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Rep. Jimmy Gomez and Sen. Edward Markey Lead Bicameral Letter to Jeff Bezos Expressing Civil Rights Concerns about Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology
November 29, 2018
In letters sent to Amazon on July 26, 2018 and July 27, 2018, Rep. Gomez, Sen. Markey, the ACLU, and a bipartisan group of legislators conveyed their alarm about the efficacy and constitutional impact of Amazon Rekognition on communities of color. To date, Amazon has failed to provide sufficient answers to their specific requests on this subject. ... read more »
Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America
November 29, 2018
For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. ... read more »
Colorado Votes to Abolish Slavery, Finally
November 15, 2018
The Secretary of State’s Office said the amendment to Colorado’s Constitution received 65 percent of the votes already counted. “The margin is such that there is no doubt,” Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, told reporters. ... read more »
One United Launches ‘Take a Knee’ Campaign to Take ‘Bank Black’ Movement to Next Level 
November 15, 2018
One United Bank officials launched their “Take a Knee” campaign with the unveiling of “Last Man Standing”, work by internationally acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. ... read more »
ACLU of Northern California Condemns Pro-Marshall Tuck PAC EdVoice For Misleading Attacks on Tony Thurmond
November 1, 2018
Thurmond campaign called for TV ads citing ACLU to be taken down after ACLU of Northern California called EdVoice tactics misleading and damaging. ... read more »
Harris at Spelman College: “Go forward unburdened, unwavering, and undaunted by the fight”
November 1, 2018
This past week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at Spelman College, America’s oldest private, historically Black liberal arts college for women, as part of the school’s annual Homecoming weekend. Speaking to students from Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center, Harris emphasized the urgency of the current political moment, highlighted the importance of young women of color taking on leadership roles, and drew from her own experiences to suggest how young women can remain undaunted by the challenges ahead.  ... read more »
If Cannabis is Legal in California, Why Are So Many Minority Businesses Considered Illegal?
October 4, 2018
Prop 64 not only promised to reduce or expunge certain past convictions, it also presented employment opportunities in the newly legalized cannabis industry as a gateway to the middle class for many underserved communities. ... read more »
Congresswoman Waters: The Trump Administration Must Face Consequences for Violating Court Orders to Reunify Families
August 16, 2018
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s failure to meet the court-ordered deadlines to reunite children with their parents. As of August 10, 500 children remain separated from their parents. ... read more »
ACLU Veteran Laura Murphy Leads Facebook’s Discrimination Audit 
July 5, 2018
Civil rights beacon and ACLU veteran Laura Murphy laughed when she said that one of her co-workers called her, “The Olivia Pope of the Tech World.”  ... read more »
The Geneva Cooley Story 
March 8, 2018
70-Year-Old Woman Sentenced to Life for Drugs    ... read more »
Lois Catherine Banks Richard
February 22, 2018
Throughout her life, Lois was known for her brilliant mind, excellent writing skills and her commitment to serving under-represented children and communities.  ... read more »
City Officials Consider Changes in Gang Injunction Enforcement
July 27, 2017
Los Angeles officials are considering making significant changes to the way they enforce gang injunctions in response to a lawsuit that accused the city of violating the constitutional rights of thousands of people, a newspaper reported on July 21, citing court documents recently made public. ... read more »
Time to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession says new report
July 13, 2017
A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) says the time is ripe to change drug laws. ... read more »
Governor Brown signs Mitchell bill allowing contraceptives for prison inmates on request
September 14, 2016
State prison inmates will soon have the right to request and obtain contraceptives ... read more »
Judge Sides with Civil Rights Group in Lawsuit Over Los Angeles County Seal
April 14, 2016
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision to add a cross over the San Gabriel Mission on the county's official seal was unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled last week. A civil rights group sued the Board of Supervisors in February 2014, challenging the constitutionality of the panel's decision to restore the cross nearly 10 years after legal wrangling prompted its removal from the county seal. ... read more »
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