California

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:00am
Are voter registration opportunities good medicine? For the one-third of uninsured Americans who are also not registered to vote it would appear so. When people sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, they should also have the opportunity to register to vote. And we don't just mean that as a pie-in-the-sky-dream-type way. It's actually the law.
VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 10:08am

Hard to believe, but until recently, all detained immigrants appearing in the civil immigration court in San Francisco were forced to give critical testimony while restrained by shackles and chains at the wrists, waist, and ankles. The inhumane practice…

Confronting California's Abuse of Solitary

Confronting California's Abuse of Solitary

By Helen Vera, National Prison Project Fellow, ACLU at 11:52am

Solitary confinement can eat away at someone's mind, making mental illness worse and leaving many people depressed, suicidal, hopeless or hallucinating. It's no place for individuals with mental illness.

In 1995, a federal court in California…

Going West: Looking Forward to Realizing the Promise of California

Going West: Looking Forward to Realizing the Promise of California

By James Gilliam, ACLU of Southern California at 2:42pm

Two years ago, my best friend asked me to officiate at her wedding. It was an honor to play that special role in her life, and I loved doing it. But standing before the crowd, I was struck by the unfortunate irony of the situation: Even as I married my friend and her husband, I could not marry my own partner. I decided that hers would be the last wedding I attended until I had the freedom to have my own.

With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

With all Eyes on Congress, States Lead the Way on Better Laws Towards Immigrants

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 12:12pm

This week saw an unprecedented advance in state campaigns expanding driving privileges to immigrants. Nevada's legislature...

Reflections of Another Affirmative Action Baby

Reflections of Another Affirmative Action Baby

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 11:20am

As the Supreme Court takes up affirmative action once again, the word "diversity" has found its way into many legal briefs. For me, it is not an abstract concept. If today I am a supportive colleague, a successful civil rights lawyer, a good citizen…

VICTORY: Grandmother in Immigration Detention Finally Receives Fair Hearing

VICTORY: Grandmother in Immigration Detention Finally Receives Fair Hearing

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 4:01pm

This week a federal judge ordered a bond hearing for a woman who has been detained without due process by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly a year and a half. Bertha Mejia, a grandmother with deep family ties in California and…

California Attorney General: Immigration Detainers are Voluntary

California Attorney General: Immigration Detainers are Voluntary

By Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California & Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:14pm

 

For the first time, California Attorney General Kamala Harris publicly weighed in on the hotly-contested federal immigration program, Secure Communities (S-Comm).

Replace the Death Penalty in California

Replace the Death Penalty in California

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:55pm

Imagine for a minute that all the public busses in California sat dormant in a parking lot, never to run again. Imagine that the public schools sent all the kids home for good. Imagine also that state’s hospitals shuttered their doors and turned…

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 10:43am

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…

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