We lost a quiet but fierce champion of justice. Charles A. Bird died June 21, 2021 after a long illness. Charlie was many things—a brilliant lawyer, an avid outdoorsman, a bar and community leader, a believer in freedom of conscience and a colleague and mentor to generations of advocates.
Our nation is caught in the throes of two lethal pandemics. One is a highly infectious and tenacious novel coronavirus that has to date* caused more than 490,000 deaths in the United States and forced nearly 50 million people into temporary or permanent unemployment.
On March 6, five days before the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project posed a series of challenging questions, beginning with “Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19?”
Last Wednesday, April 8, the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) joined with Jewish Family Service of San Diego to file an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) calling for an immediate investigation...