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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

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

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

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

ACLU of Northern California Statement on Referendum to Repeal Bail Reform Legislation

Nov 20, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, a bail-bond-industry-funded campaign turned in signatures in an effort to qualify a referendum for the November 2020 ballot asking voters to overturn Senate Bill 10, the recent bail reform legislation that would end commercial bail in California.  In response, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Executive Director Abdi Soltani issued the following statem... Read More

Court Blocks Trump's Ban on Green-Card Holders in the Military

Nov 19, 2018
San Francisco — A federal court issued a ruling on Friday that halts a Trump administration policy that blocked hundreds of lawful permanent residents from serving in the U.S. military. Judge Jon S. Tigar granted a preliminary injunction, holding that the Department of Defense likely violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act after it implemented a policy discriminating against lawful pe... Read More

Movement for Debt Free Justice Launched in California

Nov 19, 2018
Today we proudly announce the official launch of Debt Free Justice California (DFJC). We are a concerned group of legal advocates, policy experts, researchers, and — most importantly — movement-building organizations led by impacted people. Building on the recent momentum of local criminal justice reform efforts throughout California, this statewide coalition will put a stop to the unfair ways our... Read More

Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging New Trump Asylum Ban

Nov 09, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the asylum ban proclamation signed this morning by President Trump. The lawsuit currently charges the administration with violating the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. “President Trump’s new... Read More

ACLU Comment on Trump's Dismissal of Jeff Sessions

Nov 07, 2018
New York — In response to reports that President Trump has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement: Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history. He was an egregious violator of civil rights and civil liberties. From his plot to deport Dreamers, remove police and... Read More

ACLU Calls for Independent Counsel to Review Cases of Prosecutor Andrew Ganz

Nov 01, 2018
On October 19, a State Bar Court of California judge found San Francisco prosecutor Andrew Ganz culpable of four counts of misconduct and recommended 90 days of suspension. The charges were related to a 2012 murder case Ganz prosecuted while working in the Solano County District Attorney’s office. In response, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California is calling for outside counsel to review all ... Read More

ACLU Comment on Trump's Threat to End Birthright Citizenship

Oct 30, 2018
NEW YORK — President Trump is reportedly considering issuing an executive order that attempts to end birthright citizenship in the United States. Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction: The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment's citizenship guarantee is clear. This is a transparent and blatantly unc... Read More

ACLU of California Statement on Misleading Campaign Ad

Oct 25, 2018
Please attribute the following statement to the ACLU of California affiliates in regards to recent campaign ads opposing Tony Thurmond for California Superintendent of Public Instruction: The ads prominently feature the name of the ACLU in a way that can be misconstrued as an endorsement. The ACLU of California affiliates neither endorse nor oppose candidates for office. The ACLU did not create... Read More