California

You Have the Right to Remain Spied On

You Have the Right to Remain Spied On

By Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California at 4:26pm

Yesterday, a district court judge threw out claims brought by members of Southern California’s Muslim community that the FBI undertook a massive operation to surveil them on the basis of their religion.

TRUST Act:  California Could Set National Model for Correcting the Damage Done by S-Comm

TRUST Act: California Could Set National Model for Correcting the Damage Done by S-Comm

By Danielle Riendeau, ACLU of Northern California at 1:27pm

Juana Reyes is a food vendor and mother of two who was arrested, and detained in immigration jail for two weeks (while her children were taken away and placed in foster care) - all because she was selling tamales in front of a Sacramento Walmart. 

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Members of Congress Urge Investigation of FBI Muslim Surveillance

Members of Congress Urge Investigation of FBI Muslim Surveillance

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:37am

Yesterday 22 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Justice urging him to launch an investigation into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's improper recording and dissemination of information about the First…

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 5:09pm

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it's ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system has…

California Pushes Back on the War on Women

California Pushes Back on the War on Women

By Maggie Crosby, ACLU of Northern California at 4:11pm

Across the country we're seeing ongoing attacks on access to reproductive health care. The Guttmacher Institute released data last week detailing that just a few months into 2012, hundreds of provisions to restrict abortion access have been introduced…

Shot in the Face: Pepper-Sprayed U.C. Davis Students Tell Their Story

Shot in the Face: Pepper-Sprayed U.C. Davis Students Tell Their Story

By Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of Northern California at 6:43pm

The ACLU of Northern California is representing students and alumni in a lawsuit against U.C. Davis and individual police officers.

Prop. 8 Decision in California Must Inspire Progress Everywhere

Prop. 8 Decision in California Must Inspire Progress Everywhere

By Elizabeth Gill, ACLU of Northern California at 8:29pm

Today's decision doesn’t decide marriage for everyone. But we should take the momentum and work towards marriage in other states, like New Jersey, Maine, Washington and Maryland.

Overzealous School Discipline Keeps Students out of the Classroom

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 6:47pm

The Washington Post ran a great editorial Tuesday pointing out how schools frequently overreact to misbehaving students, and why the resulting loss in classroom time does not lead to better behavior, nor improved school safety.

The editorial…

ACLU Sues Oakland Police Department to Stop Violence Against Protesters

ACLU Sues Oakland Police Department to Stop Violence Against Protesters

By Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of Northern California at 1:00pm

Yesterday the ACLU of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild sued the Oakland Police for trampling on the constitutional rights of Occupy Oakland demonstrators.

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

ACLU to Oakland Police: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

By Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 11:13am

The Oakland Police Department oversaw the use of excessive force against Occupy Oakland demonstrators, and now the department is refusing to hand over information about what really happened.

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