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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 »

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 »
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CLS and ACLU Protect Detainees’ Free Speech Rights at the Northwest Detention Center

May 12, 2014
Today, the ACLU of Washington (ACLU) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit after successfully getting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release hunger striking detainees from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington.  The ACLU and CLS had filed this lawsuit on April 2, 2014 to prohibit ICE from retaliating against detainees at the NWDC who engage in First Amendment protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement. Read More »
Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

Protecting Rights at the NW Detention Center

May 9, 2014
The ACLU-WA has been protecting rights of immigrant detainees against unlawful actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Read More »