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ACLU Strongly Opposes Mayor Breed’s Tilting of the Scales in the San Francisco DA Race

Oct 04, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Today in an unforeseen move, Mayor London Breed appointed her favored candidate, Suzy Loftus, to be the interim San Francisco District Attorney following the premature resignation yesterday of DA George Gascón who is not seeking a third term. Gascón will leave his post on Oct. 18th, just weeks before what would have been the first open District Attorney race in San Francisco in 100... Read More
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Federal Authorities Will Not Charge Police Who Fatally Shot Stephon Clark

Sep 27, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, federal authorities announced that they would not bring civil rights charges against the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark, who was unarmed, in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. The announcement marks this as the third law enforcement agency to fail to hold the officers accountable. Kathleen Guneratne, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU-NC, had ... Read More
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Appeals Court Confirms Discrimination by Dignity Health

Sep 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirmed that it is illegal discrimination for a hospital to deny someone care simply because they’re transgender, allowing a lawsuit filed against Dignity Health to move forward.  Plaintiff Evan Minton was scheduled to receive a hysterectomy at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Sacramento-area Catholic hospital in the Dignity Health chain. Two day... Read More
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Appeals Court to Hear ACLU Discrimination Case Against Dignity Health

Sep 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The ACLU is set to argue before the Court of Appeal in San Francisco Tuesday on behalf of Evan Minton, a man who was denied health care because he is transgender. Minton was scheduled to receive a hysterectomy at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Sacramento-area Catholic hospital in the Dignity Health chain. Two days prior to the appointment, a nurse called to discuss the surgery... Read More
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California Assembly Passes College Student Right to Access Act, Bill One Step Closer to Governor’s Desk

Sep 16, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Groundbreaking legislation that would require all on-campus student health centers at public universities in California to offer medication abortion services passed in the California Assembly today with an initial vote of 44 to 15. Now, Senate Bill 24, also known as the College Student Right to Access Act, goes back to the Senate for concurrence before it heads to Governor Gavin Newso... Read More
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ACLU Applauds CA Legislature for Sending Bill to Block Facial Recognition on Body Cams to Governor

Sep 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO–The California Legislature today sent State Assemblymember Phil Ting’s Body Camera Accountability Act (AB 1215) to Governor Newsom, positioning California to become the largest state in the country to block law enforcement agencies from adding facial recognition software to officer-worn body cameras. In response to the bill’s passage, Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorn... Read More
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California Legislature Votes to Make Election Day Registration Available at Every Polling Site

Sep 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO–Today, the California Legislature approved SB 72, legislation by State Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) that will allow all eligible Californians to register to vote and cast a ballot at polling sites on Election Day. SB 72 now heads to Governor Newsom for his signature. If signed by the governor, Election Day registration would be available at all polling sites in California in 2... Read More
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California Senate Votes to Block Face Recognition on Police Body Cameras

Sep 11, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Senate passed AB 1215: The Body Camera Accountability Act, legislation to block law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition surveillance against Californians on officer-worn body cameras. Introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), AB 1215 passed the Senate just weeks after the ACLU released test results showing that facial recognition so... Read More
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California Lawmakers Pass Historic Bill Abolishing Copays in Jails and Prisons

Sep 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, the California Senate voted to pass AB 45, state legislation introduced by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) to eliminate copays for medical and dental services provided in California county jails. The bipartisan vote follows the decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to voluntarily eliminate copays in state prisons earlier this ... Read More
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Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6 Passes CA Assembly

Sep 05, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today the California State Assembly passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6, which would restore voting rights to nearly 50,000 Californians on parole. ACA 6, authored by Asm. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), passed with a 54-16 vote. ACA 6 will next go through the California State Senate, where it will need a 2/3 majority to pass. If it passes through the Senate, the constituti... Read More
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ACLU Calls on BART Board to Reject Unconstitutional Anti-Panhandling Prohibitions

Aug 21, 2019
OAKLAND — Today, the ACLU of Northern California will give public comment at the BART Board of Directors meeting calling on the Board to forgo any potential ordinance that would prohibit panhandling on BART. In its public comment letter, the ACLU warns that panhandling, busking, and other forms of solicitation are free speech protected under the First Amendment as well as state law. The letter ... Read More

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