The ACLU of Utah Activist
First, the good news: Utah has hired (finally) the first ever executive director of the new Indigent (Public) Defense Commission.
At the July 13 Legislative Interim Session, legislators reviewed an audit of Utah's Controlled Susbtance Database (CSD), and the impact of legislation passed in 2015 (with significant support from the ACLU of Utah) on use of that database by law enforcement.
I have to admit, my primary observation during much of my recent work trip to San Juan County was this: San Juan County, the sprawling and sparsely-populated rural county that takes up most of the Southeastern corner of our state, is stunningly beautiful.
We are very excited to announce that the ACLU of Utah has selected Brittney Nystrom of Washington, D.C., as the organization's new executive director.
BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court strikes down both provisions of HB2, the Texas law aimed at shutting down women's access to safe and legal abortion services. Great news for reproductive rights and health care access for women!
The ACLU of Utah received an answer this week from the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office in response to our Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) request for the body camera footage of, and other information related to, the shooting of 18-year-old Abdi Mohamed on February 28, 2016.
We'll call it a victory: we've got a commission that approaches independence.
We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, which appears to have been the target of this attack.
In our collective desperation to "solve homelessness," we sometimes forget that everyone - regardless of whether they have a home - has constitutional rights. Those rights must be taken into account when considering how to address issues related to poverty.
It is becoming more and more common to hear the sentiment, “People with mental illness need treatment, not jail time,” from policy makers, correctional administrators, legislators and even members of the general public.
In rural areas of Utah, serious voter disenfranchisement is happening - decades after the original Voting Rights Act meant to end such discrimination.
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Spring Newsletter >> Nubia Peña is Program Coordinator for Racially Just Utah. Nubia will graduate from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in May 2016. She is also the founder and president of the Social Justice Student Initiative at the College of Law. Formed from a series of discussions on racial issues, Racially Just Utah (RJU) has developed into a racially and ethnically diverse coalition with a mission to positively and proactively ensure racial equity in Utah. RJU is composed of organizations, service providers, students, parents, educators, attorneys, advocates, activists, and concerned community members. ACLU of Utah is proud to be a founding and supporting member. Can you highlight what RJU accomplished in the past year? RJU partnered with the ACLU and Salt Lake Peer Court during the National Week of Action Against School Push-Out where we hosted a school-to-prison pipeline (STPP) awareness event for youth, educators, and parents. We also partnered to coordinate the 2nd Annual Youth Activism Leadership Conference where teens ages 12-18 attended workshops facilitated by longstanding and new upcoming leaders in our community. RJU hosted our first annual “Breaking The Pipeline” Symposium at…