Press Release July 21, 2009 A musician was arrested at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa, Okla., last week for allegedly trampling an American flag as part of his act. According to The Tulsa World, the musician was originally charged with treating the U.S. flag with indignity, and the complaint was later amended to outraging public decency. The arrest of this musician is an unconstitutional violation of his First Amendment rights, backed by settled U.S. Supreme Court precedents. “I find it surprising that law enforcement would make such a glaring mistake in light of such a well-established line of case law,” said C.S. Thornton, Deputy DirectorRead More →

The ACLU of Oklahoma is currently accepting nominations for the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award and the Fran Morris Civil Liberties in Media Award to be presented at this year’s Bill of Rights Celebration. The Angie Debo Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have provided exceptional defense to the Bill of Rights throughout the year or throughout their lives. The Fran Morris Award was initiated in 1994 to recognize members of the media who have highlighted important civil liberties issues in their work. Nominations for these awards must be received by the affiliate office no later than Friday, August 14. They mayRead More →