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2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23 October 14, 2016 – Racially Just Utah, in partnership with the ACLU of Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court and others, will be participating in the 2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout, with multiple educational activities and arts-related activism. Through the National Week of Action, we seek to engage the community in conversation around the imbalance between ever-growing investment in juvenile justice and diminishing funding for public education. The National Week of Action Against School Pushout starts on Saturday, October 15, and runs through Sunday, October 23. This year’s theme for the National Week of Action Against School Pushout is: “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out.” The Week of Action is coordinated by Dignity in Schools, a nationwide organization committed to ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Our Salt Lake City-based National Week of Action coalition – including Racially Just Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, the Social Justice Student Initiative, Planned Parenthood of Utah, PPAU Teen Council and Spy Hop – is calling on the state, school districts and individual schools to: Shift funding from school-based policing to counselors…
The ACLU of Utah is disappointed that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office continues to refuse to release body camera and surveillance video footage of the February 2016 shooting of then-17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.
ACLU joins lawsuit to protect Utahns' prescription drug records from the feds!
The Utah A.G.’s office responded to an ACLU of Utah letter expressing concerns about the possible First Amendment implications of an investigation into advocacy groups involved in the dispute over a Bears Ears national monument.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The ACLU of Utah has selected Brittney Nystrom of Washington, D.C., as its new executive director, replacing Karen McCreary, who is ending her ten-year tenure this summer. “The opportunity to lead the ACLU of Utah as the organization that engages on critically important issues affecting Utahns is one that I find immensely exciting,” said Nystrom. “The caliber of the staff is superb and I’m honored to be joining their ranks.” Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Nystrom has been the Director of Advocacy at the Washington, D.C.-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) since 2012. LIRS advocates on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention and other populations. She is a recognized expert on immigration and refugee issues, and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Previously, Nystrom was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system. Earlier in her career, she represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She spent several…
Today the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel Holland & Hart, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Utah for failing to meet its Sixth Amendment obligations under the U.S. Constitution.
Abdi Mohamed, an 18-year-old community member, was shot multiple times by an SLCPD officer on February 27, 2016, in the downtown Rio Grande neighborhood.
Download a PDF of this release >> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2016 SAN JUAN COUNTY, UTAH – Today the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and seven members of the Navajo Nation – plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over voting rights and voter access in San Juan County – filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Utah to dismiss a recent counterclaim by San Juan County and its officials. “The counterclaim is an unfortunate distraction from a serious lawsuit about the voting rights of a historically marginalized community in rural Utah,” said Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel on the original lawsuit, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County et al. “This lawsuit is about – and only about – how San Juan County’s election processes disenfranchise Navajo voters. Fifty years ago, when the Voting Rights Act was first proposed, brave Americans gave their lives for the right to vote. These plaintiffs are helping to ensure that this fundamental right does not unravel.” The original lawsuit was filed in late February. It arose from the county’s decision in 2014 to close all polling places and switch to a mail-only voting system. The…
ACLU, Salt Lake Police and Salt Lake School District Settle Suit over “Gang Operation” at West High School
The SLC Police Department and the SLC School District have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.
The Utah Justice Coalition has been working together for several years to pursue the abolishment of the death penalty.
“We are very proud of the progress we made – and this effort is far from over!”
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed by Salt Lake City police officers.
The County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system, and designating only one distant location for in-person voting, adversely impacts Navajo voters.
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.