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We can be pretty sure that each new day will bring two things: new threats to our civil liberties, and new stories of people standing up for their rights and winning. Behind every court ruling is a person. Behind every landmark law is a movement. Read the stories and hear the voices that ground our work.

Fact-Checking Family Separation

Jun 19, 2018
As public outrage around family separation mounts, members of Congress demand access to government-run facilities, and the United Nations condemns us, the Trump administration is attempting to shift the blame — fast. Read More

Over 150,000 People Tell Amazon: Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Police

Jun 18, 2018
On Monday afternoon, civil rights, religious, and community organizations are taking their demand that Amazon stop providing face surveillance technology to governments, including police departments, to the company’s headquarters in Seattle. The groups will deliver over 150,000 petition signatures, a coalition letter signed by nearly 70 organizations representing comm... Read More

California, Say Her Name

Jun 11, 2018
As stories of state violence against Black men and boys occupy many of the calls for police reform, countless stories of Black women and girls subjected to excessive force and police misconduct remain untold. We must say their names. Read More

Running for Elected Prosecutor Will Never Be the Same

Jun 06, 2018
In past elections, DA candidates ran largely unopposed, but this year, there were more contested DA races in California than in recent memory – perhaps ever before. Although incumbents retained their seats in most counties, all elected DAs in California now know they are under an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Read More

It’s Time to #Powerthe14th

Jun 05, 2018
Whether you realize it or not, July 9, 1868 was a day that changed your life and ours. Why? Because it was the day that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. Read More

Equity Requires Honest Conversations. Calling Out White Supremacy is a Good Start.

May 29, 2018
Starbucks. Colorado State College. Air B&B. Nordstrom Rack. Yale University. Grandview Golf Club. Oakland's Lake Merritt. In the last month, “incidents” in each of these locales have made headlines, incidents in which white people have called the police on people of color—either African American or Native American—accusing them of everything from burglary to acting suspicious to golfing t... Read More

We're Demanding the Government Come Clean on Surveillance of Social Media

May 24, 2018
The Trump administration is ramping up surveillance of what people say on social media — and it’s doing so largely in secret. Social media surveillance by the government raises serious concerns about free speech, racial and religious profiling, and privacy. The ACLU today filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out how agencies like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are... Read More

We Take Baseless Defamation Accusations Seriously. Here’s Why.

May 03, 2018
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California is committed to fighting against spurious legal claims that threaten free speech. Especially when corporations and other powerful entities attempt to strong-arm people who have less resources at their disposal. This is exactly what happened to Claudia Rossi, a Bay Area school-board member and trustee, when she raised concerns about a private charter ... Read More