News Releases

News Release, Published: 
Friday, September 3, 2021
A three-judge panel from the Washington State Court of Appeals declined a request from the campaign for Seattle Charter Amendment 29 (“CA 29”) to issue a stay blocking King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer’s order to remove CA 29 from the November ballot.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, August 27, 2021
Today, King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled that Seattle Charter Amendment 29 (“CA 29”), which proposed to establish city policy on homelessness through a vote by Seattle residents, violated state law limiting the permissible scope of local ballot initiatives in many ways and therefore should not appear on the November 2021 ballot.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
A lawsuit filed today on behalf of the ACLU of Washington, the Transit Riders Union and the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness claims that a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City of Seattle is an illegal use of a local ballot initiative and violates state laws that mandate how local governments make and carry out plans for addressing homelessness. The lawsuit argues that the proposed Charter Amendment 29 goes beyond the scope of Seattle’s initiative powers.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
On Tuesday, the Port of Seattle passed a measure regarding facial recognition technology (FRT) that falls short of a meaningful ban on biometrics for law enforcement and mass surveillance due to the port's ongoing collaboration with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a sister agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Friday, July 2, 2021
The Supreme Court denied review of a case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are LGBTQ. The case is Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
As antisemitic violence rises in neighborhoods across Washington and around the country, we condemn these and all acts of violence, discrimination, and hate.
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, June 10, 2021
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s denial of CHOP Art’s permit application based on the content of the event violates a central tenet of the First Amendment, according to the letter sent Thursday from ACLU-WA and PDA.
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.
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Friday, June 4, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter today to Alaska Airlines telling the airline to stop enforcing a uniform policy that requires flight attendants to conform to a rigid set of “male” and “female” dress and grooming standards.

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