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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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Published: 
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.  
Published: 
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.
Published: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Supreme Court of Washington has ruled that it’s illegal for prospective employers to engage in retaliatory discrimination against job applicants
Published: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
Confronting the role of structural racism in policing (and elsewhere) must be at the core of our work to save lives and ensure police are there to serve and protect.

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Restoration in Washington

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The 2009 Washington Legislature passed a new law that restores the right to vote automatically to people with felony convictions when they have completed their time in prison and have served any required community custody supervised by the State Department of Corrections (DOC).

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