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.


In California, We the People Can Protect Our Values and Each Other

By Becca CramerCalifornia is known for being a leader in protecting the rights of LGBTQ people, women, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. And while we already have great laws in place,... Read More

Police Practices

ACLU Criticizes City Council’s ‘Inexcusable Failure’ to Adopt Recommendations Addressing Biased Policing In Independent Study of SDPD Data

ACLU Statement by Norma Chavez-Peterson Executive Director ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties: The majority of the San Diego City Council demonstrated an inexcusable failure in leadership yesterday in their... Read More

Police Practices

ACLU of San Diego Demands Action on SDSU Racial Profiling Study Findings

ACLU Statement by Norma Chavez-Peterson Executive Director ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties To the City Council Regarding SDSU Study of SDPD Traffic Stop Data: (presented to the City Council by Christie... Read More

Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney at the JFK Terminal 4 protest.

ACLU of San Diego Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Muslim Ban

SAN DIEGO — The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how Trump... Read More

Prejudice by Executive Order. We won't stand for it.

ACLU of California Statement on Trump Administration’s Discriminatory Executive Orders

[caption id="attachment_14494" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Prejudice by Executive Order. We won't stand for it.[/caption] Today, President Trump and his new administration confirmed the institution of draconian,... Read More