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ACLU Statement on California Attorney General’s Refusal to Release Police Records Despite Court Ruling

Apr 05, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the state’s top law enforcement official, is refusing to follow the law that he has been sworn to uphold. It has been a week now since a court of appeal in Contra Costa County ruled that law enforcement agencies must release records prior to January 1 under California’s police transparency law. The judges found the legal challenge by police unions to be ... Read More

Civil Rights Groups Prevail in Lawsuit to Require Secretary of State to Improve Voter Registration Opportunities

Apr 03, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday, civil rights groups prevailed in their lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla to expand voter registration at agencies in the state that serve people on public assistance and individuals with disabilities. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman ruled (see ruling) Padilla must require voter registration at additional agencies and contractors ... Read More

ACLU Comment on Letter from Top A.I. Experts Demanding Amazon Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement

Apr 03, 2019
Today, 25 top A.I. researchers called on Amazon to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement. In response, Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, released the following statement: This call by top A.I. experts adds a new and uniquely authoritative voice to the chorus of consumers, shareholders, policymakers, and civil right... Read More

ACLU Files Complaint with Department of Homeland Security Over Unwarranted Interrogation and Attempted Device Search

Apr 02, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Today the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on behalf of Andreas Gal who, on November 29, 2018, was subjected to interrogation and retaliation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for questioning the unwarranted search of his electronic devices. T... Read More

Judge Authorizes San Francisco to Release Records in Police Killings and Misconduct cases

Mar 29, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, a judge authorized the release of all records of San Francisco police officers involved in shootings, killings and other serious misconduct, as legally required under SB 1421.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) had gone to court to thwart the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association’s efforts to defy the historic transparency bill by re... Read More

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Stronger Consumer Privacy Protections, New Data Shows

Mar 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – New polling released today shows that Californians from all walks of life and all parts of the state support legislation to strengthen consumer privacy protections. Across race, gender, party, and regional lines, 90% of likely California voters want to require companies to do more to protect their personal information. (Read the polling results.) “California voters clearly want inc... Read More

ACLU Sues St. Joseph Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient

Mar 21, 2019
EUREKA — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP today filed a lawsuit against St. Joseph Health Northern California for denying care to a transgender patient. Filed on behalf of Oliver Knight, the suit argues that withholding medical care from a patient because he is transgender violates California’s Unru... Read More

Facebook Agrees to Sweeping Reforms to Curb Discriminatory Ad Targeting Practices

Mar 19, 2019
NEW YORK — A historic civil rights settlement was announced with Facebook today following a variety of anti-discrimination legal actions. The settlement encompasses sweeping changes that the tech giant will make to its paid advertising platform to prevent discrimination in employment, housing, and credit advertising. Since late 2016, Facebook has faced legal pressure from the American Civil Lib... Read More

ACLU of California Launches Radio Ad Campaign in Support of AB 392 to Reduce Number of Police Shootings

Mar 19, 2019
SACRAMENTO — One year after the tragic shooting death of Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento, the ACLU of California is launching an advertising buy in support of legislation to reduce the number of police shootings in the state. The organization is investing in 30 second radio spots that will be featured for a two-week period on KHYL-FM in Sacramento and KPWR-FM in Los Angel... Read More

Records Reveal ICE Using Mass Surveillance Database to Track People With Aid of Local Law Enforcement

Mar 13, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California today released records revealing that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has gained access to an expansive surveillance database to target immigrants. The documents also reveal that local law enforcement agencies are aiding ICE in the surveillance efforts by sharing residents’ location information with ICE agents, some... Read More

ACLU Commends California Governor Newsom’s Plan to Place Moratorium on Executions

Mar 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Last night, news broke that California Governor Gavin Newsom is planning to announce a moratorium on executions in the state. The following statement can be jointly attributed to the three executive directors of the California ACLU affiliates: Abdi Soltani (Northern California), Hector Villagra (Southern California) and Norma Chávez Peterson (San Diego & Imperial Counties):  Read More