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Voters Agree: It’s Time to End “Theft by Cop”

  Imagine you’re on your way to buy a used car and a police officer pulls you over. After asking you a few questions, the officer asks to search your car. Knowing you’ve done nothing wrong, you agree. The next…

Voters Strongly Support Public Access to Police Misconduct Reports, Body Cam Footage

  Likely voters in California overwhelmingly support allowing public access to investigation reports in all cases where a police officer is accused of misconduct, a statewide poll released today has found. California laws are some of the most secretive in…

Making the Local Control Funding Formula Work

  While students, parents, faculty and school staff gear up for the excitement of a new school year, a critically important process is unfolding largely out of public view. California schools are nearing the conclusion of the second annual cycle…

Majority of California Voters Support Bill to Curb Racial Profiling

  Sacramento – A new poll conducted by Tulchin Research shows that 69% of likely California voters support AB 953: The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, a state bill introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to combat…

Unique Guide Helps Schools Ensure Safe and Supportive Environments for Transgender Students

San Francisco—Today, five national organizations, including the ACLU, introduced Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all…

Encinitas Sign Ordinance Unfairly Limits First Amendment Rights

  Two Sign Limit and 30-Day Period Unconstitutionally Restrictive By adopting, maintaining, and enforcing a two-sign limit on yard signs, the City of Encinitas is violating the public’s right to freedom of speech, charges a lawsuit filed in federal district…

Individuals with Mental Disorders May Be Able to Return to U.S.

  Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder is a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals with serious mental disabilities who are detained for immigration proceedings in California, Arizona, or Washington. [Este artículo se repite abajo en español.] The Court has granted preliminary approval of…

Final Report on Marijuana Policy: Recommendations before Legalization

  The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy released an extensive report detailing the complexities of marijuana legalization in California today. The report includes fifty-eight recommendations for policy makers and the public to consider before California decides to legalize recreational marijuana…

ACLU Urges Obama to Reform Criminal Justice System Now

  NEW YORK — In response to President Obama’s remarks on criminal justice reform delivered at the NAACP Annual Convention, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero had the following statement: “President Obama deserves congratulations for confronting one of the greatest…

Racial Profiling Bill Moves Forward in California Legislature

SACRAMENTO— Today Assembly Bill 953, Law Enforcement: Racial Profiling, made it out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. AB 953, one of over 20 police reform laws proposed this year, was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to…

ACLU on Supreme Court Ruling on Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON – In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the 1968 Fair Housing Act continues to protect victims of discrimination, even where they cannot prove intent to discriminate. The ACLU filed an amicus brief in this…

ACLU Will Fight Ballot Initiative Targeting Transgender Californians

  A coalition of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations has formed to battle a proposed ballot initiative targeting California’s transgender community. The coalition consists of the American Civil Liberties Union of California, Equality California, the…

ACLU on the Deadly Shooting in Charleston

  All of us at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties are sickened by the horrific killings in Charleston, S.C. late last night. Police just arrested the suspected white gunman, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, who opened…

ACLU Raises Concerns about County’s “Free Speech Zone” Proposal

  An ordinance being proposed to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors tomorrow to create “free speech zones” for protests outside the County Administration Center raises serious free speech concerns that the San Diego ACLU conveyed to lawyers for…

Lista de Auto-Identificación con Respecto al Caso Cuestionando “Salida Voluntaria”

  ESPAÑOL La ACLU, una organización de derechos humanos, interpuso una demanda colectiva en contra de la forma como los agentes de inmigración del sur de California administran las “salidas voluntarias.” Con aprobación de la Corte empieza la búsqueda en…