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ACLU Files Complaint Against Madera County for Violating the CA Values Act

Jun 27, 2019
MADERA — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed a complaint Wednesday with Madera County for illegally re-detaining and transferring former resident Ivan Santos Cuevas to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which then deported him to Mexico. The Madera County Jail deputies’ actions were a flagrant violation of the California Values Act. Santos Cuevas’ case is just the latest exa... Read More
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Class-Action Lawsuit Against Caltrans “Homeless Sweeps” Moves Forward

Jun 20, 2019
OAKLAND — A lawsuit challenging Caltrans’ practice of unconstitutionally seizing and destroying homeless people’s property will move forward as a class action in accordance with yesterday’s ruling from the Superior Court of California. The plaintiffs seek statewide relief from Caltrans’ encampment sweep practices. The case, Sanchez v. Caltrans, was brought by unhoused persons who have had prope... Read More
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ACLU Sues Fresno County Election Official for Removing Church Polling Place in First Amendment Dispute over Black Lives Matter Banner

Jun 10, 2019
FRESNO — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California today filed a lawsuit against Fresno County's chief elections official for her illegal removal of a polling place at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno – for the sole reason that the church refused to cover up Black Lives Matter banners on the property. The suit argues that Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, violate... Read More
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Civil Liberties and Racial Justice Organizations Sound the Alarm on Face Surveillance-Enabled Body Cameras in California

Jun 04, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, the ACLU of California and a diverse coalition of civil rights, racial justice, and digital privacy organizations sent a joint letter urging the California Senate Public Safety Committee to support AB 1215: The Body Camera Accountability Act. AB 1215, introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), prevents California law enforcement from adding this surveillance tech... Read More
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California Bill to Reduce Police Killings, Hold Officers Accountable Advances in Legislature

May 29, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Assembly voted to pass Assembly Bill 392: The California Act to Save Lives, critical legislation that will change the use of force standard in California to a “necessary” standard to reduce the number of police shootings. If passed and signed into law, AB 392 will transform California from a state with one of the most permissive use of force laws, to a state with... Read More
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University of California Halts Plan to Partner with Dignity Health

May 28, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – In response to intensifying pressure from UCSF students and faculty, policymakers, and reproductive justice and LGBTQ advocates, the UCSF Chancellor and the President and CEO of UCSF Health today announced that they will not continue to pursue expanded affiliation with Catholic hospital system Dignity Health “as it had been envisioned.” Statement from Phyllida Burlingame, Reprod... Read More
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California Assembly Approves Eliminating Co-Pays in Prisons and Jails

May 23, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, California’s Assembly passed Assembly Bill 45, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) with a vote of 44 to 19. AB 45 eliminates medical and dental copayments and charges for health care appliances in prisons and jails. “People in here refuse medical service because of copays,” said Juan Moreno Haines, an incarcerated journalist and winner of the Silver Heart ... Read More
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ACLU Report Spotlights Overuse of Toxic Chemical Spray in Juvenile Facilities

May 22, 2019
LOS ANGELES — The chemical agent known as pepper spray is so toxic that it’s classified in California law as a tear gas weapon. But in juvenile detention facilities in many parts of California, this weapon — which can cause not only intense pain, but also blistering of the skin, respiratory arrest, and even an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks — is alarmingly overused on youths as young ... Read More
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ACLU Sues ICE Contractor, Calls for Investigation of Abuse of Women Immigrants

May 21, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and Goodwin Procter LLP today filed a lawsuit against ICE transportation contractor G4S Secure Solutions on behalf of four women in ICE custody who were shackled by their hands and feet, then forced to ride in a boiling, windowless van for hours with no food, water, medication or toilet access. The suit is seeking damages for the women’... Read More
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California Legislature Caves to Big Tech Pressure Again and Undermines Consumer Privacy Rights

May 16, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee refused to advance SB 561, a bill that would allow Californians to hold tech companies accountable for privacy violations. SB 561 is authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, at the request of Attorney General Becerra, and supported by consumer and privacy advocates. “The legislature just put Big Tech before Californians by killi... Read More
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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves Historic Face Surveillance Ban and Oversight Law

May 14, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, a historic law that brings accountability and oversight to surveillance technology and makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to prohibit government use of face surveillance systems.  The law was authored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin. In response to today’s vote, the coali... Read More
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ACLU Statement on Unanimous Vote to Advance San Francisco Surveillance Oversight Law and Facial Recognition Ban

May 06, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the San Francisco Rules Committee unanimously voted to advance the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance, a bill that requires that there be public notice, clear use policies, and a vote by the Board of Supervisors before a city department can acquire surveillance technology. The ordinance also prevents city departments from using face surveillance technology. The ordinance ... Read More