal of Marriage Case
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ACLU Urges Wisconsin to Reach Quick Decision on Appeal of Marriage Case

Couples Left in Limbo While Decision Striking Down Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples is Put on Hold

Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction
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Federal Court Issues Permanent Injunction

Requires clerks to issue licenses to same-sex couples; but stays decision

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Proposed Injunction on Marriage Ban
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ACLU of Wisconsin Files Proposed Injunction on Marriage Ban

The proposed language, would, among other things, require county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and also provide for recognition of marriage:

Federal Court Judge Crabb defers decision on stay; sets hearing date for proposed injunction
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Federal Court Judge Crabb defers decision on stay; sets hearing date for proposed injunction

Today, Judge Crabb held a hearing on Attorney General Van Hollen’s request to ‘stay’ her decision.

Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Marriage Ban
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Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Marriage Ban

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb today struck down the discriminatory amendment to the Wisconsin state constitution preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

Planned Parenthood and ACLU in Federal Court Tuesday to Protect Safe and Legal Abortion in Wisconsin
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Planned Parenthood and ACLU in Federal Court Tuesday to Protect Safe and Legal Abortion in Wisconsin

Trial Begins Tuesday in Case Challenging Dangerous Restrictions that Restrict Safe and Legal Abortion Statewide

ACLU Responds to Voting Rights Appeal
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ACLU Responds to Voting Rights Appeal

Wisconsin state officials today appealed the April 29 federal court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law as unconstitutional and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

ACLU represented plaintiffs at trial in November

ACLU of Wisconsin’s Annual Spring Gallery Night Event Explores Art and Privacy
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ACLU of Wisconsin’s Annual Spring Gallery Night Event Explores Art and Privacy

The ACLU of Wisconsin is delighted to announce that its annual Gallery Night exhibit will feature drawings by Thomas Gaudynski and prints by Nicolas Lampert.

ACLU Seeks Swift Ruling to Block State From Enforcing Marriage Ban
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ACLU Seeks Swift Ruling to Block State From Enforcing Marriage Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin and the law firm of Mayer Brown filed a preliminary injunction yesterday seeking an order that the state may not enforce Wisconsin’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
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ACLU Supports Bill to Repeal Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin commends two state lawmakers for introducing a bill today to repeal Wisconsin’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Seeking Freedom to Marry for Wisconsin Couples
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ACLU Files Lawsuit Seeking Freedom to Marry for Wisconsin Couples

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin and the law firm of Mayer Brown filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of four same-sex couples who wish to marry in Wisconsin or are seeking recognition for their legal out-of-state marriages.

Gov. Walker, Don’t Use Free Speech as a Scapegoat
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Gov. Walker, Don’t Use Free Speech as a Scapegoat

Governor signals he will sign bill protecting racist team names and mascots

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law
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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

Law Would Have Closed Half of State's Abortion Clinics

In Wisconsin, Blacks Six Times More Likely than Whites to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession, Despite Equal Usage Rates
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In Wisconsin, Blacks Six Times More Likely than Whites to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession, Despite Equal Usage Rates

Wisconsin Ranks Fifth in Nation for Highest Racial Disparities, According to New Report by American Civil Liberties Union

New Procedure for Strip and Body-Cavity Searches Needs Public Input, Community Groups Say
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New Procedure for Strip and Body-Cavity Searches Needs Public Input, Community Groups Say

Letter to Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission Urges Open Meetings

Wisconsin School Voucher System May Not Discriminate Against Students with Disabilities, U.S. Department of Justice Says
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Wisconsin School Voucher System May Not Discriminate Against Students with Disabilities, U.S. Department of Justice Says

In a letter released this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) told Wisconsin that the state must ensure that students with disabilities who attend or seek to attend the state’s taxpayer funded voucher schools “do not encounter discrimination on the basis of their disabilities.”