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By: Jen Petersen
If you feel a certain panic in the air about the news of a handful of nurses and doctors in the United States who have contracted Ebola, youre not alone.

The news of the Ebola epidemic in primarily three West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) and a handful of subsequent infections in the US have segments of the public and elected officials calling for the quarantine of those traveling from affected regions. The American Civil Liberties Union believes the civil rights and liberties of affected people must be taken into account in formulating a measured response to the epidemic.

By Tyler Brandt (originally published here)

I've been out to my family and friends since I was in the 5th grade. I'm not ashamed of being gay, and I don't hide who I am from anyone.

After school ended last semester, I wanted to find a summer job for the usual teenage reasons: spending money for clothes, a cell phone, going out with friends, and maybe even save up a little too. I applied for a crew member position at the Taco John's in my town – Yankton, South Dakota – in early June, interviewed the next day, and started working the night shift the day after that.


By: Heather Smith, Executive Director of the ACLU of South Dakota

The alleged suicide of death row prisoner James McVay exposes the widespread deficiencies of mental health care throughout South Dakotas criminal justice system. Even after being found guilty but mentally ill and housed on a mental health ward the state was unable to protect McVay from himself. The tragedy of the death penalty is twofold when applied to those who suffer from mental illness; no one is healed, and everyone loses.



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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.

 
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