Learn about the failures of the War on Drugs and its racist history, Oregon’s recent drug decriminalization victory, the Washington Supreme Court case that temporarily decriminalized drug possession, and the future of drug policy reform here in Washington.
Join ACLU-WA Health Care and Liberty Policy Counsel Leah Rutman for a conversation on healthcare equity for immigrants. Leah will be joined by Adriana Ortiz of El Centro de la Raza and Michael Byun of Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) to discuss health care access issues facing immigrant communities and current steps being taken to address barriers to care.
Join ACLU-WA Police Practices and Immigration Counsel Enoka Herat and ACLU-WA Lobbyist Roxana Gomez for a conversation on our integrated advocacy approach to demanding police accountability. Hear from Nickeia Hunter and Sonia Joseph, two impacted family members advocating on the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability. Learn about the bills aimed at reducing police violence that are currently moving through the Washington legislature, and about our amicus work in the court.
Join us in examining the intersection of technology and liberty. New technologies are making it easier for companies and the government to learn about the most intimate aspects of both our online and offline activities—from where we live and work, to what religion we practice, to what we purchase, to what we read, and with whom we associate.
Join ACLU-WA Equal Justice Works Fellow Crystal Pardue and leaders of Indigenous youth serving organizations for a conversation on cultural connections needed for Indigenous youth to thrive. Learn about creative ways of overcoming the particular barriers Indigenous youth encounter. Topics include food sovereignty; physical, mental, and spiritual health; education and school discipline; and the arts.
What’s on the ballot for Washingtonians? Join us to learn about the potential impact of this election, from the makeup of our House of Representatives to advocacy around Referendum 90 – the Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students.
Join us in examining the Patriot Act, 19 years later and counting. 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.
All students have a right to education, and we are working for more effective approaches to build positive school environments and help students. As we examine the role of police in our daily lives, it’s time we also reevaluate the need for police in schools. Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and Latinx students are disproportionately disciplined, suspended, and expelled from school. Students with disabilities are disproportionately excluded. Students who have been suspended are three times more likely to be in contact with the juvenile justice system within a year.
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.
COVID-19 is taking Black lives, Latinx lives, and Native lives in disproportionate numbers – not for any biological reason, but because of the institutional racism and systems of oppression the ACLU works to dismantle.
Learn about privacy and technology in the time of coronavirus disease, as well as our advocacy to minimize the impact on young people facing juvenile detention, students with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness. Executive Director Michele Storms moderates a conversation with Jennifer Lee (Technology and Liberty Manager), Kendrick Washington II (Youth Policy Director), Breanne Schuster (Staff Attorney).
Hear our response to the COVID pandemic and how we’re working to protect Washington’s most vulnerable and impacted communities: those who are locked up in jail, prison and detention centers. Executive Director Michele Storms moderates a discussion with Enoka Herat (Police Practices and Immigration Counsel) and Jaime Hawk (Legal Strategy Director, WA Campaign for Smart Justice).
Observing Black History Month, Executive Director Michele Storms will moderate a conversation on extreme sentencing in Washington with Jaime Hawk (ACLU-WA), Nick Allen (Columbia Legal Services), and DeVitta Briscoe (Collective Justice).
Technology & Liberty Project Manager Jennifer Lee discusses how increasingly powerful surveillance tools have shifted the power dynamics between people and government, and how we are fighting back to create community-centric technology policy.
Breanne Schuster (ACLU), Leo Perales (Consejo Latino) and Bertha Glatt (local activist) discussed how far we have come with voting rights in the Latinx community, the challenges ahead and ongoing work to defend the right to vote.
All people have a right to be who they are, be safe, and live free from discrimination. Lisa Nowlin (ACLU), Mattie Mooney (Ingersoll Gender Center), Danny Waxwing (Disability Rights Washington), Venus Aoki (Gender Justice League/Somas Seattle, and Ari Robbins (ACLU client) sit down for a panel discussion on the rights of Transgender people in Washington.
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Restoration Act, Staff Attorney Breanne Schuster was joined by Rae Lynn Barden (Seattle Public Libraries) and Dave Reynolds (Access 4 All Spokane) to discuss how far we have come, the challenges ahead, and ongoing work to defend the right to vote.
Reproductive Freedom is integral to equity for women, in the workplace and beyond. Leah Rutman (ACLU Health Care and Liberty Counsel) talks about where we stand in Washington as the Trump administration takes aim at Roe v Wade, and how we can all fight back.
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Restoration Act, Staff Attorney Breanne Schuster discusses the ongoing work to defend the right to vote in Washington with Xochitl Maykovich (Washington CAN), Bridget Williams (The Washington BUS), and Eli Goss (OneAmerica).
ACLU Executive Director Michele Storms moderated a conversation with Mark Cooke (ACLU Policy Director for Smart Justice), Meghan Aphsaga (Disability Rights Washington), Dr. Ecandon (The Native Project), Levi Keesecker (I Did the Time) and Tony Williams (Chemical Dependency Counselor) about the intersection between mental health and the criminal justice system.
Deputy Director Michele Storms and Youth Policy Director Vanessa Hernandez host ACLU's first Flights & Rights in Tri-Cities with an introduction overview of community policing, immigration, voting rights and education.
The community of Spokane finds itself on frontlines in the fight for immigrant rights as Trump unleashes Border Patrol and ICE agents across the country. Police Practices and Immigration Counsel Enoka Herat discusses the alarming rise in agents boarding busses and stopping people going about their daily lives, apparently based on skin color and perceived accents.
When the legislative session in Washington came to an end, Legislative Director, Elisabeth Smith, discussed how justice and equity fared in Olympia this past year and how we were preparing for the next legislative session.
Legislative Director Elisabeth Smith discusses civil liberties in the upcoming legislative session: which bills are good for justice and equality, which bills must be stopped, and what you can do to help.
Flights & Rights is our monthly community series featuring important civil rights issues to ponder over local beer. In March we will hear from ACLU-WA Legal Director, Emily Chiang, about Trump's impact on the fight for civil rights in Washington.