Report finds HUD employees interfered with congressional investigation; Goodlatte, Chaffetz call for accountability

Department of HousingU.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) called for accountability after Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) employees were found to have interfered with a congressional investigation.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that two HUD employees had illegally interfered with a 2012 congressional investigation into an agreement brokered by former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Tom Perez.

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April 14, 2016

Goodlatte: Time for a New Tax Code

United States Congress There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18th deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again. A very appropriate quote by an unknown author sums up the feelings of many during tax season:
      Quoting  begins People who complain about taxes can be divided
      into two classes: men and women. Quoting  ends
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April 13, 2016

Goodlatte criticizes embrace of ‘sanctuary city’ idea

Congressman_Bob_Goodlatte Congressman Bob Goodlatte blasted candidates for Roanoke City Council Friday following the candidates’ endorsement of making Roanoke a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants during a campaign forum.

“It may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joking matter,” Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, said in an unsolicited statement. “It is extremely alarming that anyone seeking elected office would support this wrongheaded policy.”

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April 12, 2016

ACLU of Virginia Opposes Government Cancellation of NFL Team’s Trademark

Washington Redskins

ACLU Asks Appeals Court to Find Trademark Law Unconstitutional Violation of Free Speech


THE ACLU OF VIRGINIA, the ACLU of the National Capitol Area and the national ACLU today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the cancellation of the Washington National Football League team’s trademarks on the grounds they are ‘disparaging.’

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga said

Quoting  begins The ACLU agrees that the Washington team’s name and trademarks are disparaging to Native Americans, and we have made clear that we believe that the team should change its name and discontinue use of its current trademarks … At the same time, however, we believe that government is prohibited by the First Amendment from denying a trademark on that basis. Quoting  ends

The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit along with the ACLU national organization and the Nation’s Capital affiliate, argues that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s cancellation last year of six trademarks for the team name was unconstitutional. The brief argues that the trademark office’s decision to cancel the Washington team’s trademarks

  • violated the team’s free speech rights because it
  • discriminates against a particular point of view,
  • places a condition on the valuable benefits of trademark registration, and
  • is arbitrary and will lead to arbitrary enforcement.

The ACLU of Virginia filed a similar brief in the team’s original case in U.S. District Court in March. That court ruled against the team in July.

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EDITORS NOTE : Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has the opinion that the team name is disparaging to Native Americans, it has never actually been proven. No actual testifyable proof has been presented beyond the recent hearsay of a small special interest group. Always remember that the court interprets the law and offers opinions on the law but cannot legislate new law. The laws of the land are established only by YOUR selected, duely elected public representitives.


ACLU of VirginiaThe ACLU of Virginia promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation, and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. For more information on the ACLU of Virginia go to www.acluva.org

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2015

Goodlatte: Saying “Thank You” to Our Veterans

United States Congress THANK YOU. To many, these are just two simple words. But to our veterans, they mean much more. Today, we honor the men and women who for generations have served our country with great sacrifice and dedication. We are blessed to live in the United States, and every day I am thankful for the service of our men and women in uniform. (continues)
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November 11, 2015

Fairfax Judge Denies County’s Request to Dismiss ACLU of VA Case Challenging Unlawful Police Surveillance

Virginia ACLU

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Grace Carroll denied the Fairfax County Police Department’s (FCPD) request to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU of Virginia challenging the FCPD’s use of automatic license plate readers to unlawfully collect the personal information of law-abiding Virginians.

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August 29, 2015

DOJ Filing Supports Transgender Student’s Right to Appropriate Restroom Facilities

Virginia ACLU

On June 30, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972.

The DOJ filed the statement in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia on behalf of transgender male student Gavin Grimm, a junior at Gloucester High School. (more…)

July 1, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Victory in Case Striking Down Charlottesville Begging Restrictions in Downtown Mall

Virginia ACLU

On February 20, U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia in a case involving a Charlottesville prohibition on begging in certain parts of the downtown pedestrian mall. Judge Moon’s ruling found the city’s ordinance to be unconstitutional, and ordered the City to stop enforcing the ban. The ACLU of Virginia represented the plaintiffs in the case, homeless men who regularly ask passersby for contributions on the mall.

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February 23, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Celebrates House of Delegates Action to Protect Property of Innocent Virginians

Bill Requiring Conviction before Asset Forfeiture Now Heads to the Senate

In a press conference hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia and the office of Delegate Mark Cole of Spotsylvania County, the organization congratulated the Virginia House of Delegates for passage of a bill that would require a criminal conviction in asset forfeiture cases. (more…)

February 7, 2015

Junior Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Northeast : from Stanardsville

Trevor Shifflett A U.S. Navy Sailor from Stanardsville, Virginia, assigned to Navy Band Northeast in Newport, Rhode Island was recently selected as the band’s Junior Sailor of the Year for fiscal year 2014.

Musician 2nd Class Trevor Shifflett, a Stanardsville, Virginia native and 2008 graduate of William Monroe High School, joined the Navy as a guitarist in August of 2008. In addition to performing on guitar with Navy Band Northeast’s jazz combo and popular music group, Rhode Island Sound, MU2 Shifflett performs as a percussionist with the band’s Ceremonial Band and Pops Ensemble. Shifflett is also the Unit Leader of Rhode Island Sound and serves also as Navy Band Northeast’s Information Systems Security Officer.

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November 25, 2014