Love WINS! National Marriage Equality Victory!

National Marriage Equality Victory United States Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couples WASHINGTON –The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a sweeping and historic decision that affords gay and lesbian couples the same legal right to marry and recognition of their marriages as different-sex couples. The ruling invalidates discriminatory laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, […]

Mark the Moment! #DecisionDay is near

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Any day, the Supreme Court will issue their decision in Obergefell v Hodges, the marriage equality case that could secure the freedom to marry for same sex couples across the country.  As Americans wait for this landmark decision, we need to remember that this work for LGBT equality will not end with a marriage decision.  […]

ACLU of Montana announces new Executive Director

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Dear ACLU Family, Friends and Allies, The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana is thrilled to announce that Caitlin Borgmann has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Borgmann, who graduated from Missoula’s Hellgate High School, went on to receive her B.A. in philosophy from Yale University. She began her relationship with ACLU in […]

UN passes “Mandela Rules” on treatment of prisoners. Where does Montana stand?

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice approved the Mandela Rules last week.  The Mandela Rules are named in honor of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years by the country’s apartheid regime. They are the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. These rules are the […]

Legislative Summary 2015

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ACLU of Montana  -  End of Session Summary and Highlights  The Veto Pen Cometh (for Anti-Choice Bills) Governor Bullock vetoed all three anti-choice bills to reach his desk. In his veto messages, Governor Bullock echoed the points we shared in the Montana Reproductive Rights Coalition’s veto request letter, and stated, “Montana’s elected officials have no […]

What I learned interning for the ACLU of Montana

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Contributed by: Jessica Salmassian, Legislative Intern at ACLU of Montana, Spring 2015   My time at the American Civil Liberties Union has been a learning experience. In accepting this internship, I had high expectations about what I would be able to glean from this opportunity, all of which have been exceeded. I originally became interested […]

Fare Thee Well… Six City Farewell Tour

Scott Crichton is too much of a Rock Star to have just one good-bye gala. Join us in a city near you to celebrate Scott’s tenure at the helm of ACLU of Montana: Monday, May 18th – Billings Tuesday, May 19th – Bozeman Wednesday, May 20th – Helena Thursday, May 21st – Great Falls Thursday, […]

What’s Happening In Helena? Transmittal Report

Transmittal is upon us!  We have reached the half-way point in the 2015 Legislative Session.  Check out our Transmittal Report here and read about all the bills we have testified on so far this session and their current status.

What’s Happening in Helena? Legislative Update Week 7

                                             Legislative Update for February 16 The pace of bill hearings has picked up significantly and will continue through this week as the Legislature approaches the transmittal deadline for general bills on February 27. Check Facebook and our website for more updates during the week. Highlights from February 9 – 15 The House Judiciary Committee heard […]

It’s GO TIME! Montana Abolition Coalition needs you tomorrow.

Posted for Jen Kirby of the Montana Abolition Coalition: House Bill 370 has been officially introduced in the Montana House of Representatives. This bill is a bipartisan effort to replace the death penalty with life without parole. House Bill 370 is scheduled for hearing on Friday, February 13th at 8am in  the House Judiciary Committee. This […]