OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma announced Wednesday that House Bill 1556, which would have required law enforcement to obtain a warrant before they used drones for targeted surveillance, and forbid civilian drones from being weaponized, would be held over for the next session. A call for an interim study on privacy issues related to drones will be proposed in place of the bill. The move comes as a result of opposition to the legislation from the office of Governor Mary Fallin. “Of course we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to do more this legislativeRead More →

As the preeminent defender of First Amendment Rights in Oklahoma, the ACLU of Oklahoma has called on Rep. John Bennett to release the names of these schools he referred to in his testimony. “If there are schools punishing or intimidating students because of their Constitutionally protected religious beliefs, we would like to know about it so we can investigate and, if necessary, defend the rights of those students,” said Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. “You would think someone who has taken an oath to defend the Constitution would not conceal that information,” Kiesel continued. Despite repeated calls to his office requestingRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and CAIR-Oklahoma, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, recently expressed their appreciation to the Oklahoma Bankers’ Association (OBA) for clarifying a security measure commonly referred to “No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses” employed by many of Oklahoma’s banks to better take into account the religious requirements of some customers to cover all or a portion of their heads. “We are incredibly pleased that the OBA recognizes that respecting the religious requirements of their customers and ensuring a safe and secure banking environment can go hand in hand,” said Ryan Kiesel, Executive DirectorRead More →

January 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has announced former Oklahoma school teacher Joe Quigley will receive the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award at a reception to be held in the Blue Room at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City on January 19th. “Joe Quigley is a pioneer in his work to defend the rights of LGBT students. His commitment to ensure that all students are afforded equality and dignity is not only commendable, but sets an example for each of us to follow,” said Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. During his time as a teacher inRead More →

American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is a nonprofit, non-partisan, privately funded organization devoted exclusively to the defense and promotion of the individual rights secured by the U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions. Internship Overview: The internship requires an eight to ten week commitment, with a possibility of an extension. The internship is full or part-time. Interns are highly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit. Roles and Responsibilities: Our internship program is designed to provide interns with the opportunity to learn about civil liberties. Interns will haveRead More →