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Monday, November 14, 2016
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
On Nov. 15 at Bellevue College, the WA Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case in which the lower court ruled a florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when she refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding. The ACLU is representing the couple.
Friday, November 11, 2016
The core purpose of the public accommodation laws, as the state’s Supreme Court should affirm, is to preserve and protect the essential human dignity of all members of our diverse society. These laws benefit all of us — people of all races, faiths, national origins and sexual orientations.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
For more than 80 years, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has been freedom’s watchdog in this state, challenging government abuse of rights and fighting for fairness in our laws and their enforcement.  We will continue to stand strong as we pursue freedom, justice, and equality for all.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The ACLU-WA’s 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Seattle Westin. ACLU supporters will honor civil liberties champions and enjoy food, fellowship, and timely political humor. Awards recipients will include transgender rights pioneer Marsha Botzer, police reform advocates the Community Police Commission, and high school student activist Veronique Harris. Comedian Jessica Williams of The Daily Show will offer her pointed insights on our political scene – just a few days after the elections.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Restorative justice provides an alternative that can help break the cycle of over-incarceration for many offenses.  Restorative practices focus on repairing the harm that has been done, rather than simply punishing someone who has committed an offense by locking them up.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Schools must refrain from trampling the free-speech rights of students, but if that’s all they do, their work is incomplete. Rather than approach student protests as something simply to be tolerated, schools should embrace the teachable moments they present.
Friday, October 14, 2016
While the City moves to develop sustainable, long-term solutions to the homelessness crisis, it must also abandon the ineffective, inhumane policy of chasing Seattle’s homeless population from place to place. Seattle currently lacks adequate housing for the number of individuals living outdoors.  People will live outdoors because they have no choice. 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On October 6, 2016, the Yakima County Superior Court granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement reached in Fuentes v. Benton County, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the county’s system for collecting court-imposed debts.

Monday, October 10, 2016