By Hector Villagra, Executive Director, ACLU/SC On Wednesday, June 5th, the ACLU of Southern California’s Ahilan Arulanantham took part in a public discussion concerning the Obama Administration’s targeted killing program. Speaking alongside Mr. Arulanantham was John Yoo, formerly with the … Continue reading
LOS ANGELES – The ACLU of Southern California hosted its 19th Annual Law Luncheon, today, where it honored individuals dedicated to civil liberties. Attorney and advocate Sandra Fluke received the Courageous Advocacy Award and delivered the keynote address to over … Continue reading
By Hector Villagra, Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California The consent decree secured by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the Justice Department accomplished its purpose by and large. This is no longer your father’s Los Angeles Police Department.
By Hector Villagra Whenever there is an officer-involved shooting, we are reflexively asked to withhold judgment until all the evidence comes out. So it is somewhat disconcerting for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, in providing the first detailed account of the … Continue reading
The ACLU of Southern California is pleased to announce that Staff Attorney David Sapp has been awarded Stanford Law School’s 2012 Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award. The award is presented annually to a Stanford alumnus whose outstanding work has … Continue reading
By Hector Villagra, Executive Director John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigrations and Enforcement (ICE), has suggested that policies that restrict compliance with immigration detainers “may” violate federal law. If he thinks this is true of the TRUST Act, a … Continue reading
By Hector Villagra, Executive Director In his convention speech last week, President Obama included few rhetorical flourishes, but one stood out. He said: “When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you’ve served us, because … Continue reading
By Hector Villagra, Executive Director A new school year is set to begin in LAUSD, with all the typical fresh hopes and dreams, but this one will be different. For the first time since the 1980s, when LAUSD first implemented … Continue reading
In response to a threat by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to ignore a proposed state law that would limit when local law enforcement must detain illegal immigrant arrestees (“Sheriff Baca may defy proposed law easing immigration enforcement,” Los … Continue reading
By Hector Villagra, Executive Director Say my five-year-old decides she needs to grab something from a high cupboard. So she rolls the computer desk chair up to the counter, stands on the chair, and stretches every nerve to reach as … Continue reading
Tell the LA County Board of Supervisors to support the Austin reforms and close Men’s Central Jail.
Because freedom can't protect itself.