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Constitution? What Constitution?

  “I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.” That’s the oath every lawyer in California takes, including prosecutors. But San Diego prosecutors need a refresher course on the Constitution. They’re…

San Diego ACLU Weighs In on SDPD’s Race Data Report

SAN DIEGO – On Wednesday, February 25, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman will present the department’s demographic data on vehicle stops to the San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods (PSLN) Committee. The ACLU of San Diego &…

ACLU Demands Transparency of Border Patrol’s Extensive “Roving Patrol” Operations

  SAN DIEGO – Charging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have failed to respond to requests for information regarding U.S. Border Patrol’s interior “roving patrol” operations—during which agents stop and detain…

Voting Rights Groups Move to Enforce ‘Motor Voter’ in California

  Citing clear evidence that the State of California is violating its federally-mandated responsibility to offer California drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Demos, Project…

A Man Faces Life in Prison for … Rapping, ACLU charges “blatant violation of 1st Amendment”

San Diego prosecutors admit that Brandon Duncan was not at the scene of any one of several shootings in the city, and they have no evidence linking him to those shootings that occurred between May 2013 and February 2014. Still,…

Yes, Robert, There Is Free Expression

  Today, in another stand for free expression, the San Diego ACLU successfully defended the right of a middle school student to wear a t-shirt to school that some may find offensive, but represents classic political speech fully protected by…

ACLU Expands Advocacy in Sacramento

  Sacramento – Today the ACLU of California unveiled plans to expand its advocacy work through its legislative office, the Sacramento-based Center for Advocacy and Policy. The organization also welcomed Natasha Minsker as center director and Kevin Baker as legislative…

ACLU Calls on San Marcos School to Redirect Fundraiser to a Nonreligious Group

 * * * * * * * * * * UPDATE – Dec. 10, 2014 Dec. 10,  2014 – Today, the ACLU received an email from the San Marcos Unified School District announcing the following: In order to ensure that San…

Immigration Officers Ordering Illegal Deportations without Hearings, Finds ACLU

  NEW YORK – In the first comprehensive study of expedited deportations ordered by federal immigration agents instead of judges, the American Civil Liberties Union found numerous incidents of people with rights or strong claims to be in the United…

ACLU Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director…

ACLU Celebrates Announcement of Expanded Relief from Deportation for 5 Million

  Tonight, the ACLU of California celebrates the President’s momentous move to keep millions of hard working families together by expanding administrative relief from deportation for five million undocumented immigrants, including an estimated 1.5-1.6 million in California. For far too long, more…

Your Right to Protest

  The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. But it is also unfortunately true that governments and police can violate this right—through the use of mass arrests, illegal use…

Drive California Coalition Welcomes Emergency DMV Regulations

SACRAMENTO – Today, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued emergency regulations that will determine how driver’s licenses are granted to undocumented immigrants under California’s AB 60 (Alejo). The DMV’s emergency regulations are effective for 180 days. Responding to community suggestions…

This November: Voters said “Yes!” on Prop. 47!

  ******* UPDATE ******* UPDATE: Voters statewide – as well as a majority of voters in San Diego and Imperial Counties – overwhelmingly endorsed Prop 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. Thanks to voters who passed Prop 47, California…

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties Recommendations for November 4th!

  ******* UPDATE ******* UPDATE: Voters statewide – as well as a majority of voters in San Diego and Imperial Counties – overwhelmingly agreed with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties’ recommendations on both Prop 46 and Prop…