Racial Justice

Extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to those who have historically been denied them

Racial bias and inequalities are obstacles to a just society

The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which all people would be free and equal.

They then, and we now, remain flawed, but still aspire to that broad, not yet achieved goal.

Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational, and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.

From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of equality remains elusive.

Through the courts, legislatures, and community activism, we strive to educate and empower the public on issues of race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, and inequality in education, and on affirmative action.

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California Legislature Approves Bill to Limit State and Local Role in Deportations

SACRAMENTO-Yesterday, the California Assembly and Senate both approved Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act. The bill, introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), further cements the... Read More

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Advocates Applaud Governor Brown and Chief Justice’s Commitment to Reform California’s Unjust Bail System

SACRAMENTO—Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assemblymember Rob Bonta announced their plan to work together to reform California’s fraught money bail... Read More

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City’s Secretive Recruitment Process For New SDPD Chief Falls Short

SAN DIEGO – A coalition of community advocacy groups is calling on San Diego City leaders to have an open and transparent process to hire the next chief of police. The process announced by the city on Tuesday is... Read More

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ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is not Free Speech

Our country’s greatest strengths are the diversity of its people and the principles of equal dignity and inclusion that unite us all. There are troubling events planned in our state in the coming weeks. This... Read More

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ACLU Comment on Reports Justice Department Will Target Affirmative Action

NEW YORK — The Justice Department is reportedly exploring the idea of suing colleges over their affirmative action policies in admissions.Dennis Parker, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial... Read More