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.
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
Why Are Border Sheriffs Rushing to Adopt Iris-Recognition Technology?
As mobile iris-scanning apps and tools become available, racial profiling by law enforcement could lead to Latinos and people of color having their eyes scanned simply because they speak Spanish or have brown skin.Read More
A Promising California Bill Could Help Communities Stop Secret And Discriminatory Police Surveillance
In today's troublesome political climate, local police surveillance must be reined in.Read More
Know Your Rights: Sex Ed Should Inform, Not Stigmatize
Abstinence-only sex education has been illegal in California for years. But some schools are still failing to teach sex ed, or are teaching a version of sex ed that spreads misinformation and is based in fear and stigma.Read More
Know Your Rights: Police in Schools Don’t Have Unlimited Power
When police officers replace school administrators as disciplinarians, the results are often disastrous, especially for students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Police presence on campus contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline that pushes thousands of youth out of the classroom and into the criminal justice systemRead More