The ACLU of Utah Activist
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Fall Newsletter >> On August 8, the ACLU of Utah welcomed Brittney Nystrom as its new Executive Director. We’ve enjoyed getting to know Brittney, and wanted our Members and supporters to do the same. We asked Brittney some questions about herself, her new position and some general nonsense – just for fun! Can you share a little bit about your background? I was born and raised in South Ogden and graduated from Bonneville High School. I moved out of state to attend the University of Notre Dame and then Northwestern University School of Law. Following law school, I moved to D.C. and built a career working to advance immigrant and refugee rights for more than a decade. Most recently I served as the Director for Advocacy for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service where I engaged Congress and the White House to implement more welcoming and just laws and policies for newcomers. Why were you drawn to this positon? I was attracted to the real potential for progress on civil and human rights here in Utah. The opportunities to achieve meaningful reform are far more plentiful here than in our nation’s capital. This…
This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Fall Newsletter >>
“If the footage is good for the police, release it fast. If the footage is bad for the police, release it faster.”
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.