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ACLU of Utah Block Party - August 7, 2020

Aug 03, 2020

This year's ACLU of Utah Block Party will take place virtually on August 7, 2020. After several years of holding fantastic in-person gatherings, the ongoing pandemic is forcing us to move online for the 2020 event.

Letter to Governor Herbert: Educational Equity during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 29, 2020

The ACLU of Utah recently sent a letter to Governor Herbert regarding educational equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter HERE.

ACLU of Utah Statement on Recent Police Crackdowns on the Right to Protest

Jul 18, 2020

Over the last several months, as described below, ACLU of Utah Legal Observers have directly witnessed a concerning pattern of viewpoint discrimination and disproportionate and militarized police action in response to protests and First Amendment speech that criticizes elected leaders and law enforcement in Utah. Read our full response below... 

ACLU of Utah Response to Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Policy Reform Ideas for Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Force

Jul 16, 2020

Within days after his office declined to file charges against the two Salt Lake City police officers who shot and killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, Salt Lake County District Attorney (DA) Sim Gill released a 15-page document containing 22 proposed reforms to "re-examine" and "re-set" use of force policies for local law enforcement. We firmly believe that Mr. Palacios-Carbajal should be alive today and that justice would have been better served if the circumstances of his killing were examined and weighed by a jury selected from the community.  We further believe that these tragic circumstances have uncovered the fact that the current flawed laws limiting oversight and accountability for police who use deadly force require immediate reform. To change the factors and outcomes of incidents like the killing of Mr. Palacios-Carbajal, we need to change the entire system.

ACLU of Utah and Holland & Hart File Brief Defending Rights of Black Woman Arrested Without Evidence

Jul 01, 2020

 SALT LAKE CITY (June 22, 2020) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah Foundation, Inc. (ACLU) and Holland & Hart, LLP filed a lawsuit on June 29 against the City of Murray and Jarom Mohlman Allred concerning the unlawful arrest and prosecution of a 59-year-old black woman accused of driving under the influence of an illegal substance on August 21, 2018.  

Job Notice: Intake Coordinator

Jun 26, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks to hire a passionate and innovative part-time Intake Coordinator to build upon our past and current system for responding to requests for help by individuals who live in or pass through the State of Utah. The Intake Coordinator is a newly-created position that will report to the Paralegal and have occasion to work with the larger legal team and other staff members across the organization.                                                                                                                           This position is a part-time, 20 hours a week position. The position is fully funded for one year.  Continuation of the position beyond that date is uncertain and dependent on funding. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The ACLU of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and...

Now is the time for bold reform

Jun 24, 2020

Through numerous conversations and work sessions with our allies, including Black Lives Matter Utah, Utah Against Police Brutality, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Libertas Institute, and Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Utah has developed the following eight priority reforms for policing in Utah. 

Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Jun 18, 2020

In a 5-4 decision on June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program enacted during the Obama administration that protects over 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and (in part) Sonia Sotomayor. This opinion was a powerful victory for Dreamers and activists whose advocacy led to the creation of DACA and the continued fight against this administration’s efforts to dismantle the program. 

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