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Job Announcement: Executive Assistant

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) seeks a dynamic team player to fill the position of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound independent judgment, attend closely to details, and take initiative. The Executive Assistant will report directly to the Executive Director.

The ACLU-NC, the state-wide affiliate of the national ACLU, is a nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights for all North Carolinians.  Our offices are located in Raleigh, NC. We maintain a fast-paced, but low key and friendly work environment. We are a growing organization, currently with 12 regular staff members. 

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This is a remarkable day. When Donald Trump was elected president, we promised that if he tried to implement his unconstitutional and un-American policies that we would take him to court. We did that today. And we won.

Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that suspended resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspended all other refugee resettlement for 120 days, and banned the entry of nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days. All seven countries are predominately Muslim countries. We have no doubt that the motivation behind the executive order was discriminatory. This was a Muslim ban wrapped in a paper-thin national security rationale.

The executive order went into effect immediately and so did its destructive intent. At John F. Kennedy International Airport last night, Hameed Khalid Darweesh arrived and was immediately detained. Darweesh worked as interpreter for the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and, according to Brandon Friedman, a platoon leader in Iraq, saved countless U.S. service members’ lives. We don’t know how many other refugees and foreign nationals with green cards or visas might have been detained when they tried to make their way into the United States today, but we intend to find out. We are asking anyone with any information to get in touch with the ACLU.

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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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