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2014 Activity

Judge Awards Full Attorneys Fees in Racial Profiling Case

Ruling upholds value of using public information law to hold government accountable

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Open Government Criminal Justice

Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case

Court to review case concerning access to information about citizen complaints of police misconduct

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Open Government

Pregnancy Discrimination Case to be argued before U.S. Supreme Court

No woman should have to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy

Issues: Disability Rights Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

ACLU Challenges Use of "Stingray" Surveillance Technology by Baltimore Police

The devices sweep up information about innocent people and criminal suspects alike

Issues: Privacy & Technology Police Practices

ACLU speaks out on President Obama's Immigration Announcements

Executive Action Grants Temporary Reprieve from Deportation and Reforms Immigration Enforcement System

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Police Practices

Education Coalition Urges Action for Critical City School Building Repairs

BEC urges state to continue regular allocation of capital funding

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

Civil Rights Groups Support Family of Victim in Police Killing Case Before Maryland High Court

Excessive damages caps in constitutional rights cases severely undermine the guarantees of the Maryland Constitution

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

Ratner Companies apologizes to stylist Brandon Smith, who was fired by Hair Cuttery after being diagnosed with HIV

Agreement reached to resolve HIV discrimination claim against Hair Cuttery

Issues: LGBT Rights Disability Rights

ACLU Raises First Amendment Concerns about Baltimore County Animal Shelter

Restrictions on taking photos, raising concerns

Issues: Free Speech

Appeals Court Reinstates ACLU Challenge to State Police Secrecy in Racial Slur Case

Police cannot refuse to let the public see records about how they are policing themselves

Issues: Police Practices Open Government

ACLU Demands Justice for Stylist Fired by Hair Cuttery Over HIV Status

Groups asks state licensing agency to clarify regulations

Issues: LGBT Rights Disability Rights

ACLU Applauds Prince George's County for Ceasing to Honor ICE Holds Without a Warrant

Calls on other Maryland counties to reform ICE detainer policies

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

Maryland Decriminalization Bill to Take Effect

Criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession will be replaced with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket

Issues: Racial Justice Criminal Justice

ACLU Stands Up for Pregnant Workers’ Rights at the Supreme Court

Maryland Passed Law Protecting Pregnant Women Against Workplace Discrimination in 2013

Issues: Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

ACLU, CASA de Maryland Hail New Immigration Detainer Policy Issued by Governor O'Malley

State-run Baltimore jail will stop honoring most ICE detainers

Issues: Immigrants' Rights

ACLU Seeks Answers to Unanswered Questions about Baltimore's Expanded Curfew Plans

Group files public information request for copies of policies and directives to police officers

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Youth Rights Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

Groups Thank Governor O'Malley for Leadership on Child Refugee Crisis

Letter offers help in welcoming children to our state

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Youth Rights Due Process

Montgomery County Council Urges State to Decriminalize Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia

Representatives of Maryland's most populated county say possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia should be among its lowest law enforcement priorities

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

ACLU takes action for political free speech in Hancock, MD

New charter amendment sets unconstitutional durational limits for campaign signs

Issues: Free Speech Voting Rights and Elections

Supreme Court Allows Private Companies to Discriminate Against Employees by Denying Contraception Coverage

Employers Allowed to Use Religious Beliefs to Refuse to Comply With Law Requiring Contraception Coverage

Issues: Religious Liberty Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom