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The ACLU of Utah seeks to address civil liberties problems without having to rely on litigation. Below are letters we have written on a variety of issues in which we attempted to resolve reported grievances outside of the courtroom.

Proposed Sale of Manti Street Raises Significant First Amendment Concerns

24 August 2010 Published in Legal Advocacy
After receiving numerous complaints regarding the proposed sale of a Manti city street to the LDS Church, the ACLU of Utah sent a letter on August 18 to the Manti City Council, which was set to make a decision at their meeting that night. The street has traditionally been used as a public thoroughfare and public forum for people of all religious and political persuasions, particularly during the annual week-long Mormon Miracle Pageant held in Manti. The ACLU letter discussed the important First Amendment rights that would be threatened if the street were to be sold to a private entity, and the lack of public knowledge or involvement prior to the city council meeting.

Revised Proposed Salt Lake City Anti-Panhandling Ordinance Still Threatens First Amendment Rights

10 August 2010 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah again submitted comments to Salt Lake City regarding the city's revised proposed anti-panhandling ordinance. The ACLU of Utah is concerned that this measure will compromise rights and prove ineffective.

ACLU of Utah Joins Nationwide Letter to DHS Secretary Criticizing Response to and Potential Use of the List

29 July 2010 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah this week joined with 120 other civil rights organizations and individuals nationwide to urge Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano categorically to reject use by DHS of the now-infamous “list” of 1,300 Utah residents who are allegedly in the country unlawfully.

City of Logan Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

19 May 2010 Published in Legal Advocacy
After shelving the proposal for several months on May 5, the Logan City Council rescheduled a public hearing on proposals that would prohibit employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Hundreds of community members packed the hearing and flooded the council members with emails, letters and phone calls.

Proposed Salt Lake Panhandling Ordinance Could Limit Free Speech

18 September 2009 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah submitted comments to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council in response to the proposed "Commercial Solicitation Ordinance." The ACLU of Utah outlines how the proposed ordinance could infringe upon the free speech rights of Utahns and criminalize speech that is protected by the First Amendment and Utah's own free speech clause.

ACLU of Utah Applauds Proposed Salt Lake City Non-Discrimination Ordinance

20 August 2009 Published in Legal Advocacy
In a letter to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council, the ACLU of Utah expressed support for the proposed ordinance to prevent employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Proposed Amendment to Farmington Ordinance Raises ACLU Concern

21 October 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
In a letter to the Farmington City Council, the ACLU of Utah outlines constitutional concerns with eliminating multi-family zoning.

ACLU of Utah Responds to Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Regulations on Reproductive Health Services

15 September 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
Based on our commitment to both religious liberty and reproductive freedom, the ACLU is uniquely positioned to address the issues raised when religious belief affects decision-making about reproductive health care.

ACLU of Utah Deeply Troubled By Attorney General's Website Featuring Arrest Video

28 August 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
The Office of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff recently launched a website featuring arrest videos of alleged Internet predators. Shurtleff unveiled the site, which he heralded as a means to deter sex offenses, at a public press conference on August 27, 2008.

Action Alert: Help Fight Discriminatory Workers Compensation Proposal

15 August 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
Updated 8/15/08 - The Utah Labor Commission is changing the rules of Workers Compensation. Many immigrants and racial minorities who are injured on the job may end up losing their benefits if Rule R602-4 is approved. The deadline for public comments is August 18, 2008.

Provo City Council Rethinks Controversial Landlord Ordinance

18 July 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
Provo City Council Rethinks Controversial Landlord Ordinance.

Proposed Provo City Landlord Ordinance Raises ACLU of Utah Concerns

16 July 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah writes a letter to the Provo City Council about due process concerns with the city's proposed landlord ordinance.

A Chronological History of the ACLU Response to the Texas FLDS Raid

29 May 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
On April 3, 2008, Texas law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant related to the suspected sexual assault of a child and then conducted a raid on the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, Texas.

ACLU of Texas Observing FLDS Custody Hearings in San Angelo

18 April 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
A representative of the ACLU of Texas is in San Angelo observing the custody hearings currently underway concerning the children of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FDLS), in front of Judge Barbara Walthers of the 51st District Court.

The ACLU of Utah Responds to Texas FLDS Raid

16 April 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah has received many inquiries from the public and media regarding our position on the April 3rd raid which took 416 Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints children into state custody after allegations of some sexual and physical abuse.

ACLU of Utah Advocates on Behalf of Pregnant Inmate Subjected to Remote Control Taser Device

21 March 2008 Published in Legal Advocacy
The ACLU of Utah advocates on behalf of pregnant inmate subjected to remote control taser device.

ACLU of Utah Urges Congressman Matheson to Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

07 October 2007 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah urges Congressman Matheson to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

ACLU of Utah Advises Eastmont Middle School of Inappropriate Religious Material in its School Yearbook

27 August 2007 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah advises Eastmont Middle School of inappropriate religious material in its school yearbook; and applauds the principal’s positive response.

ACLU of Utah Advocates for Jordan High School Student’s Due Process Rights

27 June 2007 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah advocates for Jordan High School student’s due process rights.

ACLU of Utah Asks U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to Clarify Whether it Gives Religious Preferences in Hiring

11 October 2006 Published in Legal Advocacy
ACLU of Utah aks the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency to clarify whether it gives religious preferences in hiring.