Stories from the ACLU of Washington

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
On July 7, the ACLU of Washington joined a broad range of community organizations to co-sponsor a forum on “The Continuing Fight for LGBTQ Equality – What Lies Ahead” at Town Hall Seattle.  The event featured a panel to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision guaranteeing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and a second panel on the remaining, ongoing efforts to achieve full LGBTQ equality in Washington
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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Policy Advocacy intern Sewheat Asfaha comes to the ACLU-WA after volunteering for several nonprofits, with each experience nurturing her passion for protecting the civil liberties of marginalized people. Through working with these populations she has learned how they are systematically discriminated against.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
It has now been one year since I-502 retail stores opened. Although it is too early to tell whether the law is accomplishing all of its goals, we already have some important results. First and foremost, we know that law enforcement resources are no longer being wasted on the arrest and prosecution of adults for the possession and use of marijuana. We are also taking away profits from the black market and investing badly needed tax revenue into public health and prevention programs.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The ACLU of Washington recently sponsored a talk by Steve Shapiro, National Legal Director of the ACLU, at Town Hall Seattle on “The State of Civil Liberties at the Supreme Court.”
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Monday, June 29, 2015
More than 100 years ago, Washington lawmakers created a separate juvenile justice system because they recognized that society benefits when juvenile courts focus on both accountability and rehabilitation.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Agreeing with an ACLU of Washington amicus brief, the Washington Supreme Court has reaffirmed that individuals have the right to criticize how police are handling a situation and that such criticism cannot be the basis of a criminal conviction for obstruction.  
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Friday, June 26, 2015
The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Alea Carr’s path to the ACLU-WA office in Seattle goes through Bellingham, where she majored in Political Science and Economics at Western Washington University. While in Bellingham, she worked for a public defender, a job which gave her a glimpse into the state of the U.S. prison system and the prevalence of mental health issues among inmates.
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Monday, June 22, 2015
In King County, the cost of keeping an inmate in jail is $192 a day, which translates into $70,000 annually. This means, the cost of holding a single individual in jail for a year greatly exceeds the $60,000 median household income of the citizens in King County who are paying to maintain the jail.   
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Grace Wan is a rising junior at University of Michigan majoring in Political Science and French, and a graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish who has long had an interest in political issues.

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