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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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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
This post describes the various models of civilian oversight and the duties of the OPO and OPOC in Spokane. It also explores the barriers these agencies face in carrying out their role as well as the progress they’ve made, and articulates the hopeful path that lies ahead.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, May 3, 2021
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson ruled that Washington’s law authorizing automatic and mandatory license suspensions for unpaid moving violation fines without meaningful evaluation of the driver’s ability to pay the fine violates the state constitution’s right to due process.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021
To date, this blog series has focused largely on upstream efforts to transform policing, reduce or prevent its harms, and create public safety for all. This blog post examines endeavors to make more robust the inquest process, a tool for holding police accountable and obtaining justice for bereaved families after police harm has already been done.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Statements from ACLU of Washington, ACLU of Minnesota and ACLU National regarding the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Accountability is not justice. There is much work to be done.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, April 19, 2021
Youth will consult with a lawyer before waiving their constitutional rights in certain situations 
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Friday, March 12, 2021
Months after Juan Rene’s death, his family’s grief has been compounded by the lack of answers to their questions about what happened.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The Washington Legislature is considering several very important bills, discussed in other parts of this blog series, that address the problem of police violence and hold officers accountable when they abuse their power.

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