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Engaging with Local Decision-Makers
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ACLU Toolkit: Engaging with Local Decision-Makers

Sep 26, 2018
A toolkit for communities seeking improved water, sanitation, and other municipal services Everyone needs basic municipal services, ranging from water to garbage and sewage removal. But these services are not equitably distributed. The purpose of this toolkit is to help residents advocate for the services they need and deserve. It explains a key process by which local governments make decision... Read More
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A Survey of Efforts to Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation in California

Apr 12, 2018
A report by the ACLU Foundation of Northern California and the Pacific Institute, “A Survey of Efforts to Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation in California,” details the lack of access to sanitation faced by many communities in California. In 2012, California became the first state in the country to enact legislation recognizing the human right to water. But low-income people who l... Read More
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Making Smart Decisions About Smart Cities

Nov 13, 2017
“Smart city” products are often touted as cost-efficient solutions to providing government services and addressing societal challenges, but in reality, these technologies are no more intelligent than the data and algorithms behind them. Like other tools, their effectiveness depends on when, where and how they are used. These technologies can cause real harm to people—they have the power to exacerb... Read More
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Bail Reform: ACLU Activist Toolkit

Jul 18, 2017
On any given day, over 60 percent of people in jail in California are awaiting trial or sentencing, and many remain detained simply because they cannot afford to post money bail. The results can be devastating. Individuals who spend even a few days in pretrial detention - let alone weeks or even months - can end up losing their jobs, their homes, and their children. The current bail system disprop... Read More
The Truth Behind the Camoflage: A Youth Investigation Into the Myths & Truths of Military Recruitment & Military Service
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The Truth Behind the Camouflage

Aug 12, 2007
Twenty-three high school-aged young people from northern California spent eight days in the summer of 2007 investigating a civil liberties topic of their choice: the myths and truths of military recruitment and military service. The result is an empathic, impassioned, evocative series of essays, poems, photographs and drawings titled “The Truth Behind the Camouflage.” The young people, who were... Read More
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Stun Gun Fallacy: How the Lack of Taser Regulation Endangers Lives

Sep 01, 2005
Police use of Taser stun guns to subdue suspects in California and around the nation has increased dramatically in recent years. Billed by their manufacturer, Taser International, as a non-lethal alternative to deadly force, Tasers have been purchased and deployed by a growing number of law enforcement agencies. However, while the Taser is less deadly than a traditional firearm, it is hardly ... Read More
Criminal Intelligence Systems: A California Perspective
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Criminal Intelligence Systems: A California Perspective

Sep 01, 2003
A criminal intelligence system engages in three general functions: (1) collection and analysis of information; (2) storage and maintenance of that portion of the information that qualifies as criminal intelligence and (3) limited dissemination and use of the intelligence information to enhance public safety. It is important to emphasize that there is a major responsibility which accompanies the op... Read More
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Failing The Test: Oakland's Police Complaint Process in Crisis

Dec 10, 1996
A joint report of People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California based on two very simple premises: Oakland police officers should be willing and able, when asked, to provide accurate information about the police department's complaint process. If police officers consistently fail to provide this information to the public, eithe... Read More