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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.


News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
A coalition of over 30 community organizations is demanding that the City of Seattle abandon plans to hire new, out-of-state consultants and instead collaborate with the Community Police Commission (CPC) and Monitor to bring the Seattle Police Dept. (SPD) back into full and effective compliance on the issue of accountability with the federal consent decree agreed upon more than seven years ago.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019
ACLU of Washington reaction to certification that opponents of I-1000, which remedies discrimination in public education, employment, and contracting and was passed by the Legislature this session, submitted a sufficient number of signatures to force the measure onto the ballot in November.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Washington man illegally detained by Border Patrol at Spokane’s Greyhound bus station sues the agency for damages
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Monday, June 24, 2019
ACLU Reaction to Seattle Mayor’s Office Statement Regarding Status of City’s Compliance with Federal Consent Decree
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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.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Immigrants are members of our communities. Immigration status should be added to the Washington Law Against Discrimination.
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.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read about our 2019 Washington State Legislative Agenda
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Allied organizations support the introduction of death penalty repeal bill in Washington legislature