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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, February 24, 2017
Taxpayers spent $1,316,203,624 on DWLS III enforcement between 1994 and 2015
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
We applaud the appeals court’s decision to leave in place the stay of the President’s Muslim travel ban
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
The ACLU of Washington submit a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the lawsuit filed in federal court by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Jan. 30 seeking to have key provisions of the President’s Executive Order on immigration declared unconstitutional.
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Under this new election system, the Latino community will now have the opportunity to elect three representatives of their choosing to the City Council
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
The ACLU-WA has issued a position paper examining the many harms of jailing of people in Washington  before trial when they are unable to pay money bail, and recommending principles for reform.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
In response to an ACLU-WA lawsuit, the Pasco City Council has agreed that its at-large system for city council elections violates the Voting Rights Act, and it will submit a consent decree in federal court. (Pictured above: plaintiff Bertha Glatt at center, with ACLU-WA attorneys La Rond Baker and Breanne Schuster.)
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU-WA, a resident is challenging the City of Pasco’s at-large election system for violating the Voting Rights Act by unlawfully diluting the vote of Latinos in City Council elections.