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LAKE LURE, N.C. – Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA) should promptly rescind its ban on all student-led noncurricular groups, including an LGBTQ+ student organization that was recently formed to promote tolerance and equality for all students, according to a letter sent today by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF)  to school officials.

At its November 12 meeting, the LLCA Board of Directors voted to suspend all student-run clubs after some community members challenged the new LGBTQ+ club. In today’s letter, ACLU-NCLF Legal Director Chris Brook explains that the federal Equal Access Act forbids schools from permitting some student groups while barring others. LLCA has a history of allowing noncurricular students organizations, including a campus Christian organization, Raptors for Christ, that has met on campus for five years.

“The LGBTQ+ club does not seek special treatment,” Brook writes in the letter. “They simply seek to be treated the same as other student groups on campus, a right guaranteed to them by the Equal Access Act.”


CHARLOTTE – A constitutionally suspect proposal that would create “exclusion zones” to ban people who have been arrested from entering certain Charlotte neighborhoods will be discussed by the city’s Community Safety Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18.

“While we have not yet seen a written proposal, the details that have been put forward are extremely  problematic and would almost certainly violate the constitutional rights of a huge number of Charlotteans,” said Susanna Birdsong, Policy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina. “People should not have to obtain permission from the government to go to work or visit their relatives. We are watching this conversation very closely, and we urge Charlotte officials to abandon their pursuit of such a constitutionally suspect proposal.”      

Read the ACLU of North Carolina's letter expresssing concerns about the proposal to Charlotte's Community Safety Committee here.


NEW YORK — Following the attacks in Paris, some U.S. governors, including North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, and federal lawmakers have moved to restrict the planned resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States.

Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants' Rights Project, said:

"Some politicians have attempted to fabricate a link between the tragedy in Paris and the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States. Making policy based on this fear mongering is wrong for two reasons. It is factually wrong for blaming refugees for the very terror they are fleeing, and it is legally wrong because it violates our laws and the values on which our country was founded."

We're excited to announce that Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, will be the keynote speaker at our 2016 Liberty Awards Dinner in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 2, where we'll recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the cause of civil liberties in North Carolina. Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states throughout the country, including the ACLU’s challenge to North Carolina’s 2013 voter suppression law that reduces early voting and eliminates same-day registration.

You can nominate a deserving group, organization or individual for the annual Frank Porter Graham Award and other honors by filling out our online nomination form.

2016 Liberty Awards Dinner: Protecting Democracy
Featuring the Annual Frank Porter Graham Award and Keynote Speaker Dale Ho
Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
RSVP today!