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On December 14, 2017 the FCC is expected to rescind net neutrality, which requires internet providers to offer their customers the same speed for all internet sources. It is claimed that free market forces will prevent any abridgement of the freedom of the press. The evidence prior to the imposition of net neutrality does not support this claim. For more information on this subject, see ACLU on net neutrality.

Annual Meeting of the Champaign County ACLU, April 2, 2017

Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and discussion about immigration and refugees with subject experts Ricardo Diaz (left) from the CU Immigration Forum and Brant Houston (right), Professor of Investigative Reporting at UIUC College of Media and CU-Citizens Access.

Purchase tickets at the suggested donation of $25 today by clicking HERE or
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At Stone Creek Events Center, 2560 Stone Creek Blvd., Urbana IL 61801
3:00 PM Hors d'oeuvres and drinks
3:45 PM Program followed by Q & A and discussion over cookies and coffee until 5:00

Urbana man challenges Illinois' unconstitutional flag desecration law

A 22-year-old Urbana resident, unlawfully arrested and jailed for burning an American flag last July 4th, filed a federal lawsuit on January 16,2017 seeking to have Illinois' outdated flag desecration law declared unconstitutional. Mr. Mellott was arrested and held even though the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized flag desecration as protected speech since 1989 (Texas v. Johnson). Mr. Mellott is represented by Rebecca Glenberg and Bharathi Pillai of the ACLU of Illinois and by Everett Cygal of the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin. READ MORE

Related documents: Illinois ACLU Press Release, Lawsuit details, Mellott's remarks

Champaign County ACLU Winter 2017 Newsletter
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Justice Scalia's Death and What the 2016 Presidential Campaign Means for the Supreme Court

Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the Illinois ACLU, discussed the impact of an eight member court and how the court was evenly divided on cases in the 2015-2016 term. Colleen will talked about Supreme Court decisions on a range of issues including affirmative action, reproductive rights, rights of public employee unions and voting rights. Location: University YMCA Friday Forum on November 4. A video of the event will be available on the Urbana Public TV website.

The Champaign County chapter donated $100 to the University YMCA's Committee Concerned with Human DIgnity. The Committee was formed when the Catholic Campaign for Human Development cut off funding of the Immigration program run by the University YMCA because the Immigration Forum has taken a position in support of same sex marriage.The Board of the University YMCA voted to forego the money rather than change its position in support of equal rights for LBGT people and is now trying to raise $60,000.00 to replace the lost grant.

Parental notice of abortion law

ACLU is helping teenagers cope with the new Illinois parental notice of abortion law. Starting August 15, 2013, a doctor cannot perform a surgical abortion or prescribe a pharmaceutical abortion for anyone under the age of 18 without giving 48 hours notification to an adult family member of the young woman. A teenager must go to court to get the notification requirement waived and ACLU is helping teens who wish to pursue the judicial by-pass get through the court system. You can learn about the law, and all the legal options available to young women facing unintended pregnancies in Illinois at the Bypass Coordination Project. The ACLU has also set up a hotline for young women to learn about their options: 1-877-44BYPASS (442-9727).

What should you do if you are stopped by police?

If you volunteer information, police are NOT required to give Miranda Rights. Immediately upon arrest, ask for an attorney and stop talking other than to give basic identifying information when asked. To learn more, read the ACLU Know your Rights page or download the NAACP instructions or the ACLU's Know your Rights and Que debe hacer si la policia.

Marriage Equality starts on June 14!

ACLU: Marriage equality and an FAQ
Marriage licenses: Champaign County Clerk
LGBTQ Community: UP Center of Champaign Co.
Other links: Pride Illinois

ACLU materials for students

Can I wear my anti-war T-shirt in class? Do I have to open my glove compartment when a police officer asks me to? Can we satirize the superintendent in the school paper? And can our parents insist that our graduation ceremony start with a Christian prayer?" Anyone can download the 10-minute video "The Rights We've Inherited" made by the Sarasota ACLU, absolutely free, from their website.

The following links will download the Know Your Rights door hanger and the Know Your Rights card produced by the Illinois Student Senate and the Student ACLU Chapter.