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ACLU OK calls for 2013 Angie Debo nominations

The ACLU of Oklahoma is currently accepting nominations for the Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award.  The award will be presented at this year’s Annual Meeting and Bill Rights Reception on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Angie Debo Award was established in 1977 to recognize those who have provided exceptional defense More >

ACLU of Oklahoma Joins Amicus Brief in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

January 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, along with the ACLU and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, have filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to reject the claim that a corporation can use religion as a justification to More >

Federal Court Declares Oklahoma Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal court today declared that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Implementation of the decision is on hold while the state appeals.

The challenge to the law was brought by the Oklahoma City law firm Holladay & Chilton PLLC on behalf of Oklahoma same-sex More >

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49 Oklahomans Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, Finds ACLU

OKLAHOMA CITY – In the first-ever study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found at least 3,278 such prisoners in federal and state prisons combined; 49 of whom are serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in Oklahoma.

“A Living Death: Life Without More >

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William Binney to Speak on “Digital Surveillance and Democracy”

NORMAN–In a public lecture entitled “Digital Surveillance and Democracy,” William Binney will discuss the NSA’s eavesdropping programs and the dangers of a persistent, pervasive surveillance state.  Mr. Binney, one of the best analysts and code-breakers in NSA history, turned whistle blower when the agency redirected the digital tools he had More >

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ACLU of Oklahoma Applauds District Attorney’s Call for Direct Appropriation from the Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY –

During a recent interim study conducted by the Judiciary Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives regarding Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, legislators asked the former Chairman of the District Attorneys Council (DAC), District Attorney Greg Mashburn (R-Norman), about the fee system DA’s have increasingly relied upon to fund More >

THE WAR ON MARIJUANA IN BLACK AND WHITE

 OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a report by the ACLU, Blacks were arrested for marijuana possession at nearly three times the rate of whites in 2010, despite comparable marijuana usage rates. The report, Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests, released June 5th, is More >

TESTIMONY OF RYAN KIESEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACLU OF OK TO THE ENERGY AND AEROSPACE COMMITTEE OF THE OK HOUSE OF REPS FOR INTERIM DRONE STUDY

September 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY–Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the committee for the opportunity to weigh in on today’s interim study. Also, thank you to Rep. Paul Wesselhoft for requesting this study and for his leadership on the issues raised by the domestic use of drones.

My name is Ryan More >

ACLU OF OKLAHOMA HONORS FIVE LAWMAKERS FOR 2013 SESSION

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is honoring five lawmakers for the 2013 legislative session. The Oklahoma legislature has a history of being home to true champions of civil liberties. These giants stood guard of the Constitution in a state more often known for its efforts to More >

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ACLU of Oklahoma Challenges State Capitol Ten Commandments Monument

OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the national ACLU have filed suit on behalf of several Oklahomans challenging the constitutionality of the state’s Ten Commandments Monument.

“The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans,” said Ryan Kiesel, More >