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.
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.
The ACLU of Washington’s Homeless Advocacy Toolkit is a set of resources to assist local advocacy efforts against the criminalization of homelessness by municipal governments across Washington. This Toolkit includes template letters, primers on important cases, and sets of talking points on (1) anti-panhandling ordinances (2) the criminalization of camping and (3) sweeps of encampments by city officials. Also included are copies of court decisions and secondary sources on these same issues. While we hope these resources are helpful for advocates combating unjust policies and practices affecting unhoused persons, please note that nothing contained in these materials constitutes legal advice by the ACLU-WA.
The ACLU-WA would like to thank the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project of Seattle University School of Law. Much of this toolkit was possible due to the resources and scholarship made available through HRAP’s work for the rights of Washington’s homeless residents.