Actions related to federal government
Take Action! Tell your Congressperson to take the H.R. 40 Systematic Equality Oath! (Posted: 09/18/2021)
Take Action! Tell Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. (Posted: 03/28/2021)
Actions related to California state government
Take action! California Highway Patrol conducted aerial surveillance of people protesting for racial justice in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. Sign a petition to demand that our elected leaders protect our right to organize, rally, and speak out for racial justice without fear of police surveillance. (New: 11/20/2021)
Here are some ACLU victories in the California legislature in 2021.
Decertifying police who commit misconduct (SB 2): Brings California in line with the 46 other states that have a process to decertify officers who commit serious misconduct, and to update state civil rights laws to provide a legal remedy to victims of police misconduct and their families.
Providing Community Response to Local Emergencies (AB 118): Creates new programs for community-based response to local emergencies instead of police, including: public health crises, unhoused people in crisis, people exposed to intimate partner or community violence, people with a substance use disorder, and people impacted by natural or climate disasters.
Eliminating additional criminal system fees (AB 177, formerly SB 586): Eliminates 17 onerous administrative fees imposed on people in our legal system. AB 177 also discharges an estimated $534 million in debt that falls most heavily on Black and Brown communities.
Challenging invalid convictions (AB 1259): Grants thousands of people who are facing mandatory immigration detention or deportation the ability to challenge unjust convictions based on a misunderstanding of immigration consequences or ineffective assistance of counsel.
Advancing Menstrual Equity (AB 367): Requires college campuses and public schools from grades 6 to 12 to provide students with free menstrual products, affirming that menstrual products are a necessity not a luxury.
Actions related to local government