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The right to express yourself regardless of the popularity your views is basic to a democratic society. Throughout its history, the ACLU has met challenges from officials who cite reasons old and new to restrict this right. We recognize that if one person can be silenced, all of us are at risk.
Know Your Rights: Street Speech.  Can I pass out flyers to crowds at a mall?  A farmers market? At a school or campus? Find out!
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PSA to student protesters: You have rights!
After ACLU mation, Whatcom County prosecutor withdrew a search warrant for protest group's Facebook page

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News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
The Selah Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.) and the City of Selah, WA have agreed to a settlement to dismiss a case SAFE filed against the City in 2020 after community members alleged the city censored their free speech by erasing chalk messages and confiscating and destroying signs in support of racial equality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Under Washington law, individuals convicted of felonies that have their right to vote automatically restored as soon as they have completed incarceration and any community custody required by the Department of Corrections. This brochure briefly explains the law and answers frequently asked questions.  
News Release, Published: 
Monday, June 7, 2021
A federal court has temporarily blocked the city of Selah, Washington from enforcing three provisions of its municipal code, after finding that the Selah Alliance for Equality (SAFE) would likely succeed in proving its claims that the provisions are unconstitutional as currently written.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, December 7, 2020
Published: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
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