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.

Legislative

Repeal Sentence Enhancement for Prior 1-Year Convictions (SB 136)

Although California has made significant strides over the years to address mass incarceration and racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system, more needs to be done to move California forward and invest... Read More

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

Free the Vote for Californians on Parole (ACA 6)

Our democracy is rooted in the idea that everyone’s voice matters. But right now, nearly 50,000 Californians on parole are unable to vote in local, state, or federal elections. Voter suppression tactics... Read More

Legislative

Election Day Registration (SB 72)

There are currently 5.5 million eligible but unregistered voters in California. Registration and participation for Latino, Asian, and Black Californians continues to lag behind that of white voters. California must do... Read More

Legislative

California Act to Save Lives (AB 392)

[video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="https://www.aclusandiego.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SanDiego_KendrickSampson.mp4"][/video]   Police officers should avoid using deadly force whenever possible. But,... Read More

Legislative

Eliminating Copays in California Jails (AB 45)

Fair and just access to health care is a human right. But right now, most California counties charge people in jail a $3 copay when they seek medical or dental care; they are also allowed to charge for medical equipment... Read More