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ACLU Foundation of Northern California Sues School District for Censoring Students’ LGBTQ Quotes in Yearbook

Mar 06, 2019
MADERA, CA — The ACLU Foundation of Northern California today filed a lawsuit against Chawanakee Unified School District and Minarets High School administrators on behalf of two students for censoring the students’ speech celebrating their LGBTQ identities in violation of their free speech rights and right to be free of anti-LGBTQ bias in California schools. Steven Madrid and Mikayla Garaffa, t... Read More

ACLU Statement in Response to California AG’s Independent Investigation into the Death of Stephon Clark

Mar 05, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, California Attorney General Becerra announced that the state Department of Justice would not bring criminal charges against the police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark, who was unarmed at the time, in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. The announcement comes after days of protests in Sacramento following the decision by the county’s District Attorney who al... Read More

ACLU of Northern California Statement on Decision Not to Charge Deputies in Chinedu Okobi Case

Mar 01, 2019
There is a national, statewide, and local pattern of police using excessive force against people of color during routine encounters. The video and reports provided by the San Mateo County District Attorney related to the death of Chinedu Okobi in Millbrae on Oct. 3 have all the earmarks of racial profiling. If crossing the street made Okobi the object of police attention and attempted detention – ... Read More

ACLU Statement on Sacramento DA Decision in Stephon Clark Shooting

Mar 01, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that her office will not press charges against the officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, 2018. Clark was unarmed, holding a cell phone, at the time he was killed.  Lizzie Buchen, legislative advocate for the ACLU of California’s Center for Advocacy and Policy, had this ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 2018 ACLU News

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