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Fighting Local Surveillance: a Toolkit

May 14, 2020
Together, we are achieving important victories against secret and dangerous surveillance. We are raising awareness of how surveillance technology like drones, stingrays, and facial recognition exacerbate discriminatory policing, suppress dissent, and facilitate harm to immigrants and people of color. We are building the political coalitions and power essential to win surveillance reform and durabl... Read More
Cover page for ACLU of California report, "Carriers to Reproductive Justice While Detained". Below the title is an image of a woman of color holding a small child in her arms. Below this image is the ACLU of California logo.

Barriers to Reproductive Justice While Detained

Nov 17, 2020
The detention of immigrants is inherently a violation of reproductive justice, as it denies people their bodily autonomy and human rights. Barriers to Reproductive Health While Detained seeks to promote awareness of these problems among the legal and medical providers working with detained people, and to provide ready access to some of the relevant legal standards. Read More
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Is Funding for High-Need Students Actually Reaching those Students?

Mar 22, 2018
A report by the ACLU Foundations of California and Fresno Building Health Communities, “Is Funding for High-Need Students Actually Reaching Those Students? A Review of Fresno Unified’s Local Control Accountability Plan” details one school district’s attempt to improperly use state funds designated for high need students. In 2014, California passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), a law th... Read More
Bullies in Blue

Bullies In Blue: Origins and Consequences of School Policing

Apr 12, 2017
Like many teenage boys, Nathan and Caleb, 14- and 16-year-old brothers who were students at Clarkston High School in rural Washington, liked to play pranks. At least they did until an incident at school landed both boys with felony charges. One morning the boys were in the same class with a substitute teacher watching a movie when they remembered the small bottles of fart spray they had with th... Read More
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The Right to Remain a Student: How CA School Policies Fail to Protect and Serve

Oct 18, 2016
A disturbing trend has emerged in California—police officers are stationed in schools and are replacing educators as disciplinarians for minor offenses and student behavior issues. Further, on-campus policing often results in over-criminalizing students—mostly low-income students of color—and pushes affected students out of the educational environment and into the school-to-prison pipeline. This i... Read More
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Prop 47 Toolkit

Apr 19, 2016
One year ago, 60% of California voters passed Proposition 47, which changed six petty drug and theft offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and mandated that savings from reduced incarceration be invested in communities. In passing Prop 47, voters sent a strong message that it’s time for California to shift gears from the expensive, one-size-fits-all approach of incarceration toward smarter approa... Read More
Reproductive Health Behind Bars in California

Reproductive Health Behind Bars in California

Jan 14, 2016
California jails are required by law to protect the reproductive health of the people in their care. But across the state, we’re seeing that accessing reproductive health care becomes a frightening and traumatic experience for incarcerated people. A report by the ACLU of California, “Reproductive Health Behind Bars in California,” found that jails are putting people’s health at risk by denying, de... Read More
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Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California

Jul 21, 2015
Executive summary The question of whether or not California should legalize adult use of marijuana beyond medical purposes is gaining increased attention by voters and policymakers in California. Four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, and each offers important lessons for California. But there are circumstances that are unique to our state th... Read More
Breaking Down Educational Barriers for California's Pregnant & Parenting Students

Breaking Down Educational Barriers for California's Pregnant & Parenting Students

Feb 09, 2015
Pregnant and parenting students in California and throughout the United States have a right to the same educational opportunities as other students. They are protected from discrimination and harassment and may not be excluded from classes or extracurricular activities because they are pregnant or have children. But students’ lived experiences do not reflect these protections. In fact, pregnant an... Read More
Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2012 GSA by Julia Mendoza

Zero Tolerance Policies: Why They DON’T Solve the Problem of Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

Mar 01, 2012
A fact sheet from the ACLU of CaliforniaWhat is the problem?Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (“LGBTQ”) students face extraordinary levels of hostility and bullying (or harassment) in school. In a recent national survey, nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students reported being harassed in their middle or high school based on their sexual orientation, and almost a third of LGBT students re... Read More
La ley de Seth - nuevas herramientas para prevenir hostigamiento en las escuelas de California

AB 9: La ley de Seth - nuevas herramientas para prevenir hostigamiento en las escuelas de California

Jun 22, 2011
La "Ley de Seth" es una nueva ley que fortalece leyes estatales existentes contra el hostigamiento para ayudar a proteger a todos los estudiantes de las escuelas públicas de California. La Ley de Seth requiere que las escuelas públicas de California actualicen sus politicas y programas contra el hostigamiento, y se enfoquen en proteger a los estudiantes que son hostigados por su orientación sexual... Read More
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Death by Geography: A County by County Analysis of the Road to Execution

Jan 01, 2009
"Death by Geography" reviews the death-sentencing practices, public safety records, and spending practices of the 24 most populous California counties. The report reveals that while the vast majority of California counties have largely abandoned execution in favor of simply sentencing people to die in prison, just 10 counties continue to aggressively pursue executions, accounting for nearly 85 pe... Read More