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ACLU Files Suit Against City of Berkeley for Not Releasing Police Misconduct Records

Jan 30, 2019
San Francisco — The following complaint has been filed against the city of Berkeley, California on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and Berkeleyside, an online publication, in response  to the city’s assertion that Berkeley Police Department records related to police misconduct predating January 1, 2019 are exempt from disclosure, despite the passage of the histo... Read More
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Sacramento Sheriff Sued for Censoring BLM Leaders on Facebook

Jan 30, 2019
SACRAMENTO — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California along with the law firm Rogers Joseph O’Donnell today filed suit on behalf of Black Lives Matter leaders who were unlawfully blocked from Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones’ official Facebook page. Tanya Faison and Sonia Lewis, co-leaders of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, have been vocal critics of the sheriff and other law enforcement officia... Read More
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ACLU Comment on Amazon Shareholder Resolution Against Selling Facial Recognition to Government

Jan 17, 2019
SEATTLE — A group of Amazon shareholders announced today that they have filed a shareholder resolution echoing widespread calls for Amazon to stop sales of facial recognition to the government. The shareholder resolution, which asks Amazon’s board of directors to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the board concludes that the technology does not pose actu... Read More
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ACLU of California Statement on Qualification of Referendum to Repeal Bail Reform Legislation

Jan 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Yesterday, the California Secretary of State confirmed that a bail-bond-industry-funded referendum campaign asking voters to overturn Senate Bill 10, the recent legislation that would eliminate the bail bond industry in California, has qualified to be on the November 2020 ballot. In response, the following statement can be jointly attributed to the three executive directors of the ... Read More
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ACLU of Northern California Seeks Records in Police Killings

Jan 16, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California has sent Public Records Act (PRA) requests to multiple law enforcement agencies on behalf of people seeking information about the officers involved in the killings of their loved ones. A new law, SB 1421, went into effect in California on Jan. 1. The historic legislation makes public previously secret information about officers who shoo... Read More
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Pressure Mounts on Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Against Selling Facial Recognition to Government

Jan 15, 2019
NEW YORK — A coalition of over 85 racial justice, faith, and civil, human, and immigrants’ rights groups today sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google demanding the companies commit not to sell face surveillance technology to the government.  The coalition makes it clear to each company that a decision to provide face surveillance technology to the government threatens the safety of commu... Read More
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ACLU Comment on Governor Newsom’s Proposal to Lengthen Paid Family Leave in California

Jan 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO — Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom introduced his budget proposal for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year. Included in the budget was a commitment to expand paid family leave to six months from the current six weeks. In addition to expanding the length of leave, the Administration will consider other changes—including alignment of existing worker protections and non-retaliation protections—t... Read More
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ACLU Commends Newsom’s Funding Proposal for Emergency Services for Asylum Seekers at the Border

Jan 10, 2019
SAN DIEGO – As San Diego County struggles to address a growing migrant shelter crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled his proposed budget for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year that includes a $25 million General Fund investment (including $5 million to be made available this year) for a community-based rapid response program for nonprofit first responders helping migrant families seeking protection fr... Read More
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ACLU Applauds Governor’s Proposal to Expand Early Education, Calls for Greater School Support Staff Funding

Jan 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Just days after being sworn in as California’s 40th governor, Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed budget today for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year, including a $124.9 million investment to expand preschool education to all low-income four-year-olds over the next three years. In response, Sylvia Torres-Guillén, the ACLU of California's Director of Education Equity, issued the following state... Read More
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Fall 2019 ACLU News

Jan 03, 2019
Download the Fall 2019 ACLU of Northern California Newsletter and read about our latest events and initiatives. Read More
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ACLU Comment on Google’s Commitment Not to Sell a Facial Recognition Surveillance Product

Dec 13, 2018
BANGKOK — Google today made it clear that it has not, and will not, sell a facial recognition surveillance product until the technology’s dangers are addressed, citing its susceptibility to abuse. Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, issued the following comment in response: “This is a strong first step. Google today demon... Read More
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ACLU Responds to Reports CBP is Using Tear Gas Against Migrants at the Border

Nov 26, 2018
WASHINGTON — Reports released today indicate that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are using tear gas against migrants attempting to seek asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry at the Mexico/California border. Lorella Praeli, deputy political director at the ACLU, had the following response: “Under no circumstances should CBP be using tear gas on children. This show of violence is ... Read More