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In less than a month, Charlotte will be at the center of global attention, as thousands of journalists, political activists, and protesters descend on the city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. How will policies and laws put into place for the Convention impact the rights of the reporters, demonstrators, and the citizens of North Carolina? And what can we do to ensure that our First Amendment rights and other freedoms are being upheld?

Join us online on Monday, August 20, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a free know-your-rights webinar, “2012 DNC in Charlotte: What You Need to Know.” We’ll discuss the rights of demonstrators and photographers, the permitting process and other rules and restrictions passed for the event, and take questions from the webinar attendees on how you can stand up for your rights.

WHAT: Free know-your-rights webinar, “2012 DNC in Charlotte: What You Need to Know”

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ACLU-NC Releases 2012 Legislative Report Card

Posted on in Legislative News

Want to know how your representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly voted on civil liberties issues?

Check out the ACLU-NC's 2012 Legislative Report Card.

We scored every member of the North Carolina House and Senate on their votes concerning open elections, privacy rights, racial justice, the death penalty, LGBT rights, and the First Amendment.

On August 1, 2012, the ACLU-NC sent a letter to the city attorney of Dunn, NC, expressing concern that a recently proposed ban on the wearing of saggy pants was unconstitutional.

Read the letter here.

Are you a resident of Dunn? Help us protest this flagrant violation of civil liberties by contacting city officials here.

Catawba County officials announced this evening that they would allow a group of citizens to hold a protest on the lawn of the Catawba County Justice Center following a day of negotiations with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF). Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate sought access to the public grounds in order to hold a protest on Sunday against recent anti-gay comments made by Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina. After originally being denied access, the citizens group contacted the ACLU-NCLF for legal assistance.

The ACLU-NCLF raised concerns to officials about the constitutionality of the county’s ordinance and was prepared to take further legal action before the matter was resolved Thursday evening.

“We’re very glad the county decided to do the right thing,” said Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU-NCLF. “This decision shows Catawba County officials take the First Amendment rights of their citizens very seriously, and we appreciate their willingness to accommodate citizens wishing to peacefully express their views on public grounds.”

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