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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…

Personal Reflection on Court’s Historic Marriage Ruling

  Today the Supreme Court ruled that all couples have the right to marriage in this country. I am thrilled and delighted to see marriage equality come to lesbian and gay couples all across the country. It was only 24…

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…

California is Finally Getting Serious about Police Reform

  On a daily basis, Americans now see people of color unjustifiably killed by law enforcement. Particularly disheartening is that many of these homicides border on the edge of horrific. Police officers partially severed Freddie Gray’s spine while he was…

Challenging District Attorney’s Denial of Sentencing Relief to Juveniles

  SAN DIEGO – The ACLU of California requested permission from the Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District today to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a juvenile who was denied sentencing relief under Proposition 47 simply due to…

Walter Scott Matters. #blacklivesmatter

  You’ve probably seen—or at least read about—the gut-wrenching video from South Carolina, in which a white police officer, Michael T. Slager, can be seen shooting an unarmed black man, Walter L. Scott, in the back eight times as he…

ACLU of California Applauds Immigration Bill Package Introduction

  SACRAMENTO–Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), and other members of the Legislature unveiled legislation today that would enhance protections for undocumented Californians. The package of bills includes a measure sponsored…

Two Policing Bills Could Have Big Impact in Curbing Racial Bias

  If two bills are signed by Governor Brown this fall, California will take another important step toward improving public safety and upholding civil liberties. The bills, AB 953 and AB 619, introduced by San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber, would modernize…

Get a Warrant!

  The California legislature today took an important step toward updating the laws that protect our electronic information when the state Senate’s Committee on Public Safety approved the California Electronic Privacy Act (CalECPA). The bill, which enjoys bipartisan authorship and…

ACLU Policy Director Tapped to Lead Criminal Justice & Drug Policy at the ACLU of California

  After three years with the San Diego affiliate and ten years working on criminal justice reform, Margaret Dooley-Sammuli has been tapped to serve as the director of ACLU of California’s Criminal Justice & Drug Policy project. The ACLU of…

ACLU Statement on Report Assessing SDPD’s Misconduct Policies

  In response to the release today of a U.S. Department of Justice report examining the San Diego Police Department’s policies and practices “related to preventing and detecting misconduct,” the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties issues the following…