The ACLU of Northern California stands in solidarity with our partners, members, and followers during this unprecedented public health crisis. We are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that the government mandated “shelter-in-place” restrictions are being enforced equitably, and that specific populations are not put in extreme risk over which they have no control. We are engaged and we are ready to challenge any indefensible abuse of power.
To that end, we are conducting advocacy around a number of issues.
The Shelter-in-Place Orders: The shelter-in-place orders that have been issued for the entire state of California are clearly an enormous and almost unprecedented curtailment of our individual civil liberties. Nonetheless, these measures have overwhelming support from local and national public health experts in support of our collective well-being. We have, however, done some advocacy around court closures and due process, and we are continuing to monitor the implications of closing federal offices for those in immigration proceedings.
Implementation of the Orders: We are monitoring outreach to us from the public for any concerns with implementation to ensure that these policies will not be implemented in disparate or discriminatory ways. While implementation will likely be spotty at first, we are paying close attention to see if any patterns emerge. At that time, we will assess the appropriate way to intervene.
Impacts on Vulnerable Communities: Aside from identifiable problems with enforcement, these policies, even if fairly enforced, are going to have the gravest effects on vulnerable communities. We have addressed many of these issues through joining coalition members in letters to various government actors asking that they consider and take action to protect these communities. These requests are likely to continue and will be closely tethered to the current COVID-19 crisis.
- Comments on Report to the Judicial Council of California
- Public Access to Court Proceedings and Records Amid COVID-19 Crisis
- Attorney General letter re: Reducing Arrests, Pretrial Detention, and Incarceration
- Contra Costa Superior Court System's Shutdown
- Governor Newsom Letter re: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- COVID-19 Policy in Yuba County Jails
- COVID-19 Policy in Alameda County Jails
- COVID-19 Policy in Contra Costa County Jails
- COVID-19 Policy in Fresno County Jails
- COVID-19 Policy in Sacramento County Jails
- COVID-19 and California's Criminal Justice System
Gender, Sexuality, & Reproductive Justice
- Letter to Fresno County Sheriff
- Letter to Imperial County Sheriff
- Letter to Kern County Sheriff
- Letter to Merced County Sheriff
- Letter to Monterey County Sheriff
- Letter to Orange County Sheriff
- Letter to Sacramento County Sheriff
- Letter to San Diego County Sheriff
- Letter to Stanislaus County Sheriff
- Letter to Tulare County Sheriff
- Letter to ICE re: Mesa Verde Detention Center Conditions
- Letter to ICE Demanding Immediate Release of All Detained Immigrants
- Request EOIR to Restore the BIA Pro Bono Project’s Access to Pro Bono Representation
- Governor Newsom Letter re: COVID-19 and Immigration Detention in California
Racial & Economic Justice
- Governor Newsom Letter re: Paid Family Leave, Sick Leave, & Unemployment Insurance
- Governor Newsom Letter re: COVID-19 and Homelessness
- Statewide Education Equity Letter
- Statewide Hygiene and Safety in Shelters Letter
- COVID-19 Public Health Policy for California's Homeless Shelters
- Chief Justice Letter re: Halt on Eviction Hearings
- Re: Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 and Housing-Related Matters
- Governor Newsom Letter re: Towing Moratorium