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Racial Justice

The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which all people would be free and equal. Yet the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free. Despite important gains made by civil rights activism, the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and racial profiling and bias in policing are but a few of the racist injustices that mark the distance between America’s reality and the dream we seek to achieve: liberty and justice for everybody.

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News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Washington man illegally detained by Border Patrol at Spokane’s Greyhound bus station sues the agency for damages
News Release, Published: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
ACLU Reaction to Seattle Mayor’s Office Statement Regarding Status of City’s Compliance with Federal Consent Decree
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Mohanad Elshieky, a professional comedian who lives in Portland, Oregon, filed an administrative complaint today against the Border Patrol after Border Patrol officers in Spokane, WA, pulled him off of a bus during a layover at the Greyhound Bus Station in the Spokane Intermodal Center.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Immigrants are members of our communities. Immigration status should be added to the Washington Law Against Discrimination.
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Friday, February 8, 2019
The legislative process isn’t just about laws; It’s about people. This is why we need you, our ACLU-WA members and supporters, to join us in advancing our 2019 legislative agenda.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read about our 2019 Washington State Legislative Agenda
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Allied organizations support the introduction of death penalty repeal bill in Washington legislature
News Release, Published: 
Friday, November 9, 2018
After an ACLU-WA lawsuit, the government agreed to naturalize a decorated Army service member.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Voters often overlook this local election, but it’s a key way to curb mass incarceration. What few people realize is that prosecuting attorneys play a leading role in shaping the criminal system— and that voters in their communities elect them to the job.

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