ACLU Statement on Alameda County District Attorney Recall Election

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OAKLAND — Today, the ACLU of Northern California re-affirmed its strong opposition to the recall of Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price – following confirmation from the county registrar that Price’s opponents have collected enough signatures to force a recall election. 

Recall supporters have spent over $2 million on their effort to remove Alameda County’s first Black woman district attorney. Wealthy real estate investors and other business interests have financed most of the recall campaign.  

“Pamela Price campaigned on a progressive, pro-reform platform and had only been in office a few months when her critics began dishonestly blaming her for crime problems that have been decades in the making,” said Yoel Haile, director of the criminal justice program at the ACLU of Northern California. 

“This recall attempt should be viewed as part of a broader conservative strategy nationwide to roll back criminal justice reforms aimed at interrupting the cycle of mass incarceration of Black and Brown people.” 

Contrary to Price’s opponents’ claims, recalling her would do nothing to address residents’ crime concerns.  

It will now be up to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to set a date for the recall election.  

The ACLU will continue to oppose the recall of DA Price. We urge Alameda County residents to reject the politics of fear and vote “no” on the recall.  

DISCLAIMER: The ACLU of Northern California does not take positions for or against candidates for office, but when a recall is about the civil liberties record of an elected official, we can speak out. And we do so now, for only the second time in a local recall. 




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