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New Mexico Teen Kicked Out of School and Publicly Humiliated For Pregnancy; the New Scarlet Letter?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org GALLUP, N.M. – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Shantelle Hicks, 15, who was initially kicked out of middle school and then publicly humiliated at an assembly by the school director and another staff member because she was […]

Remembring the Scarlet Letter; Fighting Discrimination

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Young Women and The Scarlet Letter Just learned that AOL became the eighth advertiser to pull their ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show earlier this week in wake of the controversy over Limbaugh’s characterization of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute.”* * * * * Shantelle Hicks, kicked out of middle school and […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Strong Women to be Remembered, Praised During Women’s History Month

MARCH IS WOMEN’S History Month. Particularly meaningful for me, are the courageous acts of two deceased women, Mamie Till and Rosa Parks, as well as the courage shown yesterday by a young New Mexico Native American woman, ShantelleHicks.  The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Mexico filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf […]

Mississippi Prom Cancelled; ACLU Files Suit; All Because of Gay Date Threat

JACKSON, Miss. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi today filed suit in federal court against the Itawamba County School System, which canceled the prom for one of its high schools when a student challenged a ban on bringing same-sex dates.The federal suit asks the court to force the school board to reinstate the […]

Delta Manhunt, Booze, Guns & More: ‘You Call It Justice, But It’s Just Another Word For Jive” (Margaret Block, Civil Rights Poet)

Margaret Block, a Mississippi social activist who has been speaking out on the August Charleston incident, is shown here in Meridian, advocating for arrests of men involved in the killing of civil rights workers in 1964. In the same year, Margaret, a SNCC volunteer in Tallahatchie County, was targeted by the Klan and thus forced […]