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Tulare Coalition Will Not Attend TRUTH Act Forum Due to Safety Concerns

Aug 20, 2019
TULARE — The ICE Out of Tulare Coalition has decided, as a strong collective action, to not physically attend the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (“TRUTH”) Act Forum of Tulare County’s scheduled for August 20th, 2019. We stand as a coalition united in solidarity to not exert efforts to organize behind the unsuitably planned TRUTH Act Forum this year. The Sheriff and Board of S... Read More

California Families Celebrate as Governor Signs One of the Strongest Police Use of Force Laws in the Country

Aug 19, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Propelled by the leadership of hundreds of family members whose loved ones were killed by California police officers, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed historic legislation to strengthen the state’s law on police use of force. Introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Assembly Bill 392: The California Act to Save Lives will establish a “necessary” use of force standar... Read More

NFL Players, Justice Advocates Pay Bail to Free Immigration Activist Jose Bello

Aug 13, 2019
BAKERSFIELD — Farm worker and immigration activist Jose Bello, who was arrested and imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents shortly after reciting an anti-ICE and Trump administration poem at a public meeting, has been freed. His ICE-imposed bail of $50,000 was paid by: National Football League players Josh Norman and Demario Davis, who are members of the of the Players C... Read More

ACLU Seeks Court Order Against ICE to Guarantee Detained Immigrants Access to Lawyers

Jul 12, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California went to court today to seek an injunction that would prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from blocking Pangea Legal Services and other legal service providers meaningful access to people swept up in ICE raids. We are also asking a federal judge to prohibit ICE from processing people arrested in ICE raids until they are able... Read More

California Set to Pass Landmark Legislation to Save Lives, Reduce the Number of Police Shootings

Jul 08, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Senate passed landmark legislation to strengthen the law on police use of force and reduce the number of deadly police shootings in the state. Assembly Bill 392: The California Act to Save Lives, introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), will establish a “necessary” use of force standard, paving the way for other states to follow suit. Police o... Read More

ACLU Comment on Axon’s Decision to Ban Facial Recognition on Body Cameras

Jun 27, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Axon, a maker of officer worn body cameras used by many United States police departments, today announced that it will not add facial recognition systems to those devices. This announcement comes as the California Legislature considers the ACLU-sponsored Body Camera Accountability Act (AB 1215), a bill that would prohibit the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveil... Read More

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

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

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

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