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ACLU Supports New California Bill to Ensure Privacy for All

Feb 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Today the ACLU of California joined a diverse coalition of privacy, civil rights, economic equity, and children’s advocacy organizations to announce support for AB 1760, Privacy for All, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland). Privacy for All puts Californians in control of the personal information that companies collect and share about them. As the technology ind... Read More
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ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging National Emergency Declaration

Feb 19, 2019
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, ACLU of Texas, and ACLU of Northern California today filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency powers declaration to secure funds to build a wall along the southern border. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition and was filed in the Northern District of California. ... Read More
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Settlement Reached in CBP Sexual Assault Case

Feb 19, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — A settlement has been reached in J.I. v. United States, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Northern California on behalf of a woman who was sexually assaulted by a U.S. border patrol agent when she was 17 years old. In July of 2016, two sisters, then 19 and 17, lost their way while traveling to the US from Guatemala, and encountered U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers ... Read More
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ACLU Comment on Potential National Emergency Declaration

Feb 14, 2019
NEW YORK — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today stated that President Trump will declare a national emergency. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement in response: President Trump’s hankering for a wall at the southern border cannot be justified by calling a national emergency. This would be a clear abuse of presidentia... Read More
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ACLU of CA Comment on Shooting Death of Willie McCoy in Vallejo

Feb 14, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Late on the night of Saturday, February 9, 2019, six Vallejo police officers shot and killed Willie McCoy, a 21-year-old African American man who had been sleeping in his car. In response, Peter Bibring, Police Practices Director of the ACLU of California, issued the following statement: Our thoughts are with Mr. McCoy’s friends and family as they mourn this heartbreaking los... Read More
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Winter 2019 ACLU News

Feb 12, 2019
Download the Winter 2019 ACLU of Northern California Newsletter and read about our latest events and initiatives. Read More
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Fall 2018 ACLU News

Feb 12, 2019
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Court Denies Effort to Thwart Release of Police Records Mandated by SB 1421

Feb 08, 2019
Today, in a ruling in Contra Costa Superior Court, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blocked an effort by six police unions that are seeking to prevent the enforcement of SB 1421 by keeping files private that were created before January 1, when the new law took hold. SB 1421 makes public previously secret information about officers who shoot, kill, or engage in serious misconduct like fals... Read More
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Advocates and Families of People Killed by Police Urge California Lawmakers to Pass Bill that Will Curb Deadly Police Shootings

Feb 06, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, the ACLU of California, faith-based organizations, police reform advocates, labor unions, and families who have lost loved ones to police violence called on the legislature to pass AB 392: The California Act to Save Lives. The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to bring California’s deadly use of force law in line with best practices to avoid dead... Read More
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Voting Rights Groups Reach Agreement on Next Steps for Review and Accountability for Processing of Voter Registrations at DMV

Feb 04, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Voting rights groups, the California Secretary of State, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have filed a joint request for a stipulated federal court order outlining several steps the Secretary and DMV will take to correct errors related to the delayed transmission of voter registrations submitted to DMV, and to prevent such errors in the future. The League of Women Voters ... Read More
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ACLU of Northern California Calls on District Attorneys to Comply with the Law and Reject Treating Children as Adults

Jan 31, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — Before 1995, the state of California considered young people under the age of 16 as children by law. With the advent of the “tough on crime” era of the late 1990s, the law changed to allow for the adult prosecution of 14-and 15-year-old children who were shamefully described as “super predators”. Youth of color bore the brunt of this draconian law. Between 2007-2016, compared to... Read More