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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, 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.
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
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

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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).
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Lawyers who provide free legal advice to immigrants can continue to do so now that federal court judge Richard A. Jones has granted Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s (NWIRP) request for a preliminary injunction against the Department of Justice.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The killing of Charleena Lyles raises many disturbing questions and is a critical moment for Seattle's police accountability system
Friday, May 19, 2017
In America, people have a right to receive information from lawyers, and lawyers a right to give information to people in need of it. Unfortunately, our government has a long history of using professional regulations to clamp down on lawyers exercising this First Amendment right.
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Friday, May 12, 2017
An ACLU-WA brief backs the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s lawsuit challenging a Dept. of Justice effort to prevent NWIRP attorneys from providing legal aid to people in immigration court.  
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Monday, April 24, 2017
Students, Not Suspects Highlights How School Policing Funnels Youth into School-to-Prison Pipeline