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ACLU Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 18, 2020
Few people have had such a dramatic and lasting effect on a particular area of law as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who directed the work of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project from its founding in 1972 until her appointment to the federal bench in 1980. Read More
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ACLU Releases New 'Know Your Rights' Resources for Voting

Aug 25, 2020
Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California released three new ‘Know Your Rights’ resources specifically designed to educate California voters. They contain important information about who is eligible to vote, how to register to vote, how to vote in person, and ways to return completed ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
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A Know Your Rights Guide for Black and Brown People for Police Encounters

Aug 17, 2020
In recognition of this fact, today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California released a Know Your Rights guide designed specifically for people of color. It contains critical information they need to know about their constitutional rights during a police stop. It further provides important tips for interacting with law enforcement, whether someone is stopped while they are on foot, in their vehi... Read More
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Court Orders ICE to Test All Mesa Verde Detainees, Staff

Aug 16, 2020
A federal district judge issued an emergency order that requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to test all people detained and all staff at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center for COVID-19. Documents show the more than 50% of detainees tested are positive for COVID-19. Read More
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Secretary of State Denies Arabic- and Somali-Speaking Voters Language-Appropriate Services to Ensure Their Right to Vote This November

Aug 06, 2020
California state law is clear: Secretary of State Alex Padilla has the discretion to take measures to ensure that the Arabic- and Somali-speaking voters of Fresno and San Diego Counties, respectively, can cast their ballots in the November 2020 election. Despite testimony from these communities showing that they have been unable to participate in elections due to language barriers, Secretary Padil... Read More
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ACLU Demands Facebook Explain Why Content from Black Activists is Being Silenced

Jul 31, 2020
Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California sent a letter to Facebook demanding information about what caused Facebook to delete the Black Zebra Productions page, a Black-led independent journalism outlet that provides critical resources and information to thousands of people fighting state violence against Black people. The sudden and unwarranted removal of this page was an affront to the o... Read More
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ACLU Letter Criticizes School District for Free Speech Violations

Jul 29, 2020
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of Southern and Northern California today sent a letter to the Greenfield Union School District in Bakersfield, expressing deep concern that “the district has created a hostile environment for Black students and staff in its schools by subjecting them to differential treatment and degrading, off-handed comments.” Read More
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ACLU Demands Twitter Take Immediate Action to Stop Developers from Facilitating Government Surveillance of Users

Jul 09, 2020
ACLU Foundation of Northern California and ACLU Minnesota along with Color of Change and MediaJustice have sent a letter to Twitter this morning demanding that they take immediate action to prevent its developers from facilitating government surveillance of its users. Dataminr, a Twitter developer, has provided law enforcement with tweets by activists organizing and participating in ongoing demons... Read More
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ACLU Supports Challenge to Settlement Agreement Between UC Hastings and City of San Francisco

Jun 24, 2020
Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed an Amicus brief to support groups who are representing unhoused people and requesting to intervene in legal action between UC Hastings and the City of San Francisco concerning conditions in the Tenderloin neighborhood. The settlement proposed by the parties would directly impact the lives of unhoused people whose voices have been excluded fro... Read More