With the help of volunteer attorneys across the state, and your support, the ACLU is able to challenge laws and practices that violate the rights of Arkansans.  Whether it's the right to protest, the right to obtain an abortion, or the right to be treated fairly by the courts, the ACLU is there to make the promises of liberty and justice for ALL become a reality.

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Victory: Rodgers v. Bryant

On September 26, 2017 a U.S. District Court blocked state-level restrictions on panhandling, granting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas to enjoin the law on the grounds that it unconstitutionally infringed on the First Amendment right to free speech.

August 8, 2017 Free Speech

Victory: Dilbeck v Clark / Rodgers v Hot Springs

On June 28, 2017 the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed two lawsuits in federal district court challenging anti-panhandling ordinances in Fort Smith, Hot Springs and Rogers on the basis that they violate the First Amendment.

June 28, 2017 Free Speech

Hopkins v. Jegley: Abortion Restrictions

On July 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court granted plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction, thereby blocking enforcement of four challenged Arkansas laws restricting abortion care in the state until the litigation is resolved.

June 20, 2017 Reproductive Rights

Rodgers v. Bryant: the Right to Beg

Victory! In 2016 the ACLU of Arkansas challenged a state law making it a crime to ask for money, food or other charity, any time and any place, saying it violated the right to free speech. The case was filed on behalf of two people, Michael Andrew Rodgers and Glynn Dilbeck.

October 26, 2016 Free Speech