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ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director…

ACLU of California Celebrates President’s Announcement of Expanded Relief from Deportation for 4 Million

  Tonight, the ACLU of California celebrates the President’s momentous move to keep millions of hard working families together by expanding administrative relief from deportation for four million undocumented immigrants, including an estimated 1.5-1.6 million in California. For far too long,…

Your Right to Protest

  The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. But it is also unfortunately true that governments and police can violate this right—through the use of mass arrests, illegal use…

Arizona Residents Sue Border Patrol Over Right to Protest Checkpoint Operations

TUCSON, Ariz.—Two southern Arizona residents filed a federal lawsuit today challenging U.S. Border Patrol’s obstruction of their efforts to monitor an interior checkpoint near the town of Arivaca. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson, plaintiffs Peter…

Drive California Coalition Welcomes Emergency DMV Regulations

SACRAMENTO – Today, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued emergency regulations that will determine how driver’s licenses are granted to undocumented immigrants under California’s AB 60 (Alejo). The DMV’s emergency regulations are effective for 180 days. Responding to community suggestions…

This November: Voters said “Yes!” on Prop. 47!

  ******* UPDATE ******* UPDATE: Voters statewide – as well as a majority of voters in San Diego and Imperial Counties – overwhelmingly endorsed Prop 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. Thanks to voters who passed Prop 47, California…

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties Recommendations for November 4th!

  ******* UPDATE ******* UPDATE: Voters statewide – as well as a majority of voters in San Diego and Imperial Counties – overwhelmingly agreed with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties’ recommendations on both Prop 46 and Prop…

Ebola and Civil Liberties

The following statement can be attributed to Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union: The government’s response to Ebola needs to be driven by sound medical science, not fear. It is absolutely crucial that we treat those…

ACLU Statement on Escondido City Council Vote to Reject Youth Facility

  The following statement can be attributed to the San Diego ACLU’s executive director, Norma Chavez-Peterson: The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is extremely disappointed—though not surprised—by last night’s decision by the Escondido City Council. By refusing to…

Who Will Run California’s Elections?

The right to vote is being challenged in various ways across our nation. And, despite the power the office holds, very few folks understand the role the Secretary of State plays in our elections.  California ranks 45th in percentage of eligible…

Another Banner Year in Legislation for the ACLU of California!

SACRAMENTO – This was another banner year in Sacramento for the ACLU of California, our coalition partners, and our members! The governor signed 14 of the 19 proposed laws we played a major part in getting to his desk. Although…

ACLU of California Commends Gov. Brown for Unaccompanied Migrant Children Bill

SACRAMENTO — On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 873, a bill which will set aside $3 million to provide legal aid to refugee children fleeing endemic violence in their home countries. In response, the ACLU of California issued…

Governor Signs Historic California Fair Sentencing Act!

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). The legislation eliminates the groundless disparity in sentencing, probation, and asset forfeiture guidelines for possession of crack cocaine…

Sign of the Times: Free Speech is Still a Thing

  SAN DIEGO – Citing viewpoint discrimination as “an egregious form of content discrimination,” the San Diego ACLU called on the Encinitas City Council to stop enforcing and amend an unconstitutional ordinance that restricts the right to post political signs…

ACLU statement: San Diego Unified to Return MRAP

  SAN DIEGO – The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties congratulates San Diego Unified School District for announcing it will return the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (or MRAP) it had obtained earlier this year from the Department of…