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).
Black Cinematic Brilliance is going fully online - for the first time. This summer, for the 17th edition of the Seattle Black Film Festival (formerly Langston Hughes African American Film Festival) you can tune in from your couch!
This series of virtual conversations moderated by Enrique Cerna will explore the racial disparities and inequities in Washington’s public health and policing systems highlighted by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. State lawmakers are beginning to convene to prepare for the 2021 state legislative session when these issues, and the budget, will be top priorities. Join us to learn how to put equity front and center in the Olympia debates.
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.
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.