Stories from the ACLU of Washington

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) has announced a new “Real Time Crime Center” that would use historical crime data in decisions about deploying police officers. Although this may sound like a smart move to incorporate analytics technology in law enforcement, in practice it would perpetuate existing institutional racism in policing.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The ACLU is representing three men who were tortured by the CIA and who are now suing the architects of the agency’s torture program. 
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The ACLU of Washington would love to hear from organizations that have or are planning to roll out either Tor relays or the Tor Browser. Supporting Tor is part of our work advocating for privacy, access to information, and free speech.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. She’s been sober and crime-free for three years, but one thing still dogs her: fear of being jailed or forced to do physical labor because she can’t afford to pay the government.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015
The prosecutor has decided not to file charges against Pasco police officers who killed a man throwing rocks. The decision shows a clear need to amend our state law on use of deadly force by law enforcement, so that police can better be held accountable.
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Friday, September 4, 2015
The War on Drugs has left thousands of people locked up under sentencing laws now widely viewed as discriminatory and not based in fact. An ACLU-WA brief is taking aim at the effects of an egregious Drug War policy: the lengthy sentences being served because of the government’s wrongheaded distinction between crack and powder cocaine, resulting in a 100:1 crack-powder disparity in sentences.
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Friday, September 4, 2015
The ACLU is proud to cosponsor The Intiman Theatre’s production of The Children’s Hour, an historic play that helped establish the ACLU’s reputation for defending art and literature from censorship and marked the ACLU’s first involvement in LGBT issues.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015
Martha is the ACLU-WA’s new Programs and Events Manager. She joins our staff with years of experience working with various nonprofits, including the Seattle Human Services Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and Social Justice Fund Northwest, where she managed communications, membership development, and policy outreach.
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Friday, August 28, 2015
Work-related text messages on a public employee’s personal cell phone are public records subject to disclosure, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled Aug. 27.
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Friday, August 28, 2015
A self-described “word nerd and news junkie,” Amy recently joined the ACLU-WA staff as Senior Writer. Amy has had a strong presence in the Seattle journalism world. In addition to editing Real Change, Amy has worked as a reporter for the King County Journal, the Seattle Times, and the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and as a web producer for KOMO News. “My journalism background makes me a natural ally of free speech rights,” Amy noted.

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