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.


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.


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.


November 25, 2014

ACLU of Virginia Urges Crime Commission to Stop the Criminalization of Teenage Sexting

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia released a letter it sent to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission recommending against any legislation to criminalize teenage sexting. Any such legislation would raise serious constitutional concerns and also result in feeding many more Virginia teens into the school-to-prison pipeline. (more…)

November 24, 2014

Are you okay with a natural gas pipeline through the Shenandoah Valley

There is a rising cry for support coming from the Shenandoah Valley, and literally all counties from West Virginia to Portsmouth. Dominion Power has quietly been posturing to launch a pipeline across West Virginia and through this part of the valley. There’s a petition to get more information but Dominion is tight lipped until permits are issued. Local residents want answers:

[_] SIGN NOW – Dominion Pipeline: Request a Public Meeting
[_] Would you support Dominion’s natural gas pipeline in Augusta County?
[_] More Details/Proposed Route of Dominion Marcellus to NC Pipeline
[_] Dominion Proposes Natural Gas Pipeline Across Shenandoah Mountain
[_] Judge: Bluegrass Pipeline builders cannot use eminent domain
[_] Seeking legal advice in matters of eminent domain in the U.S.
[_] Pipeline would impact Augusta County, national forest
[_] Augusta County Meeting on Dominion Pipeline June 25
[_] Condemnation Issues Under the Natural Gas Act
[_] Augusta Co. eyes gas line project
[_] Pipeline Info For Landowners
[*] and more . . . (more…)

July 19, 2014

Spring Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley

news from HarrisonburgNews of interest in the Centeral Shenandoah Valley of Virginia including Harrisonburg, Staunton, Rockingham County and surrounding areas. If you’ve got news or a story to tell, just let us know! Here’s to Mother’s Day Weekend, 2014 …
[*] Mrs. T’s hosts Shenandoah Valley students to learn workplace skills
[*] Local Project Works To Raise Awareness About Sexual Abuse
[*] American Shakespeare Award recipient brings words to life
[*] Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the State
[*] Valley leaders clash over Medicaid expansion
[*] 150th Anniversary Battle of New Market
[*] The Steel Wheels On Mountain Stage
[*] Local Impact of Lifted Poultry Ban
… and more!


May 10, 2014

What’s up in and around Harrisonburg – April

It happened last week — if you have a news, views or review item to share with harrisonburg readers, please pass it along! Among the better news providers we find WSVA, blogs and others in this week’s news : [*] JMU students accepted into intensive summer medical training program
[*] UNCW’s Adams, JMU’s Brewer Honored as CAA Women’s Golfers of the Week – April 9
[*] Staunton City Council Considering Doubling Cigarette Tax
[*] Mulitple Vehicle Accident Closes US 340 in Virginia
[*] Student Suspended After Alleged Facebook Threats
[*] Teams Volunteer For Blacks Run Cleanup Day
[*] Annual Plane Pull Benefits Fairfield Center
[*] Saturday sunrise in the Shenandoah Valley
[*] Farmers wanted for infrastructure survey
[*] Pamela’s Secrets Building Sold
[*] and more . . . (more…)

April 14, 2014

National Ag Day is Tuesday, March 25th

United States Congress Many days, long before the sun rises and long after the sun sets, farmers across the nation are hard at work producing the food and fiber products we rely upon. From the very foundation of the United States to the present day, these hardworking farmers and ranchers have held a place at the core of our economy.
A message from Congressman Bob Goodlatte:


March 22, 2014