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Military Internet Surveillance of Civilians Must Be Excluded From Criminal Trials

For years, with seemingly little to no oversight, the Naval Criminal Investigative Services has been monitoring vast amounts of non-military U.S. Internet traffic and communications, looking for evidence of criminal activity. Read More »
 
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Pull the Plug on the Patriot Act

The past few years have seen numerous attempts to reform the notorious Patriot Act and its problematic provisions which the NSA has interpreted to permit unprecedented dragnet surveillance. None have been successful, thanks in large part to the continued fearmongering of the “war on terror.” Read More »
 
Gordon Hirabayashi

A Birthday Salute to Gordon Hirabayashi, American Freedom Fighter

April 23 would have been Gordon Hirabayashi’s 97th birthday. He was an American hero with a long and arduous journey of justice. Read More »
 

Asylum Seekers Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Posting Bond When They Flee Their Homes

No one should be locked up because they don’t have the money to buy their freedom. But this is the plight of countless men and women currently imprisoned in our immigration detention system. Read More »
 

Updated: A Guide to the Rights of Transgender People in Washington State

We are proud to announce the latest version of our transgender “Know Your Rights” guide, The Rights of Transgender People in Washington State. Read More »
 
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Debtor's Prison

Exposing Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons

How do you turn $41 into over $2,000?  Courts across Washington and throughout the U.S. have figured out how to turn small fines for routine traffic violations and other non-violent infractions into major debts for individuals without the means to pay.  HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver recently examined this subject, noting the ways in which differences in race and income levels are creating two justice systems: one for the rich and one for the poor. Read More »
 
Chris Soghoian and Jared Friend

Reining in the Surveillance Society at Town Hall Seattle

The ACLU-WA hosted a talk at Town Hall Seattle on March 11th on Reining in the Surveillance Society.  Read More »
 
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LFOs: Court Rules Courts Must Consider a Person’s Ability to Pay

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that courts must take into consideration a defendant’s ability to pay before imposing discretionary legal financial obligations (LFOs). The ruling represents a significant step towards reforming a system that traps people in a cycle of poverty and incarceration. Read More »
 

Reproductive Freedom: A Fundamental Right to Choose or Refuse an Abortion

The ACLU of Washington has filed a lawsuit against Skagit Regional Health, a public hospital and clinics, for failure to comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA). Read More »
 
Breanne Schuster

Breanne Schuster: A Policy for Social Justice

Breanne Schuster went to college planning to be a doctor. But a pre-med class on the Evolution of Physiology at the University of Wisconsin helped change her mind.  “We got into disparities in health care based on race and income. I realized that’s what I wanted to do – policy work,” she recalled. Read More »