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.
How Not to Respond to the New York Attack
Eight people were killed and nearly a dozen more injured yesterday when a man drove into the bike lane of a street in Lower Manhattan. Instead of expressing unity and resilience, Trump took to Twitter to further his nativist agenda, calling for entire Muslim and immigrant communities to be punished and for some of the worst national security policies of recent years to be revived.Read More
Recognizing the Value of Black Lives is not Controversial
Alameda mom Dede Lewis fights the school district on its censorship of Black Lives Matter, says the value of white lives has never been up for debate.Read More
In California, We Protect Our Values and Each Other
California is known for protecting the rights of marginalized people. The ACLU of California sponsored and supported incredible legislation that was ultimately signed by the governor. And we couldn't have done it without our partners.Read More
The California Fight for Abortion Access for All: #ACLUTimeMachine
"Once the state furnishes medical care to poor women in general, it cannot withdraw part of that care solely because a woman exercises her constitutional right to have an abortion.”Read More
Is the FBI Setting the Stage for Increased Surveillance of Black Activists?
A newly leaked FBI report contains troubling signs that the feds are scrutinizing and possibly surveilling Black activists in its search for potential "extremists."Read More
Students Have the Right to Take a Knee
Today, students across the country are responding to the pre-game protests by professional athletes, when players during the National Anthem have chosen to kneel, sit, or raise a fist against police violence and state oppression of African-Americans and other people of color. Inspired, students have bravely followed suit.Read More
Governor Brown Just Signed the California Values Act and here is Why It’s a Big Deal
Local law enforcement, in particular the Sheriffs in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, are fully entangled with immigration enforcement authorities and detain people on ICE’s behalf in our local county jails. In San Bernardino county, ICE agents are also allowed full and unfettered access to county jails. Nationally, 65-75% of deportations occur because of these entanglements.Read More
Trump’s EPA is Harming California’s Farmworkers. You Have the Power to Help.
Black Athletes Are Not Objects for Our Entertainment but People from Families and Communities Impacted By Acts of Injustice. I Support Them.
While for some the jury may still be out on whether Trump is a white supremacist, there is the mounting evidence to support the claim.Read More
Government Documents Show Creeping Covert Surveillance in Orange County and Beyond
Anaheim used a 'covert purchase' procedure to hide $700,000 worth of acquisitions, loaned its surveillance equipment out to other jurisdictions, and used the devices to investigate a much broader array of crimes than was originally promised.Read More
Bail Reform: Not a Question of If, But When for California
The Pendulum Swings, But Let’s Look Back at How Far We’ve Come — #ACLUTimeMachine
From being jailed for having long hair to not being allowed to marry someone of another race, here’s a snapshot of what was going on with civil liberties 50 years ago.Read More