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Teleforum: North Carolina's House Bill 2 and the Future of Transgender Rights
Join Cohen Milstein and ACLU-NC Legal Director, Chris Brook, for an interactive teleforum addressing North Carolina’s House Bill 2.
Date: Tuesday, January 17 at 12:00 pm
Location: Online
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THE LOVING STORY screening and discussion
Join the Southern Documentary Fund for a special presentation of THE LOVING STORY documentary.
Date: Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm
Location:The Cary Theater
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Photo: Lonnie Billard in his home in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE – A former Teacher of the Year who was fired from Charlotte Catholic High School after announcing on Facebook that he was marrying his longtime same-sex partner filed a federal lawsuit today that says his firing violates the Civil Rights Act.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm Tin Fulton Walker & Owen on behalf of Lonnie Billard, who taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic for more than a decade, both full-time and as a long-term substitute teacher. In 2012, Billard was named the school’s Teacher of the Year after being nominated by students.

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that its new national legal director, David Cole, will testify at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general on January 11.

The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result, the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings. However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in this hearing because Sen. Sessions’ record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU believes he must satisfactorily answer questions on these issues before a confirmation vote proceeds. 

ACLU’s analysis of Sessions’ civil liberties record prepared for the confirmation process is available here:
https://www.aclu.org/feature/confirmation-sessions

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10 Good Things That Happened in 2016

Posted on in Legal News

For many of us, the end of the year brings a time for reflection. As champions of freedom and justice, we have faced unprecedented challenges in 2016, with North Carolina making headlines time and again for all the wrong reasons.

Yet even in the midst of repeated attacks on civil liberties, the wheels of progress have not halted. No matter who holds political office or what power they may wield, our work to hold the government to the eternal promise of the Constitution continues.

With vigilance and the generous support of our members and donors, this year the ACLU of North Carolina was able to achieve crucial advances in our work to reform the criminal justice system, protect reproductive freedom and voting rights, and protect all people from discrimination. Here is our list of the top ten advances for civil liberties in North Carolina this year.

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RALEIGH –The North Carolina legislature today convened for a special session where it failed to pass a bill repealing H.B. 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.

Based on a promise from the General Assembly to fully repeal H.B. 2, the Charlotte City Council repealed its LGBT non-discrimination ordinances earlier this week. However, the Legislature failed to follow through on its promise, despite the deep and widespread opposition and outrage over the discriminatory nature of the law.

H.B. 2 bans transgender people from accessing restrooms and public facilities consistent with their gender identity and prevents local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people. H.B. 2 is estimated to have cost North Carolina over $600 million in lost revenue from businesses concerned with the discriminatory nature of the law, and was a contributing factor in the election defeat of the outgoing Governor Pat McCrory.

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