Topic: Civil Rights

FOIA to DOJ Office of Legal Counsel Concerning Birthright Citizenship

April 9, 2021
FOIA request to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel seeking communications reflecting discussions about ending birthright citizenship in the months before the 2020 election.

FOIA to DOJ for Communications Concerning Birthright Citizenship

April 9, 2021
FOIA request to the Department of Justice seeking communications reflecting discussions about ending birthright citizenship in the months before the 2020 election.

State Proposals to Restrict Protests

April 8, 2021
American Oversight is investigating state-level efforts aimed at curtailing protests, including bills that contain harsher punishments for crimes committed during demonstrations and or that provide criminal liability shields to drivers who hit protesters.

Missouri Rep. Schnelting’s Communications Concerning Bill Protecting Drivers who Hit Protestors from Liability

March 19, 2021
Records from the Missouri House of Representative in response to American Oversight's request for Rep. Adam Schnelting’s communications concerning a bill that would protect drivers from liability if they hit demonstrators. These records include communications concerning legislation drafts.

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding Directives to Designate Antifa as a Terrorist Organization

March 18, 2021
The Department of Justice stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for directives, memos, or other official documents regarding designating “Antifa” or similar groups as terrorist organizations. In May 2020, former President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. planned to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization despite experts saying it would be unconstitutional to do so.

Records Request to the Victoria County, Texas, for Complaints Submitted in Victoria County Jail During 2021 Winter Storm

March 18, 2021
Public records request to the Victoria County Sheriff's Office seeking complaints submitted by the people detained at the Victoria County Jail during the February 2021 crisis caused by a winter storm.

FOIA to BOP Seeking Complaints Submitted in Prisons Managed by Department of Criminal Justice During February 2021

March 18, 2021
FOIA request to the Bureau of Prisons seeking complaints submitted in facilities managed by BOP during the February 2021 crisis caused by a winter storm.

Records Request to Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Assessments of 2021 Winter Storm’s Impact on Imprisoned Population

March 18, 2021
Public records request to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice seeking assessments of the impact of the February 2021 power crisis caused by a winter storm on prison populations.

Records Request to Bowie County, Tex., for Assessments of 2021 Winter Storm’s Impact on Imprisoned Population

March 18, 2021
Public records request to the Bowie County Sheriff's Office seeking assessments of the impact of the February 2021 power crisis caused by a winter storm on county jail populations.

Records Request to Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Complaints Submitted in Prisons Managed by Agency During 2021 Winter Storm

March 18, 2021
Public records request to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice seeking complaints submitted by the people in prisons managed by the Department of Criminal Justice during the February 2021 crisis caused by a winter storm.