Texting while driving, red light cameras, and many other new laws make abiding them more difficult than ever. However, with many old and outdated laws still in place while new ones arise, how do you separate myth from fact? Take a look at these 14 laws everyone believes are real, but which aren’t to see how savvy you are.
American Laws Everyone Believes Are Real
From dry counties to the Constitution, which laws make the reality cut?
- 1. Red Light Cameras Are Constitutional : Not if you let the voters decide on “innocent until proven guilty.” In cities and states where the vote has been left up to the public, it is overwhelmingly voted down, sometimes by as high as 86 percent. There are currently 14 states where automated ticketing is banned and many others have restrictions. The article contains those states and more information on the laws.
2. You Can’t Drink and Drive : While driving drunk is most certainly against the law, what about having a drink while you drive? According to Open Container Laws, all but eleven states have banned open containers of alcohol. While four states have partial bans, the states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia, and West Virginia have no laws restricting having a drink and driving.
3. What Happens in the Bedroom… : Minnesota has some strange laws about what a man does behind closed doors. Apparently it is illegal there for a man to have relations with a live fish. In this clip of the “So Graham Norton” show, he calls a police station to confess having committed this crime.
4. A License is Needed to Carry a Weapon : For many citizens a CCW (conceal and carry weapons) license is the only way to take a firearm with you. It often involves passing a criminal background check, paying a fee, and taking classes. However, in the state of Kentucky, citizens may carry weapons in their vehicle without any sort of license. According to KRS 527.020 , it can be stored in a glove compartment, or any other area in the car, regardless of whether the weapon is stored with or without a lock.
5. You Can Curse in Public : Not in Michigan. According to a law over 100 years old, it is illegal to curse in front of women or children. This blog tells the story of a guy who fell out of a canoe, swam to shore, and began cursing in the presence of a family. By the time the canoe got back to him, an officer was waiting to arrest the curser.
6. Law Abiding Citizens Can Have Guns in Their Homes : While this is true in most parts of the country, the on-again, off-again handgun ban of the Washington, D.C. area makes this practice illegal. In this short clip, a U.S. senator explains how this law now makes it legal for store owners to use a gun to protect their cash register, yet illegal to protect their property or family. This article has more on the why’s and how’s of the law.
7. I’ll have a Beer, She’ll Have Some Wine : Liquor laws vary from state to state and even county to county. Although there is an amendment in the Constitution forbidding prohibition, where, what, and how much is sold is still left to the local authority. In this case, in Arlington, TX, you can purchase a six pack of beer at the grocery store, but not a bottle of wine. Other laws in the state control percentage of alcohol allowed to be sold, as well as laws for restaurants. If your city is divided into two or more counties, the laws on sales of alcohol can also change.
International Laws Everyone Believes Are Real
Strange laws are not limited to the United States. Check out some of these bizarre and harrowing laws of foreign lands, along with their punishments.
- 8. Afghan Women Must Wear Burqas : A traditional Muslim garb, it covers the heads, faces, and sometimes entire body of the wearer. It is not officially required by the Afghan regime. However, in areas where the Taliban still have power, the law can still be enforced with shocking harshness.
9. Burqas Are Legal in France : Although Muslim women are allowed to wear them in certain areas, Nicholas Sorkozy and his administration enacted a law in 2004. It bans the wearing of the Islamic headscarf and even other conspicuous religious symbols from the public arena. This includes schools and other areas. President Sarkozy attested these laws are meant to keep women from being “prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity.”
10. Two Consenting Adults : This term has many interpretations in different countries, but in some, such as Iran, it has little to no meaning. In this country, there are many laws prohibiting the joining of two consenting adults. They include, but are not limited to, relationships between non-Muslim men with a Muslim woman, premarital sex, and homosexuality. The punishment for any of these can be anything from a fine to a public beating, harsh prison sentence, or even death.
11. What Happens in BLANK, Stays in BLANK : Not just a catchy travel slogan, it is also a fake law. Certain crimes, such as engaging in sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 18 years, are prosecutable in the United States, even if it happened overseas. In addition, there is the Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act of 1998. It makes it illegal for an U.S. citizen to transmit any information about a minor for criminal sexual purposes, including any sort of child pornography.
12. Caning is Done for Mouthing Off : After an incident in 1994 where an American traveler was sentenced to six canings in Singapore, the whole nation was engaged in foreign law. In reality, caning is a common punishment in the country and can be used against crimes such as vandalism and even illegal immigration. Offenses that are considered minor in the U.S., such as littering, spitting, and jaywalking can be taken very seriously there as well. Harsher laws include submission to random drug analysis and there are even mandatory death sentences for certain narcotic crimes.
13. Property Can Be Divided Among Children : Not in the merry old land of England. On a small island on the Channel named Sark, there was a 400 year old law banning this. It prohibited property owners from leaving the land to anyone else but the eldest son. The law was changed in 1999, to give the daughters of the owner the right to inherit the property. The article by the BBC also goes on to say how some of the residents are unhappy with this change.
14. How Many Australians to Change a Light Bulb? : In Victoria, only one. However, by law it must be a licensed electrician who is doing the unscrewing and screwing. The fine for changing your own light bulb can be as much as ten pounds. The article from “The Daily Telegraph” also goes on to list more ridiculous laws in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Although many of these laws may sound ridiculous, be sure to check with the local authority before engaging in any act that may be illegal or in these 14 laws everyone believes are real. They are constantly subject to change, and especially in the case of overseas travel, can have strict consequences.
Gay marriage, adoption, and other related sociopolitical issues have recently been pushed to the forefront of the public consciousness ever since the controversial passage of Proposition 8 in California. The GLBT – short for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (and lately, intersexed and asexual individuals have become included as well– community has swelled to become a voice for the marginalized masses. Their devotion to the cause sheds a light on a form of discrimination still practiced in America today, and their activism hopes to educate supporters and detractors alike in what they feel and what they stand for.
- 1. Gay Rights Watch : Dedicated to relaying news and events on current issues of civil rights for the GLBT community, Portland-based Gay Rights Watch also serves as the leading independent resource on the subject in Oregon. In addition to their sociopolitical discussions, which comprise the bulk of the content, they also offer sections supporting the arts, crafts, and home economics with GLBT themes. Not surprisingly, many of the articles and commentary relate to community efforts in Oregon. However, most of GRW’s attention is still devoted to national issues for participants in and supporters of the gay rights movement living in other states.
2. Gay Rights at Change.org : Change.org focuses in on a number of social issues such as homelessness, women’s rights, and human trafficking. Their gay rights blog focuses mostly on issues regarding gay marriage in America, although they take on international movements as well. Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act stands as their highest concern at the moment, and most of their articles deal with the dizzying swirl of legislation and overturned legislation on both state and federal levels. They also focus on social issues as well, discussing ways in which the mainstream community reinforces homophobia and promotes tolerance.
3. A Christian Voice for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights : The battles between conservative Christianity and the gay rights movement flare up with raging intensity, most especially when legislation is up for vote or review. As to be expected, many members of the GLBT community feel marginalized and misunderstood by Catholicism and Protestantism alike – many of them struggle with finding a place within the church they grew up in after discovering their sexuality. This blog seeks to bridge the divide between discriminatory institutions and the individuals they push aside for emotions and desires that they absolutely cannot help. They ask Christians to accept gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered as equals; in turn, they ask that the GLBT community understands that not all Christians believe that any sexual preference beyond the heterosexuality is a choice and an abomination. It promotes understanding and an abolition of myths between two needlessly warring parties.
4. Beyond (Straight and GayMarriage : Run by blogger Nancy Polikoff – a Washington, D.C. law professor who specializes in gay and lesbian family issues – Beyond (Straight and GayMarriage looks at GLBT civil rights from a legal perspective. It looks not only at marriage, but related issues such as domestic partnerships, hospital visitation, parentage laws, employee benefits, child custody, adoption, and many others. Polikoff’s entries take a no-nonsense stance that offers up compellingly researched arguments based on her 30+ years of experience in the field.
5. AMERICAblog Gay : Tackling issues both national and international – though generally more focused on the United States – AMERICAblog Gay offers up more than just news on where the movement is headed. It also hosts a dizzying array of articles, commentary, opinions, videos, and other resources relating to GLBT culture and sociopolitical issues. Although the celebrity gossip links list seems extremely out of place for a site that focuses on real issues and real journalism. Few sites go into as much detail as this blog, though, and it remains an intelligent and provocative source for those seeking to learn as much as possible about the GLBT civil rights movement.
6. Joe. My. God. : This award-winning blog delves into politics, but supplements its commentary with short stories and opinions regarding gay culture as well. It allows those who desire to learn more about the GLBT movement the necessary social and cultural background to really delve into the whos, whats, and whys of issues such as gay marriage and equality. Joe. My. God. offers up an exhaustive amount of research so that readers may fully grasp all of the nuances and opinions that comprise GLBT civil rights.
7. Towleroad : Another impassioned, heavily detailed blog with news on politics and gay culture from around the United States, Towleroad also delves into issues of discrimination. Policies in the military and high schools are particularly delicate topics when it comes to gay rights and acceptance, and editor Andy Towle is not afraid to post articles which confront these controversies.
8. Pam’s House Blend : Pam’s House Blend takes an unapologetic, irreverent stance on discrimination and anti-gay activists. Those who disagree with her statements must thicken their skin before entering, while those who do appreciate her bluntness, candor, and painstaking research. Editor Pam Spaulding provides readers with a plethora of well-informed sources, giving them a useful and reliable resource when it comes to understanding all the ins and outs of the GLBT civil rights movement.
9. Rod 2.0 : Writer, produce, and all-around media Renaissance man Rod McCullom offers insight on GLBT politics and social issues. He occasionally delves into commentary on gay culture and racial issues as well. Many of his articles also address discrimination and incidents of intolerance in popular culture, most especially the anti-gay sentiment that sometimes expresses itself in professional sports.
10. Good As You : Touting that “[their] tone is light, but [their] message is firm,” Good As You follows through on their statements by providing readers with provocative, intelligent, and confrontational articles on discrimination and intolerance in the media. They stand as a nonviolent and incredibly vocal advocate for tolerance and equality in portrayals of the GLBT community. In addition, they also offer the media outlets that have been called out an opportunity to exercise their First Amendment rights and discuss their side of the debate. Good As You strives to remain as positive and progressive in their discussions as possible.
11. Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters : Alvin McEwen published a book titled Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters in 2007, which dissected the arguments made by the anti-gay movement. Through his blog, he continues to update and share his research to readers. McEwen looks into many of holes present in his opposition’s debates, pointing out instances where they rely on questionable research. At times, he even points out hypocrisies – especially in the myriad cases of anti-gay activists finding themselves caught in homosexual affairs and situations.
12. Blog at the Washington Blade : Though based in Washington, D.C., the blog for independent GLBT news source Washington Blade takes on a fully national scope. It covers news stories on social and political issues relevant to the gay community, including advice on how to handle opponents of marriage and equality legislation and discussions on whether or not civil unions constitute “accepting crumbs.” They do post international stories every once in a while.
13. Wockner : Prolific gay rights journalist Rex Wockner brings his 25+ years of experience to the internet. He covers events across the country live, tracking in real time the legislative decisions which concern the GLBT community. He also talks about the individuals who help to drive the movement forward, posting pictures and generously providing personalized comments and compliments. Wockner provides an intriguing first-person glimpse into how gay rights campaigns form and operate.
14. California Ripple Effect : Launched during the Proposition 8 controversy, Equality California tracks how the passing of the legislation banning gay marriage in The Sunshine State swelled to influence bills in other states. While it does emphasize the activism taking place within California over other areas of the country, the blog still turns its attentions to states where gay marriage has become pushed to the forefront of politics.
15. The Agenda : Although based out of New York, The Agenda does cover news stories from around the United States when momentous legislation crops up. Most of their articles cover politics over culture, but they do post regular “sweeps” which offer up relevant news and stories of interest from all over the internet. For those wanting information on the GLBT movement but suffer from a time crunch, these little clips give summaries of essential reading for the day.
16. Gay News Watch : Acting as a veritable Digg for the GLBT community, users generate content by submitting news stories and blog posts relevant to gay civil rights. From there, other visitors to the site can rate and comment on the articles, bringing the most popular to the forefront and downplaying the least. However, for those preferring other formats, it is possible to view listings by region, category, latest, and blogs or opinion articles as well. If none of the aforementioned choices appeal to users, then a customizable option is also available.
17. PageOneQ : This tireless news source combines timely articles from across the web into one digestible package. While it does not invite readers to rank their collection, they nevertheless offer an easy-to-navigate interface to make browsing for stories of interest quick and painless. Most external links only include a headline, though the bigger stories and reader picks come accompanied with introductory paragraphs.
18. BlogActive : Direct from D.C., this no-nonsense blog focuses on politics and politicians integral to gay civil rights. Editor Michael Rogers sheds light on how many elected officials who stringently deny equality for the GLBT community yet find themselves caught dallying in homosexual affairs. He urges all of those in leadership positions to embrace who they are and be honest with their constituents – and, more importantly, themselves – about their identity, sexual or otherwise.
19. J.A.T.G.A.B. Jewish Author Tough Gay Activist Bear : Writer Bill Schoell opens up about gay activism, culture, and events with an irreverent, tough, and keen eye. He draws quite a bit from his own personal experiences in the GLBT community, bringing up a couple of overlooked issues. However, Schoell’s best articles come on his analysis of gays in the media – both real and fictional. This busy, dedicated blogger interviews authors, reviews books and movies, and discusses imagery depicting the GLBT community in mainstream newspapers, magazines, and other outlets. Many of his articles provide incredibly insightful commentary on misguided mainstream perceptions of homosexuality and bisexuality.
20. Queers United : Queers United stands as one of the few blogs which actively seeks out relating to intersexual and asexual issues in addition to the usual GLBT news. They promote the importance of activism and education as the best routes towards obtaining equality for the community, citing Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and other nonviolent civil rights leaders as their main influences. Content encompasses issues, developments, and movements from around the United States, and readers can handily pick what subjects they would like to learn more about from a tab at the top of the menu.
21. 365gay.com : 365gay.com posts a very dizzying array of news stories and blog posts, all related to GLBT issues. Beyond the blog, they host a number of videos, advice from experts on a number of different fields, and opinions and editorials. It stands as one of the most detailed and exhaustive resources on current events in the GLBT community.
22. QueerToday.com : Multiple voices chime in regarding activism on QueerToday.com. It intends to construct a broad, vocal community that stokes awareness and education regarding gay civil rights. Participants organize nonviolent protests and rallies to garner to attention of media outlets, hoping to spread their message of equality to as many ears as possible. In addition, they also try to reach out to other marginalized and overlooked groups, such as the intersexed and the asexual.
23. Straight, Not Narrow : Straight, Not Narrow seeks to knock down the boundaries between Christianity, the GLBT community, and their heterosexual allies. Though outspokenly evangelical, this blog applies its religious leanings towards promoting a message of acceptance and tolerance between both parties. It apologies for and seeks to heal the pain that religious leaders have thrust upon the GLBT civil rights movement.
24. Inside, Looking Out : Focusing on marriage, hate crimes, and other equality issues, this blog posts news and opinions on current events concerning GLBT civil rights. It plans to open up a store soon for those who would like to support their messages, and occasional posts peek into interesting new media as well.
25. The New Civil Rights Movement : The New Civil Rights Movement makes for a lovingly detailed, comprehensive, and indispensable resource when it comes to learning about the GLBT movement and its goals. It covers an extremely broad spectrum of issues, ranging from marriage to economics and health care. All members of the gay community, their heterosexual allies, and even detractors of the GLBT civil rights movement must read the amazingly powerful, compelling essay “I Do Not Deserve Your Tolerance.”
All of these blogs stand in the front lines of the civil rights movement that fights for GLBT equality in American society. Without their tireless, unwavering efforts, the community would face even more marginalization and stigmatization. However, their fight stands up for more than marriage equality – by devoting time, money, energy, and resources into the GLBT cause, they give voice to all of those who have felt the pain of discrimination. Whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, asexual, heterosexual, or something entirely different, no responsible person deserves to be pushed aside just for being different from mainstream perceptions of normalcy. That conviction sits at the heart of the GLBT and other civil rights movements more than anything else, and that remains their true motivation for forging ahead.
It happens in every profession, but perhaps there is more discrimination against women in the legal industry, news that is corroborated by the study conducted by the National Association of Women Lawyers and the NAWL Foundation – 46 percent of the nation’s top 200 law firms do not have women among their top ten attorneys, 32 percent have just one women in the ten and a meager 6 percent of law firms have women managing partners.
Besides this, women partners are paid a median of $81,000 less than their male counterparts in firms where women on top are unheard of, and $11,000 less in firms where there are three or four among the top 10 attorneys in the firm. In most firms, women form nearly half of first and second year associates. But as the years go by, their numbers dwindle. Most women lawyers were employed as counsel, only 27 percent were non-equity partners, and only 16 percent were equity partners.
Why does this prejudice exist? Is it because people prefer to deal with male lawyers? Or is it because women are perceived as the weaker gender? Or are women seen as less likely to be business-like and effective? The survey goes on to reveal more horrendous facts – during the recent recession, more women lawyers were laid off than men, especially those who worked part-time. Apparently, women attorneys are more expendable than their male counterparts.
Not only do women lawyers to put up with discrimination from their own ilk, they have to deal with prejudice from female jurors as well, especially if they’re good looking and successful and the jurors are low in self confidence. The power of being a part of the jury goes to their heads at times and they feel that they must vote against the female lawyer, irrespective of what her client has or has not done, simply to put her in her place and claim victory for all womankind who do not look as good as she does or are as successful as she is.
The bias has got to stop, or we will only end up losing some of the best brains in the business. The day women are treated equal to men, the day we find that there is no discrimination between the sexes in any profession, that’s the day we can safely say that women’s liberation is here to stay.
It is probably one of the worst possible situations to be in – you’re behind on payments owned towards your debt, you’re going through a hard time trying to find a new job because you’ve been laid off your old one, and your debt collector has become unreasonable and is now resorting to physical threats and mental harassment to get you to pay. You’re at your wits’ end, you’re terrified that the threats against you and your loved ones could become a reality, and you don’t know who to turn to. That’s when you must seek help from a reputable lawyer – and if you’re worried about the expenses, most consultations are free of cost and from any obligation.
A lawyer could help protect you from unfair practices by debt collection agencies such as:
- Calling and badgering you every few minutes.
- Leaving threatening messages on your answering machine or sending violent text messages.
- Harassing your loved ones either directly or on the telephone.
- Asking for more money than you owe. Most debt collectors are thugs who have bought your debt from the lenders you borrowed from in the first place for a smaller sum of money. They then try to squeeze the money out of you by hook or by crook. In this process, some of them try to procure more than the amount you owe, usually by making threats that are too menacing to ignore.
- Dinging your credit report so that you don’t qualify for further loans and that even if you do, your interest rates are very steep.
- Forcing you to agree to pay back a certain amount every month directly from your salary account. The money is automatically debited from your account and credited to that of your debt collector.
- Suing you for not repaying your debt.
- Recording telephonic conversations with you. This is against the law and is usually done without your knowledge. If your lawyer can prove that your debt collectors are indulging in this illegal practice, you could claim up to $5,000 in damages.
With debt collectors becoming more and more unscrupulous and ruthless in the methods, many states are calling for stricter laws to protect consumers against unfair collection practices. While consumers are responsible for any debt they owe, they must be given a fair chance to repay it, especially if they’ve been the victim of unfortunate circumstances like the loss of a job or an accident. So if you’re being troubled by a debt collection agency, consult a lawyer to know your rights.
Although mankind is beset with many more diseases today, advances in the medical field allow us to treat these diseases and save lives. But, there are some religions and cultures that prohibit the use of certain forms of technology in treatment. The most well-known example of this is people who belong to the Jehovah’s Witness religion refusing to accept any treatment that has anything to do with the transfusion of blood and blood related products.
It’s a religious belief that they adhere to strictly, believing that the Bible forbids this form of treatment and that it is better to die rather than disobey what the Bible teaches. But, when such patients are admitted for treatment, hospitals face a moral and ethical dilemma – they have sworn to protect patients and save lives, and when they are asked not to provide what is routine treatment in other cases, they don’t know how to proceed.
Most hospitals have procedures in place where they lay down guidelines to deal with patients who belong to the Jehovah’s Witness sect or any other religious group that refuses any form of medical treatment. They usually agree to their wishes and obtain a written statement from them in this regard. But if the patient is unconscious or a minor, the rules are a little different. In case of a patient who is not in a position to take a decision on their own, hospitals sometimes try to contact relatives, and if they’re not successful, the doctor is allowed to take a decision after a second opinion.
When it concerns children who are minors, parents who belong to Jehovah’s Witness are adamant that they too follow their religion’s rules and do not receive blood transfusions. But hospitals sometimes allow their doctors to overrule the adults in case it means the child’s life is in danger.
Refusal of blood and blood-related products by patients causes hospitals much trouble because it involves so much more work for them in trying to save the patient. They have to divert from routine procedures and try and adopt new and often unsuccessful methods to save lives. And when patients are uncooperative and resist you at every turn, it makes the whole process seem worthless.
Most hospitals have forms that need to be filled out to deal with such cases, because they expect such disruptions when religious and cultural beliefs prevent people from accepting medical care, even procedures that the rest of the world considers normal and routine.
Don’t get your news on an important issue like civil liberties from just one source. Below are the best 100 civil liberty sites ranging from left to right and everywhere in between.
Government Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
The enforcer of civil liberties, the United States has various governmental sites visitors can stop by to check out the civil liberty issue of their choice.
- 1. The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal: Stop here first for any and all questions relating to the government and civil liberties. They have resources for citizens, businesses, non-profits, visitors, and even an A-Z listing of federal, state, and local, government agencies.
2. White House: See what the president has planned for the country via a slideshow on the homepage. There is even a section on civil rights and President Obama’s plans concerning them.
3. United States House of Representatives: Now in it’s 111th congress, this is the site for information on all the representatives from across the nation. You can see what issues are currently on the floor, read U.S. law, find a bill, and get roll call votes.
4. U.S. Senate: Read the latest issue being addressed by the Senate by stopping here. You can also get a live video stream of the Capitol dome and This Week in Senate History.
5. Supreme Court of the United States: Visitors can do a Google like search for documents containing a phrase of their choice directly from the homepage. There are also links for recent decisions, oral arguments, opinions, journals, and more.
6. United States Department of Justice: Highlights of the site include Medicare fraud, the Recovery Act, and the mission in Iraq. They also have various sections on what they do and how to perform common tasks over the internet.
7. Central Intelligence Agency: Whether you think the CIA protects civil liberties or infringes on it, the site is still worth a look. It has a world factbook and leader information, studies in intelligence, a library, and even a page for kids.
8. Department of Defense: This site has news and information on every branch of the military and beyond. Read the latest headlines or get links to one of their dozens of sites.
9. Guantanamo Bay: Get the latest updates on proceeding and hearings in the most noted of United States prisons by stopping here. There are also various headlines on their mission, as well as an impressive photo gallery.
ACLU Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
A leader in civil liberties, the American Civil Liberties Union has many resources to utilize online.
- 10. ACLU: The main site contains information on issues such as justice, death penalty, disability, drugs, free speech, etc. Stop by for the latest news, a Blog of Rights, and loads of videos.
11. NYCLU: The New York Chapter of the ACLU can be found here, as well as pages on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and others. There is also event information and a media center.
12. ACLU of Washington: Get the latest in D.C. developments by visiting this site. You can also read updates on legislation or follow their Twitter feed.
13. ACLU of Texas: Read the Liberty Blog or get information on one of their many local chapters. Scroll over to programs to get information on volunteering, meetings, issues, and even multimedia.
14. ACLU of Florida: A highlight of this site is the myths and facts about the Santa Rosa County lawsuit and the LGBT year in review. They also list their top issues which include national security, voting rights, and free speech.
15. ACLU of Northern California: With more than one branch in the state, this is currently the most visited. It serves San Francisco and many of the surrounding areas with many resources such as an online library.
16. Affiliates: If you don’t live in the above areas, try stopping here to visit the ACLU site in your state. You can even browse by the issue you wish to support/oppose.
International Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Go outside the borders of the United States and see how civil liberties are advocated for globally.
- 17. United Nations: With a special section for human rights, get the latest from the U.N. here. Check out the latest news, issues, or read more information from one of the sub-offices.
18. Liberty: This organization protect civil liberties and human rights in the United Kingdom. Visitors can view the latest news, read policy reports, and even learn more about their own rights.
19. B.C. Civil Liberties Association: This has been the voice of liberty in Canada since 1962. You can get resources in both English and French.
20. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Another Canadian based site, this non-profit deals with issues of civil and human rights for everyone. They have a list of current issues and even resources for those in the schools.
21. Civil Liberties Australia: This organization promotes people’s rights and civil liberties. Sections contain issues that are important to them, opinions, articles, and even submissions.
22. European Court of Human Rights: Based in France, they hold many hearings on the issue of human rights. You can check out their latest findings, view pending cases, and more.
23. Human Rights First: HRF believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence. You can learn about their work, watch videos, and hear how to help them take action.
24. International Justice Network: The IJN leads human rights initiatives around the world by providing direct legal assistance and expertise to victims. They also have a global network of legal professionals, non-governmental organizations, and community-based human rights advocates in order to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law.
Democrat Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These sites contain the best of the left in civil liberties and politics.
- 25. The Democratic Party: The official site, you can read the blog, see what actions are being taken, and get lots of information. There are also details on a 50 state strategy and how to join Team Obama.
26. Barack Obama: Visit the president’s very own website containing how he will organize for America. There is also a blog and a listening tour events schedule.
27. Democratic Underground: This site has both the latest and greatest in news and journals. There are also forums that contain discussions on hot topics.
28. The Huffington Post: Started by Arianna Huffington, this site contains news, along with a video blogging community. In addition to politics, they also cover business, entertainment, green, and other topics.
29. Salon.com: Stop here for the latest in news and opinion. Daily updates include 5 things, how the world works, and others.
30. MoveOn: Millions of readers stop here to get news, views, and more. Check out their success stories or current campaigns.
31. Wonkette: Get all the D.C. gossip by visiting this popular site. Current hot topics include racism, YouTube, Obama, and David Paterson.
32. Michael Moore: An award winning documentary maker, his new film is entitled “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The site offers an election guide, letters from Mike, must reads, and more.
33. Air America Media: An online radio station, they have many shows devoted to the liberal point of view. Listen live, or get many related resources.
Republican Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These political sites offer the best in civil liberties from the right side.
- 34. Republican National Committee: The homepage contains a flash screen containing the hottest issues such as healthcare and senior rights. Visitors can also read the blog and see where the RNC is in their part of the country.
35. GOP.gov: Follow Republicans in congress with the help of this website. There are resources on health care, a policy watch, blogs, solutions, and more.
36. Republican Governors Association: Currently chaired by Minnesota Governor Haley Barbour, it is also where names such as Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal have spoken. Current hot topics include energy 101, good policy, and the comeback.
37. Politico: Follow all the happenings in D.C. by visiting this site. You can read the latest news, columns, and get daily briefings on hot topics.
38. Human Events: The self described “conservative underground,” they cover news, views, and books. Read the latest entry by contributors such as Newt Gingrich and Ted Nugent, or watch one of their many videos.
39. Sean Hannity: With his own radio show and television program on Fox News, Sean is one of the leading conservative commentators in the country. Get links to his favorite sites, listen to his show live from the site, and more.
40. Young Republican National Federation: Learn more about joining this club by visiting here. You can also get resources, read headlines, and follow them on various social networks.
41. GOP USA: Get the latest news on “the grand old party” by stopping here. You can also visit the active forums to join a discussion.
42. Save the GOP: Scroll down to see the latest on how this blog hopes to save the Republican party. You can also view stories by tag.
43. National Black Republican Association: Get the latest news on African Americans in politics, Republican and beyond, here. The NBRA strives to promote the traditional values of the black community such as strong families, faith in God, personal responsibility, quality education, and equal opportunities for all.
44. Republican Website Program: Have a like minded group or organization? Then visit here to see it listed and get more tools.
Political Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Get civil liberties and politics from the view of alternate parties or independent voices here.
- 45. Libertarian Party: If you believe in smaller government, lower taxes, and more freedom, check out this political party. They have headlines, a blog, video, and much more.
46. Green Party: The ten key values of this party include grassroots democracy, social justice, and ecological wisdom. Visitors can read their latest news release, get election information, or check out their Facebook or Twitter pages.
47. CPUSA: Stop by here if you are curious or just want to learn more about the Communist party in America. Categories include current issues, national meetings, elections, and more.
48. Glassbooth: Don’t know which party or candidate you lean towards? Then stop here to take a quiz on the candidates and issues you most closely align with and why.
49. Vote Smart: Get extensive, non-partisan information on a political candidate’s voting history by stopping here. You can also search by issues, ballot measures, and locally.
50. FactCheck: Ever heard or read something you felt wasn’t true? Then check out this site by the Annenberg Public Policy Center to get the back story, as well as a fact of the day and mailbag questions.
51. Media Research Center: Similar to the above, they go behind the story to expose any media inaccuracies. Check out one of their top videos or stop by Newsbusters.
52. Rassmussen Reports: One of the most accurate polling centers in the world, they have one of the most comprehensive public opinion databases. You can check out their latest poll, or view one of the archived.
53. Spot-On: Get online political campaign solutions here. Politicians come here for advice on elections, but they also have a blog and editorial page.
Community Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Visit or join these communities to meet and discuss with others who are interested in civil liberties.
- 54. Essembly: This is a free, non-partisan social network that allows politically interested individuals to connect with one another, engage in constructive discussion, and organize to take action. Simply sign up for a free account to begin.
55. You2Gov: Visit here to start a political group or join another with like minded people. You can also read their power blog, take action, view videos, and more.
56. Townhall: Check out columns from noted writers such as Ann Coulter, Thomas Sowell, Bill O’Reilly, and others. You can also start your own, listen to talk radio from the internet, and get podcasts.
57. Daily Kos: Both top writers, along with everyday bloggers, come here to share their own political diaries. Read them all or start your own.
58. SpeakOut: Stop here to voice your opinion on politics, activism, and more. Choose your issue from the activism center or read the latest.
59. American Issues Project: Join this community to meet with others on the more traditional aspects of America. You can also check out one of the expert columns or blogs.
News Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Stop by the below for the latest in civil liberty, political, and other headlines.
- 60. CNN: With headlines being updated constantly, this site is definitely a first look for just about every story. Read the most recent, most popular, and there are thousands of video news stories to choose from.
61. Real Clear Politics: Don’t want to jump from site to site looking for political headlines? Then stop here to read them all gathered in one place from sources such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New York Times,” and many others.
62. Drudge Report: This site made one of the most impressive new breakthroughs when they broke the Lewinsky scandal. Visit for the latest in headlines and more.
63. TIME: One of the longest running print publications, they are possibly most famous for their “Person of the Year” issue. Check out the latest headlines or visit the multimedia center.
64. World Net Daily: A free press for free people, this internet news provider keeps an eye on big brother. Subjects include commentary, money, whistle blower, and others.
65. MSNBC: “The place for politics,” you can also get weather, business, health, entertainment, and more. Current popular entries are on the world’s tallest man and a woman who was implanted with the wrong embryo.
66. Fox News: With a mantra of “We report. You decide,” stop here for news on politics, business, and many other topics. They also have useful resources on health and GretaWire, where the hottest issues are discussed.
67. The Guardian: Get news focused on the United Kingdom by visiting this site. It contains political topics for both the U.K. and U.S., along with the rest of the world.
Women’s Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
These civil liberty sites focus on the rights of women and girls.
- 68. Equality Now: An international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic, and social rights of females. Read about their latest ventures in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.
69. CARE: This global organization fights poverty, particularly among women. Web features include photo galleries, videos, and special reports.
70. Coalition Against Trafficking of Women: Founded in 1988, CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. Get the latest updates, along with resources in many languages.
71. WILPF: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom strives to defend human and women’s rights across the world. Current campaigns include democracy, Haiti, the Middle East, Cuba, and Save the Water.
72. Afghan Women’s Network: The AWN works to provide a forum for action, lobbying on behalf of women to the Afghan government, and capacity building. Learn more by visiting the site.
73. Feminist Peace Network: The FPN advocates for the human rights of women by raising awareness about misogyny and the global pandemic of violence against women. A blog like site, they have the latest in female rights headlines.
74. National Organization for Women: Active since 1966, NOW has promoted a various array of women’s rights issues. Check out the hot topics, latest events, or read the National Now Times.
75. Feminist Law Professors: Two law professors with a feminist point of view author this blog. It contains the latest headlines and opinions in women’s rights from the feminist point of view.
76. Living the Legacy: Follow the United State’s women’s right movement from 1848 to 1998 with the help of this site. You can also get a detailed timeline and commentary on today’s issues.
Discrimination Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Whether on race, color, religion, or other, these civil liberty sites address it.
- 77. NAACP: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been in service since 1909. Find out how to become a member, more about programs, or read the blog.
78. ADL: The Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism, bigotry, and extremism. You can find a chapter in your area or read up on the latest issues.
79. ColorLines: Stop here for a national news magazine on race and politics. You can read the latest in headlines or RaceWire, their blog.
80. Discrimination Attorney: Provided by the office of Greenberg and Rudman LLP, there are sections on nearly every area of employment law including job discrimination, sexual harassment, age, race, gender, pregnancy, glass ceiling, and disability. Simply choose your topic of interest, and click on it to get more.
81. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Facing housing discrimination issues? Then check out the HUD site to see what is being done about and how they can help you.
82. National Council of La Raza: The largest Latino civil rights organization, the NCLR works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Select a topic, read a publication, or find an event in your area.
83. Asian Human Rights Commission: Get updates on human rights issues in Asia and for Asians here. Check out a campaign, publication, press release, or urgent appeal.
84. American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee: Goals of the ADC include defending the civil rights of Arab Americans, promoting civic participation, and supporting freedom in the Arab world.
85. RACE: A project of the American Anthropological Association, they examine the realities of difference in races. There is a blog, history, lived experience, and even resources for kids.
LGBT Rights Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Visit these sites to learn more about the civil liberties of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals.
- 86. Human Rights Campaign: The HRC works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. Read the latest news or find out what they are doing in your community.
87. GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation provides media advocacy and more to change both hearts and minds. Visitors can see what they are up to, check out the blog, and even get online publications such as “Best/Worst National News.”
88. Change.org: With a section for gay rights, they also tackle women’s rights, homelessness, global warming, and human trafficking. Current top stories include marriage equality and Facebook.
89. Gay Rights Watch: This blog contains all the gay you can take in a day. Topics include politics, the arts, and entertainment.
90. Gay Straight Alliance Network: Both gay and straight people can join this organization to promote LGBT rights. Find one in your area, or start your own.
91. International Lesbian and Gay Association: Since 1978, they have been fighting worldwide for LGBT rights. Get the latest headlines from all over the world, or select your country to learn more.
92. ILBLA: The International Lesbian and Gay Law Association looks at the realm of LGBT rights from the legal point of view. You can learn about their upcoming conference, or learn more on the site.
Other Sites Every Civil Liberties Advocate Should Have Bookmarked
Get information on just about every other civil liberty issue by checking out these sites.
- 93. UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund works for children’s rights, their survival, development, and protection. They have special reports, millennium goals, and even online television and radio stations.
94. Amnesty International: This organization seeks the freedom of those who are wrongly imprisoned. Spotlight issues include poverty, justice, the death penalty, violence against women, and the control of arms.
95. American Center for Law & Justice: The ACLJ is specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. See what they are up to, read their blog, or get resources on social networking.
96. Americans United for Separation of Church and State: Founded in 1947, the AU brings together Americans of many faiths and political viewpoints to defend church-state separation. Issues include defending the courts, faith based initiatives, and marriage.
97. American Pictures: This lecture has been shown in over 6,500 institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Europe. You can get resources in both English and German.
98. Big Fat Blog: Get information on civil liberties for the overweight by checking out this blog. Read the latest entries or visit the forums.
99. Democracy Now: This radio show provides reports from independent and international journalists, along with ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy. Grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts are also featured.
100. GoodTree: Support your favorite charity by using this engine over Google or others. Simply click the one you prefer to begin helping them with every search.
Stay informed on all matters of civil liberty no matter your gender, race, religion, or political preference by utilizing the above 100 sites every civil liberties advocate should have bookmarked. They can help you stay informed, take action, and even meet others who share your opinions and values.