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Friday, February 26, 2021
NEW REPORT: As Black Futures Month closes, the next chapter of Black futures has just begun. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) has invited us to reframe traditional Black History Month as Black Futures Month. As we close out this celebratory month, we acknowledge the past struggles of Black people in this country, understanding that these struggles persist in the present day. Similarly, the ongoing work must continue, moving forward toward the bright hope for a better day for Black people and for all people. That work takes multiple forms and involves partners from throughout Washington and across the country. Here are just a few of the ways we are working for Black futures.
Friday, February 12, 2021

TAKE ACTION: Thousands of people from across our state are speaking out against police violence and brutality in solidarity with the families in our communities who have lost loved ones. The time is now. Delays cost precious lives. Urge your lawmaker to support SHB 1054, SHB 1310, and SHB 1202, legislation that will reduce police violence and improve public safety across the state.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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BREAKING: The ACLU-WA and the coveillance collective released the Coveillance Toolkit, which empowers people to notice and counter surveillance in their daily lives.

What's in the toolkit? Keep reading.

Coveillance is a proactive approach to the powerful and unprecedented surveillance technologies that dominate public life in 2021.

The Coveillance Toolkit includes four guides for offering workshops that focus on different aspects of surveillance:

1️⃣A history of surveillance workshop explores how surveillance has been deployed to monitor and police people from marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, religious, LGBTQ+ and other communities.

2️⃣A data mapping and stories guide traces the flow of information in a surveillance society to uncover how personal information travels and where it ends up.

3️⃣A virtual walking tour of downtown Seattle helps users practice spotting surveillance tools hidden in plain sight.

4️⃣A countersurveillance yoga workshop offers techniques for using the body to understand how surveillance systems operate and to reduce the physical stress triggered by always being watched.

For members of historically marginalized communities, surveillance is nothing new.

This toolkit aims to give the power back to people and communities.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
NEW REPORT: WA Health Equity for Immigrants

Everyone deserves to have access to critical health services, regardless of immigration status.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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Everyone is impacted by the lack of strong people-centric technology laws, but low-income people and people of color are disproportionately harmed. There is a long history of surveillance tools being used to target and oppress--from the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW2 to the present day targeting of leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Join us tomorrow at 5 p.m. to talk about surveillance, data privacy, and you.
Monday, January 25, 2021
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NEW BLOG: Barriers to Police Accountability.

The Role of Collective Bargaining Agreements and Private Arbitration of Police Discipline Appeals

Police union collective bargaining and private arbitration have historically posed major obstacles to accountability.

Example: Seattle spent months consulting with community members and experts to draft one of the best police accountability ordinances in the country. It passed unanimously, but over three years later, important parts of it have been blocked from going into effect.

Why? Because in collective bargaining negotiations, the city agreed to police union demands that parts of the ordinance be scrapped.

This problem is not unique to Seattle. SB 5134 would remove certain accountability measures from collective bargaining so that critical local changes like these could not be undone.

Private arbitration is also a major barrier to accountability. This allows  disciplinary action against officers to be overturned or changed altogether.

EX: In 2018, private arbitration led to the reinstatement of Seattle Police Officer Adley Shepherd, who was fired for punching a handcuffed woman in the face and fracturing her eye.


We support SB 5134 because it is an essential part of the package of bills for 2021 aimed at strengthening police accountability.

Read the full article and learn how you can get involved.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
🎺BREAKING: The Selah Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.) and Selah residents filed a lawsuit against the City of Selah, its Mayor, and its City Administrator for censoring the free speech of Selah residents in violation of the First Amendment.

As nationwide protests grew in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a number of Selah residents gathered to demonstrate publicly and placed temporary chalk messages and art in support of racial equality in public places throughout the city.

BUT, in response, Selah city officials made statements and took actions indicating that the exercise of free speech in support of the Black Lives Matter movement was unwelcome, wrongfully singling out the chalk messages for erasure, designating them as “graffiti.”

➡️ But that's not all. Keep reading. ⬇️

City officials also censored public comments, confiscated and destroyed signs, AND encouraged private citizens to remove and destroy the signs. It's clear that the city of Selah is actively trying to silence Black communities.

We shouldn't have to be saying this, but: Free speech is a constitutional right and the city of Selah is responsible for protecting it.

Read the full release below.
Monday, December 7, 2020
📣BREAKING: A federal judge has held the city of Seattle in contempt of court after finding multiple violations of court orders barring the Seattle Police Department from indiscriminately using chemical weapons and other less lethal weapons against crowds.

Read about each of these violations below:

➡️ Sept. 7: an officer sprayed several retreating protesters in the face with OC spray. The officer approached the protesters from behind while riding a bicycle, and there was no specific imminent threat of physical harm against the officer.

➡️ Sept. 7: an officer threw a blast ball – an explosive filled with pepper spray – indiscriminately into a group of protesters, even though he admittedly did not know who his target was.

➡️ Sept. 22: an officer was ordered to throw a blast ball into a crowd of protesters at a march in Capitol Hill, despite there being no apparent physical threat to officers. According to the court’s order, a desire to create separation between protesters and police does not authorize the use of less lethal weapons.

➡️ Sept. 23: an officer threw a blast ball into a crowd of protesters and Judge Jones determined the officer demonstrated a clear lack of care for where the blast ball landed and that it was an indiscriminate deployment, therefore violating the Court’s orders.

These are a few examples of SPD's blatant disregard for the protection of free speech and freedom of assembly. On Sept. 23, SPD deployed around 30 blast balls – yet the City only provided body cam footage for 2 of the instances.

LET US BE CLEAR: this is retaliation against the nationwide and longstanding call to protect Black lives.

And we have the right to do something about it.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
It's Small Business Saturday! Today we encourage shopping local, small business, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color owned! Check out some of the vendors we worked with for our Centennial Celebration last month: @marisol.ortega @soundexcursions @whereyaatmatt @mcbridesisters @maisonnoirwines @osterialaspiga @boehmscandies
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
@kexp DJ Gabriel Teodros created a playlist especially for today's Flights & Rights.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Check out our brilliant speaker panel for tomorrow's Flights and Rights!

📷of Victoria Plumage by Sharon H. Chang.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Join us for Flights & Rights on Tuesday to try your luck at winning a set of our koozies. @kexp
Saturday, November 21, 2020
As we honor Native American heritage this month (and anticipate an upcoming food centered holiday), we also learn more about the role food plays in Native American history and culture.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Join the ACLU-WA and partners for an important talk this evening.
@acog_org @prochoicewashington @ppvnh @plannedparenthood @legal_voice
Friday, October 23, 2020
Make the most of your Friday with @djmichelemyers (with @kexp) playlist starting at 4:30pm, leading into tonight’s Centennial Celebration, on Spotify.
Monday, October 19, 2020
The right to vote is fundamental to American democracy.

This electoral year is like no other, but one thing that hasn't changed is the historical attempt to deny this right with barriers such as poll taxes, felony disenfranchisement, gerrymandering and disinformation campaigns.

We'll be discussing barriers to voting in Washington as well as what can be done about them in this upcoming town hall.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Get inspired at our Centennial Celebration. We’ll be in conversation with Marcus Green (@southseattleemerald), Heather McKimmie (@disabilityrightswa), and Pui-Yan Lam (@scar_spokane). Moderated by ACLU-WA Executive Director Michele Storms.
📸 by @thisisdizzle and @therajahbose
Thursday, October 15, 2020
BREAKING: We just released the first article in our upcoming ACLU blog series entitled: What will it take to stop police violence?

This series will be exploring one approach to ending police violence: divesting from police and reinvesting in communities.

Some issues this series will dig into:

-Why the City budget matters for equity
-SPD's reliance on overtime hours
-The social costs of community policing efforts such as the Navigation Team
-Our efforts to reduce mass incarceration through depolicing and decriminalization

The problem is complex and the urgency is great. We invite you to join us as we explore the reimagining of public safety.

Link to the article in bio.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
@kexp DJ Eva Walker of The Black Tones made a special playlist on Spotify for tonight’s Flights & Rights. Yes!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Celebrate in style with us on October 23! Order a $15 swag bag with a gorgeous bandana and enamel pin made by Marisol Ortega, a postcard set, a webcam cover, and other treats.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Beer flights for your fundamental rights! Mention the ACLU and get $5 off beer at @luckyenvbrewing in Seattle’s Ballard/Fremont neighborhood on 10/14, 3-9pm. Join us for a virtual Flights & Rights on potential impacts of this election in our state.
Monday, October 12, 2020
This is the first general election with WA’s Native American Voting Rights Act in place.
Monday, October 12, 2020
We served as amicus, or friend-of-the-court, for a recent victory affirming tribal sovereignty. Congratulations to our lead attorney on the case, Crystal Pardue, ACLU-WA Equal Justice Works Fellow!
Saturday, October 10, 2020
📣We're suing the WA Department of Licensing on behalf of individuals that have had their licenses suspended simply because they were unable to pay the fines and fees.

➡️Danielle Pierce, one of our plaintiffs, owes over $12k in traffic fines that started from a simple speeding ticket - she can no longer drive her car to work or take her daughter to school. Most of these costs are just additional fees, interest, and collection costs.

➡️For Lacy Spicer, a license suspension due to her inability to pay fines and fees from traffic tickets have made it really difficult for Lacy to maintain employment. She was unable to accept a job offer DIRECTLY due to this suspension.

⚖️The American legal system is founded on the principle that everyone, regardless of means, is treated the same under the law. Washington’s license suspension laws violate that principle.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
The election is just a few weeks away. Join us at next week's Flights and Rights for a deeper dive into issues such as access to the ballot and Washington's vote-by-mail system.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
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Celebrate with us on October 23 and delight the night away with music from singer songwriter Shaina Shepherd! @shainashepherdmusic @bearaxeband
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Celebrate with us on October 23! Order Dinner and drinks by Chef Matt Lewis of Where Ya At Matt and Chef Sabrina Tinsley of Osteria La Spiga – delivered between Marysville and University Place, Bothell, Kent and pretty much everywhere in between, thanks to the chefs and Sound Excursions.

(Folks outside of the delivery area – stay tuned for information on deals from restaurants near you.)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The glaring disparities in how COVID-19 has impacted Washington communities can only be understood through the lens of America’s original pandemic: racism.

Join the ACLU of Washington and critically acclaimed broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna as we examine the racial disparities and inequities in Washington’s public health and policing systems highlighted by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Friday, September 11, 2020
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HAPPENING TONIGHT @5PM: Join us for a conversation on national security and surveillance. Hastily passed 45 days after 9/11 in the name of national security, the Patriot Act was the first of many changes to surveillance laws that made it easier for the government to spy. By expanding the authority to monitor, the Patriot Act effectively turns ordinary Americans into suspects.

Michele Storms (ACLU-WA Executive Director), Jennifer Lee (ACLU-WA Technology & Liberty Project Manager), and Sahar Fathi (former ACLU-WA board member) will share a historical overview and explore how this affects Washingtonians today.

Grab a drink (from one of our previous sponsors in our highlights) or beverage of your choice and meet us online. 
Monday, August 31, 2020
Decarceration and the reimagining of the criminal legal system must continue. We CANNOT go back to business as usual and pre-COVID levels of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and overcrowded jails.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Goliath, meet David. @TheFightMovie is now available everywhere. #TheFightMovie The first 100 people to create an account using the code ACLUWA will be able to watch the film for free!

Tweet your thoughts of the film to @nwfilmforum and @aclu_wa and we’ll send five folks an ACLU prize pack!
Friday, August 21, 2020
ACLU-WA is proud to support Alki Beach Pride’s virtual celebration weekend. Visit Alki Beach Pride for the full list of restaurants offering food and drink discounts when guests provide the password “LOVE WINS”.

An ACLU swag bag full of goodies will be handed out at participating restaurants while supplies last!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
On next weeks Flights and Rights, it's time to reevalute the need for police in schools.

Students who are Black, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Latinx, are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, and expelled from school.

ALL students have a right to education, and we need to work towards more effective approaches to build positive school environments and help students.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Hey @virginia_mason: Why are you celebrating 100 years by restricting health care services to patients? Put communities first! Don’t let religious doctrine block access to necessary reproductive, end of life, and LGBTQ+ health care.

Send a message to Virginia Mason and urge them to put the needs of patients FIRST.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
(because they do). Learn more on critical dates, deadlines, and voting rights information in our Vote Center.
Monday, July 27, 2020
As promised, we'll see you in court, @seattlepd.

Friday, July 24, 2020
Protestors’ calls for an end to systemic racism and police brutality must not be met with further displays of excessive force—by either federal agents or local law enforcement. We're ready to go back to court.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Don't miss tonight's virtual Flights and Rights at 5 p.m. on LGBTQ+ rights! Grab your beverage of choice from the fridge (or from the list of breweries from local communities in our IG story) and meet us online or via phone! Pride 2020 for the ACLU is about being resilient together. For this virtual event, advocates will speak on the implications of the landmark win at the Supreme Court, how to center Black trans people in the movement and the Trump administration’s removal of nondiscrimination protections when it comes to health care and health insurance. Executive Director Michele Storms will moderate the conversation with a panel of community activists. Hear from Jaelynn Scott of @lavenderrightsproject, Ebony Miranda of @blmskc, Denise Diskin of QLaw Foundation, Elayne Wylie of @genderjusticewa, and Leah Rutman of ACLU. P.S: Get ready for the event by listening to some uniquely curated Pride 2020 jams by ACLU-WA staff and @kexp's The Weekly Mix podcast with DJ Riz and DJ El Toro.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
(RESCHEDULED): Our virtual Flights and Rights event on LGBTQ+ issues has been postponed until 5 p.m. on July 23, 2020. RSVP to learn more about the landmark win at the Supreme Court, how to center Black trans people in the movement and the Trump administration’s removal of nondiscrimination protections when it comes to health care and health insurance.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
[WEBINAR]: Reproductive rights, abortion access, systemic racism in health care, and the significant disproportionate impact on Black and Brown bodies. Join us on July 1 at 5:30 p.m!
Saturday, July 4, 2020
This July 4th, we're still fighting for the stated ideals that we all deserve: equality for all. Freedom is still long overdue for our Black communities. Learn how you can support the #blacklivesmatter movement. Photo credit: Noah Lubin