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Government Agencies to Pay $418,000 in Political Surveillance Case

Jun 28, 2010
Three law enforcement agencies in Washington are paying a total of $418,000 to resolve a lawsuit over the wrongful arrest and covert surveillance of an Olympia activist who was prevented from participating in a lawful demonstration. Read More »

ACLU-WA Asks Court to Overturn Anti-Panhandling Law

The ACLU of Washington has filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Washington Supreme Court to strike down a Lakewood ordinance that unconstitutionally infringes on freedom of speech. Read More »
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ACLU of Washington Launches Secure Communication Tool

Most of us use cell phones and email every day. As our communications make their way from sender to recipient, they expose information about their contents and our interactions with others. The technologies we rely on thus come with inherent risks to our privacy and security. Thanks to disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies, we have a better sense of the extent to which surveillance pervades American life. Read More »

Fighting Censorship of The Children’s Hour Set the Stage for the ACLU

The ACLU is proud to cosponsor The Intiman Theatre’s production of The Children’s Hour, an historic play that helped establish the ACLU’s reputation for defending art and literature from censorship and marked the ACLU’s first involvement in LGBT issues. Read More »
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State Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Right to Criticize Police

Agreeing with an ACLU of Washington amicus brief, the Washington Supreme Court has reaffirmed that individuals have the right to criticize how police are handling a situation and that such criticism cannot be the basis of a criminal conviction for obstruction.   Read More »

ACLU Commends Everett for Rejecting Flawed Panhandling Proposals

Apr 16, 2015
The Everett City Council last night voted 4-2 to reject laws on panhandling that the ACLU of Washington had criticized as unconstitutional and unnecessary. The ACLU today praised the City Council’s action. Read More »
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ACLU: Everett Panhandling Proposals Are Unconstitutional and Unnecessary

Apr 15, 2015
The ACLU of Washington is urging the Everett City Council to reject proposals to restrict panhandling that it says are unconstitutional and unnecessary. The proposed amendments to city law are to be considered at a city council meeting this evening. Read More »
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William O. Douglas Lecture: A Debate on the Secondary Effects Doctrine

Date: September 26, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Gonzaga Law School (721 N. Cincinnati, Spokane, WA)
The “secondary effects doctrine” states that cities cannot zone out adult stores based upon their content, but can subject them to zoning ordinances geared to known or reasonably anticipated secondary effects. Read More »