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Support for California’s Death Penalty Is in Rapid Decline

  By Gil Garcetti  Support for the death penalty in California is at the lowest point in half a century. And not only that – a new Field poll shows that this level of support is falling rapidly. In 2011,…

An Important First Step in Fixing School Discipline in California

This video contains all-too common stories in California: young students, even kindergartners, kicked out of school for minor incidents, conduct labeled “willful defiance.” Hearing these students tell their stories is jarring, particularly when students who are suspended are twice as…

ACLU Sues U.S. Government over Life-Threatening Deportation Processes

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and…

ACLU Celebrates the Constitution and Bill of Rights! Constitution Day 2014

  September 17th is Constitution Day! On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day: to sign the Constitution of the United States of…

Judge affirms CA’s duty to ensure vital instruction for thousands of English Learner students

LOS ANGELES — A state judge issued a ruling today affirming the state’s obligation to ensure that school districts deliver essential language instruction to thousands of underserved English learner (EL) students as state and federal law require. Los Angeles County Superior…

ACLU Appeals Escondido Planning Commission’s Shelter Denial

  ESCONDIDO – In a detailed analysis refuting the Escondido Planning Commission’s purported reasons for denying permission to operate a youth care facility, the San Diego ACLU today formally appealed the commission’s decision to the Escondido City Council. The ACLU…

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues U.S. Border Patrol Agents

  TUCSON – Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents,…

ACLU supports an increased minimum wage!

  The San Diego City Council will vote today on formally adopting an ordinance passed earlier this month to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by 2017.  The Council voted for the increase on July 14, 2014….

ACLU Challenges Government’s ‘Suspicious Activity Report’ Program

SAN FRANCISCO – On behalf of five Americans who had their information entered into a law enforcement database for innocent things like taking pictures, buying computers, or standing in a train station and were then subjected to investigation, civil rights…

Groups Sue Feds over Lack of Lawyers for Kids in Deportation Process

  SEATTLE – The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the…

ACLU Withdraws Support for ENDA

  WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a statement also signed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian…

ACLU Statement on Public Reaction to Plight of Immigrant Children

  The following statement is made by the ACLU of California, a collaboration of the three ACLU affiliates covering the entire state, based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This country was founded as a beacon of hope for…

Constitution Applies on Foreign Soil Says Federal Appeals Court

In a momentous decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Constitution applies outside of the territorial limits of the United States, in this case Mexico, squarely rejecting the government’s argument that constitutional rights end at the…

ACLU Investigating Escondido’s Hasty Decision on Shelter

  SAN DIEGO – Concerned that the City of Escondido may once again be undermining the rights of immigrants in its community and possibly violating the law, the San Diego ACLU requested a number of records related to the Escondido Planning…

ACLU Reaction to Supreme Court Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Ruling

  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics in the state. The Supreme Court’s ruling reverses a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit…