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The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., is a grim reminder that there are two kinds of policing in America today: one to serve and protect the white community and one to criminalize and control the black community.
By: Libby Skarin, Policy Director, ACLU of South Dakota

Religious organizations like any group have a constitutional right to express their views and distribute Bibles in public forums; however, that right ends where South Dakota public school students right to religious liberty begins. So when the ACLU of South Dakota found out that one South Dakota School Board had unanimously voted to allow Gideons International to hand out bibles to fifth graders in the public school, we had to take action.

By Stephen Pevar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU

Imagine entering family court and knowing that what's at stake is the person you hold most dear – your child. Now imagine having a judge tell you that he's removing your child from your custody, from your home. When you ask him why, the judge's replies, "I honestly can't tell you." The judge then signs an order giving custody of your son to Social Services.


By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program

Imagine the government taking away your two children in a hearing that lasts less than 60 seconds.

Madonna Pappan and her husband, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, don’t have to imagine it, because it happened to them. And they’re not alone: An American Indian child in South Dakota is 11 times more likely to be sent to foster care than a non-Indian child.



Since the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby can deny contraceptive coverage to its female employees, a lot of people have questions about what that ruling means for women. While there are still some question marks, here are five things you need to know:

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

The highest court in the country ruled today that it is acceptable for closely held corporations to use their religious beliefs to take away benefits guaranteed to their employees by law something the Supreme Court has never before sanctioned. Everyone has the right to his or her religious beliefs, but those beliefs cannot be imposed on others.

 
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