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Get Involved

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California works with communities to make sure people are informed about their rights. Today, years of hard-fought civil liberty protections are under threat — and to influence lawmakers, we need everyone to get involved. Here’s what you can do.

House keys over a heart with the text "Tell Mayor Breed: Affordable Housing is the only real solution to SF's homelessness crisis"
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To End Homelessness, San Francisco Needs More Affordable Housing

Nov 29, 2023
ACLU NorCal has gone to court to stop San Francisco from wasting millions of tax dollars arresting our unhoused neighbors instead of meaningfully addressing the City's affordable housing crisis. Tell Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to settle the lawsuit and focus on the real solutions to homelessness: expanded access to temporary shelter and more affordable housing. Read More
Pass AB 1034
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KEEP FACE SURVEILLANCE OFF POLICE BODY CAMERAS

Jun 27, 2023
Body cameras were intended to guard against police misconduct, not to be used as a mass surveillance system that identifies and tracks Californians. For three years, a state law prohibiting body camera face surveillance helped prevent the misidentification and wrongful imprisonment of Californians, safeguarded our freedom of speech, and protected our privacy. But that law expired in January. ... Read More
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PROTECT ABORTION SEEKERS, STOP REVERSE DEMANDS

Jun 27, 2023
Privacy threats should never stand in the way of our ability make choices about our bodies. But since the repeal of Roe, we have seen anti-abortion states use digital data to prosecute people for having abortions or helping others obtain reproductive and gender-affirming care. In California, police can circumvent privacy protections around sensitive data by seeking "reverse demands." A reverse ... Read More
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Stop Discriminatory, Out-of Control Police Surveillance

Jan 11, 2022
When we took to the streets in 2020, California police recorded us with high-powered surveillance. A year-long investigation by the ACLU of Northern California exposes how California Highway Patrol (CHP) sent out helicopters with surveillance tech to record high-definition video of people protesting for racial justice. Read More
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Stop SFPD's Surveillance of Activists

Mar 05, 2021
After the murder of George Floyd, the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on thousands of activists as they marched against police racism and violence against Black people. Read More
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Why Do You Care About Bail Reform?

Mar 28, 2018
Every year, thousands of Californians are jailed before even having their day in court — all because they can't afford to pay bail to buy their freedom. The effects of this unjust money bail system are wide-reaching, tearing apart families and communities across the state. Read More
John Legend
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Hey, Meet Your DA!

Aug 23, 2017
John Legend here. When I founded FREEAMERICA, I joined the ACLU and other advocates in the fight to end mass incarceration. That is why I am so excited to help the ACLU of California launch a new campaign focused on the government officials who have the power to end mass incarceration: district attorneys or "DAs" for short. Most people don’t know this, but DAs are more than just prosecutors. Th... Read More