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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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Friday, September 7, 2018
A federal court will hear oral arguments today in a lawsuit the ACLU of Washington filed to uphold the free-speech rights of an immigrant being detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
No American should be subject to racial threats and violence for expressing their political views.  It is especially harmful to democracy when an elected official is attacked for his public policy positions.  We applaud Mayor Matta for standing up to these racist acts.  And we applaud Mayor Matta for his support of sanctuary cities and of our immigrant communities.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Today’s ruling is not the first time the Supreme Court has been wrong. It’s sadly not the first time the Court has allowed official racism and xenophobia to continue, rather than standing up to it.  As with earlier rulings, history will judge today’s decision harshly.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Incarcerating families is not the solution to family separation. We need to keep up the pressure. Want to help? Here’s what you can do

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Monday, June 4, 2018
Under Washington law, individuals convicted of felonies that have their right to vote automatically restored as soon as they have completed incarceration and any community custody required by the Department of Corrections. This brochure briefly explains the law and answers frequently asked questions.  
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Embedding mental health professionals in law enforcement teams saves lives.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
News Release, Published: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
The ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project are notifying law enforcement agencies in Washington about the settlement of a lawsuit in which the City of Spokane agreed to pay damages and attorneys’ fees to a man it unlawfully detained and held for immigration authorities after he was the victim of a car accident.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
On January 9, 2018, Gabriel Gomez and the City of Spokane reached a final settlement in a lawsuit Mr. Gomez filed last August over a police officer having unlawfully detained him after he was the victim of a car accident.

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