Stories from the ACLU of Washington

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The ACLU-WA’s 2016 Bill of Rights Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 12 at the Seattle Westin. ACLU supporters will honor civil liberties champions and enjoy food, fellowship, and timely political humor. Awards recipients will include transgender rights pioneer Marsha Botzer, police reform advocates the Community Police Commission, and high school student activist Veronique Harris. Comedian Jessica Williams of The Daily Show will offer her pointed insights on our political scene – just a few days after the elections.
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Restorative justice provides an alternative that can help break the cycle of over-incarceration for many offenses.  Restorative practices focus on repairing the harm that has been done, rather than simply punishing someone who has committed an offense by locking them up.
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Schools must refrain from trampling the free-speech rights of students, but if that’s all they do, their work is incomplete. Rather than approach student protests as something simply to be tolerated, schools should embrace the teachable moments they present.
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Friday, October 14, 2016
While the City moves to develop sustainable, long-term solutions to the homelessness crisis, it must also abandon the ineffective, inhumane policy of chasing Seattle’s homeless population from place to place. Seattle currently lacks adequate housing for the number of individuals living outdoors.  People will live outdoors because they have no choice. 
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play evokes a true story from the ACLU’s own history.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The ACLU of Washington recently filed friend of the court briefs in three cases urging the Washington Supreme Court to align the law with developments in brain science.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a lower court order that sought to collect discretionary legal financial obligations (LFOs, or court-imposed fees) from an indigent woman struggling to meet her basic living needs on social security disability payments.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
An ordinance crafted by the ACLU, Columbia Legal Services, and other allies provides a fair, balanced, and compassionate response to people living without shelter in Seattle.
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Friday, September 16, 2016
A King County task force recently released cutting-edge policy recommendations about how to confront the region’s opiate epidemic. With ACLU-WA participation, the task force is continuing the county’s pioneering work in treating drug abuse as a public health issue, rather than as a criminal matter.
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Monday, August 8, 2016
A parent’s right to a relationship with her child is vital, and the state cannot take that right away without first providing services to help the parent bond with the child, the State Supreme Court ruled.

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