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2017 Board of Directors Elections

  • March 17, 2017
  • Posted in News

It’s Time to Vote! 2017 ACLU of KY Board of Directors Voting is now available online here. You will need your Member ID to vote.  You can find it on the label of the postcard that was mailed to you about this election. Can’t find your Member ID or want to request a paper ballot?  […]

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Ask Governor Bevin to Veto “Blue Lives Matter”

  • March 7, 2017
  • Posted in News

After a 33-5 vote in the Kentucky Senate, the “Blue Lives Matter” bill House Bill 14 heads to the Governor’s desk. The legislation adds first responders as a protected class under Kentucky’s hate crime statutes. We joined our allies in opposing this bill because it was devised as a counter to the Black Lives Matter […]

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Welcome Heather Gatnarek, new Legal Fellow

  • March 6, 2017
  • Posted in Legal

Heather Gatnarek has joined the ACLU of Kentucky as our first Legal Fellow. Since 2012, Gatnarek has served as a Staff Attorney in the Kentucky Department of Advocacy’s Capital Trials Branch. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, and her JD from Georgetown. While at DPA she was a member of Equal Justice Works’ […]

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Brackets for Good: Donate Today!

  • February 23, 2017
  • Posted in News

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected to participate in a March Madness-style fundraising tournament called Brackets for Good!  Similar to NCAA tournament competition, nonprofits will face-off with one another.  $1 donated = 1 point.  The nonprofit with the most points advances to the next round. The ultimate winner receives a $10,000 donation on […]

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Take Action: Oppose “Blue Lives Matter”

  • February 7, 2017
  • Posted in News

A bill that pays lip service to public safety is advancing in the Kentucky Legislature, and we need your help to stop it. Contact your legislators and ask them to vote no on the Blue Lives Matter bill, HB 14. The bill, HB 14, seeks to upend hate crimes law by adding first responders as […]

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From ACLU National: Trump discriminated. We sued.

  • January 28, 2017
  • Posted in News

The ACLU and several other legal organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi men who were en route to the United States when President Trump issued an executive order banning many Muslims from entering the country. The lead plaintiffs were detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation – even though they […]

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Anti-LGBT Bills Filed in Kentucky House

  • January 11, 2017
  • Posted in LGBT Rights

Two anti-LGBT bills were filed on the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly–a “License to Discriminate” House Bill 105 and anti-transgender “Bathroom Bill” House Bill 106. Both measures were filed by Middlesboro Democrat Representative Rick Nelson. They come on the heels of critical statements from Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who recently eschewed anti-transgender bathroom legislation, calling it […]

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ACLU Lawsuit Challenges New Abortion Ultrasound Law

  • January 9, 2017
  • Posted in News

Law Requires Doctors to Display and Narrate Ultrasound Images Over Patients’ Objections The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a legal challenge to block a Kentucky abortion restriction, H.B. 2, that was rushed through the state legislature just days into the new session.  The law requires doctors to display, and narrate in detail, an ultrasound […]

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Anti-Abortion Measures Fast Tracked in the 2017 Legislature

  • January 4, 2017
  • Posted in News

On the opening day of the Kentucky Legislature three anti-abortion measures were filed and placed on the fast track for passage. Senate Bill 5 bans abortion at 20 weeks.  Senate Bill 8 seeks to defund reproductive health care providers like Planned Parenthood.  House Bill 2 makes unnecessary ultrasounds the standard before an abortion. Kentuckians from […]

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